Master Kozak began her martial arts journey at age 9 and has been teaching Soo
Bahk Do for the better part of the last 28 years. She is currently a 6th Dan Master Instructor
certified by the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.
She is also a member of the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame since 1987 as the female competitor of the year.
Her work as a martial artist and instructor has been featured in national magazines such as Marie Claire.
She was selected by guest editor Demi Moore to be featured along with three other women as national examples
of women in athletics. Click
here to read the article. She is a past national and world champion in martial arts competitions and was
selected in 1995 as a member of the United States demonstration team for a presentation to a worldwide
audience in Seoul, South Korea. She currently serves as the Regional Examiner for martial artists seeking
black belt or higher level certification from the four state region comprising Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.
She has been an instructor in the martial arts, to both children and adult students, for more than 25 years.
She has a B.A. in psychology from Cleveland State University and a post graduate certification as a surgical technologist.
*To obtain her master instructor status, she was required to attend an 8-day intensive training seminar along with other
elite martial artists. Her first such seminar attendance was in 1994. Since that time, she has attended that 8-day
seminar in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Jo Kyo Knotts is currently a 3rd Dan Junior Instructor certified by the United
States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. She has been studying Soo Bahk Do
along with her daughter Beth, a 2nd Dan, under Sa Bom Nim Kozak for the
last 14 years here at the Moo Duk Kwan Center. She has been certified as a
junior instructor (Jo Kyo) for the last 3 years since her promotion
to the rank of 2nd Dan.