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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 Black Belt in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon), a 2nd degree Black Belt 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. Shiven Acharya

Mr. Shiven Acharya is a 2nd degree black belt in Isshin-ryū karate, a 1st degree black belt in Shōrin-ryū karate, and a 1st degree black belt in Tung Soo Do.

Training in Martial Arts since he was six years old, Mr. Acharya has competed and placed in a multitude of tournaments and competitions both at the state and national level.

Mr. Acharya has been teaching martial arts for two and a half years. Since then, he has fallen in love with teaching, both on the mat and in the classroom.

When not practicing his forms, Mr. Acharya can be found studying or researching about project cars as he hopes to work on one soon.

Favorite Quote:

Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.

– Bruce Lee

Mr. Nicolas Gonzalez-Moller

Mr. Nicolas Gonzalez-Moller is a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. At age seven,  he asked his mother to enroll him in Taekwondo because his best friend at the time was an orange belt. The first draw for him was the excitement of Taekwondo kicking. He also gets satisfaction from perfecting a form, sparring, and teaching.

In addition to training in and teaching martial arts, Mr. Gonzalez is a passionate and committed soccer player.

When not kicking bags or soccer balls, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys playing guitar, trumpet, and piano.

Owner/Head Instructor
Shiven Acharya - Instructor

Shiven Acharya


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