Instructor John Lynn taught Taekwondo and self defense classes at the St. Vrain Memorial Building through City of Longmont Recreation Services for four and a half years. The core classes are the same but are now in a facility dedicated to martial arts.

Meet the Instructor

Mr. Lynn © Longmont Martial Arts Academy, LLCMaster John Lynn holds a fourth-degree black belt (or, fourth dan) under the American Korean Tae Kwon Do Association (AKTA). His training in the art of Taekwondo began more than 25 years ago, and he has been teaching martial arts to children and adults for over 20 of those years. His experience with as many different styles as Judo, Hapkido, Aikido, Tai-Chi, Ju-Jitsu, Chong-Nu, Wado-Kai, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) came from working with many of the finest martial artists in Florida and Kansas.

As Taekwondo is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world, it has been heavily commercialized. Master Lynn focuses his teachings on every day application more than on tournament participation or fitness fads, allowing him to bring a more traditional view to his favorite martial art.

Meet the Office Manager

Ms. Lynn © Longmont Martial Arts Academy, LLCMs. Ann Lynn is usually seen balancing school paperwork and her boisterous toddler between class times. When possible, she joins the adults for training and helps instruct the children’s classes.

Her Taekwondo training began fifteen years ago at a college club that had been created by her future husband, Master Lynn. She has taught fitness Kickboxing in Florida and helped in administration, scorekeeping, and timekeeping at three of the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, Florida.

She holds the rank of second-degree black belt (recommended second dan) under the AKTA and is looking forward to her next promotional belt testing.

Quick Intro: The School’s Lineage

Before moving to the beautiful state of Colorado, the Lynns trained at the Gainesville Tae Kwon Do Academy. At that time, the head instructors were the Lybargers, who had been trained directly by Grandmaster Choon Lee of the American Korean Taekwondo Association (AKTA). The association’s headquarters has been Choon Lee’s Academy in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, since 1973.

Q&A: What’s a martial arts association?

It’s a group of martial arts schools presided by at least one grandmaster (high-ranking Black Belt) who helps ensure a high quality of instruction. Schools within an association develop their own curriculum but generally follow the guidelines for promotional belt testings. For example, Left Foot Academy of Taekwondo follows the testing schedule (how much time must pass before a student may test again) and basic testing requirements set by the AKTA.