STEVE ANDERSEN - 3rd DEGREE CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
I am a devoted family man to my wife of 29 years and 3 sons. I have been employed with McMullen Ford for 31 years.
I started Andersen Taekwondo as my way to give back to the community the training I have received and utilize my talents. I have learned over the years that while Taekwondo has given me a stronger body it has given me a softer heart, for the many people that I have crossed paths with. I promise to bring to you a positive experience to expand your health both physically and mentally.
I started my career in Taekwondo as an adult under the direction of Master Rick Staack, in 1999 at Gretna
Taekwondo. Through years of study and learning under Master Staack I have earned my teaching
certification in 2006 and currently hold the rank of Third Degree Black Belt.
I am an active member in the Taekwondo community by competing and judging local tournaments, training and instructing.
Through the guidance and development we are now expanding the Gretna Taekwondo organization into the community.
I am excited to have you meet, many of the talented instructors. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about you, and your goals.
MASTER CARLTON DUNCAN - 6th DEGREE CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
Carlton received National Championship in 1996 in Taekwondo America as a third and fourth degree black belt.
Three time state champion in Arkansas in 2007,2008 & 2009 as a fifth degree black belt.
Master Duncan has several championships in black belt alliance third degree and higher.
Recipient of good sportsmanship in the black belt alliance.
Tested and received sixth degree in February 2012 in Taekwondo America.
Judged and referred in Muay Thai for the IFK, ISK.
Master Duncan has over 25 years of experience in the art of Taekwondo.
MR. JIM SZARO - 2nd DEGREE CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
MR. JOSH STIGGE - 2nd DEGREE CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
I am an electrician for Baxter Kenworthy Elec in Omaha and I was introduced to Taekwondo by work of mouth from a friend of my wife. We were looking for an activity for my, then six year old daughter, who was very active and after trying many other activities we decided to give Taekwondo a shot. Once she started it was not long after that, my wife and I joined, and years later our middle daughter joined followed by my son as they became old enough.
It has been over thirteen years and my family and I are still actively participating in Taekwondo. I worked my way up through the ranks and was able to reach first degree black belt when I was thirty six. I then tested for second degree at the age of forty and shortly after, I fulfilled all the requirements and tested to be a certified instructor.
I have trained under current club owner Mr. Steve Andersen, since the first day we walked in the door, and I am honored to be a part of Andersen Taekwondo. I am respect him not just a friend but an extension of our family. Mr. Andersen along with many other talented instructors have been there over the years for my family and I and it is very important to me to keep the art alive and I do that the best way I know how, by working with all of the students.
Even though it seems like I have been a martial artist forever i can tell you my journey has just begun. I look forward to many more years of learning and sharing.
I’m Amber Szaro and I began taekwondo at six years old, never thinking it would have taken me this far! I’ve actively been a part of taekwondo for thirteen years, and I continue to participate in tournaments and belt testings, as well as support students as they grow as martial artists. I enjoy practicing taekwondo so I can get stronger both physically and mentally. It also helps me learn to be a leader, develop communication skills, and meet new people, as well as learn all of the cool moves and useful techniques that may be needed for self-defense.
In my career as a martial artist, I have many achievements. I earned my first-degree black belt in 2013, my second-degree in 2018, and achieved my Taekwondo Instructor certification in 2019. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, I placed first in the 14-16 year-old women’s division in the Mid-America Taekwondo Tournament Black Belt Alliance. In 2018 and 2019, I placed first in the adult women’s division for the Alliance. I also actively participate in the Cornhusker State Games every year, competing and judging.
Currently, I am a student at Wayne State College double majoring in Criminal Justice and Chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy art, running, and playing with my siblings.
Ms. Amber Szaro - 2nd DEGREE CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
In Memory of
MASTER RICK STAACK - 7th DEGREE BLACK BELT
I started Gretna Taekwondo with the goal to offer not only self-discipline, but to give everyone the opportunity to have a better way of life - not only physically but mentally.
I feel that once you make the decision to start Taekwondo, you will begin to feel and notice the benefits immediately. In addition to learning self-defense, you will make life long friends and connections that will be with you throughout your life.
I began Taekwondo in 1977, with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and became a certified instructor in 1983. I
was regionally and nationally ranked in the top ten for point tournament competition during my competition years.
In 1989, I became associated with the Taekwondo American Association, and also started my career in law enforcement with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department. Throughout my career I have enjoyed a variety of assignments including defensive tactics, certified under Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) and as a member of the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), which is the Sarpy County division of SWAT.
My final position in Taekwondo was held as 7th Degree Black Belt that I obtained in September 2011.
While Rick passed away in 2012 his legend lives on in the teachings and standards in our program.