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Our Instructors

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Sensei Bob Mangan 

Owner and Head Instructor

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Sensei Bob Mangan has been studying martial arts since 1974, originally starting in New York. Before moving to North Carolina in 1993, he was an instructor and competed in many local and regional tournaments in the New York metro area. 

 

Sensei Mangan opened his own martial arts academy in the downtown Mooresville area in 1995 and has been here ever since. 

 

During his 40+ years of martial arts training, Sensei Mangan has studied multiple styles of martial arts and has taught thousands and men, women, and children. 

 

Courses Taught

- Close Quarter Techniques 

- Women's Self-Defense 

- Children Self-Defense

- Anti-Bullying Courses

- Gun/Knife/Stick Disarming and Retention  

Ranks and Certifications

- Founder and 8th Degree Black Belt of Mushin-Kong Soo Do

- 5th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo

- Certified in FAST (Fear Adrenal Defense Training) Defense

 

Other Styles Studied

- Hapkido

- Aki Jujitsu

- Wing Chun

- Western Boxing

- Tai Chi

Sensei Samantha Mangan

Head Instructor

Sensei Samantha Mangan has been studying martial arts since she was 6 years old, over 25 years, under the instruction of her father, Sensei Bob Mangan. She has been an instructor since 2008, where she discovered her love of teaching. 

She received her Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education at Appalachian State University in 2016 and became a high school teacher, working at Mangan Martial Arts Academy part-time.

She now works at Mangan Martial Arts Academy full time, sharing her love of martial arts with children and adults.

 

Courses Taught

- MMAA Karate Camp

- Women's Self-Defense 

- Children's Self-Defense

- Anti-Bullying Seminars

Ranks and Certifications

- 3rd Degree Black Belt in Mushin-Kong Soo Do

- Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education from Appalachian State University

Ms. Yuka Chilsholm

Assistant Instructor

Ms. Yuka Chilsholm has been studying martial arts for years. A student of Mangan martial Arts Academy, Ms. Yuka discovered her love of sharing martial arts with children and adults.

Ranks and Certifications

- 2nd Degree Black Belt in Mushin-Kong Soo Do

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