Family Martial Arts Fitness Academy, LLC

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 Family Martial Arts Fitness Academy, LLC's instructors and other staff members, starting with Cheryl Baumann:

Cheryl Baumann  (7th Dan / Kukkiwon)
Master Baumann has been involved in Taekwondo for over 40 years, and is one of the highest ranked female martial artists in the St. Louis area. Master Baumann is the founder and head instructor of Lifeforce Fitness.

Master Baumann is a certified National level referee with USA Taekwondo, and holds numerous certifications in group exercise instruction, yoga, water aerobics, and physical fitness.

We are very proud, and honored to have Master Baumann as our Chief Technical Advisor.

Norman Leeker  (6th Dan / Kukkiwon)  Send E-mail to Norman Leeker
Master Leeker is the head instructor and has been studying Taekwondo since 1985. A certified national level referee with USA Taekwondo, Master Leeker is a certified American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA) Instructor, and a member of the Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA). Master Leeker is also a certified Level 4 Aerobic Kickboxing instructor, and often combines boxing, grappling, and weapons into his lessons. Master Leeker is a Third Degree Black Belt in the Japanese Samurai Sword Art of Kage Iaijutsu Ryu.

Norman Leeker
Rich Copenhagen  (6th Dan / Judo)
Master Copenhagen has been training in Judo for over 45 years, and is a member of USJF, and USAJudo. Master Copenhagen is a 5 time National Masters Champion, and holds the rank of 6th Dan. In December of 2015 Sensei Copenhagen was Ranked #1 National Master Athlete in the United States by USAJudo. We are very happy to have Sensei Copenhagen as our Family Martial Arts Judo instructor.
Master Copenhagen is also a 5th Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu, and a student in our Hapkido program.

Rich Copenhagen
Andy Virgen  (4th Dan / Kukkiwon)
Mr. Virgen has been studying Taekwondo for over 20 years, and works hard at developing the performance skills of our students. Mr. Virgen's classes are always exciting and entertaining as he works on perfecting the skills of all of our students. Mr. Virgen also trains in Judo.

Andy Virgen
Scott Secor  (3rd Dan Kukkiwon)
Scott is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and 1st Degree Black Belt in our Kage Iaijutsu Ryu sword program.
Mr. Secor is a dedicated martial artist who works very hard at perfecting the skills of all our students. Mr. Secor is also active in our Fitness Kickboxing, and Hapkido programs.

Scott Secor
Matt Spaunhorst  (3rd Dan Kukkiwon)
Matt is a 3rd Degree Black Belt instructor in our Taekwondo program, and one of our Competition Team Coaches. Mr. Spaunhorst is also active in our Judo Program.
Mr. Spaunhorst is an excellent sparring and fitness coach.

Matt Spaunhorst
Virginia Grotewiel  (Aerobic Kickboxing Instructor)
Jenny is a certified Level 4
Fitness Kickboxing instructor, and leads high-energy kickboxing and bodyshaping workouts. Jenny has also earned a Brown belt in Judo. Mrs. Grotewiel has been leading Fitness Kickboxing for over fourteen years. Jenny is continuously finding ways to enhance our kickboxing workouts.

Virginia Grotewiel
Alysha Petry  (Fitness Kickboxing Level 3)
Alysha is one of our Fitness Kickboxing instructors. Alysha is also a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a 1st degree Black Belt in Hapkido, and a Brown Belt student leader in our Judo program.
Mrs. Petry is energetic and always looking for new ways to enhance her classes.

Alysha Petry
Alysha Petry  (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Alysha is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo and one of our Taekwondo, Kickin' Kids, and Little Ninja instructors. Alysha is a 1st Brown in Judo and assistant Judo Instructor.
Mrs. Petry is a first degree Black Belt in Hapkido and one of the instructors.

Alysha Petry
Jeff Petry  (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Jeff is a Second Degree Black Belt and one of our Taekwondo Instructors. Mr. Petry is also active in our Judo Program.
Mr. Petry is a First Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and heads our Hapkido program at Family Martial Arts.

Jeff Petry
Andrew Harp  (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Drew is a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and one of our staff instructors.
Mr. Harp teaches high energy, exciting classes in our Kickin' Kids, Youth Taekwondo, and Black Belt Club classes.
Mr. Harp is also a student in our Hapkido program.

Andrew Harp
Mark Savage  (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Mr. Savage is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a Brown Belt in Judo, and a Level 1 Fitness Kickboxing Instructor.
Mr. Savage is always pushing for higher levels of fitness in himself and our students, and leads high energy classes.
Mr. Savage is also a student in our Hapkido program.

Emily Strassner  (1st Dan Kukkiwon)
Mrs. Strassner is a 1st Degree Black belt in Kukkiwon Taekwondo, a 1st Degree Black Belt in Kage Iaijutsu Ryu, and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in CTF style Taekwondo. Ms. Strassner is also a Brown Belt in Judo.
As one of our Little Ninja and Kickin' Kids instructors Mrs. Strassner keeps her classes going at a high level of excitement and energy.

For more information about the Family Martial Arts Fitness Academy, LLC staff or training programs, please contact us at 636-239-4871 or by clicking here.