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Ahn Taekwondo Columbus

Our Instructors

Ahn Taekwondo Columbus (ATC) was officially founded in 2003, by Deanna and Robert Jones, who collectively bring over 30 years of experience in martial arts to the school.  As a former instructor of a sport club at The Ohio State University and former instructors of other Taekwondo schools in Columbus, Deanna and Robert Jones established ATC with the purpose of bringing Taekwondo training to the students in central Ohio who were seeking instruction in a more traditional martial art.

Since the beginning of ATC in 2003, the instructors have worked hard to distinguish the school in central Ohio.  To date, the following achievements have been made:

  • 2003 Black Belt of the Year

  • 2004 Grandmaster's Award

  • 2004 Senior Competitor of the Year

  • 2005 Black Belt of the Year

  • 2005 Branch (School) of the Year

  • President of Ahn Black Belt Society

  • Secretary of Ohio Taekwondo Won

Robert Jones

As a certified Kukkiwon 4th Dan, Robert Jones has been a student of several martial arts since 1986, but his primary art is Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo.  He has been instructing Taekwondo since 1989, when he earned his black belt from Grand Master Y.C. Kim.  Robert is an Instructor in the United Taekwondo Association under Grand Master Kyongwon Ahn with whom he tested for his 4th degree black belt.  He is certified by the United Taekwondo Association, nationally by the United States Taekwondo Won, and Internationally by the World Taekwondo Federation Additionally, Robert is a certified Instructor with the United States Taekwondo Won.

Robert also holds a black belt in Hapkido and rank in Judo.   His diverse martial art studies also include several years of studying ASU Aikido under the direction of Sensei Larry E. Bieri

In 1992, Robert established the Taekwondo College club under the direction of Grand Master Kim at The Ohio State University.  In addition to teaching the Taekwondo Club at OSU, Robert was also an instructor of the OSU Physical Education Taekwondo and Karate Classes. Robert also taught the OSU Hapkido club too when time allowed.

In 2000, he began teaching at Taekwondo United in Lewis Center, OH, until March of 2003, when Taekwondo United closed its doors. At that time Robert and Deanna started a Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo club upon the wishes of the dedicated students of Taekwondo United, and started the search for a more permanent place to teach and train. 

In April 2003, Robert was honored by being invited to join the United Taekwondo Association under Grand Master Kyongwon Ahn in Cincinnati, OH. One year later, he and his wife opened Ahn Taekwondo Columbus in Lewis Center, Ohio, where he trains and teaches today. 

As both a Traditional stylist and Competitive stylist, Robert brings a unique perspective to his classes by teaching both old honored traditions and modern day sport training.  He is certified by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a coach and referee. Although several time medal winner over the years of competition in the sport of Taekwondo, his most distinguished awards have been the Ahn Taekwondo Institute 2003 Black Belt of the Year and the Ahn Taekwondo Institute 2004 Grandmaster Award Recipient.

Robert is currently the Ahn Black Belt Society President and Secretary for the Ohio chapter of the United States Taekwondo Won.  

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Deanna Jones

In 2005 Deanna Jones was awarded Black Belt of the Year by the United Taekwondo Association, while Ahn Taekwondo Columbus was awarded the distinction of being the 2005 School of the Year.

Beginning her martial art studies in 1990 with Grandmaster Y.C. Kim, Ms. Jones has been studying martial arts for over fifteen years.  Her primary art is Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo, in which she earned her black belt in 1993.  While attending The Ohio State University, she began studying Hapkido, and has advanced to the rank of 5th Gup.  Additionally, she had the honor of studying under Sensei Larry E. Bieri in Aikido at The Ohio State University.  Ms. Jones studied Sport and Somatic Studies (sport kinesiology, biomechanics, psychology, and philosophy) and Biomedical Anthropology at OSU, which she applies to her martial art studies.   

In 2001 she began teaching at Taekwondo United in Lewis Center, OH, until March of 2003 when Taekwondo United closed its doors.  At that time, and due to the requests of the dedicated students of Taekwondo United, Robert and Deanna started a Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo club locally.  In 2003 the small Taekwondo club in Lewis Center joined the United Taekwondo Association under Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn, which was relocated to Cotter Street in Lewis Center in 2004-- their new school as Ahn Taekwondo Columbus.

Now a 3rd Dan in the UTA, Deanna Jones is an active black belt in the association. With over 12 years of Taekwondo teaching experience in the Columbus, Ohio area, Ms. Jones leads the Beginners, Children's and Lil' Dragon classes at ATC.  She also has earned an Assistant Instructor certification with the United States Taekwondo Won. She serves as the co-owner and Manager of Ahn Taekwondo Columbus, and as an active member of the Ahn Black Belt Society

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David Bishop, 1st Dan

David Bishop’s first exposure to martial arts came during service in the United States Army in Viet Nam. Over three decades later in January 2002, at the age of 53, he made a decision to begin again the study and training of martial arts with a Taekwondo school in Lewis Center with Mr. Robert Jones. 

In 2004, another decision was made by Mr. Bishop; to compete. Qualification in the AAU States for National competition as well as competing is Ahn Classic Tournament, 2004 proved to be a very good beginning to a competitive career after winning two gold medals at the 2004 AAU Nationals in Ft Lauderdale.  As the year ended, Mr. Bishop received the 2004 Senior Competitor Award from the United Taekwondo Association.

June 2005 brought Mr. Bishop a successful promotion to 1st Dan. He continues his martial arts journey by helping at Ahn Taekwondo Columbus and facilitating with classes.

Jeff Borders, 1st Dan

Jeff first joined Ahn Taekwondo in 1983 while attending Miami University. After achieving the rank of 1st Gup in 1986, he transferred to The Ohio State University and put his Taekwondo journey on hold. After eighteen years and the discovery of Ahn Taekwondo Columbus in October of 2004, he resumed his training. Fulfilling a personal goal in May of 2006, in front of friends and family, Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn awarded Jeff his black belt.

Recently, Mr. Borders has taken on the additional responsibility of managing ATC and teaching three classes a week.

For his own amusement, he plays acoustic versions of his favorite rock songs on guitar, ukulele and blues harmonica. At times, he's forced to sing Disney's High School Musical with his kids.

Mr. Borders continues his martial arts journey by practicing the basics, teaching, and making the Lil' Dragons laugh.

 

Drew Rea, 1st Dan

(bio coming soon)

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Notable achievements & contributions:

2003 Black Belt of the Year

2004 Grandmaster's Award

2004 Senior Competitor of the Year

2005 Black Belt of the Year

2005 Branch (School) of the Year

President of Ahn Black Belt Society

Secretary of Ohio Taekwondo Won

 

 

 

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