Instructors

Our instructors have over 60 years of combined martial arts experience and a life-long dedication to teaching and learning martial arts.

 

jameson

Master Instructor - Dr. Gary Jameson

  • 8th Dan - Tae Kwon Do
  • Born: August 21, 1957 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Martial Art Background: Dr. Jameson moved to the United States in 1972 at age 15 and started his training in Martial Arts that same year in Shotokan Karate. Then under Jim Botin he was introduced to the art of Tae Kwon Do. In 1990 he opened St. Louis Tae Kwon Do Academy and joined the National Tae Kwon Do Federation of America (NTFA) headed by Master Mike Brown.
  • Personal Background: Dr. Jameson has been in private practice in the St. Louis area since 1985. Specializing in Chiropractic Medicine and Acupuncture. He has studied Oriental Medicine in China and the United States.
  • A few of Master Jameson's recognitions include:
    • International Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Alliance (ITKDMAA) President
    • United States Martial Arts (USMA) 2000 Hall of Fame (Instructor of the Year for Missouri)
    • USMA 2001 Hall of Fame (Master of the Year)
    • USMA 2002 Hall of Fame (Silver Life Award)
    • Certified AAU Coach and Referee
    • NTFA Regional Director for Missouri
    • International Martial Arts Council of America (IMAC) Missouri State Director
    • United International Federation of Martial Arts (UIFMA) Lifetime Member
    • Apprentice Instructor for Progressive Fighting Systems
valdez

Chief Instructor - Kurt Valdez

  • 6th Dan - Tae Kwon Do
  • Born: May 30, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri
  • Martial Art Background: Mr. Valdez started his Martial Arts training around the age of 10 in Kung Fu. The year after he started his Tae Kwon Do training with Master Gary Jameson at the St. Louis Tae Kwon Do Academy under the National Tae Kwon Do Federation of America (NTFA).
  • Personal Background: Mr. Valdez graduated from SLU with a degree in Management Information Systems and currently works in the Information Technology department at AT&T.
  • A few of Mr. Valdez's recognitions include:
    • International Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Alliance (ITKDMAA) Vice President
    • United States Martial Arts (USMA) 2001 Hall of Fame (Martial Artist of the Year)
    • United States Martial Arts (USMA) 2012 Hall of Fame (Master)
    • Certified AAU Coach and Referee