Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Taekwondo and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Here are a few of South Knoxville TaeKwonDo's instructors and other staff members, starting with Bobby Hargis:
Bobby Hargis (Master Instructor / Owner)
Master Bobby Hargis opened South Knoxville TaeKwonDo in December 2002 at the age of 19, after training under Master Jon Paul Roberts since 1993. He has currently achieved the rank of Master Sixth Degree Black Belt.
Master Hargis has trained with and participated in workouts and seminars with world renowned martial arts experts like MMA Champions Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes; XMA Founder Mike Chat, West Coast Demo Team Leader and Hall of Fame Instructor Ernie Reyes Sr.; and Judo Legends Gene LeBell and Mike Swain.
Master Hargis is a multiple time Grand Champion in Forms and Sparring; 3 Time National Top Ten Competitor in Musical / Extreme Forms; 2 Time National Top Ten Competitor in Sparring; 2007 inductee in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame; Senior Executive Director of TaeKwonDo International.
Master Hargis has also been a huge activist in the community for a number of different causes. Along with other East Tennessee TaeKwonDo International schools has helped raise over $55,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has donated over $155,000 worth of books to local Knoxville Elementary school libraries.
Chad Callahan (Sr. Certified Instructor)
Chad Callahan is a Master 5th Degree Black Belt with over 16 years of martial arts experience. Mr. Callahan has a number of accolades to his credit including multiple Grand Championships in Forms and Sparring.
Donna Martin (Sr. Certified Instructor / Program Director)
Donna Martin is a 4th Degree Black Belt with over 16 years of martial arts training. She is the school's manager and program director.
Ms. Martin works with many volunteer organizations on behalf of the school including Children's Literacty, Friends of The Library, The Reading Foundation, Reading For Kicks, Reading Is Fundamental, and Read To Me.
Ms. Martin also coordinates with local elementary schools including Bonny Kate, Dogwood, New Hopewell, Mount Olive, Mooreland Heights, and most Seymour schools to participate in school chats, field days, carnivals, festivals, health fairs, book fairs and other library events.
Malik Minter (Certified Instructor)
Malik Minter is a Third Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor with over 4 years continuous training in Taekwondo.
Tyler Ward (Certified Instructor)
Mr. Ward is a Fourth Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor with over 6 years of continues training. Mr. Ward has won many accolades in the field of competition and has represented South Knoxville as a part of Team Hargis. He is also an officer in the Young Marines program.
Scott Kelley (Trainee Instructor)
Mr. Kelley is a Second Degree Black Belt and the latest addition to our instructor staff. Mr. Kelley has been training with our school for over 2 years.
For more information about the South Knoxville TaeKwonDo staff or training programs, please contact us at 865-579-6300 or by clicking here.