Meet our family of instructors.
Master larry treger
Master Treger is a 6th degree black belt with over 40 years of both martial arts and teaching experience. His life-long love of Tae Kwon Do, Shudokan, BJJ and Aikido began simply because he wanted a sport to fit in the off seasons for football and lacrosse. He began his instruction under Master Dale Tompkins where he received a solid foundation in Tang Soo Do, but it was the late Grand Master Ki Whang Kim who nurtured his competitive spirit and started him on a lifetime martial arts journey. With a style that combines both the traditional and practical sides of the martial arts, master Treger is able to engage both youth and adult students to make their experience within the studio both educational and fun. Master Treger is a certified AAU coach, National Administrator for the USSA Martial Arts Program, Board of Directors for the United States Karate Do Association and 2016 Master's Hall of Fame inductee. Master Treger holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and works for the State of Michigan Department of Human Services.
master elizabeth treger
Master Elizabeth Treger started Karate to have an activity to do with her son. Now, over 20 years later, she is a 5th degree black belt and specializes in instructing school-aged students. Starting under Master Marcella Byrd, Master Treger has deep knowledge in the foundation of Tae Kwon Do. Having studied under as fierce a fighting competitor as Master Byrd, Master Treger still competes and consistently places in the top three in her division. She has over 13 years of pre-school and elementary teaching experience and enjoys sharing her love of the martial arts with her students. Master Treger holds a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling.
Master Heather allen
Master Heather Allen is a 5th degree black belt who began studying Tae Kwon Do in 1992 under Grand Master Eugene Humesky. In early 2007 she reinvigorated her enthusiasm for martial arts when she began training under Master Treger. Master Allen's focus is on the fundamentals of martial arts with an emphasis on physical fitness. Master Allen holds an MBA from Harvard University.
MASTER BECKY BORST
MASTER COREY GRIMM
SENSEI TOM MACIAK Tom Maciak is one of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors. Tom has been training BJJ since 2008 and is currently a Brown Belt under Steven Keckan. Tom received his BJJ instructor certification in 2010 under Professor Marcio Corletta, which emphasizes technical fundamentals and self-defense aspects of BJJ. Tom started marital arts in 1989 in Yoshinkan Aikido and has earned a black belt, plus a brown belt (1 kyu) in Budokan Kendo. He also competed in collegiate fencing (foil), and completed Michael Janich’s Martial Blade Concepts System. He has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, teaching weapons retention, handcuffing, hand to hand and PPCT.
SENSEI EMMALEE NEILS ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR
Sarah began training at the age of five and is a multiple AAU Karate and Tae Kwon Do medalist. She is one of TSMA's top black belt instructors, assisting with both the Little Kickers and Mixed Belt Classes. She is the Demo Team Leader and teaches the karate program at Oakland Yards. Sarah is currently a student at Western Michigan University majoring in Social Work.
sENSEI Vivienne snyder
Vivienne has been a student since 2012 and recently tested for her 2nd degree Black Belt. Vivienne is a three year veteran on TSMA Tournament Team, a member of the USA/NKF and the USKA organization. Vivienne won her first USSSA Karate world championship at the age of 11. She is passionate about karate/Tae Kwon Do and is eager to share her knowledge with new students.
SENSEI VIVIAN LAKIN - ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR
SENSEI EDDIE MACDOUGALL ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR
Eddie MacDougall joined TSMA when he was eight years old. He received his black belt on December 5, 2015. Eddie has been on the Demo and the Competition team. He has earned many medals at competitions. He also enjoys helping at Ninja camp in the summer.