Douglas Nakane – Sr. Master
Chief Instructor, Sr. Master Douglas Nakane has been in the American Taekwondo Association for since 1981. He had taught ATA Taekwondo at Northwestern University, Evanston campus, for over twenty years, Roycemore Academy, North Chicago Park District, Country Club Hills school district and Head instructor at Western Illinois University to name a few. Sr. Master Nakane has taught self-defense seminars for…
Certified instructor Laura Kapala is the Program Director at the Lombard Academy. After being involved in Kick Boxing, Mrs. Kapala decided to give ATA Taekwondo a try and the rest is history. In addition to teaching at the Lombard Academy, she also brings our ATA Tiger Taekwondo program to several daycare Centers in the Western Suburbs, where she trains pre-school-aged…
Certified Instructor Tony Bruno started his martial arts career in Kick Boxing, where he earned a Black Belt. In 2003 Mr. Bruno began his journey in the ATA and has been teaching since 2003.
Ms. Bridget Welninski has been training in the ATA since 2008 and is an instructor at the Lombard Academy. She also is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
Val Kacinskas has 6 years of experience with AAU gymnastics, as well as 5 years of experience with cheerleading and tumbling. In the 2012 AAU National Gymnastic Competition, she was ranked 7th in the nation. Now, she is headed into her 4th year on her school’s varsity cheerleading team. In 2017, her team placed top ten for the state of…
Certified Instructor Wayne McClain started his martial arts training in Kick Boxing. In 2002, he made the switch to the ATA and he has never looked back! He has been teaching Taekwondo since 2002. Mr. McClain is an instructor at the Lombard Academy.
Instructor Larry Russell has been training in the ATA since 2009.
Instructor Michael Hurst has been in the ATA since 2008. He is certified to teach Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Prevention (SHARP).
Instructor Kamron has been training in the ATA since 2010. He had worked in Law enforcement and had served in the armed services as an Army Rangers.