Master Instructor Terry Batch is a 8th degree black belt, an Internationally Certified Instructor and a Class A International Umpire, as well as the owner and president of Taekwon-Do Training Centers. Chief Instructor Emily Batch is a 5th degree black belt and also holds International Instructor certification and is certified as a Class A International Umpire. The husband and wife teaching team has taught since 1970 in the Saginaw Valley area, beginning as instructors at Delta College in 1970 when Taekwon-Do was new to the United States.
As pioneers to the art, they have been leaders in bringing Taekwon-Do to this community and many others. In 1970 they began teaching at the Midland Community Center and founded Taekwon-Do Training Centers, the first martial art instruction offered in the city of Midland. In 1984, Master Terry Batch obtained his 4th Degree Black Belt; with the International Taekwon-Do Federation. They each also hold Black Belt ranks with Taekwon-Do Training Centers, United States International Taekwon -Do Federation and The International Taekwon-Do Federation.
As a master martial artist, Master Terry Batch is best known for his innovative board breaking demonstrations, often showcasing unprecedented new breaks. Emily is known for creating a women’s self-defense program designed to teach simple, easy to learn techniques that can save lives. Both Terry and Emily are award-winning performers of patterns and sparring, exhibiting speed, agility, grace, and power.
Terry and Emily are renowned as outstanding instructors, sharing their love of Taekwon-Do with thousands of students over the past 45 years. They have produced over (200) two hundred 1st degree black belts, many of which have advanced to Senior Black Belt ranks. The Batch’s also teach women’s self defense and give demonstrations to schools, boy scouts, senior citizens, women’s groups, and others. Their enthusiastic teaching style and dedication to students of all ages has inspired many to be their best in every area of their own lives.
Both Terry and Emily have trained with Master Choi Jung Hwa (son of General Choi, the creator of Taekwon-Do) and with Master Robert N. Wheatley, President of the United States International Taekwon-Do Federation and chairman of the ITF Promotions Committee as well as many of the world’s top Master Instructors.
Master Terry Batch received personal invitations from the late General Choi Hong Hi himself; “The Father of Taekwon-Do", training with him, an honor few experience.
HALL OF FAME
In 2004, Master Terry Batch was honored by being inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame; the first martial artist ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
You can visit the display at the Great Lakes Loons baseball diamond in Midland, Michigan