Master Brandan Rhoades is Infinity Taekwondo’s head instructor and coach. He is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes both athletic performance and in working with students who have special needs. He teaches a well-rounded program that benefits students of all ages and experience levels.
Master Brandan Rhoades has twenty years of martial arts experience. He started training under Master Joseph E. Barnard Jr. in St. Clair, Missouri. Master Barnard instilled the qualities that Master Rhoades still runs his classes by today. Master Barnard taught a system of Olympic Taekwondo that emphasized humility and an understanding that there is always more to learn. Master Rhoades excelled under Master Barnard’s leadership, winning Missouri State Championships and a silver medal in USA Taekwondo (USAT) Nationals.
Once Master Rhoades graduated high school, he began training under Grandmaster Michael J. Pejo II in College Station, Texas while attending college. Grandmaster Pejo was a former USAT National team coach. He taught Master Rhoades the importance of efficiency of motion, proper movement, and how small technical errors can hinder any given techniques effectiveness. Grandmaster Pejo pushed Master Rhoades to new levels as an athlete, as a teacher, and as a person while maintaining the core concepts that Master Barnard had taught. Through Master Pejo, Master Rhoades met Professor Paul Olbeter and Grandmaster Erich Wilson. Professor Olbeter and Grandmaster Wilson taught Master Rhoades a highly effective system of Hapkido that has become the backbone of Infinity Taekwondo’s Self-Defense curriculum.