Meet our active adult Black Belts.
Iron Dragon Martial Arts is proudly led by Grandmaster Mickens. In addition, we have many other talented black belt adults who lead in class instruction. We also have many junior black belt assistants. However, all of our classes have an adult Black Belt on the floor at all times.
Grandmaster Mickens is a strong leader. All the instructors work hard to bring out the best in each student, through repetition as well as a lot of individual mentoring.
Grandmaster MickensFounder / Black Belt 8th Degree
Grandmaster Mickens began training with his mentor, Grandmaster S. R. Moreland in 1976. He has earned black belts in TaeKwonDo, Hopkido & HoShinDo. Through the years he has won many local, Regional and National Championships including Grand Champion at the American International Tournament. Most recently he was inducted into the 2015 Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. His goal is to share his vast knowledge and experience with every student. Starting with basic martial arts physical & mental techniques each student is taught at their own pace. With each achievement their foundation grows stronger and the addition of real world self-defense is added. Grandmaster Mickens believes in and lives by the tenets of martial arts. Most important is the appreciation of the many parents for his mentoring their children with his patience, perseverance, preciseness, and kindness.
Master RaperInstructor / Black Belt 6th Degree
Master Raper has trained under Grandmaster Mickens for 20+ years. With a serious commitment to martial arts, he became a great mentor for teens and young adults. Through his aggressive style and humble attitude he has greatly influenced the techniques training. His support and encouragement are an invaluable asset to IDMA.
Master DyerInstructor / Black Belt 6th Degree
Master Dyer has been training under Grandmaster Mickens since 1994. He earned a black belt in Ho Shin Do before changing to TaeKwonDo in 2001. He specializes in working with new students and focusing on the basics of stance, control and technique. Master Dyer is a professional artist and does all of our logos, murals and graphics. His artwork can be seen on-line at castpaper.com
Master HollowayInstructor / Black Belt 6th Degree
Master Holloway is a 17 year veteran of the US Air Force and lifetime martial artist. Beginning in 1973 with the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do style and earning his first BlackBelt in 1976 under Grand Master William L. Phillips in Washington, D.C. In 2002 he began training/instructing with Grand Master Jimmie L. Mickens. He has won many national and international championships and was the founder of the Kennesaw State University Martial Arts program in 2014. Master Holloway was honored at the 2015 Korean Martial Arts Master's Hall of Fame as an Ambassador of Martial Arts and he continues to be a valuable source of knowledge and experience with the IDMA family.
Master OpazoInstructor / Black Belt 5th Degree
Master Opazo is a valuable role model, and source of information exemplifying the true warrior spirit of the arts. His humble attitude resonates very well with our students and he is always willing to share his knowledge and skill. He is a native of Chile where he studied Kempo Karate with Shihon Arturo Pettit and Goju Ryu under Sensei Enzo Ramirez and trained for the Chile Olympic team. He came to the US in 1989 and is a US Air Force Veteran. He began training with Grand Master Jimmie L. Mickens in 1991. After earning 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ho Shin Do he continued to expand his knowledge in other martial arts (Kung Fu, Mui Tai, Kick Boxing, TaeKwonDo). He is a 5 time U.S. Kumite Heavy Weight Champion. Master Opazo was honored at the 2015 Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame as an Ambassador of martial arts.
Master RumleyInstructor / Black Belt 4th Degree
Carla began as a student of Grand Master Mickens in 1992. Her original training began in the martial art systems of Choi Kwang Do, Ho Shin Do, Hapkido self-defense and weapons attack defense. After taking a short break and changing to Taekwondo she rejoined the IDMA family taking over the management duties. Carla is a current NFPT Certified Personal Trainer and former (1984 - 1993) Competitive Power Lifter with many local, state, regional and national awards. She is also the Master Martial Arts Professor at Kennesaw State University. She has a love for fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and strives to help each student learn, grow and develop to the best of their physical and mental ability.
Master FinchInstructor / Black Belt 4th Degree
Master John Finch is a 10+ year veteran of the United States Army. He began training at Iron Dragon Martial Arts in 2009 and has studied martial art history to get a better understanding of proper movement techniques and use. He has been instructing since January 2012 and shares his knowledge and skills with all students. He has also studied Kali with Guru Arnold, Guru Ron Baliki and GM Victor Gendrano. Master Finch has competed in many tournaments such as: Battle of Atlanta, All Korean Martial Arts Forms Championships, Global Gateway Open Junior Cup Martial Arts Championships, Roman Tae Kwon Do Classic, and the Master Kiker's tournament. Master Finch volunteers in his community having earned the United States President's Volunteer Award (Gold) for the past 5 years. He is involved with the AT&T Telecom Pioneers as Peachtree Council President, Children of the Red Feather / Intertribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE) as President, and AT&T Southeast Veteran's Group.
Jalyn CroftInstructor / Black Belt 3rd Degree
Jalyn Croft started training martial arts in 2001 at the age of 8. She earned her first black belt in Ho Shin Do karate in 2005. She then began training at Iron Dragon under Grand Master Mickens and is currently a third degree black belt in ITF Taekwondo. Jalyn is a WKC national champion and WKC world champion in Korean forms and continues to compete regularly in local, national, and world competitions. Jalyn is currently a student at Georgia State University and is studying business management.
Christina GrassoInstructor / Black Belt 3rd Degree
Christina began training at IDMA in 2005. She strongly believes all girls / women should train in martial arts and know how to protect themselves. Christina has also trained in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Atienza Kali (Filipino weapons), boxing and MMA.
Mark CobbInstructor / Black Belt 3rd Degree
Mark Cobb began training at IDMA in 2007 with his two teenage children: Max and Amanda. He now does a beginners basic instruction class weekly. Mister Cobb is determined to help our youngest members develop into strong well established teenagers. He has taught primary school for more than 20 years and has a PhD in Early Childhood Education.
Georgia CooperInstructor / Black Belt 2nd Degree
Georgia began training as a student of Grandmaster Mickens at Iron Dragon in 2008. She became interested after watching her 2 sons Michael and Nicholas train. Georgia is very passionate about the art of self-defense and strives to teach others how to defend themselves.