Grandmaster Renee’ Sereff, IX Dan
Starting Taekwon-Do in a Recreation Center program with my children instructed by Mr. Ron Wootton was the beginning of a way of life.
After joining United Taekwon-Do with Charles E. Sereff, now Sr. Grand Master Sereff, the journey of a lifetime of opportunity began. Sr. Grand Master Charles E. Sereff has been my instructor for 40 years. My loyalty to him and his loyalty to his instructor, General Choi Hong Hi, has been a life long commitment to spread the teachings to all students. We are happy we have been able to teach in Broomfield for these 40 years. As a Broomfield native, I feel that giving back to our community is one of the important goals all students of Sereff Taekwon-Do strive for.
As the first woman in the United States Taekwon-Do Federation to achieve the rank of Grand Master, 9th Degree of Black Belt, I feel the Tenets of Taekwon-Do and my good instructor drove me to be the best I could be. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit are the tenants of Taekwon-Do and a way of life that will always remain with me. I have represented the United States at world championships in countries such as Russia, Greece, Canada, Argentina, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, Malaysia and Scotland as an International Referee. I have taught world camps in Australia, New Zealand and the United States that helped me establish the fact that women really do have a place in this art!
I truly feel that Taekwon-Do is the perfect tool not only for young people but for us as instructors. It helps us define and mold emerging personality traits that instill a sense of order, discipline, generosity, courage and humility. Taekwon-Do appears to be the perfect exercise not only for the body, but also to impart the qualities of inner strength, patriotism, sense of justice and leadership that are needed to be a leader of men and women. As the testing director of the national organization, United States Taekwon-Do Federation, I have the pleasure of helping establish some of the requirements and have worked toward maintaining our high standards within the organization.
Sponsoring an annual Sereff Championship, organizing Sereff World Camp, hosting defense seminars, instructor and referee seminars and overall planning events that bring the education to Broomfield is one of the many jobs I have enjoyed these past 40 years!
It has been my pleasure to teach and nurture students from beginners to advanced black belts, 4 year olds to 73 year old and I look forward to a bright future for all these students.
Grand Master Kirk Steadman, IX Dan
In 1969 I joined a class in martial arts at the Buddhist Temple, Denver, Colorado. After a few months of unfulfilling training, I moved on. After seeing Sr. Grand Master Sereff perform at a demonstration, my brother and I immediately signed up for Taekwon-Do classes at Happy Canyon. This proved to be one of the best decisions of my martial art career.
The years of training under the direction of Sr. Grand Master Sereff have led me to opportunities that I would never have dreamt possible. As a member of the coaching staff for three world championship teams, it allowed me to observe the growth potential of many students. The experience I have obtained has helped me continue to teach and support the many aspects of Taekwon-Do.
I had the honor of being the Sereff World Camp Director for several years which enabled me to train and teach with the world’s finest. Watching the students progress at these important functions has been very rewarding not only for the organization but for me personally.
Sr. Grand Master Sereff appointed me National Director of Referees in 1992. With this program we have continued to offer training and certification within the USTF which allows us to demonstrate our professionalism. I am proud to be an instructor at Sereff Taekwon-Do, home of the “Instructors Instructor” and very honored my instructor, Sr. Grand Master Sereff, promoted me to Grand Master,9thDan, in March 10, 2018.
Sr. Master Griffin, VIII Dan
Biography coming soon!
Mrs. Lorie Schaffer-Ruby, VI Dan
My children started Taekwon-Do in the Thornton Taekwon-Do Recreation program. When I moved them to a full gym at Sereff Taekwon-Do I watched for about a year before I joined class. I was a proud Mom of two black belts in the organization and dedicated to make sure I followed them.
After many years of training with some great instructors, I was asked to teach a class at Sereff Taekwon-Do about 12 years ago. I am happy to say that I still teach the family class at Sereff Taekwon-Do. My instructor is Senior Grand Master Charles E. Sereff, President of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation (USTF).
I have competed at tournaments throughout the United States and Australia. Sr. Grand Master Sereff asked me to test for V Dan this year, which ended my career as a competitor, but now lets me pursue the coaching and refereeing part of Taekwon-Do.
I have served the USTF in the position of State Director of Colorado for several years now, as a part of Region 2 of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation.
Fitness is very important to me and I hope to continue to share the different ways I get fit including training for Tri-Athlons, mountain climbing, and scuba diving. My Monday night instructor always said, “Get up and do something”, a phrase I took to heart!
Ms. Cameo Zugschwert, VI Dan
As an Instructor of Taekwon-Do it gives me great fulfillment in knowing that I have given positive input into the lives of my students as well as others. I have encourage my students to be the best they can be inside and outside the Do-Jang.
I love seeing the joy on the faces of my students when they accomplish their greatness. I feel that TKD has been a great vehicle to accomplish goals that go way beyond my own vision for my life.
I hope that anyone reading this will become a part of our family at Sereff Taekwon-Do.
Thank You and remember this, that Taekwon-Do Brings out the Greatness in all that take the challenge.
Among some of my accomplishments over the last 15 years as I have trained in Taekwon-Do (12 of which were at Sereff TKD!), I have attained the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt, taught the Children and Family Classes at Sereff TKD for 4 Years, and been an Instructor for 10 Years.
Class B Instructor
Class A Referee
ITF International Instructor
I have also coached for Tournaments, Ho Sin Sool, and Testings.
I hold Local, National, and International Titles.
Mr. Dan Fitch, V Dan
Daniel Fitch started training in Taekwon-Do at Sereff TKD in 1988. After a little over two years of training, Mr. Fitch had to suspend his training for awhile. He came back in 2001, joined by both of his children. Shortly after that, Mr. Fitch accomplished a life-long dream by earning his 1st Degree Black Belt.
Mr. Fitch has continued with his training ever since and remained very active with Sereff Taekwon-Do. He has had the opportunity to teach students of all ages and ranks, from the tots class for the very young students up to the family classes with both color belts and black belts. He has also taught orientation classes for brand new students, getting them ready to participate in the regular classes.
In addition to his instructor duties, Mr. Fitch has been activity involved with tournament competition. He has had the privilege to coach junior teams in several tournament competitions, worked at many Sereff Championships and Maestas’ Team Challenges, worked at national tournaments, and even worked at the recent International tournament held in Broomfield, Colorado.
Mr. Fitch has participated in many of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation (USTF) Instructor, Referee, and Self-Defense Courses, as well as several Black-Belt Workshops. As well as these courses, he has attended Sereff World Camps and joined in on many of the non-Taekwon-Do activities that surround the do-jang.
Mr. Fitch is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt. He holds a class B instructor certification and a class A Referee certification. Taekwon-Do is definitely a family activity for the Fitch’s; his daughter and son have both earned their 2nd Degree Black Belts. Just recently, his mother Mildred Fitch earned her 1st Degree Black Belt, too.
Outside of Taekwon-Do, Mr. Fitch is actively involved many volunteer activities. He is involved with both of his children in their Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. He supports the Fairview Marching Knights marching band from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. He is a member of the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn (CPAAAN) and a volunteer with the Northglenn Police Department. He is also the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Early College of Arvada, a charter school serving 6 through 12 grade.