Gold Star Martial Arts

Legacy Instructor Team

 

The American Taekwondo Association's Masters Council has developed a unique and intensive, cutting-edge instructor training program to insure all ATA instructors are skilled and professional teachers. Before becoming certified, ATA black belts spend two to three years as instructor trainees, during which time they are required to teach at least 300 hours under the supervision of a senior instructor. They are also required to earn certification in CPR and youth protection and attend instructor camps.

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Songahm Taekwondo and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors. 

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained many of their own personal goals in Songahm Taekwondo, and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Mr. Jack Cochnar 

5th Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

Protech Certified Instructor

National Tournament Judge

Owner of Gold Star Martial Arts

Chief Instructor, Gold Star Martial Arts - Crete

ATA Legacy Facilitator, Gold Star Martial Arts

Crete Chamber of Commerce Board Member

 

Certifications:

ATA Leadership

ATA Legacy

ATA Tai Chi Level 1

ATA Tai Chi Level 2

ATA Tigers

ATA’s Bully Prevention Program

ATA’s Train the Trainer

Combat Weapons Sparring

Double Combat Weapons Sparring

Double Bahng Mahng Ee Weapons

Double Ssahng Jeol Bong Weapons

Gum Do Weapon Level 1

Gum Do Weapon Level 2

Jee Pong Ee Weapon

Long-Range Jahng Bong Weapon

Mid-Range Jahng Bong Weapon

Oh Sung Do Weapon Level 1

Oh Sung Do Weapon Level 2

Safety N.E.T. (No Easy Target) Kids

Sam Dan Bong Weapon

Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention

Single Bahng Mahng Ee Weapon

Single Ssahng Jeol Bong Weapon

Warrior X-Fit Kickboxing

Achievements & Awards:

National Award for Leadership Members

Regional Award for Demonstration Team Recognition

Certificate of Appreciation - 2011 Worlds Championships

12x Nebraska State Champion

2x World Top Ten Finalist

2x Nebraska Cornhusker State Games Gold Medalist

Region 105 - Regional Appreciation Award - 2018

Ms. Alyssa Cochnar  

5th Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

Protech Certified Instructor

National Tournament Judge

Legacy Team Member

Team Velocity Demonstration Team Instructor/Choreographer

Chief Instructor, Gold Star Martial Arts - Seward

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, Doane University

 

Certifications:

ATA Leadership

ATA Legacy

ATA Tai Chi

Combat Weapons Sparring

Double Bahng Mahng Ee Weapons

Double Ssahng Jeol Bong Weapons

Gum Do Weapon Level 1

Gum Do Weapon Level 2

Long-range Jahng Bong Weapon

Mid-range Jahng Bong Weapon

Single Bahng Mahng Ee Weapon

Single Ssahng Jeol Bong Weapon

Ssahng Nat Weapons

Vinaysa Yoga

Achievements & Awards:

2013 3X World Champion

2014 World Champion

52x World Top Ten Finalist

   -4 Gold Medals

   -1 Silver Medal

   -10 Bronze Medals

36x Great Plains District Champion

88x Nebraska State Champion

2011 ATA Demo Team Finalist (Team Captain)

Crete ATA Athlete of the Year

Crete ATA Student Workhorse Award

Crete ATA Instructor Excellence Award

Crete ATA Highest Attendance Award

Region 105 Black Belt of the Year - 2014

2016 Gold Star Award of Excellence 

2013 Demo Reel link: https://youtu.be/zfXKWbDaSt0

2014 DoaneLine Interview link: https://youtu.be/jN1wSJlVGfA

Hobbies: running, archery, & hunting

Fun Fact: I have run a 5 mile race in Hawaii.

Mr. Michael Cochnar  

5th Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

Media Consultant, Gold Star Martial Arts

Former Team Velocity Demonstration Team Choreographer

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater, Doane University

 

Achievements & Awards:

10x Nebraska State Champion

Dr. Mark Meysenburg, Ph.D

4th Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

National Tournament Judge

Legacy Team Member

 

Certifications:

ATA Legacy

Combat Weapons Sparring

Double Combat Weapons Sparring

Gum Do Weapon Level 1

Oh Sung Do Weapon

Single Bahng Mahng Ee Weapon

Ssahng Nat Weapons

 

Achievements & Awards:

1x World Top Ten Finalist

7x Nebraska State Champion

2x Crete ATA Student Workhorse Award

3x Crete ATA Instructor Excellence Award

2016 Gold Star Award of Excellence

Hobby:  watching bad movies

Fun Fact: I have flown faster than the speed of sound.

Ms. Valerie Cochnar  

4th Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

National Tournament Judge

Graphic Designer Consultant, Gold Star Martial Arts

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, Doane University

 

Certifications:

Long-range Jahng Bong Weapon

Single Bahng Mahng Ee Weapon

 

Achievements & Awards:

6x World Top Ten Finalist

13x Nebraska State Champion

2011 ATA Demo Team Finalist

Crete ATA Instructor Excellence Award

Mrs. Suzy Cochnar  

3rd Degree Black Belt

Nationally Certified Instructor

Program Director, Gold Star Martial Arts

 

Certifications:

ATA Tai Chi

ATA Tigers

ATA's Bully Prevention Program

Oh Sung Do Weapon

Safety N.E.T. (No Easy Target) Kids

School Safety/Healthy Children

Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention

Single Bahng Mahng Ee Weapon

Single Ssahng Jeol Bong Weapon

Hobby: doing some sort of crafts

 

Fun Fact: I taught art in Lincoln for 19 years.

Mr. N. Cochnar

3rd Degree Black Belt

Trainee Instructor

Legacy Team Member

Team Velocity Member

 

Certification:

Gum Do Weapon Level 1

 

Achievements & Awards:

17x Nebraska State Champion

2011 ATA Demo Team Finalist

Hobbies: hunting, fishing, & playing video games

Fun Fact: I play basketball at Doane University.

Mr. Avram Wunderlich

2nd Degree Black Belt

Trainee Instructor

National Tournament Judge

Legacy Team Member

Team Velocity Member

Achievements & Awards:

3x Nebraska State Champion

2x Great Plains District Champion

Hobby: taekwondo

Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik's cube in under 45 seconds.

Mr. Chris Waldron

1st Degree Black Belt

Trainee Instructor

Legacy Team Member

Team Velocity Member

Achievements & Awards:

2x Nebraska State Champion

Hobbies: running, reading, painting, & going on motorcycle rides

Fun Fact: I placed 3rd in a male beauty pageant in college.

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