Master Joseph Tegler, Head Instructor

Master Joseph Tegler is the founder and head instructor of Akula Taekwondo. He has earned a 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon).

Master 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.

Through Taekwondo training, Master 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.

Obviously, I’m passionate about Taekwondo and the martial arts. I also love fishing, snorkeling, and water-skiing — pretty much everything on and in the water. So, when choosing a name for my school, I gave a nod to my Ukrainian heritage and to my love of the sea. Sharks are amazing animals: strong, smart, fast, and brave. Plus, Akula is A COOL name.

I’ve been teaching martial arts for eight years. I love everything about my job: kicking, working out, and moving through the forms, teaching the skills and mindset I’ve been cultivating most of my life, and just being on the mat.