At Martial Arts America we are interested not only in self defense skills, but also the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing Martial Arts America students to progress quickly and easily toward their personal goals. Our instructors take seriously their responsibility as role models for younger students, teaching them the importance of strong character, leadership and good values.
Grandmaster Jung Hwan
Grandmaster Jung Hwan Park is the last true Grandmaster teaching the arts of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido today. At the age of 76 years young he continues to lead classes and share his vast knowledge with the students. Grandmaster Jung Hwan Park is a 9th Dan Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Black Belt and holds a 9th Dan in traditional Hapkido learned from the founder of Hapkido Grand Master Yong-Sool Choi. Grand Master Park has written several books on the martial arts. Grand Master Park holds a doctorate degree in veterinarian medicine. Grandmaster Park is the founder of the World Traditional Hapkido Federation. Grandmaster Park has trained many state, national, and international champions over in his career. Presently Grand Master Park has developed a new training system called Cane-Do (the art of using a cane for exercise and self-defense).
Master Val Henry
Master Val Henry began his training in 1972 when he attended his first martial arts class with his older brother. The first martial art Master Val Henry studied was the Korean art of Kido under Grand Master Jae Sok Choe. Master Val Henry earned his first Black Belt in April of 1977 in the art of Kido. With his thirst for knowledge he continued to train in the martial arts studying many different forms of the martial arts. Then in August of 1986 he earned his first degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. In 1988 Master Val Henry traveled to Korea and earned his 2nd degree Black Belt from the Kukkiwon while attending the Olympics where Tae Kwon Do was a demonstration sport for the first time. Master Henry competed for many years winning many gold medals and titles. Including the Florida State light weight Black Belt and National light weight Black Belt titles. Master Val Henry has coached many state and national and international champions in his career. As he continued his search for the best martial arts training he met and trained with Grand Master Jung Hwan Park in which he continues his training today. Master Val Henry feels honored to have Grandmaster Park teach and train in his school. Master Val Henry has also earned certification as an International WTF referee and has refereed many international competitions. Master Val Henry has earned the rank of 7th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and holds a 4th Dan in Hapkido.
Master Hank Henry
Master Hank Henry has been training in the martial arts his whole life. At the age of 2 he entered the training floor and has not left since. While traveling in Korea in 2005 visiting our Grandmaster Jung Hwan Park was able to train at the Kukkiwon and test for his 3rd Dan. Then in 2009 he earned the rank of 4th Dan Master Instructor under Grand Master Jung Hwan Park. He as won many tournaments and state titles in his martial arts career. Some of which include the 2011, and 2012 COPA AMERICA BJJ Championship, 2011 NAGA U.S. Open Gold Medalist in Gi and Nogi, 2013, 2014 AAU Tae Kwon Do State Champion and National Qualifier. Master Hank has a thirst for expanding his martial arts knowledge and has trained with Marcelo Garcia, John Danaher, Gordon Ryan, Eddie Cummings, Garry Tonon, Matt Hughes (9 time UFC Welterweight Champion), Carlos and Rigan Machado (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors of Chuck Norris), Bernardo Faria (2x World Champion (2010/2013) 3x Pan-American Champion), and while traveling in Costa Rica was given the opportunity to train with Mauro Sergio (Multiple Time Pan-American Champion) in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Master Hank holds the rank of Brown Belt in Jiujitsu under sensei Ross Kellin. Master Hank also trains in Hapkido and Kickboxing. Master Hank teaches the Jiujitsu/MMA classes and is the chief instructor at Martial Arts America.