Our trademark, the Moogong Warrior, symbolizes the Guardian of Peace. Since 1971, OMAC has combined innovation and tradition as the foundation of our teaching philosophy. We meet our students where they are, so they enjoy limitless opportunities to grow and develop as martial artists. We offer instruction in Korean martial arts of Taekwondo, Gumdo, Hapkido, and Kimoodo. Our experienced instructors rank as high as ninth degree black belt. This deep bench of experience, combined with a family-centered atmosphere fosters our students’ personal growth as well as that of competent marital artists. You are welcome to visit any of our five locations in central Ohio during their classes. It will be our pleasure to welcome you.
Get To Know Our World Class Instructors
Discipline Head Gumdo and Weapons
Grandmaster Robert Gross, Eighth Degree Black Belt, began his martial art training in 1976 in Norfolk, Virginia while serving as an officer in the United States Navy. His first instructor was Master Soon Wong Lee. In 1979, he met Grandmaster Ho B. Kim, then the president and head instructor of the OSU Taekwondo Club. Master Kim’s encouragement inspired him to continue his martial art training.
From that beginning, Master Gross grew as a martial artist under the guidance of Grandmasters, Ho B. Kim, Young P. Choi, and Joon P. Choi, as well as many other fine instructors at the Oriental Martial Arts College. In addition, he is the lead Gumdo (Korean Sword) instructor. The program has produced five first degree Black Belts.
Hilliard Location Head Taekwondo Grandmaster
Grandmaster Tim Stanforth, 8th Dan is one of the most senior instructors at the Oriental Martial Arts College. He began training with Supreme Grandmaster, Joon Pyo Cho In 1979. For over ten years, he has taught after-school programs in both public and private schools. He is known for his talent in teaching younger students. He founded the Hilliard branch of OMAC in 2005.
He began training in the art of Kimoodo at its foundation in 1991. Kimoodo has remained an integral part of his curriculum ever since. Grandmaster Stanforth has produced over eighty Black Belts of first-degree rank and higher.
Hapkido, Taekwondo, and Self Defense
Master Larry Sanford, 6th Dan, began training in 1983 in Gallipolis, Ohio with the late Master David White. He has always been fascinated with Hapkido and Aikido ever since seeing a demonstration as a child. In 1987, he joined the OSU Taekwondo club led by Grandmaster Ho B. Kim and trained under multiple students of SGM Joon Choi who were national and international competitors. He also served as past president of the OSU Taekwondo club and competed in Olympic and point style Taekwondo. Master Sanford also served in multiple positions on the Ohio State Taekwondo Association, including 2 terms as president, 2 terms as vice president, 2 terms as secretary.
Following a break to complete law school, working full time, and starting a career, Master Sanford resumed training and became a certified Hapkido instructor. A designation conferred by the late Supreme Grandmaster Choi, 10th Dan and founder of the OMAC Hapkido program.
Following the passing of Supreme Grandmaster Choi, Master Sanford continues his hapkido training with Grandmaster Scott Schwab, 9th Dan.
Senior Instructor Kimoodo and Taekwondo Certified Referee
My experience with Kimoodo (healing martial arts) started in 2009 and since then I have been intrigued and fascinated with the three basic fundamentals of Kimoodo – power breathing, power stretching, and power mind. Every time we begin Kimoodo with Mooshim (empty mind) and end with meditation, we feel rejuvenated. As the Head Instructor of Kimoodo at Main Branch (Brice Rd), I am here to help you share the knowledge of Kimoodo so that you can achieve success, peace, and harmony in life.
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