Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Taekwondo and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. Here are a few of American Martial Arts Academy's instructors and other staff members, starting with Joanne Nelson:


Kwan Jang Nim Joanne Nelson

(Kwan Jang Nim/7th Dan)
Master Joanne Nelson has been studying and/or teaching Martial Arts since 1980. She currently holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a First Degree Black Belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu, and is Instructor certified in Inayan Eskrima/Kadina De Mano, Sinawalli, and Larga Mano. Ms. Nelson has taught self defense to many different organizations for the past 20 years. Ms. Nelson believes that self defense should be taught with realism and has recently introduced the EZ Self Defense curriculum into the core curriculum at American Martial Arts Academy.
Ms. Nelson recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and tailors the programs to meet the needs of each student while upholding the values, standards, and tradition of Tae Kwon Do. Ms. Nelson continues extensive training in T'ai Chi and Yoga practice.
Ms. Nelson believes that no one should be excluded from Tae Kwon Do because of physical or mental challenges. Tae Kwon Do can be effective in making these challenges less emphasized, while encouraging the individual to discover and triumph in their strengths.

 Bo Sabum Nim Ken Appel

 Mr. Ken Appel has been studying Martial Arts since 1995.  He currently holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a First Degree Black Belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu, and is Instructor certified in Inayan Eskrima.  Mr. Appel is also a certified Bulletman and Trainer for the Wisconsin FAST Defense Association. 

Jyoti Bratz

Jyoti Bratz has been teaching Yoga since 1980.  She began her training under Shri Swami Rama.  She has remarkable knowledge and teaching aptitude along with her experience.  Jyoti has spent countless hours honing and perfecting her Yoga skills.  She has a philosophy that Yoga is for everyone's benefit.  She teaches a restorative class and also a flow class.

For more information about the American Martial Arts Academy staff or training programs, please contact us at 920-787-4222 or by clicking here.