In 1992, Herb Perez achieved his dream. He entered the Olympic arena in Barcelona and won the United States’ only Gold Medal in the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo.
Through years of sacrifice and training which culminated in the realization of his Olympic dream, Perez learned the value of patience, determination and perseverance. “I was fortunate to wander into a martial arts school at a young age and learn valuable life-skills that taught me how to succeed in academics, sport, and life. I felt a need to share the lessons I had learned throughout my life with others,” states Perez.
His travels have seen him pay his own way through Rutgers Law School to obtain his Juris Doctorate. He added a Master Degree in Sport Organization Management from the International Olympic Committee’s program at the University of Lyon, France. Master Perez, was the only American selected in 2003 to attend this program. In 2003, Master Perez accepted the challenge to rebuild the Afghanistan Olympic Sports program. He traveled to the war-torn country to re-develop their sports programs. Perez remembers, “This was one of the most rewarding experiences I had in sport. These youngsters were passionate and undeterred. Sport was their hope for a future.”
Perez is no stranger to developing talent. Since 1986, he has been developing National and International Champions nation-wide. “I have been searching for a new home and have selected Foster City for our Gold Medal Martial Arts Center.” offers Perez. “Our programs build life-skills that create better citizens and help children achieve their goals.” Join the Adventure!
Perez’s dedication to the sport of Taekwondo is complete. He still trains daily and thinks about Taekwondo “constantly.” Herb says, “This sport teaches everything you need to succeed in life: patience, self-discipline, determination, perseverance. There are no excuses in the world of Taekwondo-it’s a very honest place to be. I always tell the students I teach, it’s not how you start but how you finish.” Every year since 1988, Perez has trained 25% to 30% of the men’s national winners. He is active in promoting the martial arts, conducting seminars, and training camps.
In demand as a teacher, coach, producer and seminar leader, Perez is also Director of International Projects for the Olympic Council of Asia. Most recently, he has been selected as Chairman of the Education Committee for the World Taekwondo Federation.
Michael’s bio coming soon
A 4th Degree Black Belt and a Level 1 Certified USAT Coach, Mr. McEuin is the Head Coach of Gold Medal’s Competitive Team. He’s been on the US National Team, a Collegiate National Champion and a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic training facility. While his most recent accomplishment is graduating from Cal Berkeley in Sociology, Jason has enjoyed Taekwondo success at all levels.
A 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo Mr. Stephen has also studied Modern Arnis and Kokoro Kai Jujitsu. He is the head coach of the Gold Medal competition poomsae team. In 20 years of martial arts he has competed in Olympic Taekwondo sparring and sport poomsae, locally and nationally.
At Hope College Stephen studied vocal music education. After graduating college in 2009, he decided to pursue teaching Taekwondo. Using the teaching skills he learned at Hope College, he aspires to help students to achieve in martial arts and life.
In 2006, Reina Perez, along with her husband Herb Perez, opened their first branch of Gold Medal Martial Arts in Foster City. Today, there are three locations: Foster City, Burlingame and Belmont. Reina Perez has been training in Taekwondo for 12 years and is a 1st degree Black Belt. She currently teaches group fitness classes at Gold Medal, including Kido, Cage Fitness and Body Sculpt. Her passion for fitness began in college and prompted her to become a group fitness instructor. As a busy mom of two children and helping manage 3 school locations, she knows how difficult it is to fit in a workout for working parents or busy professionals. Hence, her classes focus on challenging and efficient workouts with maximum results in a short amount of time.
Reina Perez is also a Doctor of Optometry and currently practices in Palo Alto part-time.
Mrs. Cha’s is the head fitness instructor at Gold Medal. Her passion for physical fitness began to develop after she began her journey as a mother. As a mother of three children, Jeannie understands the “crazy cycle.” She understands how emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion can lead someone to allow their physical fitness to slip through the cracks, which only leads to even more emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion, and on and on. Once she decided to end the “crazy cycle” she found that a focus on improving her physical fitness led to improvements in both her emotional and psychological make-up. Once she realized the impact this had in all facets of her life, she wanted to be able to serve others in helping make physical fitness a priority their lives.
Mrs. Cha has been participating in “Kido – The Life Energy Workout” for over three years. She has also been training under Master Herb Perez in Tae Kwon Do and Total Defense for almost four years
Mrs. Cha teaches “Cage Fitness” and “Kido,” and also assists/leads classes in both Tae Kwon Do and “Total Defense.” Her focus is to serve others to build a strong desire to develop and maintain a level of physical fitness that will strengthen all areas of their lives.
Ms. Keshia is a 4th degree blackbelt and Sri Lankan national team member who has been training in Tae Kwon Do since 1999. She has competed in various tournaments on a national and international level including:
2012 London Olympic Qualifiers, Bangkok – quarter finalist
2012 Sri Lankan National
Team qualifier – gold medal
2011 South Asian Games – gold medal
2010 Korean open – gold medal
2003 Junior Olympics – gold medal
Through her experiences Ms. Keshia has obtained years of knowledge in traditional and Olympic style Tae Kwon Do. Also, her bachelors degree in exercise and sports science from the University of San Francisco helps her to promote health and wellness to her students.
Daniel Sensei comes from a clear lineage in the tradition of Aikido training. He was first introduced to martial arts at age 12; he was exposed to various styles of Karate during his early years of training, but mostly focused on Shotokan Karate. Daniel Sensei first studied Aikido in Melbourne Australia with Michael Field Sensei, head of Iwama Ryu Aikido in Australia. Field Sensei studied Aikido under Morihiro Saito Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai, while living in Japan at the Aikido Founder’s dojo in Iwama, Japan between 1979 -1982. Morihiro Saito Shihan served his mentor, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, for 24 years as a direct disciple.
Daniel Sensei has had extended stays as a live-in student at the Aikido Founder’s dojo in Iwama; he still travels regularly to the Iwama dojo. He began instructing in 1998 and was in charge of one of the Field Aikido branches in Melbourne, Australia. He moved to San Francisco with his wife in 2002, and opened his Aikido school ‘Aikido by the Bay’. Daniel Sensei continues his commitment to teaching and disseminating Aikido in the same traditional way that he learned from his Sensei and at the Founder’s Dojo in Iwama, Japan.
During his 25-year professional career, Daniel Sensei has held positions in both Law Enforcement and in Corporate Security. During that time he had many opportunities to apply his martial arts skills and experience during real life events to resolve conflict in tense situations
|Dr. Geddis started Taekwondo as a graduate student at Stanford in 1989, and she ultimately became the lead student instructor of the Stanford Taekwondo program. She has been a 3rd Degree Black Belt since 1997, and received a Blue Belt in Gracie/Brazilian Jiujitsu from the Gracie Academy in Torrance. On the competitive side, she has competed at various local, regional and national events. She was the 1993 California Poomsae Champion and National silver medalist, 1993 Cal-Berkeley lightweight sparring champion, 1993 California lightweight sparring champion and a quarterfinalist at Nationals in sparring. Dr. Geddis has degrees in engineering and medicine (orthopedic surgery).|
Dr. Sung began his martial arts training in Shotokan Karate (Funakoshi Shotokan Association), trained under Sensei Joeseph Piamonte at Arodan’s Karate School in San Francisco and was an assistant instructor there. He has competed in and holds titles in various local and regional competitions in Karate and currently assists Mr. McEuin in training the Gold Medal Competition Team with a major emphasis in traditional forms.
He is fortunate to have his cousin, Mrs. Perez, marry Master Perez and soon came under his tutelage in Taekwondo. Dr. Sung is a Certified Level 1 USA Taekwondo Coach in Olympic Training methods and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo under Master Perez. His son is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo, his daughter is in the children’s program, and his wife trains in the KiDo program.
Dr. Sung is a Doctor of Chiropractic and practices in Belmont and San Francisco.