10 Sparks Drive
Hiram, Ga 30141
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Breakthrough Martial Arts was founded by Chief Instructor Jerod Hicks. Instructor Hicks has been training
in the art and science of Tae Kwon Do for approximately 17 years and holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black
Belt. He also holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He is actively training for his 4th Degree Black
Belt in Taekwondo and his Purple Belt in BJJ.
Instructor Hicks is dedicated to teaching quality martial art lessons. Anyone who knows him will tell you
that there is nothing he enjoys more than helping others achieve success in life and in their journey to black
belt and beyond.
Click HERE to e-mail Instructor Hicks
Click HERE to see Instructor Hicks' Background check
Instructor Mark Childers has been training in the art and science of Tae Kwon Do for over 6 years. He has achieved the
rank of 1st Degree Black Belt and is excited to continue his journey towards second degree black belt. Mark's daughter
Sara Caroline also does Taekwondo. She is currently a 3rd Kup Blue Belt (3 ranks from black belt). She has the goal of
following in her father's footsteps and becoming a black belt as well.
Click HERE to read Mark's Black Belt Essay!
Assistant Instructor Chad Clayton was promoted to 1st Poome (Jr.) Black Belt December 5th, 2009.
In July 2011 he recieved his full 1st degree black belt. Chad is known around the school for his great
attitude and energy. He has had some challenging goals for 2013 including competing in the
national taekwondo championship in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We are glad to have Chad as part of our
team of instructors at breakthrough. He currently holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt!
Instructor Rodney Verdin is one of our dynamic Instructors at Breakthrough Martial Arts. He holds a 2nd Degree
Black Belt in Taekwondo and also has training in Hapkido and in the Cane Masters program. He is great to train with
because of his awesome attitude. He is constantly challenging and encouraging himself and others. He is committed
to becoming a stronger martial artist and a better teacher. We should all learn from this man's example.
Instructor Carol Davis has been at Breakthrough from the very beginning in 2008. She earned her Black Belt in June of
this year. She is always determined and energetic both in and out of class. Mrs. Davis is also a key team member in the
daily operations of running Breakthrough. Chances are if you call us she will be on the other end of the phone. Among
all of the other things that are great about this Instructor it should be added that she is also Mr. Hicks' Mother!
Instructor Frank Davis and his wife Carol Davis have been training at Breakthrough since
2008. Mr. Davis currently holds the rank of 3rd Kup Blue Belt and he will be earning his
black belt in the next few years!
Assistant Instructor Albert Willis is one of our senior students at Breakthrough. His positive influence on our
children and adult students is outstanding. He now holds the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt. Mr. Willis assist in
our Family classes, our Little Warrior classes and our Adult Classes.
Mr. Willis trains with his daughter Ashley and Kennedy. Both of his girls aspire to become Black Belts.
Read his Black Belt Essay HERE
Jayson is our youngest instructor to date! This young man is outstanding in a variety of different ways. His
leadership and maturity is far beyond his years. As a 7 year old boy he was peeking in the window of
Breakthrough Martial Arts just a few weeks after we opened. Now at 12 years old he is our highest ranking
Assistant Instructor Greg Lavender has been training at breakthrough for over 2 years. He assist in both our
children and adult classes. He is always striving to become a better martial artist. He is certainly an asset to
our team here at Breakthrough.
Mr. Lavender trains with his children Sophie and Ryan. (pictured right)