follow our passion

Our Masters have devoted their life to following their passion of training in the art of Taekwondo. They have achieved a mastery of this martial art, and pass their extensive training on to our students.

However, their level of expertise goes far beyond skill and technique.


Grand Master Bill Cho seeks out Masters like himself, whose passion for people is equal to or greater than their desire to simply teach. He has built a team of Masters who not only want to train the body on technique, but desire to train the hearts and minds of his students; to help them achieve their best selves both on and off the mats. Grand Master Cho is highly recognized for his achievements, and he shares his experience, skill and expertise with all his students.

  • 2001 - 02 Head Coach at the World Cup Games in Vietnam & Tokyo under the United States Olympic Committee

  • Illinois State Taekwondo Association President under USA Taekwondo (formerly United States TaeKwonDo Union)

  • Founder & President of the United States Martial Arts Taekwondo Federation

  • Korean American Championships multiple Tournament Champion & MVP

  • Cover story for the Taekwondo Times (2 separate publications)

  • Illinois President of the United States Taekwondo Leadership Union

  • Host of the Chicago Open & United States Martial Arts Taekwondo Federation's annual tournaments

  • 2007 Head of Team for all Korean-American Olympic Athletes

Our Master Team


Grand Master Bill Cho

St. Charles


Head Master Kim

Director Sycamore


Head Master Yoo

Director Roselle


Master Instructor Lucy



Master So

South Elgin

test-519 copy_edited.jpg

Shelley Johnson

St. Charles

Office Manager


Jayna Bartelt


Office Manager

Our Office Staff


Wendi Merrell

St. Charles

Office Assistant

Liz Kruse

St. Charles

Social Media & Website Coordinator