Master Brzegowy started martial arts training in August 1984 at Lee’s Martial Arts, Bloomington Indiana.
Through hard work, dedication and excellent instruction, he has instructed for many years. His two
children, Emily & Jacob, are also black belts. Master Brzegowy is a firm believer in the traditional martial
Master Brzegowy is a USA Martial Arts Alliance Hall of Fame Inductee:
2013 Tae Kwon Do Instructor of the Year.
Master Johnson began his martial arts training in 1983,
and was instructed in a very traditional manner at
Lee's Martial Arts in Bloomington, Indiana (he later
owned that studio from 1990-1991). The fundamentals
mandated by Grandmaster Kie-Duk Lee inspired
Master Johnson to instruct in a similar fashion, insuring
that students who train at Guardian Martial Arts
receive all the benefits of a similar education and
develop a deep appreciation and understanding for the
traditional values of martial arts.
Master Johnson's students not only excel in executing
every technique -- according to the extent of their
Guardian Martial Arts Studio
|Whether you are taking martial arts classes to get in shape,
gain confidence and strength, earn a yellow or green belt, or you
intend to train very hard and commit to earning your black belt,
Master Johnson will be 110% committed to helping you attain your goals.
Prepare to do your part and give it 110%. Your goals ARE within reach.
Master Todd Somers, Ph.D.
Master Somers started in martial arts in 1982 and has trained under Grandmaster Jim Green in Kempo belt
in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.
Master Somers holds a Ph.D. from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies in Martial Arts Science.
Master Somers is a five-time U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, and is a 5th Dan Master in
Hapkido & Kempo Karate as well as a 3rd Dan in Tae Kwon Do.
He currently owns White Tiger Martial Arts Studio in Salem, Indiana, and we are fortunate to have his
valuable instruction at Guardian Martial Arts Studio.
Mr. Gordon Emily
Mr. Emily started in martial arts in 2006 under Master Somers at White Tiger Martial Arts in Salem,
Indiana. He has already been honored as a Two-time U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee.
Mr. Emily is currently a 3rd Dan in both Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. He is beginning a career in law
enforcement, and is an instructor at White Tiger Martial Arts as well as an occasional guest instructor at
both Guardian Martial Arts Studio and K.I.C.K.S. Martial Arts.
Mr. Steve Coulston
Mr. Coulston started his martial arts training in 2008 under Master Somers.
He was a Navy man for many years, and brings a firm, enthusiastic style of teaching. Students can be
sure he will train them hard and they will get their techniques down. Mr. Coulston is currently a 1st Dan
in Tae Kwon Do. He is a full time instructor at White Tiger Martial Arts and an occasional guest
instructor at both K.I.C.K.S. Martial Arts and Guardian Martial Arts.
Master Mike Brzegowy
Mr. Brown began his martial arts training at age 9 under Master Johnson at the K.I.C.K.S. Martial Arts
program at the Church of God in Mitchell, Indiana.
He earned his 1st Dan in Tae Kwon Do in 2006. He later achieved a 2nd Dan with the U.S.A. Martial
Arts Alliance in 2009. Mr. Brown took over the K.I.C.K.S. Martial Arts program in 2010, and continues
to train many talented martial artists in his program, and is a welcome visiting instructor at Guardian
Martial Arts Studio.
Mr. Isaac Brown
Mr. New began his training in 1990 at Lee's Martial Arts in Bloomington, Indiana. Trained in the
traditional Korean art of Hapkido, Mr. New currently holds a 3rd degree blackbelt. Mr. New has been an
instructor for many years, and he believes one of the greatest benefits of his martial arts training is being
able to share what he has learned with other people.
Mr. Danny New
Miss Sparks earned her blackbelt in TKD in September 2007. She excels at techniques. She emphasizes
learning every technique correctly -- at a slow pace -- then practicing it correctly at a faster pace. Speed
will come later, but as she says, "a bad kick done quickly is still a bad kick". She is a firm believer that
martial arts is great exercise and helps build self-confidence. Miss. Sparks is also a Sunday School
teacher at New Life Church in Harrodsburg, Indiana.
Miss Melissa Sparks
physical ability -- they will also excel in executing all aspects of their art, including respect for
others, traditional Korean protocol and etiquette, and maintaining their own personal integrity.
Miss Brzegowy is currently a 1st Dan in Tae Kwon Do. After years of pleading, she was finally granted
access to the world of Martial Arts and began her training at the tender age of 8. Miss Brzegowy was
awarded her black belt in December 2006. Currently a junior at BHSN, she is an Honor Student and an
active member of the Color Guard at BHSN. Miss Brzegowy has been a guest assistant instructor to
Miss Sparks in the LIL Kicks program. Upon leaving a class taught by Miss Brzegowy, you will have a
smile on your face and sweat on your back!
Miss Emily Brzegowy
Mr. Cooper started his martial arts training in 1972. Master Mu-Gil Lee was his first instructor in Tae
Kwon Do, and his second instructor was Master Ki-Duk Lee. Back then the dojang was called
Bloomington Karate Center, in a small building across the street from the Penquin (now called the
Chocolate Moose). In 1975 he received a Certificate of Achievement for exhibiting superior Tae Kwon
Do skills and having an excellent attendance record, training 2-4 hours per day.
Mr. Cooper earned his 1st dan black belt in 1976 under Master Mu-Gil Lee, Master Ki-Duk Lee,
Master Il Shik Kim, Master Park and Master Kwok. Says Mr. Cooper, "the expectations of the Korean
Masters, well, let's just say, they didn't just hand out belts, you earned them!"
Mr. Lee Cooper
|"There is no magic that happens when you tie a
belt around your waist. Just putting on a black
belt doesn't make you a black belt. I want my
students to be proud of the belt they have
earned, and I will help them to be the
best martial artist they can be."