About us (old)

Nothing beats a great foundation which can only come through leadership from excellent instructors.

What sets us apart from other schoolsMr. Baxter & students

We believe achieving student goals is the key to a successful school. We start with quality
instruction, then train our staff in excellence and customer service. The result is a pleasant
learning experience for every student at our school.

We offer the best martial arts instruction in the area. Time and time again, we are told by the
families of our students how much improvement they have seen in our students in and out of class.

The Concord school serves students from Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Cabarrus County, Rockwell,
Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Meet Our Instructors

Sean Baxter

Sean Baxter

Mr. Sean Baxter

Master Instructor

Sixth Degree Black Belt

Mr. Baxter operates the Taekwondo America school in Concord NC, and has been teaching for over 20 years.

He received his black belt and instructor certification under Mr. George Strickland while in Charlotte NC and achieved his sixth degree black belt in 2010.  He started his martial arts training in 1984 and opened his school 11 years later in 1995.

2015 marked the school’s 20th year in business.

His background includes over 20 years in Information Technology and six years as an anti-armor specialist and expert marksman at Fort Bragg for the US Army with certifications in F.A.S.T. Defense from Bill Kipp of RMCAT in Colorado.

Mr. Baxter enjoys the strength and conditioning aspect of Taekwondo and looks forward to working with the students to achieve their goals in Taekwondo.

 

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

Mr. Jeff Hoffman

Level 4 Instructor

Third Degree Decided Black Belt

Jeff Hoffman hales from Gastonia, North Carolina. He has lived in Concord since 1992, currently a medical doctor who practices Family Medicine since moving to Concord and has been married for over 25 years.

His first Taekwondo experience was in 1980 in Charlotte, taking classes episodically through medical school and residency. He has been attending the Concord school since it started as a club in 1993 and has enjoyed seeing it grow to its current size and new location. He obtained his black belt in 1996 and has been a Certified Instructor since 1999.

“Many of my patients are quite surprised by my participation in TaeKwonDo. I have always enjoyed the motion and precision of the martial arts. I enjoy the intensity of the exercise and discipline required to attempt to excel in forms, sparring and teaching of TaeKwonDo.”

 

Jennifer Foster

Jennifer Foster

Ms. Jennifer Foster

Level 4 Instructor

Third Degree Senior Black Belt

Ms. Foster began her Taekwondo training in 2003 and received her black belt in 2005. She later earned her certification as an instructor the following year. As a student, and later as a black belt, Ms. Foster has competed in over 27 tournaments and attended numerous Taekwondo camps and other events. Ms. Foster is the school’s Program Director and you can find her in class teaching or tending the Pro-Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore

Mr. Anthony Moore

Level 4 Instructor

Fourth Degree Senior Black Belt

Mr. Anthony Moore started Tae Kwon Do when he was 13 in the summer of 2005. In June of 2007 he asked Mr. Baxter if he could help out with some of the classes. After that first day of assisting class he made it his goal to become an instructor.

“Though, teaching does have its advantages such as working with kids, learning new things, and improving your own skill but it was not that easy as he had learned. “

“Sometimes you have to really breakdown techniques for the students to understand. You get to challenge yourself to get students to understand Taekwondo. When they achieve that it is the best feeling as an instructor. That is why I love teaching.”

 

 

 

Josh DeBerardinis

Josh DeBerardinis

Mr. Josh DeBerardinis

Level 4 Instructor

Third Degree Decided Black Belt

Mr. Joshua DeBerardinis started Taekwondo in 2007 at the age of 11. When he became a black belt in 2009, he worked to become an instructor. Following his second attempt at instructor test, he received his collar in April of 2010.

I wanted to become an instructor because I wished to help others experience what I have come to know and love in Taekwondo.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andre Cottrell

Andre Cottrell

Mr. Andre Cottrell

Level 3 Instructor

Third Degree Black Belt

Mr. Andre Cottrell started Tae Kwon Do in April of 2008 at the age of 42 years young.  He is a Chicago native who moved to North Carolina in 2004.  He was driving by the school one day and stopped in to see what it was all about.  He immediately found a love for Tae Kwon Do and never looked back.  His strong belief that hard work pays off was the model behind his training regimen.  Mr. Cottrell is known for his dedication and willingness to learn and was often found running laps after class in order to improve his conditioning.  He received his black belt in June of 2011 and immediately turned his focus on helping other students.  He trained to become an instructor and received his collar only four months later.

“I believe helping others is a gift of life and on the way to being successful, it is nice to take someone with you!”

 

 

Tim Helms

Tim Helms

Mr. Tim Helms

Level 4 Instructor

Third Degree Black Belt

Mr. Helms was born and has lived his whole life in Concord, N.C. He began taking Tae Kwon Do in 1993 from Mr. Strickland at the Charlotte Taekwondo America school. He has also studied under Mr. Dang , Mr. Love and Mr. Baxter . He has since pursued his life long passion of teaching under the guidance of instructors at Concord Taekwondo America. His wife, Tarah, is a middle school English teacher and can often be found at the Tae Kwon Do school helping out.

“I am thankful and blessed to be a part of this organization, and it is so rewarding to be able to work and train with such talented instructors and students.”

 

 

 

 

Leo Rivas-Montoya

Leo Rivas-Montoya

Mr. Leo Rivas-Montoya

Level 2 Instructor

Second Degree Black Belt

 

 

 

 

 

Edwin Beza

Mr. Edwin Beza

Level 1 Instructor

Third Degree Black Belt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Shiwnandan

Ms. Miranda Shiwnandan

Level 1 Instructor

Second Degree Decided Black Belt