Master Killingsworth has over twenty years of TaeKwonDo training under his belt, with over 15 years as a Certified TaeKwonDo instructor. He taught for several years in Mobile, AL before moving to Auburn where he achieved his current rank of 5th degree (Oh Dan) in TaeKwonDo.
You may recognize Master Killingsworth from the halls of Auburn Junior High School where he has taught for ten years, although he has enjoyed teaching mathematics and science in the state of Alabama for 28 years. He earned degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from Auburn University in 1985, his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Alabama in 1992, and he has continued his graduate work at Auburn University towards a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. So, not only is Master Killingsworth a extraordinary instructor, he’s also one smart cookie!
Married to Annette for 26 years, Master Killingsworth has two beautiful daughters – Kristen is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, and Allison is a Blue Belt. When he’s not teaching TaeKwoDo or math, you might find him working in his garden … but don’t challenge him to a game of Monopoly unless you’re prepared to lose!
With 10 years of TaeKwonDo training, Naomi has earned her 3rd degree black belt and will be testing for her 1st degree black belt in HapKiDo later this year. Miss Naomi has been teaching at AAMA for a little over four years and is encouraging to children of all ages! She is currently attending Auburn University majoring in Nutrition Science; once she has her undergraduate degree, she plans to teach English in Korea for a few years. She is very excited to further her TKD and HKD training in the birthplace of these two martial arts and learn from people whose ideas haven’t been touched by the way we practice TKD in the west.
While she’s not at school or the dojang, Miss Naomi enjoys studying, reading, and cooking. Cooking pasta is her forte, but she likes learning how to cook Korean food for the flavorful meat marinades and succulent vegetable side dishes spiced up with Korean hot pepper (고추).
“I like training in martial arts because I feel empowered by the discipline and I feel more confident about my ability to defend myself. Not only can I physically defend myself, but I’ve also learned that the most useful form of self defense is “thinking before acting.” Martial Arts has humbled me and influenced me to put forth the five tenets of Taekwondo (courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit) in my every day life. Because of my martial arts training, I feel I am a more motivated individual who feels comfortable setting goals for myself. Not only this, but I am also a better daughter, sister, friend, student, and Samaritan to those around me.”
If you need help preparing for your black belt exam or would like to schedule a private lesson to work on any techniques you are struggling with, email Miss Naomi directly. She has helped many students pass their first degree black belt exam on their first attempt!
Training with Mr. Patrick for over ten years, Mrs. JoAnne has reached 3rd Degree Black Belt level. Her favorite part of training is doing forms, especially Toe Gye. She truly enjoys working with children in the dojang and appreciates how they interact with one another. She would like to become a Master Instructor one day, and is glad to be able to work toward that goal as she helps children work toward their martial arts goals.
Ms. JoAnne works as a machine operator assembling medical kits that are used all over the southeast. Happily married for 20 years, Mrs. JoAnne enjoys being active in church and singing in the choir. When she really wants to be lazy, however, you can find her watching her favorite TV show, “The Little Vampire.”
Training at Auburn Academy for two years, Miss Jisong, a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, is our newest staff member. Before training here, she studied for four years in Korea with Master Jung Soo Ham. She won First Place in Woosuk University’s National Competition in 2012. That same year, she won Third Place at the Korean National Sports University’s National Competition
Miss Jisong is currently a senior at Auburn High School. Like most teenagers, she enjoys listening to music and meeting friends to hang out. She also enjoys playing tennis when she’s not at the dojang. If you’ve never seen her practice her side-kicks, you are missing out!