Instructors

INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

Instructors:

Master. Linda Walters, Mr. Carl Stevens, Mr. Anthony Gizinski, Mr. Alex Zubkov, Mr. Nicholas Walters, Mr. Christopher Walters, Mr. Rick Martinek, Mr. Patrick Day, Mr. Steve Glennon, Ms. Ali Ross.

Master. Linda Walters:

I am a 5th Dan Master in TaeKwonDo, 4th Dan in Kumdo, 1st Dan in Kung Fu, 1st Dan in Hapkido, and have extensive experience in Tai Chi and Tai Chi Fan, and kickboxing workout program.  I have had 25 plus years experience in martial arts training in multiple arts and am looking forward to the final test for 2nd Dan Kung Fu.  I am the coordinator of  and participant in the ”Flying Dragons” Demo Team.  I have taught in the after school programs in the public school system in addition to classes taught at RCMAA.  I am a former Occupational Therapist, which assists in my ability to assess and assist students in their performance.

I Teach TaeKwonDo, Kung Fu, Kumdo, assist on occasion with techniques in Hapkido and Tai Chi Fan, with occasional performance in Tai Chi.

 I started my training in 1983 with ‘Song Moo Kwan’ and have been with ‘Song Moo Kwan’ since.  ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’ is one of the many ‘Song Moo Kwan’ schools which are established both nationally and internationally.  I am one of the founders of ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’.

Martial Arts training is one of the best ways to develop in both Character and in Physical attributes.  For me, being a part of this endeavor, is the main reason that I enjoy teaching and helping students learn and develop their skills.

As I have been an instrumental part of the development of our school, I have a vested interested in creating the type of atmosphere that is most conducive to learning, but which also helps make learning enjoyable. 

We have a large training area, making it easier to teach and to learn.   We have quality instructors (certified through Song Moo Kwan) who give high level training and workouts. We have an organized and uniform curriculum that is developed and revised through  ‘Song Moo Kwan’. The multiple arts available gives students the ability to benefit from these arts either to cross train, or just by sparring with other styles and or seeing the other arts performed.  We have a very friendly and family-like atmosphere where students help each other out to reach their goals.  We welcome ages from about 3 yrs. and up and teach students with physical limitations and those who are focus challenged.  Our financial policies are accommodating and flexible… very user friendly, and our prices are very competitive. We have additional training opportunities including training with visiting instructors from Korea and yearly training programs for students to visit and train in Tae Kwon Do  (in Korea) and to train in Kung Fu (at the Shaolin Temple). We offer great opportunity for all our students

 All students viewed on an equal level with equal importance.  The family-like atmosphere at our school supports and encourages students in their learning.  We work to identify and recognize the different ways each student learns best and adjust training accordingly.  Teaching students correctly the first time, rather than correcting errors after the fact is much more effective and less frustrating for students, and should be foremost on an instructor’ ‘to do’ list.  This is how we teach.  Helping students to understand how the body works most effectively in performing martial arts and ‘why’ training is done as it is, is very important. Our directive is to help students identify and visualize their goals and to help students reach them. 

For all these reasons, I am very happy to be a part of “River City Martial Arts Academy”.

 

 

Mr. Carl Stevens:

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A: 3rd Dan Black Belt TaeKwonDo, 3rd Dan Black Belt Hapkido (head instructor), Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (head instructor), 1st Gup Kumdo

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4. What positive qualities, aspects, atmosphere, etc., do you find at ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’ and why would you encourage potential students to train here?

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5. Please describe your philosophy as an instructor regarding instructing students and general martial arts training for yourself.

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Mr. Anthony Gizinski:

I hold the rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt and am a member of the Flying Dragons Demonstration Team 

I earned my black belt in 2002 and then started teaching classes.  I now teach taekwondo Olympic style sparring on Friday nights.  My students have placed first in sparring at numerous tournaments including the MN Governor’s Cup, the Hutchinson Open, and the annual Winter Warm-Up.

My approach is “learn by doing” so in the sparring class students put on their sparring gear and spar with full (controlled) contact.  Sparring class will also improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility.  We do a great stretch and warm-up routine before getting started.  From week to week we may focus on different aspects of sparring such as initial attacks, counter attacks, combination attacks, when to throw head kicks, and various strategies depending on the size of your opponent.  The class is geared for students 7 and up. Expect to get a great workout in sparring class!

Outside of Taekwondo class, I work as an asset based lender to small businesses.  I live in Victoria with my wife and two children.

 

A: Mr. Alex Zubkov:

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

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5. Please describe your philosophy as an instructor regarding instructing students and general martial arts training for yourself.

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Mr. Nicholas Walters

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A:  1st Dan Black Belt TaeKwonDo, 4th Gup Hapkido, intermediate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Mr. Christopher Walters

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A.  2nd Dan Kumdo, 1st Gup TaeKwonDo, Intermediate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 6th Gup Kung Fu, 7th gup Hapkido.

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Mr. Patrick Day:

 1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A: 1st Dan Black Belt Hapkido.  Eight years martial arts training and fill-in Hapkido instructor.

2.  What classes do you presently teach?

A:  Assistant instructor for Hapkido.

3. When did you start your martial arts training?  How many years have you been with ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’/ Song Moo Kwan?

A:  (I Started) back in 6th grade as an after school activity, and I’ve been continuing for eight years.

4. What positive qualities, aspects, atmosphere, etc., do you find at ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’ and why would you encourage potential students to train here?

A:  The variety and knowledge along with the experience that everyone contributes, helps to gain the full view of the styles.  Everyone is always willing to help you achieve more for yourself.

5. Please describe your philosophy as an instructor regarding instructing students and general martial arts training for yourself.

A:  When teaching other students, I believe that making sure they fully understand the basics of what they are doing before learning more (is most important).  Also, keeping things interesting and exciting helps develop a fun and memorable experience.

Mr. Steve Glennon:

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A: More than 15 years of studying and practicing Tai Chi in various styles: Yang, Chen Pan Lin, and Chen.

2.  What classes do you presently teach?

A: Tai Chi 

 3. When did you start your martial arts training?  How many years have you been with ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’/ Song Moo Kwan?

A: I started in the 80′s.  Approximately 5 years at ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’ as a student, then as an instructor.

 4. What positive qualities, aspects, atmosphere, etc., do you find at ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’ and why would you encourage potential students to train here?

A: Very welcoming and supportive atmosphere.  Excellent and patient instructors.

 5. Please describe your philosophy as an instructor regarding instructing students and general martial arts training for yourself.

A: My goal is to ensure my students learn both the form and the principles behind the form so they can get the benefits of Tai Chi in their daily lives.

Ms. Ali Ross:

1. What degrees do you hold and what compiled experience do you have in Martial Arts?

A: 4th Kyū in Shōtōkan-ryū, Mudansha (“ones without dan” or without a ranking) in Kodokan Judo, and 1st Gup in Changquan Kung Fu (Red Sash);  In training for Kung Fu Black Sash promotion.  Assistant instructor – Changquan Kung Fu.

2.  What classes do you presently teach?

A:  Assistant Instructor for the Changquan Kung Fu classes.

3. When did you start your martial arts training?  How many years have you been with ‘River City Martial Arts Academy’/ Song Moo Kwan?

A:  I started learning martial arts when I was 4 years old and I continued studying on and off into adulthood.  I started here at Song Moo Kwan with “River City Martial Arts Academy” in 2010.

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