Coleman Patterson, Head
Tae Kwon Do and Fencing Instructor
Coleman began his
martial arts training in karate and judo as a
student at the University of Florida in 1986 and
eventually went on to earn a brown belt (san-kyu) in Wado
Ryu Karate at the former Florida Karate Center
Martial Arts Center) in Gainesville, Florida under Sensei Mike Sawyer (ESPN
kickboxing and martial arts commentator and U.S.
Open organizer), Sensei Mike McCoy (U.S. Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships tournament
organizer and television commentator), and
Sensei Cory Schafer (ISKA president) in 1988.
He was promoted to second-level brown
belt (ni-kyu) in Wado Ryu Karate in 1994 while a
member of the University of Alabama Wado Ryu
Years later, Coleman started over as
a white belt in a new, but similar, style--Tae
He went on to
earn a black belt from Team Chip/Master Lim's
Tae Kwon Do in Abilene, Texas. He taught
children and adult classes at Team Chip for more than two years. He began
teaching karate classes at his university in 2006 and
at the Family Life Center at First Baptist
Church of Abilene in 2009. The
growth of those programs led to the
establishment of a permanent school
location--which occurred in June 2010.
The move to the new building
also allowed Coleman to bring back his old affection
for fencing and to share it with others in
Abilene. Introduced to fencing through
physical education class at the University of
Florida in 1985, Coleman also participated in
Fencing Club during his time as an
undergraduate student at UF. He is a
professional member of the United States Fencing
Association and has taught a fencing class for
Hardin-Simmons University in addition to the
classes through TMAC.
In his job as a college
through his personal interests and activities,
Coleman is a teacher. He constantly
strives to make learning interesting, practical,
and useful. He challenges and pushes his
students while taking the time to encourage and
instruct. Coleman believes that martial
arts training should be fun, challenging, and
Lou Ivie, Head Kajukenbo
began his martial arts study in 1976
with a brief stint in an old-school
Kenpo dojo. Not suiting his pursuit, he
looked for training in another style
until 1978, when he found an Okiru Ryu
Ju Jitsu/Wing Chun Kung Fu
in Fort Worth, Texas. He trained
there for two years.
Lou began training in Kyokushin Karate
under Shihan Wes Bales (presently an
active 6th degree black belt). After 22
months, he decided to branch out and try
a different style. It was then he
discovered The Noble Method of
Kajukembo--which quickly became his
Lou holds a 3rd degree black belt in
competed in tournaments for the first
years of his training and is currently
under the guidance of the
founder/creator of the Noble System,
Professor Patrick McDaniel. Lou
trains with another of the
Professor's students, Sifu Demond Landry
in Abilene. Lou describes
Kajukenbo as "one of the most innovative
and brutal styles that we have available
today." He is most proud to be an
instructor at Texas Martial Arts Center.
Lou teaches our
Kajukenbo classes and leads the
all-school "Friday Night Fights"
sparring class. He is a passionate and
caring teacher who whole-heartedly
enjoys sharing his art with others.
Jeff Pollitt, Tae
Kwon Do Instructor
A native of
Tyler, Texas, Jeff began his martial
arts training at six years old.
Earning a black belt in tae kwon do
in Tyler, he continued to train and
was eventually promoted to third
degree black belt at Hong's Martial
Arts in Abilene. Jeff served
in the Air Force, lives in Abilene
with his wife and children, and runs
the TMAC program in Cisco.
Tae Kwon Do Instructor
Hunter is currently a Texas Tech
University student who
began his martial arts training at an
early age. Hunter was our first
TMAC TKD black belt. In 2012, Hunter
Timothy Maddox Excellence in
Teaching Award for his patient
and personable teaching.
Hunter's brother, sisters, and dad
also work out with us at TMAC.
Thomas Walke, Tae Kwon Do Instructor
Thomas started training with TMAC in the
early days at the Family Life Center in
2009. Holds black belts in TKD and
Kajukenbo. He is an
Abilene native, a McMurry alumnus,
manager/owner of Stephen's Rubber Stamps
and Signs (caddy corner from the TMAC
building), and participates in
activities with the 12th Armored
Division Memorial Museum. His
wife, Stephanie, and daughter are also
Courtney Wester, Tae Kwon Do and Fencing
come to us as a fencer in 2011, Courtney
quickly jumped into the karate program
as well. She is a black belt in our karate/TKD program.
Courtney teaches at our Clyde center and
in our family TKD and fencing
classes--where she fences all three
weapons, but has a special fondness for sabre. Courtney is an Abilene
native and works at Hendrick Hospital.
Her sons and husband, Adam, also train
with us at TMAC. She's won a
breaking tournament through
TKDNation.com and placed second
in a TKDNation.com forms tournament and
third in the Big D Nationals in Dallas.
Jack started his
training as a little dragon at five
years old. He is a high school
student and a black belt in tae kwon do.
Jack assists with and regularly
participates in the family
tae kwon do classes. (old picture)
Tom started fencing
in 1981 in the Bay Area of California.
After several attempts to find a
suitable salle, he ended up taking a
fencing class at a local community
college that fit around his work
schedule. He continued studying and
fencing for about 14 years.
background was in the classical
French-developed sport style. His first
instructor was an advocate of maestro
Selberg. He enjoys all aspects of
competitive fencing--including footwork,
aerobic training, and building stamina.
Tom was born in
Oakland and was raised in Alameda,
lived in New York City for ten years
before moving back to California.
After some time living in Alabama, he
moved to Abilene in 2009. Tom has
worked on Wall Street, with NYPD, Pfizer
Pigments, and Shell Oil Products.
He retired in 2008 after working for the
State of Alabama. Tom attended Golden
Gate University and the New York
Institute of Technology.
As Tom says, "I am
extremely pleased that TMAC began the
fencing program. I have been looking for
a place to return to the sport and I am
enjoying it once again, possibly more
than ever before. The fun part now is
helping teach new fencers, and seeing
them progress. It is also
inspiring to know that I can still fence
with the younger folks and be
competitive. The physical fitness gains
are a welcome bonus, too."
Our good friend and colleague, Robert
MacBrock, passed away on July 25,
2011. We have established an award
in Robert's memory for students
Robert helps teach
foil techniques in our Fencing I
classes. His instructor biography,
in his own words, follows.
"I was born in
Abilene and, despite living in several
cities during my formative years, it has
always been home for me. After
graduating from Cooper High School and
attending a year of college at McMurry
University, I left home to see...and
do. I lived in Tucson and Yuma, Arizona
for a time as a civil service worker and
in San Francisco working for the Douglas
Fishing Company and the Bay Area Irish
Cultural Center. Afterwards, I
moved back into civil service work at
Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, Texas.
I later moved to Big Spring, Texas and
worked as direct care staff and then
back to Abilene working for MHMR. Soon
after my return home I met the woman of
my dreams, Karyn, and got married.
It wasnít long after that my daughter
Feona was born.
As a child and to this day, I have had
to adapt to my unique physical
deformities. I was born with
severe scoliosis, a degenerative spinal
syndrome, and a defective heart and
circulatory system. Those problems
and limitations never stopped me from
doing what I wanted to do--my only true
fears are uncontrolled heights and
spiders, but other than that, Iím up for
Fencing for me has been a long-time
passion. I read any and every book
that I could find on fencing and watched
every movie that I could get my hands
on. I mimicked the on-screen
action over and over--it was my escape
from a sometimes not-so-friendly world.
childhood games involved playing
knights, musketeers, and pirates. Those
passions stayed with me all the way into
my 20s and 30s when renaissance fairs
and reenactment societies drew my
attention. It was in those places
and with those people that I learned to
fence studying the manuscripts and
techniques of many Italian, French, and
Nowadays, the fencing program at TMAC is
giving me what I always wanted--a chance
to learn and practice fencing technique
in a traditional Olympic-style format
emphasizing education, practice, and
always be me, handicaps and all.
There was a time not too long ago I
thought I would soon be in a wheelchair,
but ever since I joined TMAC, I no
longer walk with a cane and the
wheelchair will not be making its
appearance anytime soon."
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1174 Butternut Street
Abilene, Texas 79602