Master Garret Olgin
Being the youngest person in my family, I would watch martial art movies with my older brother. I was always fascinated how one person would have the courage to stand up to many. When I was 4 years old, I began to feel a sense of confidence in me by the respect people gave me. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to do something who helped others. When I was a teenager I faced my first obstacle. I was diagnosed with having Epilepsy. I was told that I cannot pursue any career in law enforcement. Feeling down, I spoke with my father and instructor. I was told that everything negative can be a positive if you open your eyes wide enough to see it. When I was 19 years old, my closest friend and I founded A&G Martial Arts. We would make it our goal to change every boy and girls life that stepped on our mat. By teaching life skills through Tae Kwon Do. I have shared my experiences with all of my students to help guide them through all of their growing pains and to give them confidence in themselves.
Master Adam Page
As a child, I attended Pinecrest Schools and was always, “high energy.” My parents enrolled me in Tae Kwon Do in the hopes of providing balance and discipline. It did and I used those attributes to become a fierce competitor in high school sports and that transitioned to many Tae Kwon Do tournament titles. I have received numerous martial arts awards and accolades including ones directly from the President of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. I continue to strive for the best and instill confidence in every child! My philosophy in teaching is firm, but fair. Understanding that every child is different, I try to get the most out of them, regardless of ability. I have been working with children all my life, from the YMCA to Campbell to Pinecrest Schools. My teaching highlights is to have coached several athletes to Jr. Olympic status and beyond.
Instructor Lucas Ladek
I’ve been with the Tae Kwon Do program since I started in Kindergarten at the now closed Pinecrest Schools at the age of 5. I have been in Pinecrest since I was in Pre-K all the way till 8th grade and because of my time in Pinecrest I was able to do what I love to do. My experience in TKD took me some time to reach my achievement in being a Black Belt which required lots of perseverance, integrity, self-control, and indomitable spirit. I’m currently a 3rd degree black belt and currently on my 4th year teaching TKD. I have about 15 medals in both State and National tournaments of sparring: 9 Gold, 3 Silver, and 3 Bronze medals. The road for me was not easy but with constant training and dedication, it allowed me to fulfill my role as an instructor to be able to pass along the teachings that I have learned to the students I train with. I’m currently attending CSUN.
Instructor Elijah Babcock
Being in the A&G Martial Arts program for over a decade, I have always enjoyed Tae Kwon Do. I was always the type of person to help kids younger than me. Whether it was on or off the mat, I would try to inspire kids by setting a good example. When I was in middle school, I would help kids. Off the mat, I would help elementary students with their homework and always be of service. On the mat, I would help the lower belts on their techniques, from gymnastics to forms. In my high school years, I would always come after school to one of the studios, Pinecrest Northridge, to help the newer generation of students. Even during the summer, when I would work summer camp at Pinecrest Northridge, I would still suit up and help teach Tae Kwon Do after summer camp ended for the day. When Pinecrest Northridge closed. I would go over to the Woodland Hills campus and help over there. I have learned a lot throughout the years working with kids. Knowing the kids and what they are capable of, I have and always will make it my duty to not only inspire the kids, but train them to reach their full potential, whether it is inside or outside the studio.