Meet Our Instructors
Mr. Mark Hall
The original founder of Karate For Kids in the Blandon Area. Mr. Hall maintains a full time career in the medical imaging field. Karate and teaching martial arts is for fun and a way to contribute to the community and development of our youth. Mr. Hall is currently working with the Fleetwood Middle School on their Bully Prevention Program.
Mr. Hall currently trains with Master Vincent Raimondi (7th Degree BB, ATA TKD) in NJ. Master Raimondi is a 3rd Degree in Gumdo (Korean Sword) and a long time practitioner of Jun Fan Jeet Kun Do (Bruce Lee Style).
Mr. Hall started martial arts training (Hsing-I Kung-Fu) while in the U.S. Airforce. A long absence occurred with career development and a family. His daughter became involved with the ATA and reignited his interest in martial arts. Mr. Hall began training in the American Taekwondo Association in July 2000. He received his 1st Degree BB in March 2002, 2nd Degree March 2003, and 3rd Degree March 2005. He became a Fully Certified Instructor with the ATA in November 2003. Re-Certified September 2006. Mr. Hall earned his 4th Degree July 2008.Certifications in the ATA:
- Fully Certified Active Instructor
- Single and Double BME (Stick)
- Single and Double SJB (Nunchuck)
- Spontaneous Knife Defense
- Ground Fighting Level 1
- Bo Staff Mid-Range
- Sparring Instructor
- Joint Lock Certification
- Ssahng Knat (kama) certification
- PPCT Certification: Pressure Point and Control Tactics - Instructor
Safety Net Kids: Stranger Danger & Bully Instructor
Jason Foundation (Teen Suicide Prevention): Instructor
2007 ATA World Champion Weapons Form Competition
2007 ATA World TOPTEN (4th Place) Traditional Form Competition
2007 ATA World TOPTEN (5th Place) Sparring Competition
2007 PA State Champ Sparring Competiton
2007 PA State Champ Weapons Form Competition
2007 PA State Champ Traditional Form Competition
2006 ATA World TOPTEN (4th Place) Weapons Form Competition
2006 PA State Champ Sparring
2006 PA State Champ Weapons Form Competition
PA Child Abuse Clearance Check on Record
PA Criminal Record Check: No Records - On File
Mr. Gaumer began his training in Taekwondo in 2005, six months after his son Jacob began. “It was a big step for me; I was out of shape and starting to feel my age. Now in my 50’s I am in better shape than when I was in my 40’s.
My goal as an Owner/ Instructor is to help others change their lives the way martial arts has changed mine.”
Second Degree Black Belt
Certified Tournament Judge
Certified Bully Prevention Instructor.
Ms. Lindsey Ancillai
Lindsey Ancillai hails from New Jersey, and now currently resides in Blandon, PA. She has earned her second degree in Songahm and Olympic Style Taekwondo. In her fifteen years of studying martial arts, she has studied other forms and styles.
Lindsey attended Kutztown University and has earned her bachelor degree in Secondary Education; her concentrations in English and Communications. She has all her child clearances in accordance to any educational policy dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Lindsey has been instructing for seven years and has found immeasurable reward seeing her student grow and succeed in all their goals.
PA Child Abuse Clearance Check on Record
PA Criminal Record Check: No Records - On File
Miss Olivia Mastrangelo has been studying martial arts since the age of 3. Miss Olivia holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Songham Taekwondo. Miss Olivia’s passions are competition and teaching mainly sparring and weapons, she has earned 15 PA State Championships as both a Color Belt and Black Belt. Miss Olivia won a Gold Medal in the 2010 PA Keystone State Games in Olympic Style TKD Sparring. Miss Olivia has competed in the Songham Top Ten five times, placing 2nd in the World in Sparring in 2008 in a very close match.
In addition, Miss Olivia holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate. Outside of Karate, Miss Olivia participates in Cross Country and Track where she does hurdles, long jump, and runs the 400 meter dash and relay. Miss Olivia has represented Pennsylvania as part of People to People Student Ambassador Delegations traveling to Australia, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Costa Rica. Miss Olivia’s long term goal is to participate in a NCAA martial arts program while earning her Law degree.
Mr. Darren Mastrangelo currently holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Songham Taekwondo. Mr. Mastrangelo enjoys teaching martial arts, and finds it very rewarding when a student accomplishes something for the first time. The smile on their face is a wonderful reward.
Mr. Mastrangelo also holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate and is a Certified Instructor. In addition to teaching, Mr. Mastrangelo enjoys Sparring, Joint and Arm Locks and Breaking, as Breaking is a combination of Focus, Proper Technique and Power. Mr. Mastrangelo works as an Enterprise Architect for a large financial companies IT organization. Mr. Mastrangelo has his PA Child abuse Clearance.
About Karate for Kids in Blandon
Member of ATA Martial Arts
If the Songahm style can be thought of as the heart of our Taekwondo, then the American Taekwondo Association’s (ATA) 1,500+ independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs (world-wide) are the life blood. The ATA counts over 300,000 men, women, and children among their members!
Working closely together, ATA headquarters and our schools and clubs ensure that any and all are welcome to learn the world’s most popular, and most organized, martial art: Songahm Taekwondo. All of our Masters, staff, school owners, and instructors form a strong chain from the Grand Master all the way down to each beginning White Belt. Standards are high, enthusiasm is endless, and professionalism works hand in hand with fun to bring all of our members a dynamic, safe and formal learning environment for this incredible sport and art.
What is a Do-Jahng?
The do-jahng (Taekwondo facility) is your teacher and place of learning, and can be looked at as a place of experience, an elder. The word do (way) jahng (area) means “the area in which we learn the way.” Respect is given to the place where this training takes place. This respect is not to the do-jahng as an object, but to remind us to keep our minds right, attitudes proper, and take care of the facility in which we train.
In 1968, Korean General Choi Hong Hi (the man responsible for originally standardizing Taekwondo in 1955) met with then Master Haeng Ung Lee (now Eternal Grand Master), who at the time was teaching Taekwondo-Japanese mixed martial arts to his organization of followers. General Choi quickly taught Eternal Grand Master Lee the first 16 Cheon-jee forms of Taekwondo in only 4 days and three nights (this system of forms was the first set of forms developed under the new Taekwondo of Korea).
From this first meeting almost half a century ago, the stage was set for the founding of The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska by Eternal Grand Master Lee.
Eternal Grand Master Lee began his martial arts training in 1954 as a teenager. He taught martial arts to Republic of Korea military intelligence personnel from 1956 to 1959, opening his first commercial school in Osan, Korea after leaving the military. Eternal Grand Master then opened several “branches” to his commercial school, including one at a U.S. Air Force base. This is where Master Richard Reed began training with Eternal Grand Master, and the two forged a friendship that would ultimately result in the ATA.
When Reed returned to the United States in 1962, Eternal Grand Master joined him on a “visitor” visa, and began teaching in Omaha. Although he had to return to Korea in December, 1963 while awaiting a “resident” status visa, he returned to the U.S. in 1965 and began working toward a national Taekwondo organization that would be based on good martial arts and sound business practices. As it grew from a regional organization to one of national — and ultimately international — scope, the ATA began to establish standards that would ensure consistent instruction.
The ATA held “closed” tournaments — you had to be a member to compete. Instructors had to undergo a rigorous trainee period to become a certified instructor, and the only way to receive certification was to come to Little Rock for a week in August and participate in a Trainee Instructor Camp, complete with physical and written exams.
Every student uniform was white (no black, no blue, no stars & stripes), and all lettering, piping and patches (initially just a school patch and the ATA patch) on uniforms were to be consistent across the organization. The ATA also shared marketing acumen with its instructors, helping to build a stronger organization by presenting a consistent, professional program and message to the public.
From the beginning, Eternal Grand Master Lee was determined to establish the most professional martial arts organization possible. In 1973, he introduced the first instructor manual, which provided information and procedures to standardize the operation of all ATA schools. In 1976, he hosted the first Grand National tournament, which was the predecessor for the Songahm Taekwondo World Championships now held annually. A year later, he re-located the ATA headquarters from Omaha, Nebraska to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he soon had 200 black belts earning instructor certification each year.
In 1980, the ATA became the first martial arts organization to introduce a centralized computer record keeping system. This innovation enabled the ATA to maintain rank histories and other important information about the thousands of ATA members. The same year, the ATA began publishing a tabloid entitled “ATA News” which has evolved into the international magazine The Way of Taekwondo, now published quarterly to keep Songahm Taekwondo students informed about upcoming events, appraised of new programs, and knowledgeable about the physical and mental aspects of Songahm Taekwondo.
The history of the ATA was set on a new and unique course in 1983 when, at a Certified Instructor Camp in Little Rock, Eternal Grand Master introduced the Songahm system of Taekwondo. The Songahm system represented the culmination of years of study by Eternal Grand Master Lee. The ATA had used the Chang Hun Taekwondo forms since 1969 — and the “Pinan” forms prior to that — but he had noticed something missing in the forms.
With the assistance of senior instructors including Robert Allemier, Bill Clark, In Ho Lee and Jee Ho Lee, Eternal Grand Master developed a unified teaching system in which, for the first time, White Belts learned kicks in their Taekwondo forms and one-step sparring was closely integrated with the forms to aid in student development by establishing a more logical system for beginners. But even more than that the entire system of Songahm forms worked together with balance and harmony, reflecting the essence of the art.
In 1984, the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF) was founded by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee and Master Cezar Ozuna to help spread Songahm Taekwondo outside of the United States. In the fall of 1990, the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) was formed. While the ATA encompasses member schools in the United States and Canada, the STF includes member schools in South America and the WTTU covers the remaining portion of the world.
With the passing of Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee in October 2000, our current leadership has taken up the torch of his inspirational guidance and leadership and ensured the values the ATA were founded upon remain our focus for today and into the future.
Grand Master Soon Ho Lee, after many trials and tests for the Grand Master title, was elevated to be our leader in Taekwondo and guides and focuses the Songahm Taekwondo style. Mrs. Sun C. Lee, wife of the late Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee and the ATA’s Chairman of the Board, continues the legacy of her husband by helping the youth of Songahm Taekwondo through her philanthropic efforts and devotion. Our leadership ensures that the ATA will continue to be one of the most innovative, effective, and widespread organizations in martial arts worldwide.
From its humble beginnings, today the ATA and its affiliated organizations is beginning to register over 300,000 members worldwide, including 53,000 black belts and 3,000 certified instructors. In many ways, this is still just the beginning. We know the ATA has many wonderful surprises in store for Taekwondo in the United States and across the world. We hope you will journey with us as the ATA, and Songahm Taekwondo, continues to evolve and improve to help our students and masters do the same.