Grandmaster Sid Nelson, 8th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Nelson has been actively involved in martial arts for over 35 years. He traveled around the US and abroad giving and promoting seminars and demonstrations to ensure and preserve the  quality of Taekwondo and has competed on a national and world level. He takes very sincere, carrying and direct approach in teaching Taekwondo to his students, and he believes that as a beginner slow practice equals fast progress in the martial art.

While a student goes through many emotional experiences ranging from fears, struggles and achievements - these invaluable insights helps the student to grow as a person and also as a martial artist. These are qualities and inner strengths which will last a life time. Mr. Nelson says: "When a student wins, I win."

Mr. Nelson recognizes and thinks highly of traditional values as respect, good attitude, courage and positive approach.

His teaching is goal orientated, centered on increasing self-esteem and experience. His students get the right sense of achievements through hard work. "Opportunity and hard work equals achievement", are some of Mr. Nelson's favorite words.

He also teaches most classes from children 4 years old to adults. Children look up to him because he as a parent himself understands the importance of motivation and encouragement in one's early age. He further involves in our community by leading summer camps and instructional black belt camps.

Taekwondo tenets are the guides on his journey through life.


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Although life is not always easy, rather hard, the one who keeps trying and brings himself to work will succeed.
— Grandmaster Sid Nelson

Our Awesome Team of Certified Black Belt Instructors

Mr. Louis Taylor - Level 4 Instructor
Mr. Peter O'Neill - Level 2 Instructor
Mr. Dylan Nelson - Level 2 Instructor
Miss Blanca Toral - Level 2 Instructor
Mr. Jared Elliot - Level 2 Instructor
Mr. Michael Sanguigni - Level 2 Instructor
Mr. Skylar Sanguigni - Level 2 Instructor
Miss Sanda Grahovic - Level 1 Instructor
Mr. Davis Preston - Level 1 Instructor


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Taekwondo America Organization


Taekwondo America (TA) is a national martial arts organization with schools across the United States.

All TA schools adhere to the same guidelines and procedures ensuring the high standards by which we teach, promote students in rank, and project our image and reputation within the community.

The TA National Board of Examiners has developed and certified a comprehensive training and fitness program for our students to follow. This enables children and adults to progress at their own pace and ensures that we are able to meet the needs of all students.

Over the years, TA has established a reputation built upon our standard of excellence. Accordingly, we do not allow any negative, aggressive behavior, or any misuse of Taekwondo in any manner.

Taekwondo America schools compete exclusively in tournaments sponsored by the national organization. TA sponsors several regional and national tournaments throughout the year and invites all enrolled students to participate in these events.

The national organization is managed by a Board of Directors and each region has one high-ranking school owner as the point of contact.

Taekwondo America was formed in 1993. Since its formation, the organization has attracted some of the finest Taekwondo instructors in the United States. Taekwondo America practice the traditional style of Taekwondo, "Chung Hun" which means "Blue Cottage".

Nelson's Taekwondo America Martial Arts in Lexington, KY is a nationally certified member school of Taekwondo America.