Masters & Instructors 2017-03-01T22:31:52+00:00

Our Masters

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Grandmaster Eung Gil Choi

Grandmaster Eung Gil Choi is an accomplished 9th degree black belt (Kukkiwon/WTF certified) who has dedicated his life to the study of Taekwondo. Achieving the rank of 9th degree black belt requires 50 years of study. He practices what his philosophy of self control, focus and discipline and is constantly learning from his peers as well as his student athletes to improve himself so that he can better serve his students. Grandmaster Choi is a dedicated and experienced teacher, but is also a proud parent of three children who have gone through his program at the academy. Grandmaster Choi has over 35 years of teaching experience. He was taught by his father at the age of 6. Grandmaster Choi was the Korean Special Forces Taekwondo Champion from 1975-1977. He holds a masters degree in Hapkido, and Tuk Kong Mu Sool with professional experience in Kung fu, boxing and Gumdo. He is a Grandmaster in Taekwondo and Ho Shin Sool. Grandmaster Choi opened USTMA in 1987. USTMA was the first school to teach Taekwondo and martial arts in the Leesburg area more than 20 years ago.

Master John Choi

Master John Choi, a 6th degree black belt (Kukkiwon/WTF certified), has over 22 years of Taekwondo experience and has been an instructor at USTMA since 1995. Achieving the rank of 6th degree black belt requires 23 years of study. Having partnered with his father and mentor, Grandmaster Eung Gil Choi, Master John’s dedication and commitment to the sport of Taekwondo and the community he grew up in is evident in his accomplishments.Master John continues to train both domestically and internationally, bringing to USTMA a blend of traditional Taekwondo with modern teaching methods. A Virginia state champion 23 times consecutively (11 in sparring and 12 in Poomse), he understands the ingredients necessary to be a solid competitor. He retired from competition in 1999 at the age of 15 and followed his true passion by becoming a coach. C-Crew, USTMA’s competition team, was established that same year. Master John paved the way, as the youngest coach to establish, train and lead a team to nationals. C-Crew is rated one of the top competition teams in Northern Virginia.

Master James Choi

Master James Choi is a 5th degree black belt (Kukkiwon/WTF certified). Achieving the rank of 5th degree black belt requires 17 years of study. He has practiced Taekwondo his entire life and has over 15 years of teaching experience. After earning his bachelors degree in biology with a concentration in medicine from James Madison University, he decided on continuing his fathers legacy and teaching the art of Taekwondo. Master James now prides himself in the progress and performance of his students and helping them achieve their goals.

Master Neil Steinberg

Master Neil Steinberg began his involvement in Taekwondo in 1981, at age 30 . He joined USTMA in the 1990s and has been a student and an instructor there ever since, achieving the first level of Master, 5th Dan, in November of 2014. In addition to using Taekwondo as his personal approach to mental and physical fitness he also sees it as an excellent opportunity for others to improve their own well-being. For him, teaching Taekwondo is the best way to continue to learn and understand Taekwondo.

Our Instructors

Sean O’Brien, 4th Degree (Head Instructor)

Warren Robst, 4th Degree

Lucy Robst, 4th Degree

Patrick Pegues, 4th Degree

Sharyl Attkisson, 4th Degree

Alessandra Riederer, 4th Degree

Deepan Patel, 3rd Degree

 Fangtzu Huang, 3rd Degree

 Bob Wilson, 3rd Degree

Adam Sachs, 3rd Degree

Dillon Winchell, 3rd Degree

The Leadership Team

USTMA has a Leadership Team that is focused on forming young adults into leaders for our community.  They help the Masters and adult instructors during classes, belt tests, belt ceremonies as well as special USTMA family events such as Kidz Fun Nights and Schools Out Camps.

Our current leadership team members are:

Ben Wilson, Chris Bucsa, Ethan Quan, Brandon Quan, Devin Hage, Andrew Stewart, Areesheh Khan, Atiya Qillawalla, Emily Jaster, Issie Girardi, Chloe Benson, Alyse Ebbets, and Lindsay Hunker.