SLU Karate Club Instructors

SLU Karate instructors are passionate individuals who enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences with their students. Combined, SLU Instructors bring over 70 years experience in several martial art styles to their classes, creating a diverse environment that nurtures hard work ethic, discipline, and tradition. SLU Karate instructors focus on more than just in the dojang - students will find themselves working hard in class, at work, and toward their life goals.

Master Belt Instructors

Master Jamie Mize

Rank: 4th Dan Master Belt
Black Belt Number: #948
Time Training: Started training in 1995

Personal Martial Arts philosophy: “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”

Master Mize began training with SLU Karate as a freshman in January 1995 after two years of Tae Kwon Do training during high school. Master Mize especially developed a love for forms and quickly moved through the club’s ranks, serving as Club Vice-President in 1997 prior to earning his Black Belt at Federation headquarters in October 1998 and becoming an instructor.

Mize returned to co-instruct the Club in 2002 with Master Beardsley after leaving for graduate school from 1999-2001. During this time, they have physically and mentally developed over a dozen Apprentice Black Belts and nine Black Belts, including our current Assistant Instructors. Master Mize earned a Master’s of Science degree in Kinesiology (Sport Psychology emphasis) and routinely brings a positive performance-enhancement approach to the dojang. He emphasizes the mental skills training components of visualization, thought-control, relaxation and anxiety regulation in combination with physical practice to push students to bring the best out of themselves. Master Mize has enjoyed the many friendships he’s made during his nearly 20-year involvement with the Club and looks forward to its continued growth and success at the University.

Master Chris Beardsley

Rank: 4th Dan Master Belt
Black Belt Number: #1220
Time Training: Started training in 1996

Personal Martial Arts Philosophy:  "Speak softly, and carry a big kick."

Humility and modesty will not only keep you out of a fight, they will also help you win a fight. People who are casual, jovial, and witty are usually well-liked, especially when compared to their more intense or brooding counterparts. An unassuming nature also often leads to dismissiveness and underestimation by your opponents, which is a powerful weapon to have. Train hard without showing off... exude confidence without arrogance, and strength without aggression.  Your eyes should say more about you than your stature.

Black Belt Instructors

Dr. David Cormier

Rank: 4th Dan Master Belt
Black Belt Number: #1997
Time Training: Started training in 2004

Dr. David Cormier began training in Cheezic Tang Soo Do in the Spring semester of 2004 at Saint Louis University (SLU) with SLU Karate. His martial arts training coincided with the start of his MA and PhD program in the English department at SLU, where he also teaches composition and literature. Dr. Cormier has been instrumental in coordinating the annual World Martial Arts Symposium at SLU as well as bringing SLU Karate out into the thriving St. Louis martial arts community through workshops and collaborations.

While Dr. Cormier enjoys all aspects of martial arts (forms, technique, self-defense, physical fitness, socializing), sparring is his favorite martial arts past time. Sparring for Dr. Cormier is not about tactics or combos: sparring is about logistics, which is movement management. In martial arts, logistics is the means of efficiently and accurately delivering power to a target. In terms of emphasis, Dr. Cormier enjoys teaching and learning about fighting theory, precise technique, power generation, distance and timing in sparring but views the learning of martial arts as a character building process.

Nam Nguyen

Rank: 4th Dan Master Belt
Black Belt Number: #2234
Time Training: Started training in 1990

Master Nguyen is a Application Engineer and one of the Main Instructors for SLU Karate.  He graduated from SLU with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His relationship with SLU Karate has developed over five years of undergraduate education at Saint Louis University, and extended into his current teaching/instructor roles and responsibilities.  Master Nguyen has a lovely wife who occasionally will throw down (kicks and punches) in the kitchen while preparing dinner.

Master Nguyen hopes to inspire fitness and confidence in individuals.  He believes that martial arts training not only strengthens the body, but also strengthens the character of the person.  He teaches students to always carry oneself--inside and outside the dojang--with humility and integrity.  In terms of martial arts, he values opportunity and sees every opportunity worthwhile to strike fast and hard.  Master Nguyen's martial arts and life philosophy entails the basic principle: "Hesitation is the death of opportunity."

Daniel McFarlane

Rank: 2nd Dan Black Belt 
Black Belt Number: #2456 
Time Training: Started training in 2008

Mr. McFarlane works for Saint Louis County Dept of Public Health as an Environmental Representative. He conduct asthma consultations, lead paint inspections, and run the noise control program.  He has embarked on a Masters of Environmental Studies program through the University of Illinois at Springfield. He hope to utilize this degree to improve the environmental mindset of the St. Louis area.  Mr. McFarlane started his training in Karate TSD coming from Taekwondo background from previously participating in neighborhood school.  Over the course of 8 years in this club and the Cheezic Federation he had the humbling privilege of being a student always, and to be of assistance to his instructors when needed. In those 8 years, one thing is very clear, this is the most unique group on the SLU campus.  SLU Karate members are students, grad students, young professionals, professors and doctors; some are married and still others have families. Members belong to a Federation of martial artists that expect a high standard of excellence.

 Mr. McFarlane grew with the club throughout his collegiate program and eventually became SLU Karate Club President in his senior years.  His sentiment towards being a Club President, "It is difficult and no one person is perfect, mistakes are a part of growing in life and karate, but being president is an implied expectation that you can learn and humbly rise to the occasion. Just remember, this club is a family, you're never on your own. Tang Soo!"  Mr. McFarlane grew with the club and continue to dedicate his efforts in promoting martial arts for the SLU community.  Mr. McFarlane now actively teaches as one of the main instructors for SLU Karate.

Genevieve Emmerich

Rank: 2nd Dan Black Belt 
Black Belt Number: #2504
Time Training: Started training in 2009

Mrs. Emmerich has been a strong team player and is one of the main instructors for SLU Karate. She brings a number of skills that help SLU Karate provide a richer learning environment. She has participated in many tournaments, often earning trophies and a good reputation in the St. Louis region. Mrs. Emmerich is not only a strong martial artist, she also excels in her career aspirations: she is one of a few female Quality Control Engineers in her field and often travels internationally to provide support for her clients. These experiences allow her to delve into different cultures and learn from the locals. She brings a culturally diverse and a sensitive perspective to her teaching style, and firmly believes that learning anything, from grammar to quantum physics, from tumbling to martial arts, should be fun: “Things stick better when you can enjoy the process of learning them.”

Besides her intellectual character, Mrs. Emmerich brings SLU Karate Club her traits of a warrior princess. In class and out of it, all will know her displeasure from her dark, cold glare. She is always seeking challenging new workouts to share with students and friends. In her life away from SLU Karate, she enjoys archery, using her skill during hunting season to take revenge on the deer that loiter around her home and munch on her garden,and finding uses for every portion of the deer. She is always game for a new adventure, whether it’s biking the Katy Trail, hiking in a state park, or going backwoods backpacking.