Advantage Martial Arts opened in March of 2015 by Mr. Sugar and the Knoop family with the goal of having a place where families can come together to train in Tae Kwon Do.
We offer no games, no hassles, and a no pressure experience. Our belief is that Martial Arts should be a fun experience and that the process should be simple. This is how we conduct business day in and day out. For more information or to start a free one week trial stop by the school at 3264 Ruckriegel Parkway.
Our hours of operation are:
Monday & Wednesday: 4pm – 8pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 1:30pm
Sunday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Adult Class Instructor
Todd Welsh is a 6th Degree black belt in Taekwondo and a second degree in Gojushorei Weapons Systems. He started Taekwondo in fall of 1989 at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He started teaching in 2001 at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Todd believes that when you improve yourself in a safe and controlled place like a martial arts studio you are in fact training yourself to improve in life. Things like working outside your comfort zone, setting goals and working at an individual pace are all excellent life skills regardless of age.
When not teaching Todd is a software developer. He authored the scoring and tournament management software called GUSS which is used at AAU regional and national competitions.
Family Class Instructor
Master Barbra Cave began her TaeKwonDo journey at Bellarmine University in 1999. She enjoys teaching all ages, especially teens and adults. She competed through her 4th degree black belt in Olympic sparring and Forms. She is now an AAU certified official and loves to referee tournaments. Outside of Martial Arts, Barbra is a Nurse Practitioner with the University of Louisville with patients participating in Clinical Trials, and she leads the Jewish Hospital Hepatitis Clinic. She is married, has one son, two step-sons, and four cats.
Michael Sugar is the Owner and Senior Instructor of Advantage Martial Arts. He opened Advantage Martial Arts with the Knoop family in the heart of J-Town in March of 2015. Michael started his training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 10 and began to assist in classes at the age of 14. It was then he realized helping others, especially children, was his passion. He knew from his own personal experience as a child with attention issues that Tae Kwon Do is a great activity to help children succeed. Tae Kwon Do instills positive character traits like discipline, focus, respect and a hard work ethic.
Michael’s motivation to break off and start Advantage Martial Arts comes from his desire to have a studio with a family friendly environment that accepts any child who has the willingness to learn. He doesn’t believe in gimmicks and cheap sales techniques. He believes a great instructor staff, knowledge of the art and a friendly attitude is enough for a great program.
Michael also graduated from Bellarmine University in 2013 and has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters for 7 years.
Jenny Riddle is 16 year old third degree black belt, who attends Sacred Heart Academy. She began martial arts with her brother and father when she was five years old. Since then, she has continued to train alongside her family, blood related and close friends alike. When regular classes became too easy, she pushed herself to join the competition team at the age of seven. Throughout the years of training with the Jaguar Team, Jenny competed in dozens of tournaments and placed first in the National Championships four times.
She also began student teaching at eleven and continued to do so, until Michael Sugar (along with the Knoop family) offered her a job in March 2015. She has flourished as an instructor under the counseling of Michael, and hopes to one day be as influential as him one day.
Ms. Knoop began taking Taekwondo classes when she was 8 years old. She was looking for a fun activity and had no idea she would fall in love with martial arts. She discovered that classes were more than kicking and punching but also focused on character-building topics such as perseverance and discipline. She continued her training and was invited to join the competitive point sparring team. She’s competed for four years, and has won gold in 8 regional AAU Taekwondo tournaments. She also won gold and silver in two national competitions. Once she earned her black belt, she began to assist Mr. Sugar in class. That’s when she discovered a new passion. The passion of helping others. She is now a second degree black belt and is training for her third degree.