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Hilliard Taekwondo Academy Instructors

Teaching with respect Making it fun Leading by example


Chief Instructors:

       Ms. Thompson              Mr. Thompson

Ms. Thompson, currently a 5th degree Black Belt is the school owner and a chief instructor. Ms. Fouts refers to her as "the child whisperer." She will be eligible to test for 6th Degree Black Belt in September 2017.

Mr. Thompson, a 5th degree Black Belt,
is a chief instructor and also the awesome "matrix man" who can jump higher and do more amazing kicks than seems humanly possible. He will be eligible to test for 6th Degree Black Belt in May 2018.

Ms. Thompson began studying taekwondo in the Spring of 1998 under Mr. David Perdue at his Taekwondo America school in Westerville, after being a lobby parent for a year while her children participated in his program.

In 2001 she became a volunteer instructor, teaching many children and adult classes, and earned her national instructor certification in 2002; became a school owner in 2005 and continues to participate in regular  recertification programs.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Thompson continues to compete in national tournaments and to test for new rank. She is eligible to test for her 6th Degree Black Belt in September of 2017.

Her degree from The Ohio State University is in psychology and much of her career outside of martial arts has been in marketing, graphic design and creative writing. When her children were younger she was actively involved in their classrooms and PTA programs as well as being a Girl Scout Leader, church drama team member and Sunday School teacher for many years.

Mr. Thompson started taekwondo under Mr. Perdue in the Spring of 1997 at the age of nine. When he earned his 1st Decided Black Belt he entered the instructor training program to earn his instructor collar and eventually was hired to be on staff in the Westerville taekwondo school.

Mr. Thompson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Biology with a focus on Environmental Sciences. Starting in Summer of 2011 he split his time between the Westerville and the Hilliard taekwondo schools, finally joining HTA full time in September of 2011.

At Hilliard Taekwondo Academy, you'll train with nationally and regionally certified instructors plus receive the benefit of the experience of our many high-ranking leadership helpers.

Our Office Staff and Staff Instructors:

We also have many certified instructors who help us teach, as well as instructors-in-training and leadership helpers who maintain safety and serve as mentors and role models for students:

If you are looking for great role models for your child and want help developing your child into a positive role model for others, the martial arts program at Hilliard Taekwondo Academy may be the place for your family. The students above have been with us for at least 2 years and several have trained with us for 5 or more years. They've learned how to step up to challenges, overcome the disappointment of not passing a testing and persevere to prepare for the next belt rank test while maintaining a positive attitude.



What does all of this mean to you?
It means you and your family receive quality martial arts training. Every Taekwondo America school owner is required to earn and maintain national certification, which includes continuing education (martial arts techniques, people skills and business development).

ALL instructors, whether staff or volunteers, are required to meet nationally set standards for national and regional certifications, pass rigorous tests to become an instructor and to move up through the instructor certifications, as well as participating in regular recertification programs and continuing their own training for their Black Belt rank.

At Hilliard Taekwondo Academy (HTA), you're training under six nationally certified instructors, not just one, plus six regionally certified instructors. Two of our instructors are 5th Degree Black Belts, four are 3rd Degree Black Belts and six are 2nd Degree Black Belts. All continue to improve their own skill level through national and regional competitions, in addition to preparing to test for higher rank.

Our students also benefit from the teaching assistance of our regionally certified adults, teens and junior instructors, plus visiting instructors from other TA schools. All are black belts who have passed a comprehensive physical, written and oral test.

Additionally, many Leadership program students, who are working toward  becoming instructors assist in the Pre-Juniors and Juniors program, helping us maintain safety.

Most importantly, we don't do this just because it's fun or because it's a job. We do this day after day because we are passionate about the value of a high-quality martial arts program in helping children, teens and adults become more self-confident, respectful, disciplined and focused in school, on the job and in life, as well as healthier and better able to defend themselves! Watching them turn into awesome martial artists isn't too shabby either! Come on in and give it a try!