Seattle Tae Kwon Do - Award Winning Martial Arts

Our Professional Instructors

Master Brandon RichardsMaster Sung Mi LeeAlex LeBlancMichelle Gundersen

Master Brandon RichardsGrand Master Brandon Richards, Ph D

8th Degree Black Belt

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Began Martial Arts Training: 1976
First Year Teaching: 1992
Additional Rank: 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate

Personal Achievements:

8th Degree Black Belt with Korea Taekwondo Jidokwan (Very rare for Non-Koreans)
8th Degree Black Belt
with World Martial Arts Federation
8th Degree Black Belt from Australia Taekwondo Jidokwan by Grand Master Sung Soo Lee
8th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from United States Kido Federation
8th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from United States Kido Federation
8th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from International Combat Hapkido Federation
8th Degree Black Belt from National Korean Martial Arts Association
Induced to United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2013
Awarded 2013 Grandmaster of the Year by United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Inducted in International Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame in 2013
7th Degree Black Belt with Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
B.A. in Korean Studies, University of Washington
Master of Science in Tae Kwon Do - Amerstate University, Racine Wisconsin
Ph. D honoris causa Doctor of Martial Science - San Diego University
Professor of Martial Arts - Amerstate University, Racine, Wisconsin
Appointed Commissioner of Amerstate University, Racine, Wisconsin
Appointed to Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) International Advisory Board
Poomse Advisory Board Chair for United States Kido Federation
Inducted in the the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame in 2013
Amerstate University Alumni Association Vice-President
3-time U.S. National Medalist (USTU, AAU, Junior Olympics)
Member of U.S. Taekwondo Grandmaster Society
Life Member of Taekwondo Jidokwon Historical Society
Attended University of Washington and Yonsei University in Korea
Certified CDT Master Instructor
Citation from World Taekwondo Federation
Grandmaster Instructor License from International Combat Hapkido Federation
Kukkiwon Certified Master Instructor
Grandmaster Instructor
License from United States Kido Federation
Kukkiwon Endorsed School
Kukkiwon Letter of Appreciation
Kukkiwon Letter of Commendation
Received Taekwondo Jidokwan Citation
USNTF Master Instructor Certified
USNTF Continental Referee Certified
USNTF Special Award
USNTF Certificate of Appreciation
World Martial Arts Federation Master Teacher Certificate of Qualification
World Taekwondo Council Special Education Certificate
Appointed USAT Martial Arts Commissioner - 2011
FEMA Certified Community Emergency Response Team Member
Graduate of Anthony Robbins Life Mastery University
FBI Seattle - Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board Member
FBI Seattle - Citizen's Academy Graduate
Graduate of Mountlake Terrace Police Citizen's Academy 2010
City of Mountlake Terrace Certificate of Appreciation
Mountlake Terrace Police Advisory Board Member
USTU Certified Referee
10-time Washington State Champion
Washington State USNTF State Director
Received Presidential Citation for Tae Kwon Do from President George Bush
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
3x Presidential Platinum Award from Barrak Obama (Only person in Washington State)
3x Presidential Gold Award from Barrak Obama
3x Presidential Silver Award from Barrak Obama
3x Presidential Bronze Award from Barrak Obama
Graduated Thunder Ranch Tactical Fireams School
American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Certified Instructor
Taekwondo Jidokwan Historical Society Ambassador Award
Charter School License from International Combat Hapkido Federation
Washington State Taekwondo Association Citation
Over 36 Years Experience

Presented Honorary Black Belts to:
Washington State Senator Paull Shin - 2010
Mountlake Terrace Councilman John Zambrano - 2010
F.B.I. Superviory Special Agent Greg Jennings - 2010
Washington State Representive Luis Moscoso - 2012

Personal Thoughts:
If we do what we love in life we will create passion, energy and joy. We should all pursue our dreams and never look back.

Personal Motto:
One who looks outward, dreams and one who looks inward, awakes. -Carl Jung
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe he can achieve. -Napoleon Hill

Master Sung Mi LeeSenior Master Sung-Mi Lee

7th Degree Black Belt
Kukkiwon Certified


Began Martial Arts Training: 1986
First Year Teaching: 1992

Personal Achievements:

2-time World Championship Medalist
Korean National Champion
B.A. in Tae Kwon Do
Awarded "Best Player" Award in Korea
Received Citation for Instruction Excellence from Mayor Dave Gossett
Presented Letter of Commendation from Governor Christine Gregoire
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
Presidential Gold Award from Barrak Obama
Presidential Silver Award from Barrak Obama
Presidential Bronze Award from Barrak Obama
Kukkiwon Certified Master Instructor
Kukkiwon Letter of Commendation
Appointed USAT Martial Arts Commissioner - 2011
World Taekwondo Federation Certified International Referee
World Taekwondo Federation
Citation
USNTF Certified Master Instructors
USNTF Letter of Appreciation
USNTF Special Award
Received Taekwondo Jidokwan Citation
Received Letter of Commendation from President George Bush
Received Letter of Commendation from Mountlake Terrace Mayor Dave Gossett
1st Female Master in Washington State
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified
Speaks English and Korean Fluently

        Personal Thoughts:
        If you enjoy what you do, you will be happy, and that will make you be your best.

        Personal Motto:
        Watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Choose your words, for they become your actions. Understand your actions, for they become your habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character for it becomes your destiny.
        - Author Unknown

Euna LeeMaster Euna Lee

5th Degree Black Belt
Kukkiwon Certified

Began Martial Arts Training: 1990
First Year Teaching: 2004
Additional Rank: 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo

Personal Achievements:

5th Degree Black Belt with the Kukkiwon
Bronze Medalist Korean High School National Championships
Silver Medalist in Korean Olympic Team Trials
Korean Collegiate National Champion
Received Taekwondo Jidokwan Citation
Received Citation from Senator Paull Shin
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified
Certified Physical Education Teacher
Certified Sports Massage Therapist
Certified Bodyguard
Currently attending ESL at Edmonds Community College

Personal Thoughts:
"You can do it!"

Personal Motto: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -Albert Einstein

Instructor Alex LeBlancAlex LeBlanc

4th Degree Black Belt

Began Martial Arts Training: 1997
First Year Teaching: 2005

Personal Achievements:

USNTF Special Award
Mountlake Terrace High School Honor Society
Presidential Physical Fitness Award Winner
Over 12 Years Tae Kwon Do Experience
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified
Certified Pilot

Personal Thoughts: You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Personal Motto:
"Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

Instructor Armen Nalbandyan

4th Degree Black Belt

Began Martial Arts Training: 2004
First Year Teaching: 2010

Personal Achievements:

4 Years Honor Roll Student
8 Years Tae Kwon Do Training
Speaks English and Armenian Fluently
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified
Comptitive Swimmer

Personal Thoughts: "Don't just dream about it, go for it!"

Personal Motto: "I am not afraid of the person that has practiced 10,000 kicks, but am afraid of the person that practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee

Master Michelle Gundersen, MBA

5th Degree Black Belt

Began Martial Arts Training:
First Year Teaching: 2011
Additional Rank: 2nd Degree Black Belt in Thai Kickboxing

Personal Achievements:
USNTF Certitied Instructor
USNTF Certified Regional Referee
USNTF Special Award
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified

Personal Thoughts:

Personal Motto:


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Instructor Celina Hipolito

3rd Degree Black Belt

Began Martial Arts Training: 2005
First Year Teaching: 2012

Personal Achievements:
Highly Capable Program Graduate
Presidential Award 2011
American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR Certified

Personal Thoughts: "Take pride not in achievements themselves, but in the journey you make to get there"

Personal Motto: "If there is a will, there's a way!"