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MEET THE MASTERS
Master Eugene Kim with his father, Grandmaster Kyu Ha Kim
KYU HA KIM
Grandmaster Kim’s son, Master Eugene Kim, is a life long martial artist who began training in Judo and Taekwondo under his Father at the age of five. Master Eugene Kim is currently ranked as a sixth degree black belt in Judo and a sixth degree black belt in Taekwondo. He also holds the rank of brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Kim's Martial Arts & Fitness is fortunate to have an elite group of loyal and dedicated individuals who have advanced in rank through the years and constantly lend guidance and instruction at the dojo. Meet our Senior Level Black Belts!
MASTER RON PARDINI
Master Pardini has studied Judo under Grandmaster Kim for over 47 years. He is currently a 7th degree black belt and holds 13 National Gold Medal titles. His zeal for competition has been infectuous and has spurred many on to achieve regional and national titles. He has taught in several Pittsburgh locations throughout the years, but his "home" dojo has always been with Grandmaster Kim.
MASTER CHRIS MOORE
Master Moore has studied Martial Arts and fitness his entire life. A lifelong strength athlete, his basement rivals most fitness clubs in the Pittsburgh area. He is currently a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 4th degree black belt in Judo. Master Moore's extensive martial arts and fitness library is always a source of inspiration and clarification in all aspects of training in our various disciplines.
MASTER LARRY DRISCOLL
Dr. Driscoll has over 35 years of Martial Arts teaching experience. In addition to functioning as the Head Instructor for Grandmaster Kim's City Club classes during the decade of the 80's, he introduced a complete program at Wheeling-Jesuit University for both regular students and disadvantaged youth in that area. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 4th degree black belt in Judo.
MASTER MICHAEL HAVEY
Master Havey has studied a wide variety of Martial Arts over the years and brings a wide range of experience to the dojo in various forms of self-defense instruction. He holds a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo. Master Havey's classes are always high spirited, fun and extremely informative.
MASTER CHRIS MCMAHON
Master McMahon currently holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 4th degree black belt in Judo. He also holds the rank of black belt in Aki-Jitsu, a combat oriented form of Jiu-Jitsu. He epitomizes the family orientation of the dojo as his entire cadre of children - 3 sons and 2 daughters - are involved in both Tae Kwon Do and Judo and several hold black belt rank.
MS. CYNTHIA NICHOLAS-MAYO
Ms. Nicholas-Mayo has been involved in Judo since childhood. The daughter of our beloved Ms. Dee Nicholas, Cindy was an alternate to the 1996 US Olympic Judo Team. She currently holds a 5th degree black belt in Judo and spends most of her teaching and training time at the Cranberry Dojo.
MASTER RICK PLACE
Master Place has been studying Taekwondo under Grandmaster Kim for over 15 years. Affectionately known as the "Big Dancing Bear", he can always be found helping run the monthly Tae Kwon Do promotional tournaments and assisting with self-defense instruction for our younger students. Master Place holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
MASTER CHUCK SCHMIDT
Master Schmidt holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 3rd degree black belt in Judo. He regularly competes at the regional and national level in Judo and has been a Silver Medalist at the Judo National Championships. Master Schmidt is a constant presence at the dojo and is always willing to answer questions and assist with technique.
MASTER ROGER GAUGHAN
Master Gaughan is one of our more active competitors, regularly participating in regional and national tournaments around the country. He has several titles to his credit and is always an inspiration to our students. You will regularly find him assisting with defining competition rules and procedures and advising students on proper tournament technique.
MASTER JOHN BORODYCIA
Master Borodycia holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo. He has taught and trained at Kim's for many years and has had his entire family involved in the sport throughout that time. Most of his children have already achieved Black Belt rank at some level.