We're On Your Team
Our facility features a team of coaches whose experience is matched only by their dedication to our members. They take the time to get to know you personally, gaining a deep understanding of your goals and any unique challenges you might face. With the guidance from one of our professional coaches, a new level of YOU is within your reach.
Owner | Founder | Coach
Master Paul Yoon (He prefers coach Paul) started his martial arts journey at age 5, earning:
*6th degree black belt in the Han Moo Kwan (Kukkiwon curriculum)
*3rd degree black belt in American Taekwondo Association
*1st degree black belt in American Taekwondo Federation
*two 1st degree black belts in two different styles of American Karate.
He started competing in Taekwondo at an early age and has earned numerous local, state, regional, and international competitions which culminated in being a two time silver medalist in the Jr. Olympics for Taekwondo.
Coach Paul was in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2012 that left him in a month long coma. His doctors attributed his survival to the shape he was in thanks to martial arts. He no longer competes but has been teaching Taekwondo since 1998 and has dedicated himself to creating a better world, one community at a time, one black belt at a time.
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
-Man in Black, The Princess Bride
“Do or do not. There is not try.”
-Master Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“Your progress is up to you. If you want to stay in a wheelchair, ok. If you want to stay on a cane, ok. If you want to stay on crutches, ok. Just like in life, you dictate your own progress.”
-Dr. McGann, MD & Dr. Benedict, MD
When coach Paul asked if he would be able to walk again.
Head Taekwondo Instructor
Coach Jo-El started martial arts at the age of 9.
His parents wanted to give him an outlet to control his anger, he eventually grew into a much kinder person while falling in love with Taekwondo.
Some of his biggest inspirations were movie stars: Jet Li and Donnie Yen. He also sought a lot of inspiration from From Taekwondo fighter Dae Hoon Lee.
In Coach Jo-El’s teenage years, he joined the Boy Scouts of America where he learned valuable life skill and climbed to the rank of eagle scout.
Around the same time, he earned his first degree black belt and began competing. He went on to be a 3x Hae San TKD champion in both sparring and forms, and an Atlanta Open sparring champion.
Coach Jo-El has been practicing martial arts for 18+ years and is now a 3rd degree black belt.
He also has 7 years of experience in Martial Arts Tricking, an art that combines gymnastics, breakdancing, martial arts techniques, and other abstract movements.
In 2014, Jo-El qualified for the top 8 in the Red Bull Throwdown tricking world championship.
“Talent doesn’t mean anything if you’re lacking focus”
Assistant Taekwondo Coach
Coach Anushka’s first time ever stepping foot on a taekwondo mat was back in the summer of 2018. After the first class itself, she fell in love with the sport that she would’ve never imagined trying out in the first place.
Starting her training in traditional taekwondo under the able guidance of the late Grandmaster Chambliss, she later joined Tsunami to continue training and expand the sole focus from traditional taekwondo to conditioning and sparring.
She earned her first dan in December 2021 under Coach Paul and Coach Jo’s guidance at Tsunami.
Anushka says that the tenets of taekwondo taught in class have helped her instill those teachings in her daily lifestyle as well. All the teachings she has learned in taekwondo have also been helpful to her in achieving her goals, both academic and personal, and she is extremely thankful for that.
Anushka has always loved children and she couldn’t be happier sharing all that she has learned in Taekwondo with all the kids. Watching the kids get excited over the simplest things, like figuring out the technique behind a certain move or memorizing a form is more than enough to bring a smile to her face.
Anushka is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University and is studying Biology and French there. Her ultimate goal is to become a researcher in microbiology at the World Health Organization so she can employ her skills in both Biology and French to someday give back to society and to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Muay Thai, Boxing, & Kickboxing Coach
Coach Roy began training in martial arts at 10 years old.
He was a freestyle and collegiate wrestler between the ages of 14-19.
Roy started his Muay Thai journey at 19 years old under the instruction of Kru Joe Powers and received his certificates from the National United States Muay Thai Association and began teach the Art of Eight Limbs.
Coach Roy has competed in many smokers as well as the NFC for Muay Thai.
He is on his next journey of becoming a professional boxer under the guidance of Terri “The Boss” Moss.
-Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 14 (2021) Gold Medal, 130lbs
-South Carolina Hurricane Tournament (2021) Gold Medal, 126lbs
-Buckhead Fight Club Fight Night (2021) Silver Medal, 140lbs
-FTP Fight Night (2021) Gold Medal, 130lbs
“Learning defense improves the attack. If the lion knows how the prey can escape, it’ll capture it in a much more precise way”
Muay Thai, MMA, & Kickboxing Coach
Coach JB started his martial arts journey in 2012. He had no idea that this path came with so many opportunities – being that he felt there were no opportunities left for him prior to him training.
JB trained under Kickboxing and Muay Thai legends HaWoods and Gary Brown, where they took him under their wings and learned many disciplines.
Jb has traveled, competed and won in many organizations in all disciplines and was ranked number 1 in the southeast.
-IKF CHAMPION (MUAY THAI)
-WKA CHAMPION (MUAY THAI)
-PAUL MURPHY CHAMPION (BOXING)
– GEORGIA GAMES (BOXING)
-Was also ranked number one in the NFC in his division
“….but did you die?”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids Coach
Coach Emily began her martial arts journey when she was 11 years old. She was a Taekwondo practitioner for nine years, eventually earning her 2nd degree black belt.
She later began training Muay Thai in Miami, FL, and competed in amateur Muay Thai and Kickboxing tournaments for six years.
After moving to Atlanta, Emily initially joined the Tsunami family as a cardio kickboxing and Muay Thai coach, but it wasn’t long until she fell head over heels in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
She’s now been dedicated to BJJ for three years and has had the opportunity to compete several times. Emily loves helping to coach the kids class; her goal is to broaden her knowledge of jiu jitsu and continue sharing her love of the sport with others.
When she’s not at the gym, she can be found reading, playing piano, or hiking.
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids Coach
Michael has been a member of the Tsunami family since 2017, when a friend persuaded him to come to the gym’s open house.
He fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and despite some setbacks that required him to take time off, has never looked back.
Jiu Jitsu has been a transformative part of his life; he credits the discipline and body movement involved in the sport as key contributors to his mental and physical health.
Michael now enjoys helping to teach with kids’ class, where he is proud to pass his love for BJJ on to the next generation.
-IBJJF Atlanta winter open 2nd place 2018
-IBJJF Atlanta spring open 1st place 2018
-IBJJF Atlanta summer open 2019
-IBJJF Atlanta spring open 2022
-AGF Double gold gi/nogi Blue belt 2022
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kids Coach
Coach Ahren started training Jiu jitsu right after Tsunami opened! He was looking for a new hobby and Jiu jitsu fit the bill perfectly as a way to learn self-defense and exercise with great people.
He loves both training Jiu jitsu and passing on the knowledge that he has gained from his fantastic coaches and training partners.
Coach Ahren has come to see Jiu jitsu as more than a hobby but as a way to improve ourselves and our communities mentally, emotionally, and physically.
When he is not training, he is spending time with his wife and two young boys, both of whom he hopes will start training at Tsunami very soon.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”