Mr. John M. Neese

E-Dan (2nd Degree) Black Belt

John is an Internationally Certified Black Belt Instructor of the World Tang Soo Do Association. He has been teaching in the studio for over 30 years. Both kids and adults love taking classes with him.

John M. Neese is the Chief Instructor for Y.T. Tang Soo Do Karate and has been part of this studio since 1991. He teaches kids and adults and ensures that students know that he is approachable and safe with a smile and a sense of humor. As students advance in rank, he weaves leadership development into their martial arts training so that students become confident, competent, and skillful Tang Soo Do practitioners.


  • Black Belt – Annually Certified as an International Instructor with the World Tang Soo Do Association. Earned 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2002
  • Assistant Black Belt Instructor since 1998
  • Chief Instructor of Y.T. Tang Soo Do since 2009
  • World Tang Soo Do Championship Competitor: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Taught Introductory Tang Soo Do Course to cancer patients at Camp John Marc, Texas: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Taught basic Self-Defense to Graduate Orphans in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Bachelor of Science – Sociology, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Montana
  • Veteran – Captain – United States Air Force (USAF)
  • Executive Director / Founder of Strategic Angel Care (SAC Orphans) Ministry
  • Ordained Southern Baptist Minister