Grand Master Joe Giampietro – 8th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Grandmaster Joe Giampietro is a 50 year veteran of the martial arts and has been a very successful competitor and demonstrator as well as one of the most respected Master Instructors in this country. His ability to relay complicated techniques to his students is a key factor in their ability to excel in local, national and international competitions. He has trained and taught in the USA and Asia. He is one of only a few US instructors to operate Martial Arts Schools in Okinawa, Japan.
” I am a true believer in the Magic of Motivation.”
– Grandmaster Joe Giampietro
“The greatest gift an instructor can offer his students is not to share with him his talents, but to reveal to him his own.”
– Grandmaster Joe Giampietro
Master Michael Giampietro – 6th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Master Michelle Johnson – 6th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Master Michelle started as a white belt with NSMA under Grandmaster Giampietro in Okinawa Japan.
Marco Antonio Gomez – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Mr. Gomez started Taekwondo when he was 7 Years Old. He is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has promotion papers to become a Master. Mr. Gomez has dedicated his life to learning and teaching the Taekwondo way.
His favorite quote is “Nothing is impossible as long as you put your mind, body and spirit into it!”
Tessa Obert – 3rd Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Master Chris Ermlich – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Master Ermlich started Taekwondo shortly after his son Alex joined and never looked back. He is currently a 4th Dan in Taekwondo and a 1st Dan in Gumdo.
What do you enjoy most at NSMA?
The great workouts, the camaraderie among kids (and parents) and seeing small white belts growing up to be young adults, often as a 1st or 2nd Dan black belt. It is amazing to see how the Martial Arts help kids to mature mentally as well as physically.
Do you do any other sports?
I enjoy long distance running, having completed numerous marathons and half-marathons. There are great local fun runs around San Antonio for all age groups and distances. Since my profession involves a lot of computer work, running gets me away from my desk and de-clutters my mind. Martial Arts and Running complement each other very well.
What advice would you give new students starting out in Taekwondo?
Don’t feel intimidated and don’t be shy to ask questions. We all started out as white belts and we all not only learned from our instructors but also by asking the older kids to help out with a form, a stance or any other question that needed answering. In fact, every higher belt is expected to pass on their knowledge to the lower ranks and help out in any way they can.
Any advice you can give to the parents signing up their kids?
YES, don’t just sign up the kids. Join in the fun, you’re already here dropping them off. Nobody is too old to join. You will be amazed how quickly you will learn the sport and start enjoying the workout. It is a great way to spend quality time with your kid(s). The best part: If you forget a form or the name of a particular kick or drill, just ask your kid(s). They’ll remember.
Ron Young – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Mr. Young started Taekwondo at NSMA in 2007. He began taking classes with his son Landry Young in the summer of 2007. His daughter Haley Young started in the fall of 2007.
Mr. Young has over 20 years of martial arts experience as a Student, Instructor and Referee. He started Taekwondo originally in 1984 in Florida and has now achieved the rank of 3 Dan.
What do you enjoy the most?
Teaching others the way of the hand and foot. The difficult daily workouts and training. The teamwork and camaraderie amongst all of the NSMA students. Getting to know all the members of NSMA TKD family.
Do you have a favorite Martial Arts related book?
Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think
Do you have a favorite Martial Artist?
Yip Man – https://www.biography.com/people/yip-man-21370115
Master Rhonda Fay – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified
Master Fay began Taekwondo to help her son to learn forms so that she could teach him at home. She soon found out that Taekwondo came naturally to her and continued learning.
Master Fay continues practice Taekwondo because she believes it is a great form of exercise. She has three children, two of which currently hold black belts. Master Fay is excellent with children and holds Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.