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ITA Pre-Qualifier Camp Instructors

On January 19, 2015, Posted by , In Announcements, With Comments Off on ITA Pre-Qualifier Camp Instructors

 

The ITA Pre-Qualifier Camp will be hosted by Farrell's USMA in Waukee and 
instructed by Phelps Sport Taekwondo.

 

Instructor Bios:

Scott Phelps: Master Phelps began Taekwondo training in 1976 under Grand Master In Mook Kim and currently holds the rank of 7th degree Black Belt. Master Phelps is a former national collegiate team coach with over 30 years of Olympic style Taekwondo competition experience and has developed several State, Regional and National Taekwondo champions. Master Phelps holds coaching and referee certification through USA Taekwondo (the governing body for Olympic Taekwondo in the United States). He also holds referee certification through the International Kick Boxing Federation and is currently the Vice President of the Chung Do Kwan of America Taekwondo Association, a regional Taekwondo association.

 

Taylor Gazzano: Taylor has been doing taekwondo for 15 years now and is a 3rd degree black belt. He started teaching when he was 12 years old at a Park District. He is a multiple state and regional champion. Taylor is a two time AAU National silver medalist, was on the AAU National team in 2009, and National team runner up in 2010 for the AAU. Taylor is also was a bronze medalist at 2013 Collegiate Nationals and USAT Nationals. Taylor is currently training for 2015 Collegiate Nationals and USAT Nationals.

“Taekwondo has impacted my life greatly. It gave me structure at a young age when nothing else could. It was an outlet, I used to get in a lot of trouble and it helped keep me on a straight path that didn’t lead to getting in more trouble. It gave me an identity and also caused me to fall in love with the sport. I have met some of my best friends because of taekwondo and also have traveled a lot. I moved states for the sport and found a College I love because of it. It has always been there and will continue to always be as well.”

 

Ryan Yen: Ryan is a 2nd degree black belt and has been doing taekwondo for 14 years. Six out of the 14 have been spent with Phelps Taekwondo. Ryan has traveled across the nation to compete in various tournaments raining from state level to national level. Ryan is currently training for 2015 USAT Nationals.

“I’ve learned that the physical part of Taekwondo is the easiest. The difficultly comes from the mindset”

 

Thomas Hawkins: Thomas Hawkins is a 4th degree black belt and currently 22 years old. He started Taekwondo when he was 3 years old and started competing when he was 5. He has been competing in Taekwondo for 17 years. Olympic Sport Taekwondo is his favorite type of Taekwondo because he likes fighting people at tournaments. He has also traveled in and out of the country to compete in national and international events. I’ve been training with Phelps Taekwondo for 8 years. Master Scott Phelps’s has world class training and world class teammates.

“I have made friends that have helped  me achieve winning AAU nationals two times, getting 5 USAT national medals and making 2 AAU national teams that compete out of the country at WTF events.”

 

Jordan Relford: Jordan Relford has been doing taekwondo for 15 years and is currently a 2nd degree black belt. He is from Omaha, Nebraska and also teaches for Therese’s Taekwondo. He has medals at Jr Nationals in 03,04,06,07, and 08. He has also medaled at senior Nationals in 2012 and 2014, and also medaled at Collegiate Nationals in 2014.

“Tkd has taught me respect, courage, perseverance, hard work and discipline. I love training with my teammates and meeting new people. Tkd and music are my two passions in life! “

 

Jason Pak: Jason Pak currently holds a rank of 3rd Dan and is Kukkiwon certified. Jason has been training taekwondo since the age of 12. He has competed regionally and nationally for the past several years. He is also a multiple regional and state champion. Jason also has many years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels.

 

Belmina Cosic: Belmina has been doing taekwondo for 15 years and currently holds a 3rd degree black belt. Belmina has been with Phelps Taekwondo for almost 10 years. She is a multiple state champion and a regional champion. Belmina has medaled at AAU Nationals and USAT Nationals. She has traveled all over the nation to train and compete with National level players.

“Taekwondo has impacted my life in such a positive way. I do not know where I would be without taekwondo today, it has introduced me to so many people and I have so many good friends all over the United States because of it. It has not only taught me the physical aspects but the mental ones as well. It has changed my life and it will always be a part of who I am as a person.”

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