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Master Andres Pesce
Master Andres Pesce
Master Andres Pesce began his journey in martial arts at the age of 9 in Santiago, Chile. He initially studied Judo. His parents had reservations against his participation but he soon won them over with his enthusiasm. Soon afterwards, Master Pesce began learning Tang Soo Do at a local church where he demonstrated considerable talent and dedication. When Master Pesce was 13 years old, he witnessed a college-level Taekwondo class and instantly knew that he wanted to study Taekwondo. He was significantly younger than the other students but he convinced the Master, through determination and persistence, to give him an opportunity to train at the college level. At 14 years of age, he began formal Taekwondo training under Master Walter Khune a former Chilean National Team member and International Team competitor.
Master Pesce received his Black belt after many years of practice under Master Khune and had already began competing at the National level circuit. He was a repeated National Champion. At age 18, while participating at a competition seminar, the Spanish National Team coach, Ireno Fargas, recognized Master Pesce’s talent and potential. He made a recommendation to the Chilean National Team representatives. Based on those recommendations, Master Pesce was promoted to a fully-sponsored position on the Chilean National Team. Master Ireno Fargas was considered at the time the best Taekwondo coach in the world having produced several Olympic and World champions. Master Pesce trained 6-8 hours a day and successfully represented Chile in several National and International competitions.
"Being in the national team was one of the most intense experiences of my life, We were tested daily with our training routines that pushed us to the edge. It demanded an increadible amount determination to endure the physical and mental challenges we faced in a daily basis. The level of competition between the athletes was so high that there was always a very edgy environment with very tense interactions. While sometimes new people were invited to train with the national team only very small percentage will make past the first week, many of the new athletes could have great skills but It did not mean you were suited to train at that level in such intense and rigid disciplined sport, you needed to want to be the best to train with the best. If someone was not ready to accept such an intense training agenda it was only a matter of days before they would disappear. Athletes would get hurt regularly during sparring practice more than while competing, and over all the training was meant create more than just athletes but fighters worthy of representing the country at the World Class Level"
Master Andres Pesce began teaching Taekwondo while in Chile. He found his way to California while competing internationally and he began training under another world-renowned and former Olympic coach Grandmaster Nam Soo Cho. At the same time, Master Pesce began teaching locally and he helped establish and manage several Taekwondo schools. Master Pesce recognized the importance of properly promoting Taekwondo as a physical, mental and spiritual endeavor. He enjoyed the bonds that developed with his students and eventually realized that instruction had become his new passion.
Back when Master Pesce was 12 or 13 years old, he read a book written by a Spanish Master who was affiliated with Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung. The book identified Grandmaster Myung as the highest rank in Hapkido and a direct student of Young Sul Choi, the founder of Hapkido. As a child, Master Pesce dreamt of learning Hapkido under a Grandmaster like him and, by a combination of fate and good fortune, his childhood dreams came true.
Master Pesce came about Grandmaster Myung's studio while taking a rather fortuitous walk in the city of Tustin. He was looking for a local place to train so he entered the dojang and spoke with Grandmaster Myung. Master Pesce provided his credentials and explained that he wanted to expand his martial arts repertoire by studying Hapkido. Grandmaster Myung invited him to train and teach with him. Master Pesce accepted the invitation and he became an instructor at the World Hapkido Federation Headquarters. It was only afterwards that Master Pesce realized that Grandmaster Myung was the same person he had read about as a child. Master Pesce never told the Late Grandmaster about this twist of fate but he cherished the opportunity to study and learn under such an esteemed person. Master Pesce received his Black belt in Hapkido under the tutelage of The late Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung.
Master Andres Pesce would spent countless hours on a daily basis helping Supreme Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung with more than just teaching. He also spent time cleaning the studio, translating documents from spanish to english, assisting his seminars as a demonstrator and also furthering relationships with spanish speaking countries to further help the growth of the World Hapkido Federation in latin america. His help became so crucial to the late Grandmaster that he would in exchange teach Master Pesce private lessons of Hapkido hoping that one day he would pass on to others the knowledge that once was passed on to him by his teacher.
Master Pesce until this day respects and values the relationship he had with Grandmaster Myung, as he considered him his father more than his teacher and a mentor more than just a legend in the martial arts.
"I still remember when Grandmaster told me he would teach me everything he knew so I could share this knowledge with others, and not for it to die as he feared"
After the passing of Master Pesce's Master, Supreme Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung, he felt the need to look for a new leader, a new mentor to follow. It felt very natural for Master Pesce to seek for masters of the same caliber and background of the late Grandmaster. It was then when he decided to align himself with Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, who was the younger brother of his late Grandmaster. Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung lives and breathes marital arts with such passion that everyone around him can't help but to respect him.
Martial Arts Experience and Competition Record:
28 years experience practicing martial arts
4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo
3rd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido
Former Chilean National Team member
8 Times National Champion
2nd Place at World Games 2003
California Open Gold Medal 1999
Pan American Champion 1999
San Diego Open Champion 1999
California Champion 2005
National Olympic Qualifier 2003
World Mexico Open 1997
World Mexico Open 2000
USTU President's Cup Gold Medal 2003
Former professional athlete sponsored by the Government of Chile
Top Athlete of Chile, 2000
Former college team coach at University of Chile 1998- early 1999
Former Chief Instructor at The World Hapkido Federation Headquarters
Studied Hapkido directly and only with Supreme Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung
USA Taekwondo Certified Coach
Ali Pesce began her Martial Arts training seven years ago when she met Master Pesce. Master Pesce encouraged her to try Martial Arts, as she was always intrigued by it but had never taken the step to take a class at a dojang. With the encouragement of Master Pesce Ali began to train first in Kickboxing.
She quickly became hooked on the kickboxing training and was training at one point up to five days per week. After training in kickboxing for two years she began training in Taekwondo. Ali had also just began her Masters program in Psychology when she began her Taekwondo journey. The link between the mind and the body became evident to Ali as she was training in Taekwondo and studying for her Masters program to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Ali is currently assisting in Taekwondo classes at Legacy, running the office and front desk at Legacy, while also working in the local schools and therapy centers as a therapist.
Instructor Julie has studied Martial Arts for twenty years. She has practiced Karate, Hapkido, and Tae Kwon Do. She took a two-year break from Martial Arts while studying at UC Davis. After graduating, she returned to her “home” dojang in Tustin, CA. Unfortunately, her Grandmaster had passed away and his school was sold. Instructor Julie then sought an old instructor from her childhood, and a simple internet search of his name brought her to Legacy Martial Arts. She began practicing regularly and successfully took her third degree Black Belt test in November 2014. For now, her primary goal is to be a better instructor everyday and shape martial artists who will greatly surpass her. Instructor Julie loves to teach children and Tae Kwon Do is one of the avenues that allows her to do that. In the past, she also taught music theory. Outside of Martial Arts, Instructor Julie’s interests include classical piano, The Lord of the Rings, and all things Space-related. She is writing a monograph on extravehicular activity that will be published by NASA in 2015.
Karla Nava began practicing Taekwondo at the age of seven and has continued to practice this martial art for about thirteen years now. Her younger sister, Regina Nava is also a black belt, and her dad is close to obtaining his. Taekwondo has become a significant part of her life, especially after obtaining her black belt on September 2012. She is currently working on obtaining her second degree black belt on November 2015. Karla graduated from Foothill High School on June 2015 and is now attending Santa Ana College. She plans on studying there for two years and obtaining her AA degree, and then she plans on transferring to the University of Irvine, where she will focus on majoring in Criminal Justice. She hopes that in the future she will be able to work within the FBI. Karla is also currently taking an internship in the Red Cross, where she is doing hands-on work with helping people. Karla loves to help others as well as working with children. Music is also a huge part of her life. She can play the saxophone, ukulele, and flute. Karla hopes to move to New York in the future to carry on with her career and she hopes to still continue to practice Taekwondo.
Instructor Sandra has been involved in martial arts since the age of 5. She has practiced a wide variety of different styles such as Karate, Judo, Hapkido, and of course, Taekwondo. Out of all the styles, she spent most of her time studying and practicing Taekwondo. When she was young, she hoped to become an accomplished actor like Lucy Liu who gets to act and do martial arts. Her parents also enrolled her in other activities such as playing the piano and the clarinet, swimming, singing, dance, and skating. All of that came to a halt when she tore her right ACL (a ligament in her knee) forcing her to stop all activity and undergo reconstructive surgery.
It wasn’t until post-surgery that Instructor Sandra figured out what career she truly wanted to go into. She received treatments at a physical therapy clinic and found out just what Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) do. They get to help patients recover not just physically, but also mentally because one’s happiness is also dependent on one’s physical capabilities. They have the ability to increase a patient’s overall satisfaction of life which is priceless. Not only that, but DPTs promote health and wellness while remaining active which she finds highly ideal.
So, Instructor Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (the study of human movement) with a minor in Pre-Health Professions at California State University, Fullerton to assist her on her journey in becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Further, she finds that working at Legacy Martial Arts combines everything that she loves: working with children, being active, studying the students’ biomechanics and attempting to make it more efficient to minimize their risk of injury, and all the while promoting health and helping others. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, running, rock climbing and bouldering, swimming, going on medical missions in El Hongo, Mexico, volunteering at a food distribution center for needy families and the homeless, attempting to cook, searching for new and delicious restaurants to eat at, and anything related to dogs.
"My son has been a student of Master Pesce's since he was 6 years old. He is now 13 years old, and a 2nd degree black belt. Through the years, Master Pesce has not only been an instructor to my son, but a mentor also. Master Pesce's taekwondo training goes far beyond his vast expertise of the martial art. He has instilled in my son a sense of humility, character and honesty.
It is hard to put into words what a positive influence you have been for Trent." -Kristie
"I could say many great things about Master Pesce and Legacy Martial Arts, but at the top of the endless list is the depth of heart he brings to the studio every day. He truly loves and respects every child he works with. My son Aidan looks forward to class EVERY time and I am sure it's because he feels confident, successful and because he knows he will have fun. Finally, I also take tae kwon do, along with kickboxing classes at the studio. At 40+, I have accomplished way more than I ever imagined and kickboxing is the hardest and funnest workout I have ever done. I am completely hooked!" -Cheryl Farole-Roman, PsyD, MFT, Psychoanalyst.
"When my kids tried their first class with Master Pesce, I knew I had found a very special teacher. He is patient, kind, supportive and motivating. It is also refreshing to see how much he truly enjoys his job and enjoys the students he teaches. I feel lucky to have found a teacher like Master Pesce." -Marian Stimson mother of Josie (7) and Justin (5) Stimson
"My time with Master Pesce has been amazing, for all 7 years. He has taught me so many things from how to defend myself, to how to show respect and manners. He is great with all age groups and always gets to know each and every student he teaches. " -Trent.