Carmi Taekwondo Center Instructors

Master Ryan Marx

Master Ryan L. Marx

 Master Ryan L. Marx is the owner and head instructor of Carmi Taekwondo Center.  Master Marx began training in Taekwondo in 1987 under then 3rd Degree Black Belt David Foshee.  After 4 years of training, Master Marx achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in June of 1991, becoming Master Foshee's second black belt.

In August of 1992, Master Marx successfully tested for the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt becoming Master Foshee's first 2nd Degree Black Belt.  It was at this time that he started expressing interest in teaching the art of taekwondo.  After discussing the responsibilities of becoming an instructor Master Marx choose to enroll in the Junior Trainee Instructor Program.  During the course of the program, Master Marx honed his teaching skills.

 

Master Ryan Marx

In January of 1996, Master Marx was presented with his 3rd Degree Black Belt.  Again, Master Marx was the first student promoted to this rank by Master Foshee.

In the fall of 2000, after 8 years in the Junior Trainee and Trainee Instructor program, Master Marx successfully completed the ATA's rigorous Certified Instructor Program.

Master Marx tested and received his 4th Degree Black Belt after testing at World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

After many years of assisting at Wabash Valley Taekwondo in Mt. Carmel, IL, Master Marx made the decision to open his own taekwondo school.  As part of the ATA's organizational requirements for opening a new taekwondo school, Master Marx attended a 4-day business seminar in October of 2002.

Just over one year later, on January 6, 2004, Master Marx taught the very first class at Carmi Taekwondo Center.

On October 19, 2006, Master Marx successfully tested for his 5th Degree Black Belt at ATA Fall Nationals in Orlando, Florida.

Master Marx successfully tested for his 6th Degree Black Belt in Little Rock, AR on July 12, 2013.

Master Marx earned the title of Master Instructor on July 8, 2015, during the ATA's Traditional Master's Ceremony.

Master Marx has also completed training seminars in:

  • Single Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchaku)
  • Double Ssahng Jeol Bong
  • Yoo Sul (Judo)
  • Ground Fighting
  • Single Bahng Mahng Ee (Short stick)
  • Ground Fighting - Level II
  • Combat Bahng Mahng Ee
  • PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics)

Other Taekwondo accomplishments:

  • 2001-2007 Illinois State Forms & Sparring Champion
  • 2002 - 8th Place in ATA World Championship Sparring competition
  • 2003 - Bronze Medal in ATA World Championship Sparring competition
  • 2012 Illinois State Sparring Champion
  • 2013 Illinois State Forms, Sparring & Combat Weapons Champion
  • 2013 - Qualified for ATA World Championship Sparring Competition
  • 2013 Silver Medal in ATA Mid-Atlantic District Championship Forms competition
  • 2013 Bronze Medal in ATA Mid-Atlantic District Championship Combat Weapons competition
  • 2013 ATA Mid-Atlantic District Sparring Champion
Mrs. Patti Mills

Mrs. Patricia Mills

Mrs. Patricia Mills is a Certified Instructor at Carmi Taekwondo Center.  Mrs. Mills began training in Taekwondo in 2004 under then 4th Degree Black Belt Ryan Marx.  After 4 years of training, Mrs. Mills achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in July of 2008, becoming Master Marx's fifth black belt.  In February of 2009 Mrs. Mills successfully tested for Trainee instructor. Mrs. Mills tested and achieved her 2nd Degree Black Belt in October 2010, becoming just the second to earn the rank at CTC.  Mills tested and received her 3rd Degree Black Belt in March 2013 becoming one of the first (along with Kolt Murphy) to earn the rank at Carmi Taekwondo Center.  In June 2017 Mills successfully tested for 4th Degree Black Belt, becoming the first to earn the rank at Carmi Taekwondo Center.

Ms. Mills is also certified by the ATA to teach:

  • Single Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchaku)
  • Single Bahng Mahng Ee (Short Stick)
  • Tai Chi
  • Double Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchaku)
  • Double Bahng Mahng Ee (Short Stick)

Other Taekwondo accomplishments:

  • 2009 - ATA Top 10 Qualifier in Forms Competition
  • 2009 - ATA Sparring World Champion
  • 2010 - Illinois State Champion in Forms, Sparring & Weapons
  • 2010 - ATA Top 10 Qualifier in Forms and Weapons
  • 2010 - Silver Medal in ATA World Championship Sparring Competition
  • 2014 - Bronze Medal in ATA World Championship Sparring Competition
  • 2015 - ATA Top 10 Qualifier in Sparring
  • 2017 - ATA Top 10 Qualifier in Forms, Weapons & Combat Weapons
  • 2017  - ATA Sparring World Champion
Miss Katherine Woodard

Miss Katherine Woodard

Miss Katherine Woodard is a Trainee Instructor at Carmi Taekwondo Center.  She began training in Taekwondo in September of 2008 under then 5th Degree Black Belt Ryan Marx.  After nearly 3 years of training, Miss Woodard achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in August of 2011, becoming Master Marx's 8th black belt.  In December 2013 Miss Woodard earned his 2nd Degree Black belt, becoming the fourth to earn the rank at CTC.  In December of 2014 Miss Woodard successfully tested for Trainee Instructor.

Miss Katherine Woodard