SIDEKICKS TAEKWONDO INSTRUCTORS

Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors 

 

Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy has a collective wisdom and experience of over 80 years. This experience includes Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors current and past, combined with the 55 years experience of Grandmaster Maurice Orange. GMO trains and oversees the development of all Sidekicks Taekwondo instructors.  Hence, Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy is one of the most professionally run Taekwondo Academies in the world.

 

Sidekicks Instructors are required to be at a Black Belt level, and are continually training and improving their teaching skills and their own martial arts techniques.  The instructors at Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy undergo strict professional development from GMO, who is a stickler for things like punctuality, respect, integrity, discipline, honoring and acknowledging the parents and grandparents, keeping things moving along, and seeing results.  GMO is not one to let a faltering instructor continue. He is as strict on his instructors and demands a lot of them, as the Sidekicks instructors then demand from their students.

 

Becoming a Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructor takes tremendous commitment and many hours of training.  These individuals have dedicated their lives to the Sidekicks method and helping others learn their art.   Maintaining a teaching certificate is a continuing process involving further education and annual renewal.  Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors maintain First Aid Certification and continuing education in the science of teaching concepts.

Who are the Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors?

 

Sidekicks Taekwondo instructors are strong practitioners themselves.  As a result, they are passionate about helping others develop a sustainable Taekwondo practice. Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors have dedicated their lives to learning, practicing, and instructing the Sidekicks Taekwondo technique.

 

In fact, all of the current Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors are students or former students of Grandmaster Orange.  Some of the junior instructors are second generation students of GMO.  Want to know what a Sidekicks second generation student is?  Check out this blog post! 

Would you like to know a little bit about the Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors?  If so, check out their profiles below. We’ve asked them how they got started in Taekwondo, and what motivates them.  Almost all of them, are encouraged by their parents, to keep on getting into the car, and coming to Taekwondo.  Just like GMO… So long ago. 🙂

GMO and Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors 2017

How are Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors Trained?

 

Becoming a Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructor takes tremendous commitment and many hours of training. All Sidekicks Taekwondo instructors are trained under GMO’s direct supervision. You’ll find GMO out on the floor working with students, and also letting his junior instructors take over parts of the instruction as they learn to model his example. Sidekicks Academy is a martial arts school where students can rise up through the ranks.

Maintaining a Sidekicks teaching certificate is a dynamic ongoing process, involving ongoing education and annual certificate renewal. Sidekicks Instructors are required to maintain first aid certification. They also take part in continuing education and progressive learning in teaching concepts.

 

As a result, Sidekicks Taekwondo Instructors are skilled and experienced at teaching all levels of students. From small children, to adults of all ages, Sidekicks instructors have the practical hands on experience. In conclusion, as a Sidekicks Taekwondo student, you can be certain, the Sidekicks instructor knows how to support each learner’s individual path, from beginner white belts to experienced black belt.

Grandmaster Orange

Grandmaster Maurice Orange

Grandmaster Maurice Orange, affectionately known as GMO to all his students and the Sidekicks community, is founder, face, and backbone of the Martial Arts Academy.  He has dedicated his live to the Sidekicks community, and prides himself on helping others learn their art.

Mr. D. Tran

Dustin Tran has been training with Grandmaster Orange since he was in 5th grade.  Now Mr. Tran has 5 children of his own, who all train at Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, making them the largest second generation Sidekicks Family.

 

 

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Mr. D. Laver

Daniel Laver is one of the favorite Sidekicks teachers, he is loved by the students.  Mr. Laver has trained with Grandmaster Orange for more than 9 years, since he was a teenager.  Now Mr. Laver is in college and teaches classes at Sidekicks on his breaks, and weekends.  You will always see Mr. Laver jumping in to assist and take over helping with the testing days.

 

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Mr. T. Estrada

Mr. Estrada has been a student of Grandmaster Orange for many years. He trained under GMO and now is one of the Sidekicks familiar teachers. You will see Mr. Estrada at the Sidekicks testing days and teaching some of the evening classes and Saturdays.

 

Q: Why did you start Martial Arts?

A: I started Martial Arts as a way to keep myself physically active.

 

Q: How old were you when you started?

A: I started when I was 38 years old.

 

Q: How did you meet GMO?

A: I met GMO during one of my son’s multiple belt testing.

 

Q: What’s your favorite move?

A: My favorite move is a sidekick, if performed correctly it can be extremely effective in close, intermediate, and long range.

 

Q: What’s your least favorite move?

A: My least favorite move is a spear hand. It takes an advance level of understanding on how to apply this hand technique correctly and where to apply it for it to be effective.

 

Q: Which belt level are you now?

A: I am currently a 2nd degree recommended black belt.

 

Q: What are your martial arts goals?

A: My Martial Arts goal is to receive my 2nd degree decided black belt, and continue on my individual path in Taekwondo.

Mr. Estrada - Sidekicks Instructor
M. Castillo

Ms. M. Castillo

MaryLou was a student of Grandmaster Orange for more 13 years, when she was a teenager. Her and her twin sister trained with GMO. Now MaryLou’s daughter has gone away to college, and MaryLou came back to help teach classes at Sidekicks. You will see she has not lost what it takes after all these years. She is often seen giving advise to parents who are raising college bound kids.

 

Q: Why did you start Martial Arts?

A: I enjoyed watching Jackie Chan movies from Hong Kong and other martial arts movies from China.  I grew up in a small town near rice farms in the Philippines and there were no martial arts school to check out.  Not only when I finished college here in San Diego that I had the chance to start training in Tae KwonDo with Grand Master Orange.

 

Q: How old were you when you started?

A: I have lived 20 years of my life doing martial arts. My interest in Martial Arts started when I was 15 years old.  I started  taking classes at National City Taekwondo (old name of Sidekicks) when I was 22 years old, I learned TaeKwonDo from Grand Master Orange. I had a very long break and just recently took martial arts classes in other schools ranging from Eskrima (very short period of time) to other forms of  TaeKwonDo, i.e.   ATA and ITF forms.

 

Q: How did you meet GMO?

A: I met Grand Master Orange through one of his students.

 

Q: What’s your favorite move?

A: My favorite move is a twist kick and jump spin outer crescent kick.

 

Q: What’s your least favorite move?

A: My least favorite move is the wheel-kick.

 

Q: Which belt level are you now?

A: My current belt level is 2nd degree black belt.

 

Q: What are your martial arts goals?

A: My ultimate goal is to have my own Sidekicks TaeKwondo school in the Philippines and to incorporate the Filipino stick fighting art called Arnis or Eskrima. I find joy being able to share my experience and martial arts knowledge with other people, children and adult alike.

 

There is so much to learn, both as a student and as an instructor of  TaeKwonDo. I believe in keeping both mind and body active for a healthier living. Martial arts as any other form of exercise like dancing not only benefit a person physically but it does increase mental alertness and improve cognitive function of the brain in both young and old.

Mr. A. Copon

Mr. Capon was a student of Grandmaster Orange back in the 90’s – 2000’s when GMO had the school in Chula Vista.  Mr. Capon often tells his son, who is a Sidekicks student, how strict GMO used to be.  In other words, the grandmaster has softened up a bit on the kids, and is less formal and rigid than he previously was.

 

Q: Why did you start Martial Arts?

A: I started Taekwondo for self defense.

 

Q: How old were you when you started?

A:   I was about 9 years old.

 

Q: How did you meet GMO?

A: GMO or Mr. Orange, as what I call him, was still a 3rd degree black belt when I first met him.  His first school was called American Taekwondo Association located at E Plaza Blvd right next to Yum Yum Donuts.  We later moved locations in the same strip mall.  Mr. Orange was very strict and had a military-style teaching.  He was the only instructor for the school with an average of 50 students per class.

During that time, my fellow students were disciplined and very good at our Taekwondo skills.  Our school had a reputation for being tough and its students the best competitors in Taekwondo tournaments.

 

Q: What’s your favorite move?

A: My favorite move is the butterfly kick.

 

Q: Which belt level are you now?

A: I reached the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt when I was in high school.  Afterwards, I stopped going to Taekwondo since I moved further from the Taekwondo school and was already preparing to go to college at the University of California, Irvine.  I graduated and went on to law school to get a law degree.  I worked both in the legal and real estate field for many years.  I am currently focusing on my real estate career as a Realtor and Loan Originator.

 

I returned to Mr. Orange in 2015 because I wanted him to teach my son what I learned from him decades before.  I wanted my son to learn from the BEST!

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L. Visda

Mr. Visda has been learning and practicing Taekwondo with Grandmaster Orange for ten years.  He has advanced greatly, and is now a class assistant and junior instructor.  Mr. Visda shows great teaching etiquette and maturity for his age.  He is really good with the younger students and is a lead teacher for the yellow and green belt classes. Mr. Visda is still under the tutelage of GMO and he’s continually working on improving his martial arts technique and his teaching skills.  He has a very supportive family. Mr. Visda is very committed to his success and to his Taekwondo practice and thus, it really shows.

 

Q: Why did you start Martial Arts?

A: My parents foresaw events in my future, although starting fairly young, that would be considered dangerous towards my well-being in which studying Taekwondo would prevent those circumstances. With being asthmatic, I needed a way to exercise frequently according to my provider. In order to betterment myself, I needed to learn self discipline, defense, and confidence. This in return, will allow me to communicate with various types of people in a respectful manner.

 

Q: How old were you when you started?

A: I was 7 years old.

 

Q: How did you meet GMO?

A: I firmly met GMO after 4 years when I became a 1st degree black belt. He instructed a black belt class where he mentally challenged our will and passion towards Martial arts and witness if we ourselves were committed and understood the position we held. He not only introduced himself, but asked us questions individually to know us better.

 

Q: What’s your favorite move?

A: The butterfly 360 crescent kick is one of my favorite moves because it can cohesively follow-up another technique that engages the hip to create a quick, fluid and unpredictable combination which focuses on the balance and flexibility of the kicker.

 

Q: What’s your least favorite move?

A: I would call the outer crescent kick as one of my least favorite kicks because it initially utilizes the opposite side of the hips to bring the leg that is kicking to the optimized height then opens up to bring it back to the original neutral hip position. It doesn’t go through naturally with the flow of my combinations.

 

Q: Which belt level are you now?

A: I am a 2nd degree decided black belt.

 

Q: What are your martial arts goals?

A: I aim to acquire a greater mental and spiritual understanding of Taekwondo, as teaching is apart of ones martial arts journey. I have been pursuing a goal that will set me to be an instructor that can be comparable to all those who have taught me. It has been a learning experience as well as difficult to interpret everything I learned into lessons.

 

I am also willing to improve my physical growth too. I seek to learn different kicks, and even techniques that has not been taught into my martial arts skill-set.

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J. Estrada

 

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M. Tran

 

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