SLU Karate Club Instructors

SLU Karate’s 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 Genevieve Emmerich

Rank: 4th 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 head instructors for SLU Karate. She brings a number of skills that provide a richer learning environment in SLU Karate. Besides participating in many tournaments and demo’s, she nurtures a love for hyungs and helping students find their individual style. Not only is Mrs. Emmerich is a strong martial artist, she excels in her career as an engineer, often traveling internationally to support her projects. Her experiences bring 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.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Mrs. Emmerich is always game for new adventures to share with her students, friends, and husband. In her life away from SLU Karate, she enjoys hiking, archery, riding her horse Azzie, and maybe someday–archery while riding Azzie.

Master Daniel McFarlane

Rank: 4th Dan Black Belt
Black Belt Number: #2453
Time Training: Started training in 2008

Mr. McFarlane works as a Staff Scientist for an environmental consulting firm. His work covers a broad spectrum of environmental sciences, and he is continuing his professional development with a Masters of Environmental Studies program through the University of Illinois at Springfield. Mr. McFarlane started his training in CTSD coming from a Taekwondo background as a youngster in a neighborhood school. Over the course of 10+ years in the Club and the Cheezic Federation he has had the humbling privilege of being a student always, and is now a main instructor for the Club. Mr. McFarlane believes that every student is capable of far more, physically and mentally, than they know, and seeks the best way to bring that out in training. His experience with juggling multiple disciplines at the drop of a hat in his professional life allows him to transition quickly and effectively from one martial arts skill to another.

Outside of teaching classes, Mr. McFarlane has made competition a stronger focus, resulting in a sport karate network that extends regionally and nationally. He enjoys the technical aspects of point fighting and the ever evolving process of forms. Mr. McFarlane is also an avid kickboxer, and loves to bring a unique perspective to familiar drills, and a determined attitude to sparring. Lastly, he loves being outdoors, whether camping in the wilderness or attending Bonnaroo yearly, he rarely passes up the chance for a fun adventure.

Master 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.”

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

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.

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