Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Taekwondo and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Here are a few of South Shore Tae Kwon Do's instructors and other staff members, starting with Robert Whitman:
Robert Whitman (Owner & Head Instructor/5th Dan Black Belt)
Trained at Boston Tae Kwon Do - Abington with Master Joe Pina since 1995 and has been teaching both adults and children since 1996. Robert obtained 1st Dan in 1999, 2nd Dan in 2001, 3rd Dan in 2003, 4th Dan in 2006, and 5th Dan in 2013. He has coached both childen and adult demonstration teams and has participated in martial arts tournaments. Mr. Whitman has an Associates Degree in Business from Massasoit Community College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Bridgewater State College. He is CPR and first aid certified.
Brynda Whitman (Assistant Instructor/4rd Dan Black Belt)
Brynda achieved her first dan black belt in June 2011, second dan black belt in June 2012, third dan black belt in June 2014 and her forth dan black belt in June 2017. She is a member of the demonstration team, tournament competitor, and has been in martial arts since age 2.
Brynda graduated from the South Shore Vo-Tech in 2016 studying cosmetology. She is now taking classes at Bridgewater State University, and hoping to go to graduate school for physical training.
Michael Morales Donnell (Teen Insructor/4rd Dan Black Belt)
Michael achieved his first degree black belt in December 2011, his second degree black belt in December 2012, his third degree in December 2014, and his fourth degree black belt in December 2017. He's a member and coach of the demonstration team.
Michael is enrolled at Bridgewater State College.
Robert Whitman, Jr. (Teen Instructor/3rd Dan Black Belt)
Robert achieved his first degree black belt in June 2013, his second degree black belt in June 2014 and his third degree black belt in June 2016. He's a member of the demonstration team. He is also CPR and first aid certified.
As of July 2020, Robbie is in Army boot camp in GA.
Mireese Wilson (Teen Instructor/1st Dan Black Belt)
Mireese achieved his first degree black belt in December 2016 and his second degree black belt in December 2017.
Mireese is currently the head coach for the competition team.
Ricky Pattison (Teen Instructor/3rd Dan Black Belt)
Ricky achieved his first degree black belt in June 2013, second degree in June 2014, and third degree in June 2016. He is a member of the demonstration team. He is CPR and First Aid certified.
Ricky is currently attending Massasoit College. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Derek Tirrell (Junior Instructor - 3rd Degree Black Belt)
Derek achieved his first degree black belt in June 2013, second degree in June 2014, and third degree in June 2016. He is a member of the demonstration team.
He is currently attending Abington High School.
Emily has earned her first and second degree black belt as a student at South Shore Tae Kwon Do. She is also a member of our demonstration team.
She currently attends Rockland High School.
Mary Jo Tanzi
Mary Jo Tanzi has numerous credentials and accomplishments and works the front desk for SSTKD.
For more information about the South Shore Tae Kwon Do staff or training programs, please contact us at 781-308-4635 or by clicking here.