Instructors and Staff

John Salama

rsz_john_salamaCEO & Chief Instructor: Mr. Salama has been training in the Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo Federation (CTF) since 1987 under Grand Master Robert Hardin. He began training to become an instructor under Mr. Jose Tortolero in 1988, and then became a Certified Assistant Instructor, in 1991, under Master Song Brown. Mr. Salama established Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo in March of 2001.

In January 2010 Mr. Salama tested for and received the rank of 5th degree Black Belt from Grand Master Robert Hardin and CTF as well as from the World Taekwondo Alliance (WTA.)  Mr. Salama competed for years and now enjoys watching his students excel in the competition arena. Throughout his years of teaching, Mr. Salama has worked with children who suffer from different mental and physical problems. He believes that everyone has a gift and deserves the time and attention to learn to defend themselves.

Mr. Salama is married to Jennifer Salama and they have two children, Joseph and Marina, who are also in Taekwondo. He believes that “a family that kicks together, sticks together.”

Instructor Certification Dates

  • Red Collar Instructor Certification (1991)
  • Black Collar Instructor Certification (2004)

Award Dates

  • Service Award from Hae San Taekwondo (2013)
  • Appreciation Award from Corley Elementary (2011-2012)
  • CTF Special Service Award (2007)
  • Chief Referee Award (2006)
  • Chief Referee of the Year award from Grand Master Hardin (2005)

Organizations & Activities

  • Suwanee Business Alliance – Member
  • Public Schools PTA – Member
  • Hype Member – Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce
  • Corley Elementary School Council Member – Lawrenceville, GA
  • Kanoheda Elementary School Council Member – Lawrenceville, GA
  • Title I School Council – Member

 

Jennifer Salama

rsz_jennifer_salamaCOO & Certified Instructor: Mrs. Salama has been training in the Choong-Sil Taekwondo Federation (CTF) since 2001 under Mr. John Salama. She became a Certified Instructor in 2006. Mrs. Salama helped establish Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo in 2001.  She is also a member of the World Taekwondo Alliance.

In May 2011, Mrs, Salama tested for and received the rank of 4th degree Black Belt from Grand Master Robert Hardin and CTF as well as from the World Taekwondo Alliance (WTA.). Mrs. Salama enjoys teaching the students and preparing them for testing and competition. Mrs. Salama has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and has developed an age appropriate curriculum for all classes in order to bring out the best in all students. She also has a great deal of experience with children who have minor to severe behavior problems. Mrs. Salama also began a Leadership Program which focuses on training teenage students to become leaders in their community.

Mrs. Salama is married to John Salama. They have two children, Joseph and Marina, who are also Black Belts in Taekwondo and assist in the “family business.”

Instructor Certification Dates

  • Red Collar Instructor Certification (2003)
  • Black Collar Instructor Certification (2006)

Award Dates

  • Appreciation Award from Corley Elementary (2011-2012)

Organizations & Activities

  • Founder of Youth Empower Alliance non-profit organization
  • Suwanee Business Alliance – Member
  • Public Schools PTA – Member
  • Hype Member – Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce
  • Kanoheda Elementary School Council Member – Lawrenceville, GA
  • Title I School Council – Member
  • Speaker at Berkmar Cluster Area Board Meeting
  • Committee Member – Relay for Life

Prisana Johnson

Operations Manager: Prisana attended Paine College in 1998 with an anticipated degree in Psychology and Education. She transitioned to Kerr Business College to obtain her degree in Medical Assisting. Her ambition led her to the University of Phoenix for an Associates in Small Business Entrepreneurship, and Bachelors of Business Administration.
Her passion for fitness spawned at this time where she joined Atlanta Choong Sil Kwan Taekwondo as a student. She admired the philosophy and life motivation of the programs at the school. She studied at the Lawrenceville location for almost three years and became a green belt. Her move to Loganville, Georgia and job change pulled her from this passion. In her off time she finalized her Masters of Science in Public Health and currently if finishing her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership.
Prisana loves photography, reading, decorating, and crafting. She is married and has two daughters, Nehemiah and Naomi, and two step-daughters, Jailyn and Janiya. She values family, friendship, and faith. She volunteers for the Red Cross, The National MS Society, and the American Cancer Society.
Prisana’s favorite quotes are:
“In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” Unknown
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” Zig Ziglar
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can conceive.” Napoleon Hill
“I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Bible

Organizations and Affiliations
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
NCMA-Nationally Certified Medical Assistant
New Mercies Christian Church Leadership and Teacher

Dayne Turner

rsz_dayne_turnerLead Instructor and Head Counselor: Mr. Turner is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt. He received this rank on June 3, 2011. He received his 2nd degree black belt on April 1, 2008. Mr. Turner began training in Taekwondo at the age of 8. Throughout his training with International Taekwondo Centers, Mr. Turner participated in tournaments as well as a demonstration team. In 2004, Mr. Turner joined Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo where he became a very valuable member of the school.

Mr. Turner began teaching classes, as an Apprentice Instructor, in 2005 and became a certified Assistant Instructor on February 2, 2007. He has been a Summer Camp Counselor for four years and always brings fun and excitement to all activities.

After graduation from the University of Georgia in May 2011, Mr. Turner has most currently taken on the position of Operations Manager for Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo.

Mr. Turner is also very active in tournaments. In 2006, he won the National Championship Jacket.

Luis Mosco

rsz_luis_moscoApprentice Instructor/Assistant Counselor: Biography Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hans Delly

Hans

Apprentice Instructor: Mr. Delly chose his path into TaeKwonDo in 1992 while living in New Jersey. He began his TaeKwonDo training under the instruction of a traditional Korean Master ( 8th Degree Black Belt), Sa Bum Nim Jae Boong Ko, under whom he gained appreciation for TaeKwonDo as a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind .

Mr. Delly later joined and has been training at Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan TaeKwonDo since May 2007. He introduced his son to TaeKwonDo at 3 years old in 2011. Watching his son’s development and progression in TaeKwonDo inspired Mr. Delly to personally re-commit to his own continued training as a martial artist. He stresses that it is THE BEST Father & Son activity that they do together. His son is now 6 years old and currently a Blue Belt. Mr. Delly shares with other parents and affirms that TaeKwonDo has been a great medium for channeling his son’s abundance of energy while teaching him key life principles – Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable-Spirit.  It is also evident that his son not only enjoys his classes, but has made great friends at Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan TaeKwonDo and follows the example set by the Black Belts.

Mr. Delly is currently training to become and achieve his certification as an Assistant Instructor ( Red Collar Instructor ) by the Choong-Sil Taekwondo Federation (CTF). He has been teaching TaeKwonDo classes to children ( Ages 6-12 ) since April 2014. Mr. Delly believes that the opportunity to introduce and teach TaeKwonDo to children as an Apprentice Instructor represents a unique opportunity to impact the broader community as a Servant-Leader.

As a servant leader, Mr. Delly believes that learning a martial art is more than just about learning “flashy” techniques and more than just about Self-Defense. Martial Arts can also serve as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle and provide guiding principles in life and in how we treat one another.

Mr. Delly appreciates that introducing children to TaeKwonDo and enabling them to progress from white belt to Black belt does take time, hard work and lots of practice for them to learn and get good. As an Apprentice Instructor, he focuses and structures his classes around the fact that children will only apply themselves and put in this effort into something that they enjoy, take pride in and feel rewarded about.

Mr. Delly passionately advocates that the core of all Martial Arts is a “life philosophy”. The techniques that we learn are first and foremost meant for defense of yourself and others (not showing off). However, learning the techniques is not all that there is. He stresses that understanding the philosophy, principles and cultural foundation behind the martial art are equally important.

Mr. Delly is married and has a son. Outside of TaeKwonDo, he is a business technology consulting executive and entrepreneur.

 

Evelin Caballero

Evelin

Lead Counselor: Biography Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Vanny Dy

Vanny

Activities Director/Lead CounselorVanny joined Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan August of 2014.  Her desire to help improve the quality of life for oppressed individuals is what lead her to study and receive her degree in Social Work at the California State University of Fresno.  She enjoys working with diverse groups and has a desire to motivate and empower youth. Vanny is currently taking self-defense classes at Atlanta Choong-Sil and is loving it!

 

 

 

Ashleigh Woods

Assistant Counselor: Ashleigh became a part of the team in October of 2015. Working with and investing in the future of the youth has been a passion of hers for quite some time. She is currently in school working toward her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner, where she hopes to change the lives of others through healthcare. In addition to working with children she loves to read, hear spoken word, and travel abroad.