The American Taekwondo System was brought to the United States by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the "Father Of American TaeKwonDo", in the 1950s. Our Master, Dewey Sutton, has trained in American Karate for 35 years. Master Sutton earned the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in August of 2009. Our system has been passed down and refined over the years to become what it is today. We constantly re-evaluate our training so we always remain relevant in today's society and provide the best physical and mental training for our students.
Grand Master Jhonn Ree- 10th Degree
Grand Master Allen Steen- 10th Degree
Grand Master J. Pat Burleson- 10th Degree
Master Dewey Sutton- 8th Degree
Master Christopher Vedda- 5th Degree
Jeremy Carrier- 1st Degree
Mr. Chris Vedda (middle right in image)
Martial Arts and fitness training have been a life-long journey and passion for Mr. Vedda. His journey began with a fitness-focused upbringing and a strong commitment to Martial Arts training as a young boy. Later, working as an instructor for Master Dewey Sutton, he began seeking an education in the healing arts and achieved a degree of Kinesiology from Texas Christian University. His goal was to better understand the bio-mechanics and physiology behind these things for which he had such great passion in order to improve the quality of his art and instruction. Mr. Vedda now holds a Yodan (4th Degree) under Master Sutton and Grand Master J. Pat Burleson and a Sadan (3rd Degree) under Master John Atkinson and Grandmaster Army Rizzo. His training has continued to expand into disciplines such as Modern Arnis, GoJoShori, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing and many more.
Mr. Jeremy Carrier (middle left in image)
Mr. Carrier began his American Karate training in 2010, joining his son who had been training for several years prior. The desire to simply share this activity with his son quickly turned into a passion that has driven him forward since. Mr. Carrier cites his American Karate training as a major contributor to both mental and physical health and improved quality of life. While training under Master Dewey Sutton, Mr. Carrier found a particular interest in "power breaking" wood and concrete with hand and elbow techniques. Since early 2014, Mr. Carrier has served as an assistant instructor with Trinity Martial Arts and recently was promoted to full instructor status following earning his Shodan (1st Degree). In addition to American Karate, Mr. Carrier has trained in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.