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8th Dan Grandmaster Mark Giambi

8th Dan Grandmaster Mark Giambi, long time student 9th Dan Grandmaster Young Bo Kong, established the first Young Brothers Taekwondo Centers in Houston, Texas.

 

Grandmaster Mark Giambi began his Taekwondo training at the age of twelve, with World Champion Grandmaster Yong Bo Kong as his original and primary teacher. Over the years, Grand Giambi also met and learned from some of the most prominent and highly respected Korean masters in North America. He also was associated with Taekwondo pioneers like 9th Dan Grandmaster Young II Kong, Park Bu Kwang, and their teacher, General Choi Hong Hi, the acknowledged founder of modern Taekwondo.

 

6th Dan Master Leonel Taño

Master Taño began training at age 13 under Grandmaster Young II Kong. He received his 1st Dan in 1990 from Grandmaster Giambi and began teaching for him in 1995. He has served as a competition judge in AAU Taekwondo competitions since that time as well, officiating at tournaments each year. Master Taño received his 5th Dan in 2007 and 6th Dan in 2014.

 

Master Taño currently a head instructor for the adult program at Young Brothers Taekwondo Center in the City of Bellaire.

 

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4th Dan Master Cory Weatherly

Master Cory Weatherly began taekwondo at the age of 12 under the leadership of Grandmaster Mark Giambi back in 2004. By the age of 13, he started competing in various regional and national Taekwondo tournaments with the G-Force Team – Young Brothers Taekwondo Competition Team.

 

Master Weatherly began teaching in 2006 and received his 1st Dan in 2007, 2nd Dan in 2008, and 3rd Dan in 2010. After graduating from high school in 2010, he began his undergraduate program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with distinguished honors and obtained his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Sports Science.

 

After graduating college, Master Weatherly returned to Young Brothers Taekwondo. In December of 2014, he received his 4th Dan and became a Master Instructor. He currently teaches the Children Taekwondo Class and Competition Training Program.

 

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1st Dan Instructor Ms. Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva began training with Grandmaster Mark Giambi in her late thirties. She received her 1st Dan in December of 2014 and is currently instructs the Children Taekwondo Program.

 

Ms. Silva has a Master’s Degree from Houston Baptist University and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a native Houstonian having attended both St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and St. Agnes Academy.

 

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1st Dan Instructor Mr. Kevin Abdelnur-Ayala

Mr. Kevin Isván Abdelnur-Ayala has been training at the age of 11 and been practicing over seven years, competing on the G-Force competition team. He is an AAU National Champion, placing 1st and 3rd place. He also is a gold medal recipient at the 2012 Junior Olympics. In December of 2014, he received his 1st Dan. He also is an instructor for Young Brothers’ Children Taekwondo Program.

 

Mr. Abdelnur-Ayala currently is a senior at Bellaire High School. He plans to pursue attending either Texas Tech University of the University of Houston.

 

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Gianmarco Giambi  (Assistant Instructor)

Gianmarco Giambi is ten years old and a fifth-grader at Dickinson Elementary School in Sugar Land, Texas where he maintains straight A’s. He has been practicing taekwondo since he was 4 years old and practices under the supervision of his father, 8th Dan Grandmaster Mark Giambi and his older brother 4th Dan Master Gianni Giambi with the Houston Center for Taekwondo.

 

Gianmarco participated in his first AAU Nationals at the age of five. He is a four-time AAU National champion. This past summer Gianmarco competed in the AAU Nationals as a black belt for the first time. He won gold and was included in the AAU National Jr. Development Team for Taekwondo. Both he and his coach, Master Gianni Giambi look forward to participating with the Team during the 2016 competition year.

 

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Giselle Giambi  (Assistant Instructor)

Giselle Giambi is 14 years old and attends Poly Ryan Middle School in Sugar Land, Texas. Giselle is 3 times National Champion, 2 times Junior Olympic Champion, Texas State Champion, and 2015 US Open Champion.

 

Miss Giambi has been training in taekwondo at the age of 4, competing and won her first gold medal at the age of 5. She has been a member of the Young Brothers Taekwondo G-Force competition team since 2009 and practices under the supervision of her father, 8th Dan Grandmaster Mark Giambi and her older brother 4th Dan Master Gianni Giambi with the Houston Center for Taekwondo.

 

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