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Our Instructors

The instructors at Akula Taekwondo in Novi, Michigan are outstanding martial artists and highly skilled motivators. They lead by example and teach with patience and enthusiasm, combining respectful discipline with a friendly, hands-on approach.

Our instructors focus on building self-confidence, character, and skill in students through mental and physical discipline. Their encouraging, yet challenging approach allows all participants to progress at their own level by setting and achieving individual goals. All have an authentic dedication to the art and sport of Taekwondo.

Mr. Joseph Tegler

Mr. Joseph Tegler is a 3rd degree blackbelt in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon), a 2nd degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate), and the founder of Akula Taekwondo.

Mr. Tegler has been training in Taekwondo for over a decade. He participated in tournaments throughout the Midwest and across the country. One year, at Michigan State Championships, he was the gold medalist in all categories: forms, sparring, and board breaking. He has also medalled at the international level and was ranked third in the country for his division, achieving the distinction of All American Athlete.

In addition to his passionate for Taekwondo and the martial arts, Mr. Tegler loves Ukrainian Scouting, fishing, snorkeling, water-skiing, and pretty much everything on and in the water. When choosing a name for his school, he gave a nod to his Ukrainian heritage and to his love of the sea. Akula means shark in Ukrainian.

Mr. Tegler has been teaching martial arts for five years. He loves everything about the job: kicking, working out, and moving through the forms, teaching the skills and mindset he’s been cultivating most of his life, and just being on the mat.

Through Taekwondo training, Mr. Tegler developed leadership skills and confidence, learned to appreciate discipline, courtesy, and perseverance, gained an understanding of the value of self-control and integrity, and attained an indomitable spirit. It is his goal and mission to inspire his students to do the same.

Favorite quote: Great moments are born from great opportunity. – Herb Brooks

Ms. Emma Lyons

Ms. Emma Lyons is a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a two-time national champion in sparring.

Prior to becoming involved with Taekwondo, Ms. Lyons was a competitive volleyball player. At age 13, she lost interest in volleyball. But there was a rule in her house: everyone under 18 had to be involved in a sport. A friend suggested she try Taekwondo–and she was an instant convert.

When speaking of teaching Taekwondo, Ms. Lyons says, “It’s my favorite thing.” She is also an avid painter, choosing acrylics on canvas for her work. Ms. Lyons plans to attend Wayne State University.

Favorite quote: Victory is always possible for the person who refused to stop fighting. – Napoleon Hill

Mr. Nicolas Gonzalez-Moller

Photo and bio coming soon.

Owner/Head Instructor

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