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Sr. Master Robin Johnson, 8th Dan
Sheridan Taekwon-Do Club

Master Gerald Sisco, 7th Dan
Casper Recreation Center

Mr. Roland Flynn, 6th Dan
Rock Springs TKD

Mr. Anthony Giese, 6th Dan
Wyoming Taekwon-Do

Mrs. DeeDee Connell, 5th Dan
Sheridan College

Mrs. Kerri McDill, 5th Dan
Casper College

Mr. Jordan McDill, 5th Dan
Snowy Range TKD

Sr. Master Robin Johnson

Sr. Master Robin Johnson:  Sr. Master Robin Johnson, who holds the rank of 8th Dan, is the head instructor the Sheridan Taekwon-Do Club, located in Sheridan, Wyoming.  He's a dedicated individual who works tirelessly for the benefit of USTF affiliated clubs here in the state.  Here are a few words:

     "I have spent the last twenty plus years practicing Taekwon-Do.  I achieved the rank of 5th Dan on October 27, 2012 in Casper, Wyoming.  A list of my accomplishments are as follows:

     "Of all the patterns I've learned so far, my favorite is Moon Moo, and the funnest part of Taekwon-Do is participating in the bi-annual Wyoming Taekwon-Do Camp.  On the serious side of things, my mission is to keep all the USTF Wyoming Taekwon-Do schools unified with a strong brotherhood and sisterhood.  My aim is to teach Taekwon-Do in the spirit of General Choi Hong-Hi, in accordance with the USTF.  Finally, the qualities I deem most important to an individual are loyalty and devotion."

Sr. Master Robin Johnson

Sheridan and Buffalo are located in the northern part of Wyoming, nestled in the Big Horn Mountain Range.  Master Johnson's club regularly hosts one of the quarterly testings each year, and the mascot is zealously guarded by all his students!

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Master Gerald Sisco

Master Gerald Sisco:  Master Gerald Sisco, who holds the rank of 7th Dan, is the head instructor at the Casper Recreation Center.  His club hosts the Annual Wyoming Invitational USTF Tournament every September.  Tournament participants travel from across Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and Montana to compete and have a good time.  He held the office of Wyoming State Director from 2010 to 2015. Here's what he has to say:

      "I started Tae Kwon-do in Rock Springs, WY in late 1981 under Nam Kim.  After I achieved the rank of high yellow belt, I moved to Casper, WY where I began training with Mr. Steve Young in the WTF.  Under his instruction, I advanced to the rank of green belt.  The association Mr. Young was training under was disbanded, and I found myself without an Instructor or an Association for support.  My brother, Tom Sisco, was training in Tae Kwon-do with Senior Master Martin, and after several months of persuasion, he introduced me to him.  That was in late 1985.  In May of 1986 I tested for my 5th gup green belt, where I've been with Senior Master Martin and the USTF ever since.  I've had the opportunity to see what the other side is like, and could not have found a better Instructor in Senior Master Martin, or a better organization under Senior Grand Master Sereff.  I tested for my 1st Dan in 1991.  Shortly after I tested I started teaching at the Rec. Center in Casper as Head Instructor with my brother.  I tested for my 4th Dan in 2001, I was certified as an ITF International Instructor in 2002, some of the last to be certified under General Choi.  In October, 2010, I was promoted to 6th Dan, and in September, 2011, I recieved my Class A Instructor's Certificate.  I have found a home with Senior Master Martin and the USTF.  The school has grown from a few students to lining up everything from 4th Dan to 10th gup.  We have eight families that train together as part of our class.  This club, as well as this organization, has become a large part of my family."

Master Sisco's school is located at the Casper Recreation Center which is backdropped by beautiful Casper Mountain.  Class schedules and information are listed in the "Schools & Class Schedules" section.

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Mr. Roland Flynn Mr. Roland Flynn:  Mr. Roland Flynn, 6th Dan, is the head instructor in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Here is what he has to say of his Taekwon-Do career:

     "I began my Tae Kwon-Do career in December of 1990 under Mr. Brian Kaumo and Mr. Ed Tardoni.  We held classes in Mr. Pineda's gym on off nights from his Karate classes.  After several months, we were able to move our class to the Family Rec Center and Rock Springs Tae Kwon-Do was officially born.  Mr. Kaumo resigned from the USTF about six months later and Mr. Tardoni became the head instructor.  Upon the retirement of Mr. Tardoni in 2004, Mr. Kolb became the head instructor and I became the assistant instructor.  Mr. Kolb resigned from the organization in 2010 and I am now the recgonized head instructor for Rock Springs.

     "As a young man I was always athletic and I found an opportunity to combine both physical and mental activities with Tae Kwon-Do.  The hard style of Tae Kwon-Do fit my character and abilities.  I have long since found a home with my instructor Grand Master Martin and much appreciated seniors.

My Black Belt promotions and certifications are as follows:

     "I have attended college and have degrees in Industrial Arts, Education and Public Administration.  I have worked for the City of Rock Springs for the past 25 years as a maintenance superintendant, project administrator and director of martial arts fitness programs for the recreation department.  In my lifetime, I have participated in many activities.  I have spent more time doing Tae Kwon-Do than anything else in my is the hardest thing I have ever done and has been well worth the time."

Class schedules and information are listed in the "Schools & Class Schedules" section.

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Mr. Anthony Giese Mr. Anthony Giese:  Mr. Anthony Giese is a 6th Dan Black belt, and head instructor of Wyoming Taekwon-do located at the Army National Guard Armory in Casper, Wyoming.  Promoted to Wyoming State Director as of January 1, 2016, he is also the former head instructor of Baghdad Taekwon-do 2004 to 2005.

      "One of my first instructors was Dave Nania, 4th Dan Black belt.  When I first meet Mr. Nania he was the one who suggested I start Taekwon-do and knew that I could be successful in it.  I also assisted Mr. Nania in organizing the opening of Wyoming Taekwon-do November 1991 at the Wyoming Army National Guard Armory.  In 2003, I took over the duties of head instructor and to this date I teach to military families and long time students.

      �Teaching Taekwon-do to soldiers when I was deployed was the one of the proudest times of my martial arts career.  To this day I am still proud of the children and their families that I instruct.  The other aspect I enjoy is the camaraderie with my fellow Black belts.�

      Grand Master Martin has been his instructor for the last few years and is the standard he strives to emulate.  He was there to send Mr. Giese off on his deployment and to welcome him home when he returned.   �This showed me how much my Taekwon-do family meant to me.�

      Mr. Giese is a retired First Sergeant with the Wyoming Army National Guard with 28 years of service and an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Legion of Merit recipient 2010.  Mr. Giese�s last position with the National Guard was the States Army Combatives coordinator.  �This was the highlight of the end of my career - to teach martial arts to deploying soldiers."

      Mr. Giese has many years of International and National competition experience and most notable the 1999 USTF Senior Black belt light weight champion sparring & patterns.

Class schedules and information are listed in the "Schools & Class Schedules" section.

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Mrs. DeeDeeConnell Mrs. DeeDee Connell:  Mrs. DeeDee Connell is a 5th Dan Black belt, who lives and works in Sheridan, Wyoming.  

      "I began training at Sheridan Taekwon-Do in 1997 with Mr. Johnson as my Instructor, having been a 'lobby mom' and 'lobby wife' for a couple of years.  I started teaching in 2001 as an assistant Instructor at In-Nae International Taekwon-Do in Buffalo, where I taught until 2006.  I am currently the Instructor at Sheridan College, and an Assistant Instructor at Sheridan Taekwon-Do Club.

      "Originally I hoped to gain some fitness and flexibility, and learn something new.  Taekwon-Do has given me so much more than that!  I have been fortunate enough to travel and compete, both nationally and internationally.  I got to attend International Instructor Seminars with General Choi in 1999 & 2002, as well as USTF Instructor courses, Referee seminars, Self-defense courses, Wyoming camps, World camps and Black Belt workshops.  The friendships I have found through Taekwon-Do are some of the strongest and most important relationships in my life.

      "I think one of the biggest benefits of our training is that what we learn through Taekwon-Do, studying the tenets, developing mental strength as well as physical capabilities affects our lives far beyond the training hall."


USTF National Champion

"The journey is the reward."

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Mrs. Kerri McDill Mrs. Kerri McDill:  Mrs. Kerri McDill is a 5th Dan Black belt, who lives and works in Casper, Wyoming.  

      "I started Taekwon-Do as a result of my son's interest in martial arts.  Mr. McDill was seven years old when he started taking lessons at the Casper Recreational Center.  After observing how patient his instructors were with his seven year old attention span I decided to join as well in 1999.  I was very proud to test with Mr. McDill on April 24, 2010 for our 3rd Degree Black Belt.

"I started as an assistant instructor for the Casper Recreation Center in approximately 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I feel that as USTF instructors we have the ability and responsiblity to significantly benefit our students in a variety of ways.  Both children and adults of all ages can develop improved conditioning, coordination and flexibility as well as confidence and self esteem.

"In the fall of 2011 I had the honor of becoming a head instructor at Casper College."

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Mr. Mr. Jordan McDill:  Mr. Jordan McDill is a 5th Dan Black belt, who lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.  

     "I started Taekwon-Do in 1998 with Mr. Sisco when I was 7 years old.  I tested for my 1st degree when I was 14 and I am currently ranked as a 4th degree.   I became the official assistant instructor for the Casper Rec Center in 2007 when I was in 10th grade.  I have been living in Laramie since 2013 and began teaching shortly thereafter in whatever location I could find.  As a result, most of the time this consisted of teaching in one of the many parks until the weather turned nasty, forcing us to take shelter wherever we could.  In April, 2016 I was given the opportunity to start a club with the Laramie Dance and Arts Center.

     "I am a Class B certified instructor and a Class A certified referee.  I have competed and refereed in numerous tournaments from local state games to internationals.  While in 3rd grade, I was diagnosed with ADHD.  When I was young I actually wanted to quit Taekwon-Do multiple times.  Each time I told my dad I wanted to quit he told me that I could but that I had to tell Mr. Sisco myself.   I could never bring myself to do that.  Mr. Sisco told me that I could either use the ADHD as an excuse to misbehave, or I could use it as a reason to work harder and succeed.  I believe that these two events were the strongest influence on me to become the individual I am today."

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