Mentors


Grandmaster Nam-Ku Yun PDF Print E-mail
Image Grandmaster Nam-Ku Yun was born in Chuncheon, Korea and studied Taekwondo as a child. He was very serious in his training that he took every opportunity to get in some training. He once told the story of when he would visit his friend's house to go outside and play. When he arrived, his friend was getting dressed to go outside. While he waited he practiced kicking telephone poles with his shin to get in more practice.

Grandmaster Yun's expertise has always been Poomsae. A big part of the reason why is because his Master, Lee Chong Woo was on the committee that invented the Taegeuk Poomsae.

From 1958-1968 Grandmaster Yun was the Taekwondo Instructor for the Chuncheon Teacher's College, the 4th U.S. Missile Command in Korea, and the 102nd ROK Counter Intelligence Corp. From 1968-1981 he was the Chief Martial Arts Instructor for the 4th U.S. Missile Command in Korea. On February 27, 1981, he immigrated to the U.S. A year later, he opened his own Taekwondo school, Taegeuk Taekwondo Institute in Santa Ana.

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Grandmaster Yun at Beach Training
Master Amsell first met Grandmaster Yun in the early 80's. Since then, Grandmaster Yun has become an indispensable role model and mentor to all of the AMK instructors. Grandmaster Yun has put forth a lot of his spare time to further the training of Master Amsell and his students. Grandmaster Yun often spends hours sharing his knowledge and wisdom with all that a fortunate enough to hear it. The students and instructors of the AMK feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and respected Grandmaster willing to share his experience and knowledge.

Unfortunately, today Grandmaster Yun's health has become a factor for him physically, but he still takes the time to talk to students and provide them an invaluable insight into Taekwondo. He is always available and readily available for questions.

Grandmaster Yun received his 9th Dan Black Belt in 2005. He was also certified as an International Master Instructor in 1981. He is married and has one son and one daughter. He currently resides in Irvine, CA.

 
Sensei Rodrigo G. Carrasco PDF Print E-mail
ImageSensei Rodrigo G. Carrasco, better known to the AMK as Rod SBN first came to join the AMK in 1993. His wife worked at the same company as Master Amsell at the time. He came to the school with assistant Daren Pallugna and offered to enhance the AMK with a more solid and fundamental base in Judo/Jujitsu and Aikido. Master Amsell was open and willing to give Rod an opportunity to share his knowledge. Rod came in one day a week to teach for two hours of his own time. It was very obvious from the beginning that not only were Rod's techniques excellent, but he had a natural teaching style that was fun, and he was also able to use several analogies to help students understand with ease that which would otherwise be very complex techniques. His class rapidly grew and the demand became so great that one day a week was not good enough and his class expanded to two days a week.

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Sensei Rod with Leo
In addition to teaching the Judo/Jujitsu and Aikido class, Rod was also an invaluable resource for the WSDC. He not only participated, but gave insight into the legal aspects of self-defense as well. Rod also participated in events away from the school such as heading security at Taekwondo tournaments and participating in Beach Training. When the AMK studio in La Habra closed in 1996, Rod was unable to follow the AMK to it's new location, but his legacy continues to live on through the instructors who continue to teach what he has passed on as if it were only yesterday.

Sensei Carrasco is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Jujitsu, a 4th Dan Black Belt in Judo, and a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Aikido. He has over 30 years of martial arts experience. He currently resides in Temecula, CA.

Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim PDF Print E-mail
Image Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim had a tremendous early effect on the development of the AMK. He was the foundation of what the AMK built its system. 

After arriving in America in 1971, with his martial arts knowledge and $300, Grandmaster Kim opened the Oriental Moo-Do School in Gardena, California. His first two American Black Belts were Ron Peckham and Master Amsell. He later moved to Anaheim, Artesia, and finally to Cerritos, also in California.

In addition, from 1973 to 1991, at the encouragement of his Yudo College colleague, Dr. Kyung-Ho “Ken” Min, he served as president of the California State Taekwondo Association (CSTA). Most notably to the AMK History, Master Amsell trained with Grandmaster Kim from 1972-1987 where he earned his 1st Dan - 3rd Dan Black Belt. Master Amsell's two daughters also trained with Grandmaster Kim. Lynda SBN received her 1st Poom, Black Belt from Grandmaster Kim in 1985 and was often featured in Grandmaster Kim's demonstrations.
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Grandmaster Kim with Master Amsell
Lisa SBN received her 8th Kub, Yellow Belt through Grandmaster Kim before continuing her training under Master Amsell.

Grandmaster Kim holds a 9th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, a 9th Dan Black Belt in Yudo, and a 6th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido. He was a classmates with Grandmaster Kyu Ha Kim (Sensei Gary S. Goltz's instructor) at the Korean Yudo College and they continue to be close friends. He owns and operates the Oriental Moo-Do School in Cerritos, CA.


Sensei Gary S. Goltz PDF Print E-mail
ImageMaster Amsell originally participated in the California State Games (CSG) in Concord, CA 1992. In 1993 and 1994, the CSG moved to Ontario, CA. It was there that Master Amsell became the Event Director of the Taekwondo event and Sensei Gary S. Goltz was the Event Director of the Judo Event. The two got along right away due to their history. Sensei Goltz's instructor was Grandmaster Kyu Ha Kim was classmates with Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim (Master Amsell & Lisa SBN's instructor) at the Korean Yudo College. That connection formed an immediate bond. Master Amsell and Sensei Goltz immediately collaborated to expose Taekwondoists to Judo and Judoka to Taekwondo. A demonstration was organized and during the intermission at the Taekwondo event, Goltz's club put on a Judo demo. The following day, the AMK put on a Taekwondo demo for the Judo event.

The AMK has worked in collaboration with instructors who have trained with Sensei Goltz such as Sensei Rodrigo Carrasco and Sensei Barron McCall. Sensei Goltz has always offered to provide the AMK with a broader knowledge of Judo and has even participated in events with the AMK such as Beach Training. In fact, Lisa SBN trains with Goltz Judo Club on a regular basis. Sensei Goltz's commitment to further the art of Judo and share his abundance of knowledge is the essence of the true martial arts spirit.

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Sensei Goltz with Terry SBN
Sensei Gary Goltz is a 7th Dan Black Belt in Judo. He is the co-founder along with 6th Dan Sensei O.J. Soler of Goltz Judo Club in Claremont, CA. He has the 3rd largest club in the United States Judo Association (USJA) and was recently the #1 club in the USJA.

Professor Robert W. Zambetti PDF Print E-mail
ImageThree words come to mind when someone first encounters Professor Robert W. Zambetti--Courtesy, Dignity, and Integrity. Professor Zambetti has remained a strong influence on the AMK, and to Master Amsell, since the early '80s when he preceeded Master Amsell as the Secretary-Treasurer of the California State TKD Association (CSTA). Professor Zambetti developed the Match Numbering System© (MNS) in 1992 described in his booklet, Effective Tournament Management. The idea was quite simple, put the competitor first. Professor Zambetti runs tournaments that are efficient and very smooth. The AMK, and many AMAC member schools, endorse and use the MNS in several of their events.

ImageIn addition, Professor Zambetti has been a long-time colleague, partner, and friend to Master Amsell. Together, they formed the United Taekwondo Fellowship, Inc., started the TKD venue in the California State Games, and are now working as mentors to TKD schools through the Anasazi Martial Arts Council. Both are commited to ensuring that integrity and ethics in American TKD is preserved. Professor Zambetti has often made sacrifices for his beliefs, and his integrity has never been compromised. Lisa SBN remembers a comment that Professor Zambetti shared with her that she feels best embodies the kind of person he is, "These relationships we develop over time are very important and sustain us though the years."

Professor Zambetti is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and 6th Dan Black Belt in Judo. He retired from active instruction at CSU East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward) in 2004 and is now a Professor Emeritus. He currently resides in Northern California.

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