Midwest Academy
of Tae Kwon Do

Master Valin: matkd@prodigy.net or 847-815-0898

Master Brabeck: richard.brabeck@gmail.com

Master Kuhfeldt: stompya1@comcast.net

Master Zielinski: gargoyledoorworks@wowway.com

Mr. Crisp: jcrisp@lifetimefitness.com or kickyou22@yahoo.com

 

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Master Dan Valin




He has been training in TaeKwon-Do since 1979 and currently holds the rank of 7th Degree (Dan) Black Belt. 

His rank certifications are held with the Midwest Martial Arts League (MMAL), The International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF), the United States TaeKwon-Do Federation (USTF), and the American TaeKwon-Do Institute.  Master Valin is the President of The Midwest Academy Of TaeKwon-Do and is the Master Instructor of MATKD's headquarters and main location in Elgin, IL. He also has affiliate schools throughout the Midwest reporting to him as a part of the Midwest Martial Arts League.  Master Valin has been instructing students ranging in age from 7 to 74 years old since 1984.  Master Valin is also actively involved with organizing, promoting, and officiating tournaments and events locally and nationally and has put together a number of successful demonstration teams and is the coach to their national competition team.  Master Valin also has extensive experience in Ju Jitsu, Hapkido and other forms of self-defense. 

Master Richard Brabeck



He has been training in Tae Kwon-Do since 1977 and currently holds the rank of 7th Degree (Dan) Black Belt.

His rank certifications are held with the Universal TKD Federation (UTF), World TKD Alliance (WTA), and Chung Do Kwan. Master Brabeck trained with the late Grand Master Han Chak Yo, who was hand picked by General Choi to spread the art of TKD.  Master Brabeck owns Northwest TKD, and was invited by Master Valin for him and his students to join the students of MATKD.  Master Brabeck organized the first National TKD Tournament for the Physically and Developmentally challenged in 1993 and taught special TKD classes through the Little City Foundation.  Some of his expertise through his experiences as the Executive Director for Tournaments for the Universal TKD Federation and UTF/WTA Demonstration Team Secretary General of the World TKD Alliance. Master Brabeck is also the Technical Director and Korean Translation Advisor for the Midwest Academy of TaeKwon-Do.

Master Scott Kuhfeldt



He has been training in TaeKwon-Do since 1984 and currently holds the rank of 7th Degree (Dan) Black Belt. 

His rank certifications are held with the Midwest Martial Arts League (MMAL), the Midwest Academy of TaeKwon-Do (MATKD), the International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF), the United States TaeKwon-Do Federation (USTF), and the American TaeKwon-Do Institute.  Master Kuhfeldt has been instructing since 1992 and is also actively involved in tournaments both as an official and a competitor.  Master Kuhfeldt is a key member in the demonstration teams Master Valin has organized, and has extensive experience in Ju Jitsu and self-defense.  Master Kuhfeldt was instrumental in organizing and instructing a TaeKwon-Do club while he was in college.  Master Kuhfeldt is the Program Director for the Wheeling Park District and is the Training Director for the Midwest Academy of TaeKwon-Do.

Master Fred Zielinski



He has been training in TaeKwon-Do since 1984 and currently holds the rank of 7th Degree (Dan) Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do and a 2nd degree Black Belt in JuJitsu.

Certifications are held with the Midwest Martial Arts League (MMAL),  The Midwest Academy Of TaeKwon-Do (MATKD), The International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF), the United States TaeKwon-Do Federation (USTF), and Great Lakes Martial Arts.  Master Zielinski has been instructing since 1991 and has been actively involved in demonstration teams for Great Lakes Martial Arts and The Midwest Academy Of TaeKwon-Do.  Master Zielinski is also actively involved in tournaments in the Midwest both as a competitor and an official.  Master Zielinski is the Program Director for the River Trails Park District and Technical Director for the Midwest Academy of TaeKwon-Do.

Mr. Jemal Crisp



He currently holds the rank of 5th Degree (Dan) Black Belt and is certified with the Midwest Martial Arts League and the Midwest Academy Of TaeKwon-Do. 

Mr. Crisp is actively involved with our competition and demonstration team and has extensive training in Ju Jitsu, Eskrima and other forms of martial arts along with TaeKwon-Do.  Mr. Crisp officiates at   tournaments locally and nationally.  He is also a certified Cardio Kickboxing Instructor and is the Membership Director for Midwest Academy of TaeKwon-Do.


Current Black Belts among all 3 locations of the Midwest Academy of Tae Kwon Do:

Mr. Aaron Hadesman - 4th Dan
Mrs. Jessica Huffaker - 3rd Dan
Mr. Ed Ramos - 3rd Dan
Mr. Fidel Arias - 3rd Dan
Ms. Amy Valin - 3rd Dan

Mr. Michael Schmidt - 2nd Dan
Mr. Jim Kwasek - 2nd Dan
Mr. Steve Johnson - 2nd Dan
Mr. Jonathan Boncan - 2nd Dan
Mr. Erik Almendariz - 2nd Dan
Mr. Matt McCormick - 2nd Dan

Mr. Everett Clark - 1st Dan
Mr. Tom Seyller - 1st Dan
Mr. Matt Zapf - 1st Dan
Mr. Chris Porras - 1st Dan
Mrs. Barbi Galluppi - 1st Dan
Mr. Demeke Berhanu - 1st Dan
Ms. Emily Isakson - 1st Dan
Mr. John Spaniol - 1st Dan
Mr. Alex Hadesman - 1st Dan
Mr. Jacob Mackender - 1st Dan

Ms. Alexandra Daggett - Probationary
Ms. Karen Lai - Probationary
Mr. Jacob Oleson - Probationary
Ms. Kathy Vo - Probationary
Mr. Theo Li - Probationary


Other Black Belts include:

Mr. Mark Skalski - 5th Dan
Ms. Dorothy Kilcoyne - 4th Dan (In Loving Memory)
Ms. Kelly Mestek - 3rd Dan
Ms. Analu Figueroa - 2nd Dan
Mr. Koon Wong - 2nd Dan
Mr. Sagar Shah - 1st Dan
Mrs. Cathy Peschnick - 1st Dan
Mr. Michael Kozina - 1st Dan
Ms. Savannah Lira - 1st Dan
Mr. Alex Stepson - 1st Dan
Mr. Mickey Lira - Probationary