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Grand Master O'Kelly

Grand Master Jonathan O'Kelly is a 7th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a certified instructor and national referee. He is the head instructor in the District of Columbia and Maryland for the Pan American Taekwondo Federation and a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

He has been practicing Taekwondo since 1974 and has been teaching since 1981. He has taught thousands of students and has promoted more than 600 Black Belts, six to 4th degree Master.

Grand Master O'Kelly is a 2nd degree instructor of Hapkido and a pioneer in Cardio Kickboxing.

Lidia O'Kelly

Master Lidia O'Kelly is a 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do and Instructor Certified by the Pan American Tae Kwon Do Federation. She has been studying martial arts since 1992 in Guilderland, New York. She received a Silver Medal at the AAU National Championship in Toledo, Ohio in the summer of 1994. During 1996 and 1998, she received certificates from the International Combat Hapkido Federation under Grand Master John Pellegrini.

She moved to Washington, DC in 1997. In 1998 she joined the Hung Tao Choy Mei Kung Fu Academy. During her studies in the Jow Ga Kung Fu system she traveled to China and Singapore in 1999 to compete at the 1st International Zhou Jia Quan Wushu tournament, where she won a silver medal. In 2002, she helped to establish the Northeast Tae Kwon Do School in the Washington, DC area.

 

Lee Burge

Legand L. Burge III has been studying martial arts since 2003 and teaching at Northeast Taekwondo since 2007. He currently holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do, a purple belt in Hapkido, and is certified as an instructor by the Pan American Han Moo Kwan Tae Kwon-Do Federation under the leadership of Grand Master Won Keun Bai (President).

 

Loni Burge

Londra C. Burge has been studying martial arts since 2003 and teaching at Northeast Taekwondo since 2007. She currently holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do, a purple belt in Hapkido, and is certified as an instructor by the Pan American Han Moo Kwan Tae Kwon-Do Federation under the leadership of Grand Master Won Keun Bai (President).

 

Christopher Crawford

Chris "CJ" Crawford has studied under Master O'Kelly since 2004 and currently holds the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt. He is a certified instructor through the Pan American Taekwondo Federation and a certified coach with the Amateur Athletic Union. Mr. Crawford is the Program Director at the main school, the head instructor at the Brent Elementary School After School Enrichment Program and instructor at the Capitol Hill Day School/St. Peter's Interparish School ASP. Mr. Crawford also has experience in Hapkido, Aikido and Muay Thai.

 

Nathan Hagood

Nathan Hagood began his Taekwondo training under Master Jon O'Kelly at the age of 14 and currently holds a 3rd degree Black Belt. Nathan is an accomplished tournament competitor having won numerous trophies and medals for forms, point sparring and Olympic sparring at the Maryland AAU Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. His hobbies are built around fitness, swimming, Taekwondo, weight liftting, cycling and cooking. He is currently enrolled at the Art Inst of Washington as a culinary major.

 

Lindsay Robinson

Lindsay Robinson has been studying martial arts under the direction of Master O'Kelly since 2003. He currently holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has coached and participated in Amateur Athletic Union competition. He has assisted with instructing kids at Tyler, St. Peter, Capitol Hill and Brent schools. He has instructed his own class at Beauvoir National Cathedral Elementary School. Mr. Robinson has worked in the Everybody Wins reading program and is a former President of the Norfolk State University Alumni Association Washington, DC Chapter.

 

David Winter

Dr. David Winter has been a student of martial arts for over 30 years. In addition to his 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, he has studied Kumdo (Korean sword), Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, and Jujitsu. He has studied under both the World Taekwondo Federation and the International Taekwondo Federation, and has blended the styles over the years to find a balance for his own practice and teaching. Dr. Winter has taught Taekwondo in both the United States and Europe starting back in 1984, and has published on the physics and body mechanics of Taekwondo in Totally Taekwondo Magazine.

In 2011, Dr. Winter began studying Kumdo, the Art of Korean Sword, under Grand Master H.W. Kim, founder of the Korean Kumdo Federation. He is a now a certified instructor, and teaches at Kumdo in Maryland and Washington DC.

In addition to martial arts, Dr. Winter races and coaches Chinese Dragon Boats. He has twice been selected as a member of the US National Team, and has medaled in three world championships.