It is my great privilege to walk along side my students and to use my experience, skills and expertise to help people become confident, strong and self-assured individuals who have come to realize their potential and tap into their God-given talents and abilities. It brings me great joy to see the student who was once bullied now standing up for him/herself; the student who was acting out in the classroom demonstrate self-control and the bully who learns that he does not have to be mean to others for self-value. It also motivates me who seeks to better themselves both mentally and physically by adding martial arts to their training program. Finally, we are a family centered academy and it brings us great joy to see parents and children connecting on the mat, doing this activity together where they find common ground, shared enthusiasm, mutual desire to learn and laugh together.
6th degree Black Belt in Kyukido
1st degree Black Belt in Hapkido
1st degree Black Belt in Judo
It is my great passion to connect people to the martial arts where they can find:
goal setting and achievement
self-esteem and self-confidence
passion for learning
courtesy and humility
perseverance and indomitable spirit
Ms. Gretta Stark - 2nd Degree Black Belt
I started practicing martial arts in 2004, inspired by a friend to give it a try, and was hooked after the first class. What really drew me in was my friend's can-do attitude. Every time she was faced with a challenge, she willingly took it on, from doing 50 push-ups to just trying something new.
Up until that point in my life, I had looked at new challenges as scary and generally something to avoid. Martial arts has given me the confidence to take on challenges and try things I never thought I'd be able to do, from breaking a board to taking on new challenges in life.
I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for martial arts. I began teaching in 2015 because I hope to pass that on to others. That confidence, and positive, can-do attitude in the face of challenges is, to my mind, the most important thing we can give to students.
The best moments in teaching for me are seeing kids overcome their own fears, and other challenges, and succeed at something they've worked very hard to achieve.
As I watch students learn and grow, it's my goal to continue to keep myself learning and growing with them, as I continue my martial arts journey. To that end I continue to work on not only doing my best to keep learning and growing as a martial artist, but as an instructor as well. I believe everyone has great potential and martial arts is an excellent way of helping people to realize their own potential, both inside and out of the dojang.
Ms. Hannah Ramberg - 1st Degree Black Belt
My Martial Arts journey began sixteen years ago, when I was seven years old. I watched my older siblings in class, and was ecstatic when my parents signed me up to be with them. It became one of the most fun and challenging experiences of my childhood.
Since then it has been one of my constant motivations. Whether I am the one learning, or the one teaching, I have great pride in what I do. One of my greatest joys is watching that same pride grow in my students.
Currently I am a Senior at UW River Falls, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders, and am currently focused on applying to grad schools to earn my Master’s in Speech Language Pathology.