INSTRUCTORS

 

David McKenzie, Jr.

Mr. David McKenzie started his martial arts career with Judo in 1978. He soon switched to Bill Shaw Karate, then eventually to Tae Kwon Do. By 2002 Mr. McKenzie was awarded his 5th-degree black belt by his mentor, Mr. Ford. He also has a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. McKenzie has been teaching Tae Kwon Do since 1987, and believes that the most valuable element gained from his martial arts experience is the confidence to know that "one owns the ground they stand on." His personal philosophy is that everyone has both their own limitations and strengths, making it impossible to expect uniform methods and results. Mr. McKenzie is currently the head of the Western Tae Kwon Do Karate Association.

 

Jessica McQuistion

Jessica began her martial arts career when she began learning Tae Kwon Do in 1993. By 2013, she was awarded her 2nd-degree black belt. Jessica enjoys the confidence and the physical conditioning gained from martial arts. Jessica’s personal philosophy is to help others achieve individual growth as well as collective growth as a team. Jessica instructs the kid's classes and the conditioning classes, as well as assists in all other classes at Ice House Athletics.

 

Grant Gaither

Grant Gaither - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

“Professor” Grant Gaither began training under Finnie and Tessa McMahon at the McMahon Training Center in the summer of 2007.  During that time he completed a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in Business Administration, Concentrating in Corporate Finance.  He has competed successfully at weight and open weight since he was a blue belt.  Grant began cross training in Judo in 2014 under Justin Smith at Platte River Judo in Casper, WY.  He was awarded his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Finnie McMahon in January of 2016.  See notable accomplishments below.

 

•Three time Black Belt competitor at Fight to Win Pro

•Bronze Medalist at Pan American Championship 2015 (Brown Belt)

•Bronze Medalist at Pan American Championship 2011 (Purple Belt)

•Gold Medalist at Pan American Championship 2010 (Blue Belt)

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