"It is my great privilege to walk along side my students and to use my experience, skills and expertise to help people become confident, strong and self-assured individuals who have come to realize their potential and tap into their God-given talents and abilities. It brings me great joy to see the student who was once bullied now standing up for him/herself; the student who was acting out in the classroom demonstrate self-control and the bully who learns that he does not have to be mean to others for self-value. It also motivates me who seeks to better themselves both mentally and physically by adding martial arts to their training program. Finally, we are a family centered academy and it brings us great joy to see parents and children connecting on the mat, doing this activity together where they find common ground, shared enthusiasm, mutual desire to learn and laugh together.
It is my great passion to connect people to the martial arts where they can find:
"My excitement and drive comes not just from my love of the martial arts, but from the opportunity to get to know each one of our students and their families. I am passionate about learning who you are, what your goals are and how our team might be a part of helping you reach your goals. Although my role is primarily in the background, the name of every single student who trains with us crosses my desk at some point. I get so excited when I get to meet you in person!
We are a kyuki-do family where everyone is valued for their individuality and unique spark. I am passionate about our mission to create strong leaders. I believe our communities, homes, schools and workplaces are in need of individuals who have invested the time and effort into refining their character and finding their voice. It’s our goal to help our students discover the leader within.
Martial arts to me is a fantastic workout that does not feel like a workout! Engaging my mind as well as my body takes the “work” out of “workout”. I am particularly passionate about self-defense and the art of Kyuki-do forms (patterns that we memorize).
If there is anything evident to me, it is that I am not the same person I was 22 years ago when I started my martial arts journey, largely because of the martial arts. I am stronger, more confident, more decisive, and more self-aware.
My favorite thing about my work is helping people wake up to the potential and power within!
Ironically, when I’m not working, you’ll often find me working! 😂 It’s not work when you love what you do! I also love deepening my Christian walk through praise, devotion, prayer and reading; doing puzzles; hiking; travel; playing any kind of game; reading; soaking up the sun (yay for summer in WI); floating on the water or being out in a boat; laughing; engaging in deep intellectual conversations and watching my kids grow into really interesting adults!"
"I am so excited about Leadership Martial Arts commitment to providing not only excellent martial arts training but also the character development that is fostered through out each class and the culture. I love seeing members crush goals and make progress on the mat as well as in daily life.
I am a wife to Joel and mom to two children, Evan and Mia. Initially, Evan started his martial arts training by himself. After watching Evan for a few months I decided that I wanted to be on the mat learning and growing too! I have a background in fitness with a degree in Exercise Physiology and I am a certified group fitness instructor. I also have a degree in nutrition and I enjoy helping families live more vibrant lives with good nutrition.
I started my martial arts training in March 2020. I love the task of learning new skills! I thrive on the challenge of learning a new form and I really enjoy the weapons training. I find that a 30 minute training session on the mat is a great stress reliever!
When I am not working at the academy, I love to be outside. You can frequently find me mountain biking with my family, hiking, and camping. I love a quiet morning (kids still in bed) with a hot cup of coffee on the porch and my devotional!
'Don’t give up. Great things take time.”
"It is my joy giving back to the academy that helped me grow into the person I now am today.
My martial arts journey started in 2012. At first it was just a hobby, just another activity that Mom and Dad wanted me to try. As time continued however, I learned more and more that martial arts isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Without Leadership Martial Arts in my life I would still be the mouse voiced, corner hider I was for so many years. My instructors helped push me out of my comfort zone and give me a place where I could develop not only my ability to do a roundhouse, but my ability to use my voice and be a strong leader.
My unofficial jump into teaching began in 2015. I began assisting people and leading the class through small drills. It wasn’t until 2017 however that I began to really dive into the instruction aspect of martial arts. I began as one of the first members to the developing Delta Program. I began taking small classes and working with larger groups of people on a more regular basis. I find immense joy working with each and every student who walks through our doors! Every time I see somebody catch on to something and have their “I can do this” moment I crack a small smile.
Throughout my years here, I have met hundreds of amazing people, all of whom I’m proud to call my martial arts family. I look forward to watching this family grow and evolve."
"My excitement comes from our students as they master new skills and I get to see the excitement in their eyes. I also love greeting and watching the new students who are eager to come to class and master new skills. My role here at Leadership Martail Arts is not only to help wherever needed but to also connect with the new families as they begin their martial arts journey.
I am currently the Program Director at the New Richmond academy. I love seeing the kids’ face light up when they learn and master new skills. I started my martial arts training back in November 2020. I had no idea how much fun it would be and how much I could learn from a class.
Martial arts has always been something I wanted to do as a child. Since I have started I have started to learn and catch on to new skills. Martial arts has helped me learn a lot of self defense, and break out of my shell.
When I am not working I love to be out on the hills snowboarding. Other than snowboarding I love hanging out with my friends and family as well as traveling.
“A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
"I am happy to assist our academy instructors, lead classes, and work one-on-one with students who are learning to find their voice. I joined the New Richmond Academy in March of 2016 with my whole family as I didn’t want to be a dad that sat on the sidelines. I have seen the benefits of discipline, self-control, and confidence for my sons, and have been blessed to join-in with my wife, Cortney. I’ve been inspired to continue my own black belt journey, and I look forward to point many more children and adults to the balance of activity, discipline, and fun that Kyuki-Do has to offer.
When you’re on the mat with me, you’ll see my passion for forms, weapons, and grappling. I like to learn the names and interests of all our academy members. I’m happy to promote the family feel and sense of belonging that all families look for when they commit to positivity and growth. I strive to model the tenets of Kyuki-Do as an example for others. My aim is to share the scope of the martial arts discipline, tailored to the learning style and personality of the student, with a few healthy laughs along the way!
I earned my 1st Dan in November, 2019. I am a student in New Richmond and I assist at the Hudson location. You’ll hear me share my personal Kyuki-Do mottos: “Gravity Wins!” and “Pil Sung!” When you’re off the mat with me, you’ll see my love for people, good food, a heart of mercy, and prayerfully, good stories!
I am blessed to be Cortney’s husband, Noah, Josiah, and Matthias’ father, a faith leader in the New Richmond community, Starr Elementary mentor, coffee and tea enthusiast, amateur griller, music lover, dabbler in woodworking and gardening and avid reader and writer!"
"My journey with Kyuki-do started when I was 5 years (the owners are my parents) 😌. As such, I have been involved with both the local and the national Kyuki-do family for roughly 15 years. I am thankful for all Kyuki-do has taught me and the ways it advanced me in contrast to my classmates. Personally, I have learned courtesy, humility, becoming timely, confidence, self awareness, and most of all, leadership.
I am grateful to be on the Leadership Martial Arts team to share what I have learned with all ages. I enjoy the process of helping others discover their way to success in life. Currently, I teach dragons and assist with all other classes at the Hudson location.
My favorite part of teaching the dragons is watching their personalities grow as they become more confident and strong. I learn something new about each dragon during each class! I also like the structure that I can convey to the children when they participate in dragons. My favorite part about assisting with all other rank classes would be helping the students gain confidence in their skills and, more importantly, themselves.
I am now a junior in college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls! My career course is headed towards Ultrasound Technician. I will finish up my degree and certification at Mayo Clinic. Each step I take in life reminds me of a truth learned on the mat. Kyukido will always be a part of the fabric of who I am. Other than schooling, I love to shop, thrift, hang with my friends, catch up on sleep, and work, work, and work!
If I am not at Leadership Martial Arts, I am either working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Christian Community Homes and Services in Hudson, working at Holy Donuts at various locations serving fresh and creative donuts or studying at UWRF!"