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 18
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.
Instructor Mark Childers has been training in the art and science of Tae Kwon
Do for over 8 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!
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.
Instructor Carol Davis has been at Breakthrough from the very beginning in 2008. She earned her Black Belt in June of
2013. 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 (center) 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!
Instructor Albert Willis is one of our senior black belts 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 like
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. In Feb 2014, Jayson earned the rank of 1st
Degree black belt!
Assistant Instructor Greg Lavender has been training at breakthrough for approximately 4 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)
Instructor Stephen Simmons (left) holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. He has been training in Taekwondo for over 11
years. He is an excellent model of what a black belt is from our youngest students to our oldest. We are honored to have
him teaching with us here are Breakthrough.