Instructors

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Black Collar

Master Melissa Bilyeu

Chief ATA Certified Instructors – As a 6th Degree Black Belt Melissa Bilyeu began her martial arts training in 1999 at Texas A&M University of Commerce. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and still holds a teacher certification by the State of Texas. She was awarded the title of Master Instructor in 2018.

Mrs. Bilyeu won two World Championships in 2017 and 2018.  She is a 16-time Texas State Champion and a 7- time South District Champion. She won the World Bronze Medal in 2002, 2015, and 2016, and the World Silver Medal in Creative Weapons in 2016. She has been awarded the Regional Trainee Instructor of the Year in 2002 as well as the Regional Appreciation Award twice.

She holds certifications in in ATA Legacy, ATA Tigers, ATA Leadership, Olveus Bully Prevention, Protech Gum Do (katana sword), 3-section bo staff (Sam Don Bahng), Dragon Wind Staff, Oh Sung Do (broadsword) Levels 1 and 2, Single Ssahng Jeol Bahng (nunchuku), Double Ssahng Joel Bahng, Single Bahng Mahng Ee (stick), mid range Bo Staff, and Ssahng Nats (kamas)

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Head Instructor

Mr. Daron Bilyeu

Chief ATA Certified Instructors – Black Collar – As a 4th Degree Black Belt Daron Bilyeu came to martial arts as an adult in 2004 while serving as a youth and music minister. A graduate of Indiana State University, he holds a degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Education at Texas A&M University in Commerce. During the day, he teaches music and theatre for Saltillo ISD.

Mr. Bilyeu has won the Texas State Championship in 2019, 2009, & 2007,  as well as two South District Championships in 2014. He has qualified for the Songahm World Tournament of Champions 20 times in his career.

Mr. Bilyeu is certified in the Israeli Self-Defense program Krav Maga through ATA Krav Maga under Chief Master Daniel Longoria.  Mr. Bilyeu holds certifications in Olveus Bully Prevention, Three Section Bo Staff, Protech Jee Pahng Ee (cane), Ground Fighting Level 1, Long Range Bo Staff, Single Bahng Mahng Ee, and Ssahng Nat

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