black belt academy instructors

All of our instructors begin as students of Black Belt Academy and remain in training after joining the instructor corps. By being students first, they truly understand the dedication and determination needed to be successful in Tae Kwon Do.

 

 
 
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master kyle webber

Master Kyle was born just "Kyle" in Bucks County, PA in 1986.  His family moved to St. Mary's county when he was 3 years old.  As a child, Kyle played soccer and baseball but didn't excel at a sport until he found tae kwon do in 1999.  Once he began training, he thrived.  He earned his black belt in 2002 and reached the level of Master Instructor in 2010.  Kyle was such an amazing student that becoming an instructor was a natural transition.  From there he progressed to the owner/operator of his own dojang, the Black Belt Academy, in December 2005.

Kyle graduated from Great Mills High School and obtained a degree in General Studies from CSM.  He now lives happily in Lusby with his wife and 5 children.  Outside of the studio, Kyle enjoys fishing and fixing cars.  

 

 
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Melly Byrum

Melly began her journey to black belt at the age of eight.  She earned her black belt in April of 2016 and is currently a 1st dan.  Melly became a welcome addition to the group of instructors in mid-2017 due to her enthusiastic personality and dedication to Black Belt Academy.  Melly regularly performs with the Huntingtown High theater group either on stage or behind the scenes as a tech.  Next to tae kwon do, theater is her passion.  She loves music and anything related to the arts. 

 

 
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Molly Crumbley

Molly has been an instructor for two years and is a 1st Dan 6th gup black belt.  She is currently the librarian at Windy Hill Elementary School and was at Plum Point Middle and Calvert Library before that (so you can call her Conan the Librarian!).  She is mama to Sebastian and likes reading and Muay Thai boxing.

 
 
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amber hutchins

Amber is a 3rd degree black belt that began studying tae kwon do at the age of 9.  She became an instructor in November 2016 because she wanted to give back to the students and enjoys teaching them something that may help them one day.  Besides being a phenomenal athlete, Amber is an accomplished piano player and loves to read. 

 

 
 
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Taylor mcneil

Taylor has been an instructor since late August 2015 but started as a student in 2011.  She loves what she does and where she works.

 

 
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rhoge pierce

Rhoge joined the Instructor family in Spring of 2016.  He began his study with BBA in the fall of 2014 and is currently a black belt.  Rhoge says that he loves working with the kids "because it's like your cliche teacher-student thing, you learn something new from each other". 

 
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angela popernack

Angela started out at BBA as an assistant Toddler Class Instructor in February 2015 and quickly transitioned to teaching all levels of classes.  She was in training as she was teaching and worked her way to her black belt in May 2017.  Angela has two children of her own and loves working with the students of BBA.  In her free time, Angela enjoys canoeing and environmental sciences.  

 
 
 
 
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samantha wahlgren

Samantha began her training at the Black Belt Academy in 2011 to join her brother, and fellow instructor, Steven, on their journey to their black belts.

Currently Samantha is a full-time student at Marymount University studying to become a Physical Therapist.

Samantha has always had the desire to help other people, and joining the instructor corps 5 years ago gave her the opportunity to help others through her love of tae kwon do.

Oddly enough, Samantha DOES have a life outside of tae kwon do. When she is not studying or preparing for exams, she enjoys spending time with her friends, going to the gym and sometimes makes bracelets.

When asked for any special comments about her time at BBA Samantha said, "BBA has been my second home for 6 years now and I am looking forward to many more!"

 
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steven wahlgren

Steven began training at BBA in 2005 and became an instructor in 2015.  He is a 3rd degree black belt that loves working with the students.  Steven enjoys getting to know each student individually because each has something different to add to our tae kwon do studio.