Indianapolis Martial Arts Classes

Master Garth Cooley

Senior Master Instructor

Master Garth Cooley is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo certified by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Certification Headquarters) and brings over three decades of experience as an international competitor, coach, and instructor to KTA students six days a week.  Master Cooley was voted Indiana’s “Instructor of the Year” by USA Taekwondo and received a “Letter of Commendation” by the Kukkiwon for his outstanding leadership.

Under the direction of Grandmaster Yoon, Master Cooley has not only achieved great success as an instructor, he has also found that same success throughout his years as an international and national competitor. Master Cooley is the only instructor in the Midwest who has been a member and Team Captain of the U.S. National Taekwondo Team. As a two-time National Champion, Master Cooley also received Bronze Medals internationally at the World Games, Goodwill Games, and Pan American Championships. In 1993, he was named “Athlete of the Year” in Taekwondo by the United States Olympic Committee.

Master Cooley’s National & International Sparring Records

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Master Cooley competing at the 3rd World Games
Karlsruhe, Germany – July 1989

Since 2006, Master Cooley has enjoyed being a member of the U.S. National Poomsae Team and has competed at the World Poomsae Championships eight times as an individual as well as in pair and team categories.  He is one of very few Taekwondo Master Instructors in the United States who is actively competing, and this brings KTA students an even higher level of training not found at any other school in the region.

Master Cooley’s Poomsae Accomplishments


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Master Cooley competing at the 9th World Poomsae Championships
Aguascalientes, Mexico – October 2014


Master Cooley is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and holds a degree in Business Administration. He also holds an International Referee Certification by the World Taekwondo Federation.
Led by Master Cooley, KTA also provides you with the largest and most experienced staff of certified Black Belt instructors, enabling us to give students the individual attention they need. We also provide special classes just for instructors and Black Belts to insure that your instruction is consistent and top-notch!

See Master Cooley’s Resume