Staff Bio’s




Mrs. Sandra Swartwood
Tae Kwon Do Instructor
5th Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Swartwood has been teaching Tae Kwon Do since 1990. She is a certified 5th degree Black Belt and has competed and medaled Regionally, Nationally and Internationally in both Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. Mrs Swartwood has also earned a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.

For more than 18 years as Instructor of American Black Belt Academy, she has worked with well over a thousand members of our community ranging in age from 4 to 82 in the techniques and life lessons trained in Tae Kwon Do. She is now teaching the children and in some cases the grand children of former students. Students that have gone through ABBA’s program have become lawyers, doctors, surgeons, military pilots, have been contestants on both the Voice and Survivor. When past students come back to town they almost always stop in to say hello. The have told her on many occasions that their success we directly tied to what they learned at American Black Belt Academy.


Mr. Thomas Swartwood
Hapkido Instructor, Mehan Hapkido Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
7th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Swartwood has over 35 years of  experience  in Hapkido with over 25  years  teaching. He  is  certified as  a 7th  degree  Black  Belt  and Master  Instructor  in  Hapkido  recognized by the Korean  Government. Mr. Swartwood is also a 7th Degree Black Belt in Mehan Hapkido and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

Mr.   Swartwood    has    competed    and    medaled   regionally   and internationally .   In   1998   he   won   a   bronze   medal   at   the   1st International Kuk Sool Won Tournament and Masters Demonstration held in Busan, Korea.

In 2005 Mr.  Swartwood  was  inducted in  the Inaugural  Class of the Budo Hall of Fame as Hapkido Instructor of the Year.

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