Indianapolis Martial Arts Classes

Master Cooley’s Resume

Garth A. Cooley

Senior Master Instructor/Owner

Korea Taekwondo Academy, Inc. (KTA)

9340 Castlegate Drive Indianapolis, IN  46256


Education, Recognition & Certifications

Certified Kukkiwon Instructor & Letter of Commendation (2009)

“Taekwondo Master of the Year” by Taekwondo Times Magazine (2008)

International Referee – Certified by World Taekwondo Federation (2002)

USTU President’s Award (2001 & 2002)

University of Indianapolis – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1989)

Practicing Taekwondo since 1981

Rank & Leadership Roles

Senior Master Instructor of Korea Taekwondo Academy under Grandmaster Chul Koo Yoon

7th Degree Black Belt Certified by Kukkiwon (2011)

President – Indiana State Taekwondo Association (2000 – 2003)

Founder & Director Indy Cup Taekwondo Championships (1996 – present)

United States Olympic Committee “Male Athlete of the Year” (1993)

Athletes Advisory Chairman of Indiana State Taekwondo Association (1989 – 1999)

United States National Sparring Team Captain (1989, 1993)

United States National Poomsae Team Captain (2012, 2013, 2014)

Major Competition Records

Nine – time U.S. National Poomsae Team Member (2006- 2015)

United States National Poomsae Champion (2010 – 2015)

Pan American Poomsae Champion  (2015)

Four-time U.S. National Kyoroogi Team Member (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995)

9th Pan American Championships Bronze Medalist (1994)

Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist (1994)

IOC Centennial Seoul International Championships Bronze Medalist (1994)

3rd World Games Bronze Medalist (1989)

Two-time United States Olympic Festival Champion (1990, 1991)

Two-time United States National Champion (1989, 1993)


To activate the full potential in my students so they may embrace challenges in life more successfully which will enable them to meet and exceed their goals

To promote and support Taekwondo as it continues to grow as an Olympic sport

To promote and support Taekwondo as a premiere martial art that continues to evolve and be known as one of the best forms of mental and physical conditioning