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Tony Reyna, Chief Instructor/Owner

Tony began his training in Kuk Sool Won while serving in the U.S. Air Force. In 1982 he tested for first-degree black belt in Kunsan, Korea. He has had the unique opportunity to have been taught by over twenty different Kuk Sool instructors and masters. He currently trains under the founder's eldest son, Master Sung Jin Suh. Tony enjoys all aspects of the comprehensive system of Kuk Sool Won, but specializes in edged weapons and powerful hand striking techniques.

Gold Country Kuk Sool Won is truly a family martial arts school. Students have ranged in age from 2 to 83. Tony firmly believes that the etiquette, patience, self-discipline, and perseverance that are developed through martial arts training will help all Kuk Sool students in their daily lives. The positive environment of Gold Country Kuk Sool Won affects every student that trains there.

Tony founded Personal Safety Training (P.S.T.) and has been contracted by Yuba, Sutter, Placer, and Sacramento counties to teach county health care workers self-defense and techniques to diffuse hostile situations.

Tony has owned and operated Kuk Sool schools in Wheatland, Beale Air Force Base, Yuba City, Placerville, and El Dorado Hills before turning them over to personally trained black belts. One of his life goals is to help grow Kuk Sool Won in Northern California and provide communities with the finest martial arts training.

marks the anniversary of Gold Country Kuk Sool Won, where he focuses his energy and teaching. Tony was promoted to sixth-degree black belt (master level instructor) in 2012 and is currently training for seventh-degree black belt.

 
 
  Lila Reyna, Instructor/Owner

Lila Reyna has been training in Kuk Sool Won for years and is currently training for fifth-degree black belt. Lila enjoys all comprehensive aspects of Kuk Sool Won, with special interest focusing on forms, ki energy healing, and women's self-defense. As a mother of three, she appreciates the family atmosphere of Kuk Sool Won and how everyone can incorporate this training into their daily lives.

Lila founded Action Awareness Training (AAT), a multi-level self-defense program with emphasis on women's empowerment, personal safety prevention, self-awareness, and healing for survivors of criminal assault. Recent clients of Action Awareness Training include WestAmerica Bank, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, Girl Scouts, Sierra College, International Nanny Association and Nevada County School District.

Lila is the award-winning author of Quiet Mind, Warrior Spirit: Conscious Self-Defense for Everyday Life. For upcoming self-defense books and training classes, visit www.LilaReyna.com.

 
Virgil Ines, Senior Instructor

Virgil Ines has been training years in Kuk Sool Won and is currently testing for sixth-degree black belt (master level). Virgil is known for his etiquette, his precision, and his interest in intense physical training. He enjoys all aspects of Kuk Sool Won, but is particularly interested in the development of internal energy, and in channeling that energy to add power to techniques and forms.

Virgil and his wife, Laura, met in Kuk Sool years ago and they continue to enjoy training together. He was awarded Black Belt of the Year in 2000.

Virgil is a tile contractor of years and owns Artistic Tile.

 
 
  Richard Robertshaw, Instructor

Richard originally wanted his son to learn a martial art and after observing him in Kuk Sool class Richard decided to start training. years later he is testing for fifth-degree black belt, while his daughter is a second-degree and his wife and son are both first-degree black belts. Richard enjoys teaching class because of the positive changes seen within the students of Kuk Sool Won. There is something for everyone to specialize in. His preference is the sword and sparring. In 2002, Richard was awarded Black Belt of the Year.

Richard is a practicing doctor of chiropractic for the past years with an office in San Francisco. His current project is designing and manufacturing a new type of ergokinetic chair. The web site for this new chair is www.spinalglide.com.

 
Craig Lauer, Instructor

Craig has been training in Kuk Sool Won for over years.

He enjoys all areas of his training including the mental and physical fitness aspects, and working with the students. Craig specializes in sword and staff forms and is currently testing for fifth-degree black belt. He highly values the friendship and family-oriented atmosphere of Kuk Sool Won. Craig is a respected instructor and known for his patience and diligence. He was awarded Black Belt of the Year in 2001.

Craig is a master welder, and is the shop foreman at a local metal fabrication company.

 
 
  Randall Yun, Instructor

Randall has been training in Kuk Sool Won since 1995 and is currently testing for fifth-degree black belt. He feels like training in Kuk Sool Won helps keep his body and mind sharp. Randall feels that teaching improves his Kuk Sool and seeing the students grow and excel is very rewarding. He enjoys helping the students prepare for tournaments and has made many great friends. Randall was Seond-Degree Black Belt Grand Champion at the 2009 Pacific Coast Tournament and he was awarded Black Belt of the Year in 2003.

Randall works for the Nevada County environmental health department in the consumer protection and land use division. This department protects the public from unsafe sanitary conditions at area restaurants and stores as well as oversees the protection of residential groundwater.

 
KyongAe Schmitt, Instructor

KyongAe has been training in Kuk Sool Won for over years. She is currently training for fifth-degree black belt. KyongAe has been a fitness instructor for years, teaching step and aqua aerobics classes.

KyongAe enjoys teaching the children's classes, watching young people build up their etiquette and self-esteem. She also enjoys helping women develop their confidence. KyongAe comes from Korea and enjoys training in her native language in a Korean martial art. She was awarded Black Belt of the Year in 2006.

 
 
 
Nancey Tomasino, Instructor

Nancey began her training in 1993 in San Antonio, TX under Chief Master In Joo Suh. Together with her husband and three sons, they became a family of first-degree black belts and competed regularly at World Kuk Sool Championships in Houston, TX. Nancey earned the 1998 Women's Grand Champion, 1st Dahn.

As a military spouse, Nancey was honored to open KSW schools in Bossier City, CA (Barksdale AFB) and Friedberg, Germany (U.S. Army Installation), as well as visit many schools in the U.S. and Europe. She is especially fond of forms – swift, powerful yet graceful movement – where breath and energy fuse. Above all, she values KSW's philosophy that etiquette, through respect and self-control, stands as the cornerstone for all training.

Nancey holds a degree in Business Accounting from CSU-Sacramento as well as a degree in Education. In 2017, she was inspired by the excellence and friendly community at Gold Country KSW to resume formal training, achieving fourth-degree black belt in February 2020.

 
Ryan Mathias, Instructor

Ryan graduated from CSU-Sacramento with a bachelor of science in Exercise Science and Business. He earned his first-degree black belt in 2007, and was promoted to third-degree black belt in 2016. Ryan has been training over years. Ryan focuses on integrating all aspects of Kuk Sool into his daily life, and enjoys sharing them with others.

Ryan was awarded Black Belt of the Year in 2007. He is the 2007, 2008 and 2009 junior Pacific Coast Grand Champion as well as the 2008 junior World Champion. He is the 2010, 2014, and 2016 Mens Pacific Coast grand Champion and also won the Gold medal in sparring in the 2013 World Kuk Sool Championships in Busan Korea.

Ryan is also a NASM certified personal trainer who has created his own strength system. To learn more visit his website MathiasMethod.com.

 
 
  Coltin Miller, Instructor

Coltin has been training in Kuk Sool Won for over years and is currently training for third-degree black belt. He enjoys the many layers of Kuk Sool training and learning new details and methods that make a form more precise, or a technique more effective. In particular, Coltin enjoys using techniques and weapons. He was awarded the Black Belt of the Year Award in 2014.

Coltin loves being an instructor and enjoys sharing his passion for Kuk Sool with others; he always enjoys helping students improve in their training.

Coltin currently studies mathematics at William Jessup University.

 
Gold Country Kuk Sool Won    Nevada City, California, U.S.A.    (530) 478-1412