Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Tang Soo Do and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Here are a few of ACTON TANG SOO DO KRAV MAGA's instructors and other staff members, starting with Frankie McConnell:
Frankie McConnell (6th dan Master)
Master Frankie McConnell is the head instructor of Acton Karate in Acton, California. He began studying martial arts in his hometown of Marshall, Texas in 1989, learning the traditional Korean art of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan (currently known as Soo Bahk Do) under Masters Poole, Duncan, and Smith - who were themselves students of Grandmaster
Hwang Kee's son, H.C.Hwang. In 1993, he began studying under the American Tang Soo Do system, earning his First Dan (degree) black belt in the spring of 1994. He currently holds the 6th Dan (Master) black belt, and is working towards his (7th Degree) belt.
Through his training as a Martial Artist, Master McConnell has learned that mind, body, and spirit all work together to create a strong personal unity. His teaching gives his students not only the technical knowledge of karate, but focuses as well on the proper mindset to achieve each student's personal goals - both in and out of the studio. With a positive and supportive philosophy, extensive background in the Martial Arts, and a large network of affiliated karate studios and styles, Acton Karate provides the student with the knowledge and the confidence to reach for their dreams!
Grand Master Cox/Grand Master McMeekin
rank in the ATSDA Black Belt #363
6th Dan ATSDA #363, Chatsworth Karate #22
1st Place - Lone Star Bench Press Classic 1986 (355 lbs)
Moved on to 165-lb Bench Press class (top lift 365 lbs)
Personal Best - 375 lbs
· Christina Ricci and
· Judy Greer fight training in “Cursed” by Wes Craven 2003
Eddie Peck, Josh Croughwell, Cameron Croughwell, Jordan Warrack, Jake Dashnaw, Chad Dashnaw, Kimberly Lilley Dashnaw
6th Degree Black Belt in American Tang Soo Do
Blue Belt in MMA under David Dunn’s IFMMA Has trained in other arts and styles as well, Krav Maga, MMA, jiujitsu, muay thai, kung fu san soo. Acton Karate & Krav Maga is an affiliate school with the International Federation of Mixed Martial Arts led by David Dunn. Affiliate school of the American Krav Maga Association level one and level two, Krav Maga Alliance level one & level two, Krav Maga Worldwide level one. AIKMA level one and two.
Tournament champion and competitor:
4th place - Amateur Breaking Nationals (1994)
1st place - Breaking, 3rd place Sparring- ATSDA Fall Tournament (1994)
1st place - Black Belt Team Sparring, 3rd place Black Belt Sparring - High Desert Classic (1994)
3rd place - USKL Breaking Champion - USKL Championsship (1995)
2nd Place - Breaking Division - Earthquake Classic Tournament (1996)
3rd Place - Black Belt Continuous Sparring - Las Vegas Winter Nationals (1997) fought against Cung Le
Together with his students,Master McConnell looks forward to working with you on your
journey through your martial arts career.
Amanda McConnell has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.
For more information about the ACTON TANG SOO DO KRAV MAGA staff or training programs, please contact us at 661-269-2467 or by clicking here