Sr. Master James P. Taylor
I began studying Tae Kwon Do in 1977 in Oregon, Ohio and in 1979 I started teaching classes as a Red Belt for my instructor. In 1980, I earned my First Degree Black Belt; in 1997, I received my Master Instructors Degree; and in 2010 received Senior Master Instructors Degree (7th Degree Black Belt). I also hold a Third Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.
In 2000, I traveled to Korea on the World Kido Tour to train with Grandmaster In Sun Seo who is the highest ranking Martial Artist in Korea.
In 2001, I was inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Hall of Fame in Orlando, Florida.
To further my training and update my curriculum, I traveled to Las Vegas in July ‘07 to participate in the Martial Arts Super Show. I am currently training at the Philippine Martial Arts Institute in Arnis/Kali under the instruction of Pungong Guro Tony Marcial in Cleveland, OH; and also in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido with Sr. Master Randy J. Lundberg in Lansing, MI.
Currently, I own three Martial Arts studios, located in Woodville, Columbus Grove, and Put-In-Bay, Ohio. I am the president/founder of the Traditional Tae Kwon Do Federation. I teach Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, as well as being the first Martial Arts studio to offer a H20 Tae Kwon Do class.
As a community service, we offer a Child Safety Awareness Program as well as a Women's Safety Awareness Seminar.
I owned and operated my own dance studio for 25 years in Columbus Grove, Ohio. I taught various styles of dance, as well as cheer/dance and tumbling. I choreographed the Putnam County Junior Miss Program for 16 years, along with many high school musicals and local theater productions. I was also the high school varsity cheerleading coach for four years.
I am currently teaching tumbling and dance classes at our studios in Woodville and Put-In-Bay. Dance classes consist of tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and lyrical.
Master Taylor and I also combine our talents to teach a Sweat 30/ Cardio Kickboxing class.
My dance career started in Toledo, Oh where I competed and took lessons for 18 years. During this time being in a traveling group competing I had the opportunity to take lessons from famous choreographers. I also taught dance lessons for a few years there and then went to BGSU where I danced and took classes for Photography and Graphic design.
I feel so honored to be teaching hip-hop, lyrical, tap, ballet and tumbling now with Rebecca in such an amazing studio. On top of teaching at Taylor's TTD I was also able to bring my photography studio Adjoin Photo into the building as well. I can't even express how lucky I feel to be able to bring both of my career loves to one building in such an amazing community.