Grand Master Sung Min Park
Guinness World Record Holder
Grand Master Park graduated from Yong In University (South Korea) in 1997. He currently holds a 7th Degree Back Belt in Taekwondo from Kukkiwon, a 6th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from the Korea Hapkido Association and Korea Hapkido Total Federation, and he holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Youngmoodo from the Korea Yongmoodo Association. Master Park also holds a Black Belt in Judo and Kumdo. Since 2006, he has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Taekwondo, Hapkido and self-defense at Harper College (Palatine, IL). He received his Masters of Science in Martial Arts from Amerstate University (Racine, WI) in 2009. In 2013, Master Park achieved his Guinness World Record: breaking 1000, one inch thick pine boards in 20 minutes, 33 seconds during a charity event for It's Our Little Secret (IOLS), a non-profit organization advocating for victims of physical and emotional abuse. He is the current President of Chicago Martial Arts Association.
Our Team. They all started as white belts with Master Park.
One of the things that sets us apart from most schools is we do not use our students as free labor. All our students and Black Belts are students. Only a select few are chosen to teach and go through a year and a half of training and 4 test to get there. Once the rank of Instructor is achieved, all are paid. Our Instructors want to be Instructor and worked very hard for their title and responsibility. They are not in class because it is a requirement to obtain your next belt. Because we view all students as students and have curriculum through a 5th Degree Black Belt, we have 100 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Degree Black Belts attending classes.
Master Dan Gorecki is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. He is also a middle school Social Studies and Math teacher at Saint Odilo School in Berwyn.
Instructor Jesse Cox is a 2nd Degree Black Belt. His family has made Taekwondo a family activity. His daughter, wife and oldest son also train, with his youngest to follow as soon as he is old enough. He is a USA Taekwondo certified referee.
Instructor William Hernandez is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been training with Master Park since he was 7. He is a USA Taekwondo certified referee. He is currently finishing his Junoir year at the University of Illinois and is studying Pharmacy.
Instructor Tony Greinke is a 2nd Degree Black Belt. He started training after seeing how much his son enjoyed Taekwondo. He is a USA Taekwondo certified referee and is a full time instructor at Kaya Martial Arts.
Instructor Mike Hill is a 3rd Degree Black Belt. He is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. He is a certified coach & referee. Mike started with Master Park at Harper College. He is expanding his Martial Arts knowledge by also training in Muay Thai.
Instructor Brittany Mathis is a 2nd Degree Black Belt. She is finishing her Freshman Year at Michigan's Grand Valley State and is majoring in Occupational Therapy. She has studied Taekwondo with Master Park since 2006.
Instructor Joseph Maule is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. Joseph is a certified Form's Judge and referee. He is currently waiting for college offers.
Instructor Lukas Phu is a 2nd Degree Black Belt. He has won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals at USA Taekwondo National tournaments and is a certified coach. He is finishing up his Junoir year at the University of Iowa and is a member of their Taekwondo competition team.
Jr. Instructors never teach or lead a class, they help by demonstrating techniques, hold targets and work with students one on one when needed. Jr. Instructors are 2nd, 3rd & 4th Degree Black Belts who have completed 9 months of Leadership classes, tested and are earning their 100 hours of class time before they can test to be a hired Instructor.
Mounisha Kovour, Elaina Park, Foster Jackey, Megan Schuster
Our 4th Degree Black Belts.
4th Degree Black Belts are Master level and are referred to as Master. They still train and are preparing to receive their Master Certification from Kukkiwon in Korea. Once that coarse is completed, they will be certified to issue Black Belts to students through Kukkiwon.