Meet our Instructors
Jesse J. Starnes
Grand Master Instructor
Master Starnes began his Taekwondo journey at the very early age of 4 years old. As a late teen, he knew that spreading the goodness of Taekwondo was something that he was very passionate about and wanted to do for the rest of his life.
After training under multiple Masters and Grand Masters, his Taekwondo education took him to Korea where he lived, studied, and re-learned the fundamentals of this art. It was also there where he learned what it took to become a great, caring Master Instructor in his own right. Through experience, trial, and error, he has committed himself to creating the best possible experience for his students.
His focus is on providing the students with a well-rounded curriculum that includes all aspects of a real Martial Artist’s lifestyle, such as lessons in traditional / sport Taekwondo training, physical fitness, philosophy, and health choices. He has a goal of spreading the benefits of Taekwondo to as many people as possible, while making it easily accessible and attainable for all. At the same time, he has also developed a training curriculum for those who are interested more in the sport side of Taekwondo, and provides those students with the opportunity to compete on the state and national levels.
Sr. Master Instructor
Sr. Master Instructor Gumpeng is a Master Instructor at Spirit Taekwondo and is currently a 4th Dan Black Belt. She began her Taekwondo training at 11 years old, and took a break from it when she was 21. After being away from her practice for a few years, she returned with a whole new experience, taking up Taekwondo training again, but this time as an adult. This has given her a unique understanding of the art- experiencing for herself how first-time students can benefit and grow from learning Martials Arts, both as children and as adults. Her goal is to lead the students to learn about themselves through Taekwondo training, so her classes focus on pushing them past their comfort zones in order to unite the mind and body.
Anthony Cisneros started Taekwondo early, at just 4 years old, and has continued to practice ever since. Now, 20 years later, he is currently a 4th degree black belt. Throughout his Taekwondo career, he has participated in regional and national championships, in which he has competed against people from all over the world. He teaches Taekwondo as a way of helping his community. He promotes healthy life choices to the students, and instills in them the values taught to him by his Master throughout all his years of training. As a teacher, he finds great gratification in seeing the students improve in Taekwondo, but he feels even more rewarded when he sees them become better people overall.
Ji Hoon Seo
Master Instructor Ji Hoon Seo is one of the senior instructors at Spirit Taekwondo. He began his taekwondo practice at 10 years old under Master Starnes’ instruction, and credits him for greatly influencing his training, discipline and overall approach to the art. He took this ideology with him when he decided to enlist in the United States Army, where he received multiple awards for his work ethic and discipline. After his service, he knew he wanted to lead others by his example, and teach students of all ages how to apply taekwondo in their daily lives. His classes are oftentimes strict and mentally and physically rigorous and challenging, but after every class, he gives the warmest smile to his students to let them know he is always proud of them.
Instructor Moreno started his Taekwondo training at 4 years old. He is a 2nd Dan Black Belt, currently working toward his 3rd Dan. His passion for Taekwondo, combined with his love for soccer, and skill in both, make him a unique, athletic, and agile instructor. This carries over to the way he teaches his classes. His students can expect a super fun, high energy, high intensity, physically and mentally challenging class.
Instructor Brenden Cisneros is one of the youngest instructors at Spirit Taekwondo. He has been practicing since he was 5 years old and takes a very fun and disciplined approach to his teaching. He is a very athletic person, and his classes tend to focus on the physical conditioning and team work aspects of Taekwondo training. He is an excellent instructor because as a student, he pushes himself harder than his peers and is able to relay that same type of dedication and commitment to his students.