About Us and Our Mission
Tanny Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA) is a place for families to train together. If you’re looking for a high-quality martial arts school that offers traditional martial arts and kickboxing combined with teaching kids respect, discipline, responsibility, and character, look no further. This is the school you are looking for!
Tanny Academy of Martial Arts promises to build a solid foundation of both martial arts and self-defense skills as well as life skills that help set up our students for success in life.
The instructors and staff at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts have trained for many years to provide safe, quality instruction that caters to the individual needs of each of our students. Our instructors have over 90 years combined experience training in the martial arts and we are dedicated to helping all of our students learn and progress towards their goals.
We offer Traditional ITF Taekwon-do instruction and a high octane, cardio/bag based Fitness Kickboxing program.
Tanny Academy of Martial Arts is a member school of Colorado International Taekwon-do (CIT), the American International Taekwon-do Federation (ATFI) and the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF).General Information
Sabum Kimberly Tanny
Sabum Kimberly Tanny is the owner and Head Instructor at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt and certified International Instructor under the International Taekwon-do Federation. Sabum Tanny teaches our Taekwon-do classes from our littlest martial artists to our adults. She also teaches the fitness kickboxing classes.
Sabum Tanny first started her martial arts training in a semester long, martial arts based self defense course in 2001. She began her training in Taekwon-do in April 2002. She earned her 1st and 2nd degree black belts at Tran’s Martial Arts and in August 2009, she founded Tanny Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA).
TAMA joined the Colorado International Taekwon-do under Master Roberto Roena in December 2010 and began its transition into an official ITF Taekwon-do dojang. Sabum Tanny earned her 3rd Dan Black Belt in June 2011 and her 4th Dan Black Belt as an International Instructor in November 2014.
She has over 15 years of experience training in the martial arts. While her focus has been traditional Taekwon-do, she has also trained in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kendo as well as martial arts weaponry and extreme martial arts.
Sabum Tanny has competed locally in the Denver/Aurora area, nationally and internationally. She is a multiple-time Colorado and Texas state champion in Patterns, Sparring and Breaking. She is a Team USA member and competed at the 2017 ITF World Championships in Dublin, Ireland in October 2017.
She is also a Co-author of a book: Bullyproof: Unleash the Hero Inside Your Kid, Volume 6.
The most rewarding thing about teaching martial arts is the positive impact that it makes on students, both young and old.
Mr. Howard Hu
Mr. Hu was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1979. While he had trained in Kung Fu as part of the school curriculum, he began his Taekwon-do journey at the age of 10 when he first moved to Arizona after encountering bullying. He is currently a 5th Dan and one of the Head Instructors at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts. Mr. Hu has competed in many local tournaments in the Phoenix and Denver areas earning many Gold medals.
Mr. Jason Weymouth
Mr. Jason Weymouth has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years and earned his 1st Dan in 1996 and his 2nd Dan in 1999. He joined TAMA in 2014 and recently tested for his 3rd Dan Black Belt.
Mr. Travis Taylor
Mr. Travis Taylor began his Taekwon-do training at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts in April 2011 at the age of 18. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in May 2015 at TAMA and now teaches our Elite program.
Mr. Brayden Curnow
Mr. Brayden Curnow started his training in the Kids ITF program at Tanny Academy of Martial Arts in December 2010 when he was only 8 years old. Through his consistency and perseverance, Mr. Curnow earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in December 2015 and began assisting in our kids' classes as an instructor in 2016.
Mr. Linh Do
Mr. Linh Do has been training in our teens and adults ITF program since he was 12. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in November 2016 and has been teaching since he was a Red belt.
Mr. Casey Medack
Mr. Casey Medack is an Assistant Instructor at TAMA. Mr. Medack has been training for over 18 years in the martial arts and holds a 1st Degree Black Belt Rank in Matsumura Seito Ryu Karate and 1st Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-do.
Ms. Kathy Schlegel
Ms. Kathy Schlegel started training in our Adult ITF Taekwon-do program in December 2015. She is a super dedicated student and continues to train towards her Taekwon-do Black Belt. Ms. Kathy teaches our Saturday morning Fitness Kickboxing classes. Our members love her energy and passion!
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