OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Steven J. Peterson

David B. Billing

Sean Cullen

Jay Stohl

Ruth McLaughlin

Laura Flaherty

Fred Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you train at North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do you join a school with dedicated and experienced instructors that have been serving the community since 1988.
 
With a direct and short lineage to the founder of the art of Soo Bahk Do you will be training with instructors that have trained personally with the founder of the art. Our instructors have a combined 140 years of Soo Bahk Do experience and are committed to quality instruction throughout your training experience.

Meet Our Instructors:

Master Instructor Steven Peterson, 6th Dan, 28 years Soo Bahk Do experience Master Instructor David B. Billings, 6th Dan, 25 years Soo Bahk Do experience Master Instructor Sean Cullen, 4th Dan, 28 years Soo Bahk Do experience
Master Instructor Jay Stohl, 4th Dan, 20 years Soo Bahk Do experience
Certified Instructor Ruth McLaughlin, 4th Dan, 15 years Soo Bahk Do experience
Certified Instructor Laura Flaherty, 3rd Dan, 12 years Soo Bahk Do experience
Certified Instructor Fred Jenkins, 2nd Dan, 11 years Soo Bahk Do experience

Steven J. Peterson Rank: 6th Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Sa Bom (Master Instructor)
Dan Number: 26946

Master Peterson began his Soo Bahk Do career in 1983.  He co-founded North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do in 1988, where he has been teaching and training ever since.  He is a student of Master Lawrence Seiberlich, the founder of the Minnesota Soo Bahk Do (formerly Tang Soo Do) Association.  Master Peterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. When not in the studio, Master Peterson is an avid outdoorsman.  His passions are skiing and rock climbing, though any outdoor adventure will do.  He has three children, all of whom have trained in Soo Bahk Do.  His oldest son is a Sam Dan (3rd degree black belt).

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David B. Billings Rank: 6th Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Sa Bom (Master Instructor)
Dan Number: 28976

Master Billings trained for two years in Tae Kwon Do before discovering Soo Bahk Do in 1986, where he has been training ever since.  He is a student of Master Lawrence Seiberlich, and one of two Regional Examiner for the state of Minnesota/Region 7.  In addition to Soo Bahk Do, has studied Tai Chi Ch’uan for 18 years.  Master Billings has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, Master Billings enjoys camping and most other outdoor activities.  He has two children, both of whom have trained in Soo Bahk Do.

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Sean Cullen Rank: 4th Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Sa Bom (Master Instructor)
Dan Number: 26950

Master Cullen began his Soo Bahk Do journey in 1983.  In 1988, he co-founded North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do with Master Peterson.  Master Cullen is a student of Master Lawrence Seiberlich.  In addition to teaching at North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do, he teaches a course in Soo Bahk Do at North Hennepin Community College.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. When not teaching or training in Soo Bahk Do, Master Cullen loves almost all outdoor adventures. He is also a State Certified Firefighter and a Certified Emergency Medical Responder.  In addition, he enjoys watching his five children participate in a variety of different activities.  All of Master Cullen’s kids have trained in Soo Bahk Do.

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Jay Stohl Rank: 4th Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Sa Bom (Master Instructor)
Dan Number: 35178

Master Stohl has studied Soo Bahk Do since 1991, under the instruction of Master Peterson.  He is the current coach of the Region 7 Sparring team, before which he led the Region 7 Sparring team to six consecutive National championships. Master Stohl has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  In addition to Soo Bahk Do, Master Stohl has studied Jiu Jitsu and kick boxing. He enjoys traveling, water skiing, snow boarding and camping. He has a son who also trains in Soo Bahk Do.

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Ruth McLaughlin Rank: 4th Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Kyo Sa (Certified Instructor)
Dan Number: 38420

Master McLaughlin began her Soo Bahk Do training in 1995.  She is a student of Master Lawrence Seiberlich. Master McLaughlin is also a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and she studies Tai Chi as well. Master McLaughlin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  In her free time, Master McLaughlin enjoys reading, playing ice hockey, crafts, genealogy and almost any Swedish American or Irish American activity.

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Laura Flaherty Rank: 3rd Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Kyo Sa Nim (Certified Instructor)
Dan Number: 43381

Ms. Flaherty has studied Soo Bahk Do since 1999, under the instruction of Master Peterson.  In addition to Soo Bahk Do, Ms. Flaherty has studied Tai Chi for a number of years. She has a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, K-12 Teaching License, and has been an Autism Specialist for over 20 years. 
Ms. Flaherty enjoys photography, gardening and almost any outdoor activity.  She has one daughter, who is a Cho Dan (1st degree black belt) in Soo Bahk Do.

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Fred Jenkins Rank: 2nd Dan (degree black belt)
Instructor Certification: Kyo Sa (Certified Instructor)
Dan Number: 43384

Mr. Jenkins has over ten years experience in Soo Bahk Do.  He is a student of Master Peterson. In addition to his teaching and training at North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do, he teaches a course at North Hennepin Community College. He is currently preparing for his 3rd Dan test. When not training in Soo Bahk Do, Mr. Jenkins is an avid photographer.  He also enjoys camping and hiking every chance he gets.  Mr. Jenkins has three children, two of which have trained in Soo Bahk Do.

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