WORLD TAEKWONDO ACADEMY - COON RAPIDS / ANDOVER

3015 Coon Rapids Blvd. | Coon Rapids, MN 55433

The Coon Rapids/Andover location is conveniently located on Coon Rapids Blvd NW next to The Dollar Store. The DoJang features over 3400 sq. ft including a study/after school room, large training room, parent viewing area, WiFi, complimentary coffee, and more!


Master James Franklin

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Birthday: August 8th
Place of Birth:
 Fort Campbell, Kenttucky
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Drawing, Motorcycles, Quality Family Time, Coaching, Traveling, and Training.

Master James Franklin, owner and instructor at the Coon Rapids Dojang, grew up in a military household all over the world. As an "Army Brat" he got to sample martial arts in different parts of the world - Japan, Kentucky and Germany. In 1994, he watched a demonstration at a mall in Mankato, Minnesota and a week later he was in uniform and hooked for life. Since then, he has trained himself to be the best role model he can be. This helps him teach martial arts and discipline while letting his personality shine to promote a friendly, family atmosphere at his school.

Master Franklin believes in teaching enjoyable, high energy classes and goes the extra mile to make his students and their families welcome at his dojang. Come and see how his classes stand out from the rest and why so many people are training at the World TaeKwonDo Academy! 

Master Franklin's Accomplishments:

  • Certified 5th degree black belt
  • Level 2 USAT Certified Coach
  • USA Taekwondo Certified Referee
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • CPR Certified
  • Level 2 National Security Alliance Kid-Safe Agent
  • National Level Athlete / National Level Coach

2015 

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion

2013

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion

2012

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion

2010

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion

2009

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion

2008

  • Ultra - U.S. National Heavyweight Champion
  • U.S. Nationals Elite Lightweight Silver Medalist

2005

  • U.S. Nationals Ultra Lightweight Champion

2004

  • WTA Instructor of the Year
  • MN State Lightweight Gold Medalist

2003

  • MN State Lightweight Gold Medalist
  • U.S. Nationals Quarterfinalist

2002

  • Puerto Rico Open Gold Medalist
  • MN State Lightweight Gold Medalist

2001

  • MN State Lightweight Silver Medalist

2000

  • MN State Lightweight Silver Medalist

1999

  • U.S. Nationals Forms Bronze Medalist
  • MN State Championships Gold Medalist

1998

  • MN State Championships Gold Medalist

1998

  • MN State Championships Gold Medalist

Mr. Matthew Wickstrom - Instructor

3rd degree

"I wanted to be just like a power ranger, so I started as a little Dragon when I was 5 years old."

  • 8 year Weapons and Demo Team Member
  • Captain of Coon Rapids Weapons and Demo team.
  • Has a LOVE for science and plays a killer saxophone.

Ms. Kelly Harrington - Instructor

2nd Dan Black Belt

Have been studying taekwondo for 19 years.

Hobbies: gardening, fishing and reading.

Mr. Paul Modica - Instructor

Birthday: December 13th
Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Traveling

Accomplishments
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • C-2 Certified Referee

Mr. Radovan Duvnjak - Instructor

2nd Dan Black Belt

"I joined taekwondo 10 years ago to practice with my son and it grew to be an enjoyable part of my life!"

Hobbies: Hunting, ATVs

Ms. Kelly Wittmann - Office Manager

1st Dan Black Belt

"I joined taekwondo for an activity to do with my children. Stayed for the challenges and fitness it gives me!"

Hobbies or personal interests: I love being with my family, baking treats to share, and reading when I have time!

Ruby Schlegel - Instructor

Birthday: October 12th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Snowboarding, jiu-jitsu, drawing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends

Accomplishments
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Peak Poomsae Team
  • WTA National Demo Team
  • WTA Coon Rapids Demo Team
  • 7 Time Tournament Grandchampion Winner
  • D-1 Referee
  • 2 Blue Bar in Jiu-jitsu
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievements Winner - American Champions Taekwondo Series in 14-17 Black Belt Divison

Jr. Leader - Alexis Welch

Birthday: June 17th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Spending time with Family and Friends

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • PEAK Poomsae Team
  • 4 Time Tournament Poomsae Grandchampion
  • WTA Demo Team

Jr. Leader - Braiden Palmer

Birthday: March 12th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Kayaking, Flute and Gymnastics

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • WTA National Demo Team
  • WTA National Weapons Team
  • 2015 Hanmadang Nationals Breaking Gold Medalist
  • 2015 Hanmadang Nationals Medalist in Poomsae and Weapons

Jr. Leader - Grace Sanders

Birthday: July 28th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Bowling, Drawing, Fishing, Swimming, filming for YouTube Channel, and spending time with Family and Friends.

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • WTA Coon Rapids Demo Team
  • WTA Weapons Team
  • 2012 Student of the year

Jr. Leader - Isaac Franklin

Birthday: June 13th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Kumdo, Reading

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • WTA National Sparring Team
  • 2010 USAT Nationals Weapons Gold Medalist
  • 2011 USAT Nationals Weapons Gold Medalist
  • 2011 USAT Nationals Sparring Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 TLC Athlete of the Year

Jr. Leader - Bronson Palmer

Birthday: October 20th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Kumdo, Kayaking, Piano and Fishing

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • WTA National Demo Team
  • WTA National Weapons Team
  • 2015 Hanmadang Nationals Weapons Gold Medalist 

Jr. Leader - Tyler Wittmann

Birthday: January 27th
Place of Birth: MN
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Kumdo, doing magic tricks, fishing, and travel

Accomplishments
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • WTA National Sparring Team
  • WTA Coon Rapids Demo Team
  • 2012 USAT Nationals Silver Poomsae Medalist
  • 2012 USAT Nationals Bronze Sparring Medalist
  • 2014 USAT Nationals Sparring Gold Medalist
  • 2014 TLC Athlete of the Year

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