Central FL Karate Academy

Mr. Rian Koons

Kyo Sa Nim

2nd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Koons began his training in February 2010.  He is currently attending college.  He has competed in numerous tournaments and demonstrations.   

Mr. John Warner

Kyo Sa Nim

3rd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Warner began training at Central FL Karate Academy in August 2008 and is currently a 3rd degree black belt.  In addition to countless demonstrations, he has competed in many tournaments and has won numerous gold medals in sparring, forms, weapons, and board breaking and also recently won Grand Champion in sparring. 

Mrs. Melissa Hill

Kyo Sa Nim

​Program Director

2nd Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Hill began her training in September 1998.  She was privileged to have trained under the direction of the late Grand Master Richard Byrne, President and founder of the American Tang Soo Do Association headquartered in Malden, Massachusetts.  

Master Eric Hill

Sah Bom Nim

6th Degree Black Belt

Courage - Strength - Discipline - Respect

Mr. Joseph Lozito

Kyo Sa Nim

3rd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Lozito began training at Central FL Karate Academy in August 2008 and is currently a 3rd degree black belt.  He began his training with us at the age of 9 and is currently attending University of Southern Florida. In addition to countless demonstrations, he has competed in numerous tournaments and has won many medals and also won Grand Champion in the forms division.  

Mr. Steve Castillo

Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Mr. Castillo began his training in June 2014 a few months after his son started taking classes at CFKA.  He enjoys teaching classes and has participated in numerous demonstrations.   

Master Eric Hill began his training in Kenpo when he was 14 years old.  After serving his country for 6 years in the United States Army, he then studied Tae Kwon Do, Uechi Ryu, and Shaolin Kung Fu. As of 2017, he has been training in Tang Soo Do for almost 25 years.  Master Hill trained for 16 years under the direction of the late Grand Master Richard Byrne, President and founder of the American Tang Soo Do Association headquartered in Malden, Massachusetts.

Master Hill has competed in countless tournaments and has won numerous gold medals in individual sparring, team sparring, forms and board breaking, as well as having won grand champion in sparring and team sparring numerous times. He is fortunate enough to have received hands-on training in self-defense, sparring, grappling and board breaking techniques from some of the biggest names in the martial arts, including Grand Master Richard Byrne, “Superfoot” Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis, Professor Dave Castoldi, Master Ken Herbert,  and Master Penny Mitchell, one of the highest ranking female Tang Soo Do artists in the country.

Master Hill opened Central Florida Karate Academy in June 2008 after relocating to Florida from Boston, MA.  His goal is to share his love of the art of Tang Soo Do with a new generation of students.