Wheatley Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt
ENGLISH, Ind. — Nathan Wheatley of Olney, owner and chief instructor of Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC) in Olney and Princeton Martial Arts in Princeton, Ind., received a promotion to 5th degree black belt here Sept. 20 at Kyumson Taekwondo Alliance (KTA) Black Belt Camp.
Master Jason Wadley, 8th degree black belt from Lake Jackson, Tex. and president of the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA), headed the testing, with KTA director Master Kevin Roberts, 5th degree black belt from Mattoon, assisting.
“This was the toughest test I’ve ever had,” Wheatley said after the event. “I definitely had to earn this new rank.”
With this promotion, Wheatley also earns the title of junior master.
“It’s a bit surreal to be Master Wheatley,” he said. “I’ve trained for 22 years, and to finally be at this level is very humbling.”
Wheatley, a native of Mt. Carmel, began training in taekwondo in November, 1991, under Master David Foshee, now a 6th degree black belt. He earned his black belt in January, 1995, and has been actively teaching since 1999.
Wheatley came to Olney in 2003 to found his own school, opening Olney Taekwondo Center in December of that year. In 2012, Wheatley expanded to a second location, Princeton Martial Arts in Princeton, Ind.
In addition to his taekwondo training, Wheatley has trained extensively in other martial arts. He currently cross-trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kali, and will test for black belt in hapkido in January, 2014.
“I think it’s imperative for an instructor to always be a student,” he said. “My cross training has not only given me more knowledge to impart to my students, it’s taught me more about taekwondo itself.”
Wheatley teaches all classes at Olney Taekwondo Center and Princeton Martial Arts, and looks forward to sharing his increasing knowledge with students.
“Ultimately, everything I do is for them,” he said. “Being a great instructor is my first priority.”
As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://www.olneytkd.com.