WHITE TIGER INSTRUCTORS
Master Michael White
Michael White took his first lesson in Korean TaeKwonDo in 1982 at age 12, after taking a beating by three bullies on a school bus. His first teachers were Michael Totten and Don Smith of Master In Mook Kim. This instruction gave Mike a love for martial arts that has lasted throughout his life. In 1987, he began instruction with Grand Master In Shik Kim, his lifelong mentor, and joined the WTF and WTU. Mr. White, then became interested in Japanese martial arts and received a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate for Self Defense from Master Takashi Kosugi and founded the Wayne State College Karate Club in 1990. Mike taught courses in self-defense, women's assault prevention, and traditional Asian martial arts. He remained head of instruction at Wayne State College until his graduation in 1992.
Due to the interest in the Martial Arts of Mrs. White, Mike returned to his study of Korean TaeKwonDo with Master In Shik Kim after college. Also at that time, he studied Japanese Shito-Ryu Karate under Masamichi Kishiku. He has since studied Judo recreationally with both John Tureau and Scott Tucker of the late Sensei Frankie Williams. He has been featured in both Martial Arts World and TaeKwonDo times magazines as well.
Master White is also an accomplished scholar. He holds both a Baccalaureate in Communication, Master of Science degree in education from Wayne State College and a Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota.
Master Mike Donahoo
Mike Donahoo is a 4th degree Junior Master in TaeKwonDo. He serves as the head instructor and special teams head coach at the White Tiger. His instruction began with Grand Master In Shik Kim in 1994 and has continued with Master Mike White since 2003. Master Donahoo also worked as a correctional officer at the Nebraska State correctional facility in Lincoln. At that time he studied both boxing and kickboxing.
His diverse background includes Judo study with Master Jae Ho Sim, Sensei Scott Tucker, and Sensei Johnny Tureaud. In 2007, Master Donahoo competed in the World Yong Moo Do championship in Yongin South Korea in which he won an international silver medal. In 2009, he was the Pan Am Games form competition International Silver Medalist. He was also the US Open National form champion at the USTC Hanmadang (world martial arts festival).
Master Brad Hultquist
Mr. Holquist is a 4th degree Junior Master black belt that began TaeKwonDo in 1981 with Michael Totten and Don Smith of Master In Mook Kim. He was the 1983 ATA National Champion in sparring and has also studied Gojo-Ryu Karate.
He joined the White Tiger staff in 2010. Most recently, he was the 2012 National Champion in form and a Bronze Medalist in Power Breaking at the USTC Hanmadang (world martial arts festival). Mr. Holquist serves as an instructor at our East Side location and co-coach of our special competition teams.
Instructor Yvonne Noyes
Yvonne Noyes is the After School and Summer Camp primary instructor. A second degree black belt, she also teaches various classes at our Sioux City locations. Ms. Noyes is also a multiple time US National Champion.