TIFTON – Master Mitchell Church, Head Coach of the Academy of Performing Martial Arts and sixth-level black belt was named Coach of the Year by the American Taekwondo Association.
The honor was announced by Li Shunhe during the final game of the 2022 season in Atlanta, organizers said in a statement. The award is voted on by a group of senior masters in the Southeastern United States.
“The church is the clear winner for more than 100 ATA schools in Alabama, Georgia and Florida,” organizers said. “This makes it possible for him to be selected as the ATA International Coach of the Year. This will be announced at the World Championships in July 2022.”
Church has been a member of the American Taekwondo Association for 37 years. Under his tutelage, he has cultivated top marriage artists with multiple world-class titles, 114 district titles and 412 state titles.
“It is an honor and a humbling experience to be recognized as our district’s Coach of the Year. Our district is known for the highest standards it sets for its teachers,” Church said.
“The church is proud to thank Master Li Shunhe, ATA’s highest-ranking mentor, and his direct mentor, Chief Master Scott Stover, for their leadership and guidance for 37 years,” said the organizers.
Church quickly realized that this honor would not have been possible without his faith in God and love for his wife and family.
Church also acknowledged that this would not have been possible without the assistance of his leadership team and the support of the Performance Marital Arts Academy family.
Mitchell Church is a lifelong resident of Statenville. He is active in Echols County. He is in his second term on the Echols County Board of Education. He is the director of operations for the baseball and basketball programs for the Echols County Parks and Recreation Department. He is active at the Statenville Church of God, coordinating the Men’s Fellowship program.
Church’s Art of Marriage program is known for the excellence he promotes for students of all ages. Organizers say his program encourages students to respect others, younger and older.
“His curriculum encouraged students to respect their parents, achieve good grades and do household chores with a positive attitude,” they added. “For both young and adult students, he instilled loyalty, honor, courtesy, respect, perseverance, integrity and self-control. Black belt quality.
“He has a reputation for being selfless and is often seen putting the interests of others ahead of his own. If anyone in the community happens to see the Master of the Church, please shake hands and congratulate him. We are proud to have such a remarkable man Help develop leadership skills in our children and adults in the Taekwondo/Valdosta/Tifton/Statenville community.”
The Performance Marital Arts Academy is located at 1337 Baytree Road, Valdosta, (229) 506-8777 and 255 Brumby Way, Tifton, (229) 472-3843.
Church plans to test his seventh black belt in 2024.