Philip B Disselkoen

Philip B DisselkoenMartial Arts Studied: Taekwondo

Rank earned: 2nd Dan Black Belt

Background (general):

  • Born and raised in Southern California. I have 4 brothers on 1 sister.
  • Served in the United States Air Force as a Firefighter from 1977 to 1981. Was station in Minot ND, Galena, AK, and Edwards AFB, CA.
  • Received BA degree in Geography from California State University, Los Angeles, 1986.
  • Lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1989-1991. Worked as a Cartographer and Aerial Photographer.
  • Moved to east Tennessee in 1992.
  • Member of the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1994 to 1999.
  • Worked for the Public Building Authority as a Safety Officer and Communications Officer since 1996.
  • Received MS degree in Safety Management from the University of Tennessee, 2005.
  • Currently live in Fountain City with my wife Sue. I have one son, Dillon who lives in Farragut, Tennessee.

Martial Arts Experience

  • Earned 2nd Dan Black Belt from Broadway Family Karate, Nov 14, 2009
  • Competed in Kentucky Qualifier Point Sparring, 2008
  • Attended Karate College from 2009 to 2011.
  • Competed in the Georgia Qualifier, Point Sparring (3rd Place, and Patterns, 1st Place, 2010

Teaching Experience:

  • Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor for my organization.
  • Instructor Trainee at Broadway Family Karate 2009 to 2010.
  • Certified Instructor at Broadway Family Karate since October 2010.

Why do you teach?

  • To challenge myself.
  • To be a positive influence on the lives of my students.
  • To improve my interpersonal skills.
  • To improve my Taekwondo skills.

How do you use your martial arts training in your own life?

  • As a way to maintain discipline.
  • For exercise.
  • To improve my mental focus.
  • To grow as a person

What got you started studying the martial arts?

  • I joined Broadway Family Karate soon after my son joined.
  • I saw martial arts as a way to improve my physical and mental health.
  • I saw it as a challenge.
  • To learn self defense.