The Instructors

Master Russell Gale  

Congratulations Master Gale for being selected as an Assistant Coach for the United States National Team!  Midwest is very proud of you!

Master Gale is currently a 6th degree black belt. He has over 30 years of Tae Kwon Do training and has learned a great deal from his long competitive career. During this time he won gold medals at local, state, national and international competitions. Master Gale draws his knowledge from the best in the world, and has traveled across the US to train with Olympic medalists and World Champions. These medalists include 1988 Gold Medalist from Korea, Master Myang Sang Jang, 1988 Bronze Medalist and former USA Olympic Head Coach, Master Han Won Lee, and 2000/2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Lopez.  He also works closely with US. National Team Coach Sherman Nelson and Jason Poos to help develop the athletes in his gym. In 2014 Master Gale was made a U.S. National Team Coach for Cadet Athletes and is proud to have coached a gold medalist at World Championships in Azerbaijan in 2014.  He has also developed 5 athletes that have won National and International medals since 2008, with one athlete making both the US National Team and Collegiate Team in the same year. Master Gale is also on staff with the USAT, the organizing body of Olympic Sport Tae Kwon Do in the United States. While he is pleased with the accomplishments of his athletes and enjoys his work at the USAT, he hopes to see continued advancements in all aspects of training in his dojang. Master Gale feels competitive Tae Kwon Do is great for personal growth, but he also feels it’s a small part of the complete package that includes self-discipline, self confidence, self defense and practical problem solving skills. “I hope you find everything you are looking for at our dojang, and invite you to become a part of our future which promises to be both exciting and rewarding,” says Master Gale.

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jan2713FS_063Master Tanya Panizzo is currently a 5th degree black belt and resigned her job as an Engineer for the Automotive Industry to teach Tae Kwon Do full time. She began her training at age 8 with her brothers (she is a triplet) and has been involved in the martial arts for over 34 years. Master Panizzo began her training strictly because her brothers did, but as time went by, began to develop a love for the Korean martial art. Over the years, she has participated in numerous tournaments, eventually capturing a gold medal in international competition. She defeated her mother’s home country of Argentina to advance to the final rounds in this tournament. She has also participated in demonstrations and other special events that have given her valuable experience in many facets of Tae Kwon Do. She is also the coach for the Sport Poomsae Team at Midwest, which has met great success. Master Panizzo works hard to further her knowledge of traditional Tae Kwon Do principles to enrich the lives of all students in her care. She is also involved  in the instruction of children with special needs.  She works privately with children with Austism and Aspbergers to help them develop coordination, fine and gross motor skills, confidence and self control. Along with teaching Tae Kwon Do, she is Director of Fighting Spirit Personal Safety, a company that provides personal safety training for children and adults.   She also was instrumental in developing the A+ After School Enrichment Program at Midwest. She believes that Tae Kwon Do brings a positive outlook on a person’s life and encourages everyone, male and female, child and adult, to see what Tae Kwon Do and fitness can bring to their lives.

Send e-mail to Master Panizzo.

Listen to an interview with Master Panizzo, recorded by Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio



Assistant Instructors:

Master Daniel Freeman       Mr. David Reitz            Miss Katherine Springer

Master Brian Pratt                  Mr. Marc Brunner       Mr. Chris Plum

Mr. Tim Morelli                        Mrs. Jennifer Wolf       Mrs. Lisa Sebok