Instructors

“Our Instructors Make the Difference”

Tae Kwon Do instructionAt the heart of student success at Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do are the Instructors and Staff leading the classes and operations at our School.

When we say “Our Instructors Make the Difference”, we truly believe that having the right group of teachers guiding your child’s martial arts experience is essential. They must be great martial artists and empathetic communicators and act as coaches, cheerleaders, and mentors for each individual student.

Our Instructors and Staff are responsible for teaching our students as well as organizing and leading special events and community involvement programs to educate the public about the benefits of Tae Kwon Do and help us give back to our local neighborhood. Our Instructors also have amazing personal skills that enable them to effectively communicate martial arts techniques and emotionally support our students along the way to Black Belt!

We’re proud to say our Instructors and Staff are not only great martial artists but great people as well. Read below for more highlights on the names and faces of those who will be guiding your child through an amazing experience learning Tae Kwon Do!

  • Instructors are hand-picked and trained on a weekly basis by Master P
  • They are phenomenal martial artists and even better role models for our students
  • All students receive personal attention in every class thanks to our combined team of full-time and part-time instructors
  • Certified Black Belts ranging from 1st to 5th Degree Black Belt
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Master John Pasquantonio

Master John Pasquantonio

Founder and Master Instructor – 5th Degree Black Belt

  • 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Founder of Master P’s World Class Tae Kwon Do
  • 32 years of martial arts training
  • Director of one of the largest martial arts schools in the country (over 700 students)
  • Professional experience in the martial arts industry since 2001
  • Captain of LeMoyne College Tae Kwon Do team
  • Winner of numerous local, state, and collegiate level tournaments

As Director of one of the most successful martial art schools in the country, Master John Pasquantonio has had the opportunity to coach thousands of students in their martial arts training.

Having completed his role as Director at World Class Tae Kwon Do in Buffalo, New York, Master P currently directs all his efforts to bringing the benefits of Tae Kwon Do to the local West Chester community.

He and his professional staff recognize the impact a good teacher can have on a student. Classes offer the perfect blend of discipline and fun, taught by instructors who are patient and enthusiastic.

Master Vicky McDowell

Master Vicky McDowell

School Director and Master Instructor – 4th Degree Black Belt

  • 4th Degree Black Belt
  • School Director
  • 30 years of martial arts training
  • Became an Assistant Instructor in 1994
  • State Champion 1992 – 1997
  • National Champion 1993 – 1997
  • International Champion 1995-1996
  • Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training

My favorite thing about being a martial arts professional is being able to watch the journey of a student from white belt to black belt and beyond. Seeing the moment when something clicks in their mind and they know that they are making progress is priceless. Being able to watch them grow physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most rewarding experiences.

I love teaching Tae Kwon Do because the camaraderie of students and teachers is like no other. You are leading them through different classes and making connections with them through all the different drills and skills. Seeing the students work hard together and having fun makes teaching of joyful experience day in and day out! It is also great to be the motivators for them to work hard and have fun.

My favorite Tae Kwon Do moment is when my boys took their first Tae Kwon Do lesson. Tae Kwon Do has been such a huge part of my life for so long. Seeing so many families bonding and making memories over the years, had me counting down the time until I could share that with my own family! It makes me a proud mom to be able to share my love of Tae Kwon Do with them and be able to watch them grow as I once did.

I got started in Tae Kwon Do after the passing of my father when I was young. Being a “Daddy’s girl” I felt lost and confused without him around. Tae Kwon Do helped me become refocused and energized and gave me a purpose. I found comfort in the family atmosphere that Tae Kwon Do gave me. It was a safe place for me to go to help rebuild and gain confidence back in myself. In time Tae Kwon Do became my rock that helped me become strong and focused.

My favorite technique is Back Kick because it makes me feel like I can harness all of my focus and energy into one kick.

Karen Butala

Karen Butala

Chief Instructor – 3rd Degree Black Belt

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • 12 years of martial arts training
  • Degree in Kinesiology (Physical Education & Health)
  • Former State Champion & National Competitor in Inline Speed Skating

My favorite thing about being a martial arts professional is being able to make a positive impact on a student’s life by creating stronger bodies, hearts and minds.

I love teaching Tae Kwon Do because I can see the stress of the day melt away from the students during class.

My favorite Tae Kwon Do moment is my 2nd Degree Black Belt test. It was the school’s grand opening at the new location and my parents were able to attend and see what I can do.

I got started in Tae Kwon Do because I was taking boys that I babysat to martial arts classes. I would watch and got the itch to try it.

My favorite technique is Spinning Jump Back Kick because it can create a lot of power and involves kicking, jumping and spinning.

I grew up in an athletic family. I was surrounded by sports all my life; everything from baseball to bowling, lacrosse to inline speed skating. Sports were so much a part of my life that I graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Physical Education and Health. It was in college that I was first introduced and started Tae Kwon Do. I was hooked immediately. I trained throughout college and earned my 1st degree black belt shortly after graduating from college. Over the last ten years at Master P’s I have worked hard earning both my 2nd and 3rd degree black belts. I also began instructing starting as an intern and now becoming a full-time instructor. I apply the information I learned as a student of Physical Education into my Tae Kwon Do instructing. I balance fun classes with hard workouts, basic Tae Kwon Do skills and pushing each student to their greatest potential.

Ulices Sotelo

Ulices Sotelo

Chief Instructor – 2nd Degree Black Belt

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • 12 years of martial arts training

Growing up as a child I was always fascinated by martial arts. All of my heroes as a child were martial arts actors and athletes. In September of 2010, I was fortunate to have met the World Class team and Master P. I took my very first lesson at the age of 10 and have been training Tae Kwon Do ever since. In 2013, the World Class team took me under their wing as an assistant instructor intern which is when I began my career as an instructor. Later that year, I received my black belt and I am now a 2nd Degree blackbelt. Not only did Tae Kwon Do have a positive impact on the person who I am today, but it also helped me in my other athletic career. Throughout middle school and high school, I played soccer and even played on my college’s club soccer team. Tae Kwon Do has been an amazing part of my life and I plan to continue making martial arts part of my life. My favorite aspect of being a Tae Kwon Do instructor is seeing and helping children, adults, and families develop the best version of themselves through the power of martial arts.

My favorite thing about being a martial arts professional is having the opportunity to watch and facilitate students’ physical and character development through Tae Kwon Do.

I love teaching Tae Kwon Do because every day is different! There’s always a new challenge in training and in teaching. It’s amazing and fulfilling being able to have a beneficial impact on students lives

One of my favorite Tae Kwon Do moments has got to be when I received my black belt. However, being on the other side of a black belt test and see students get their blackbelt tied on has got to be my favorite moments throughout the years. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t gotten teary eyes at Black Belt tests!

Magdalena Stuehrmann

Magdalena Stuehrmann

Administrative Director

My favorite part about working in a martial arts school is seeing new students, both kids and adults, thrive in a supportive but challenging environment. It isn’t always comfortable to seek out feedback on a new skill, so watching beginners proudly ask their instructors to check in on a new technique and knowing that they feel confident receiving both praise and constructive criticism from our staff is a great feeling.

I have two favorite Tae Kwon Do moments. The first is seeing my shy younger sister give an explosive, confident Tae Kwon Do demonstration to a large crowd at a fundraiser for the Chester County Hospital and how proud of herself she was after. The second is seeing my younger brother, who had to learn to work around several learning disabilities and physical coordination problems, earn his 2nd degree black belt as a teenager.

I got started with Tae Kwon Do in part because my siblings’ nearly decade-long involvement and positive experience with Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do. I had recently stopped my ballet training and it seemed a natural fit to start a new physical activity in an environment that already felt familiar.

My favorite technique is the Side Kick. It looks simple, but is certainly not easy, and requires flexibility, precision, and strength to develop clean lines and good technique.

Though I’ve been around Tae Kwon Do since I was a teenager, I only started taking martial arts as an adult, after 14 years of ballet training and after both my siblings had earned their black belts and worked as instructors with Master P. I enjoy helping run the administrative aspects of the school, particularly working on special events and community outreach, as well as getting to know students and their families and helping them have the positive experience my family has had with Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do over the past decade. When I’m not at Master P’s, you can find me working as an administrator for a local history museum and writing a book on Philadelphia Quaker history.


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