About Our Instructors


One of the things that makes our school unique is that all of our Instructors are volunteers.

This allows us to use profits from our programs to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Every Instructor has completed the Instructors Training Program and is certified by our world headquarters in Korea. This means that our Instructors are not only the most qualified but have big hearts too!

Ocoee, Florida – President of American Dragon Martial Arts Academies

Belt Achievements
  • Taekwondo 100% 100%
  • HaeMuKwan Hapkido 100% 100%
  • YuSool 100% 100%
  • Karate 75% 75%
  • Aikido 57% 57%

Richard Hackworth Ph.D., LAC, CPT,

Grand Master, 9th Dan
President, American Dragon Martial Arts Academies

Richard Hackworth is an international certified Grand Master of the Korean martial arts of  Taekwondo, Hapkido and YuSool. His official title is Chong KwanJangNim which is the highest level of Grand Master in the Korean martial arts.

When it comes to the traditional military art form of Taekwondo in America, no figure has been more influential than Richard Hackworth. While others chased easy money promoting Taekwondo as a sport, Grand Master Richard Hackworth and a close circle of masters worked very hard to keep the classical form of Taekwondo alive in the USA.

Few can claim that they dedicate each day to learning, teaching and promoting martial arts, or that they were hand-picked by Korea’s highest ranking Masters to be America’s first true Grand Master.

However, that is exactly what Grand Master Richard Hackworth has accomplished and continues to be dedicated to.  His enthusiasm, charisma, and ability to communicate with people of all ages have made him America’s most sought after martial arts teacher in Taekwondo, Hapkido and YuSool.  Read more >>


Ocoee, Florida; Windermere, Florida;

Grand Master Fred Parks, R.N., MPA

Grand Master, 8th Dan

Grand Master Fred Parks has earned the highest title given in Korean martial arts. The title of KwanJangNim and is the Testing Committee Chairman for the US National Taekwondo Association and Manager of Team USNTA. He is the International Representative for the Korea Tang Soo Do MooDukKwan Society, a certified Master Instructor of Taekwondo, Hapkido and TangSooDo. KwanJangNim Parks was one of the first Americans to be appointed to the prestigious Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association World Council in Korea and the World Martial Arts Congress in Beijing, China.


Belt Achievements
  • HaeMuKwan Hapkido 50% 50%
  • HaeMuKwan Taekwondo 40% 40%
  • TangSooDo MooKuKwan 90% 90%

Master Ronald Stone

Master, 5th Dan

Dr. Ronald Stone is an artist but he doesn’t use a paint brush. At the age of 64 most people would be surprised to learn that Dr. Ronald, a 5th Degree black belt level Master certified by the Korean Martial Arts Instructor’s Association and the Korean Hapkido Federation, is a martial artist who still practices the ancient Korean self-defense art of Hapkido. As KwanInNim (the senior master instructor of the school), he is the  primary instructor of the Hapkido program and Taekwondo classes at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Ocoee, Florida.  The American Dragon Martial Arts Academies where he trains and teaches is the only school in the area officially certified by the world headquarters in Korea to teach this dynamic self-defense method. Read more >>

Belt Achievements
  • HaeMuKwan Hapkido 60% 60%
  • Daekan Yudo 40% 40%
  • JungdoKwan Taekwondo 30% 30%

Grand Master Shane Miller

Grand Master, 7th Dan

Master Shane Miller has been studying Martial Arts since he was a child. He has studied with several different programs, eventually earning his 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and his 6th Dan in Hapkido with Grand Master Hackworth.

Master Miller has served as the US National Team Coach for the National Junior and Senior Taekwondo Championships in Korea, and was recognized as the Taekwondo Master of the Year by the KMAIA.  Currently he runs his own Martial Arts school and also teaches at American Dragon Martial Arts once a month.  He holds multiple black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tangsoodo, and YuSul. Read More >>

Belt Achievements
  • HaeMuKwan Hapkido 70% 70%
  • Taekwondo 70% 70%
  • YuSul 50% 50%
  • MooDukKwan TangSooDo 60% 60%

Conyers, Georgia

Belt Achievements
  • Taekwondo 90% 90%
  • Karate 50% 50%

Gregory Glover

Grand Master, 8th Dan

Grandmaster Glover is one of the true pioneers of Taekwondo in America. Recently moving from New York, Grandmaster Glover now makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia, where he runs the day-to-day operations of the US National Taekwondo Association’s National Training Center.

Starting in the 1960’s, Grandmaster Glover learned the traditional kwan / school styles of Taekwondo and then received his training and status of First Degree Black Belt in Thailand under Master Ahn while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. While serving in Thailand he had the pleasure and honor to meet and compete in the tournament of Grandmaster Dong Keun Park, the 1992 USA Olympic Taekwondo team Head Coach.

With over 50 years of his life devoted to martial arts, Grandmaster Glover still enjoys teaching all age groups. On any given day you can find him on the mat with his students, teaching the same traditional techniques that were handed down to him by his Masters in Asia.  In April of 2005, he completed 20 years of teaching Self-defense, Karate 1 & 2 courses, and the coaching of John Jay’s college Taekwondo team at John Jay College of Criminal of Justice in Manhattan, New York. In the future you will see Grandmaster Glover focusing his expertise in the national expansion of his Martial Arts Family, as well as the development of the U.S. National Taekwondo Association.

Etowah, North Carolina

Belt Achievements
  • Aikido 80% 80%
  • HaeMuKwan Hapkido 50% 50%

Darren Norris

Grand Master

Grand Master Darren Norris began his studies in the Korean self defense art of Hapkido at the age of 13 under Herschel T. Anderson and later under the tutelage of Grand Master Dennis Corn who also taught Aikido in Hendersonville.  Upon retirement, Master Corn named Grand Master Darren Norris chief instructor of his school, Aikido and Hapkido of Hendersonville.

After having trained with the President of the Korean Hapkido Federation, Grand Master Darren Norris was made the North Carolina State Representative for the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association, and was honored as ”Hapkido Instructor of the Year” by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council and inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Hapkido Instructor of the Year.

After being promoted to 4th degree black belt in Haemukwan Hapkido and awarded the title of Master by the Korean Hapkido Federation, Master Darren Norris earned the position of United States Representative for the KMAIA., and was voted to the KMAIA World Council.  He was also inducted into the Action Radio Network & World Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame as the Hapkido Master of the year,

Currently, Grand Master Darren Norris teaches Aikido (having earned his 2nd degree black belt with the US Aikido Federation under Yoshimitsu Yamada) at his award-winning school.  He was also honored by the Koream Martial Arts Instructors Association (KMAIA) as being the first person in the U.S. certified to teach the KMAIA Weapons Course.  

Sunrise, Florida

Belt Achievements
  • Design & UX 50% 50%
  • Web Programming 80% 80%
  • Internet Marketing 10% 10%

Gary Pointer

Grand Master

Info about Gary Pointer.

San Saba, Texas

Belt Achievements
  • Hapkido 45% 45%
  • Taekwondo 80% 80%
  • TangSooDo 80% 80%

Kevin Rhodes

Grand Master

KwanInNim (Master) Kevin Rhodes is a Martial Artist, Professional Wrestler and World Traveler. He began his journey with American Freestyle Wrestling at the age of eight where he often had to wrestle boys between ten and twelve years old because there was no one else in his age division. He wrestled on his school teams for Junior High School and High School in Deer Park, Texas.

He now holds a fourth degree master level belt in Hapkido (the Korean martial art of self-defense that is taught to the US Secret Service, FBI, and CIA) as well as a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Currently, he is one of the leading wrestling promoters in the United States as President of Zero 1 Pro Wrestling Fit USA, an official branch of Pro Wrestling Fit International.   He is also an active full-time professional martial arts instructor in San Saba, Texas, where he teaches children, adults and families. It is his goal to help each student reach their full potential and experience the many benefits of the martial arts lifestyle.

You can find him on Facebook.


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