Arizona Dragons Olympic Taekwondo Training Center is owned and operated by Master Miguel Paredes, head coach of Team Dragons.
Coach Miguel Paredes has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. After he graduated from college in 2001, Coach Miguel Paredes started his law enforcement career. He has been in law enforcement since then serving our community by providing public safety.
Coach Miguel Paredes began his martial arts career at the age of 16 after moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic.
He obtained his first and second degree black belt in Sipal-Ki-Do under Master Jose Luis Cademartori (4th Dan in Sipal-Ki-Do, black belt in Sport Jiu-Jitsu and Brizilian Vale Tudo).
Coach Miguel Paredes holds his first, second and third degree black belt in Taekwondo (WTF) under Seventh degree black belt and World Martial Arts Hall of Famer Grand Master Gregory V. Glover.
Coach Miguel Paredes received his 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo (WTF) from Grand Master William C. Ergle and Master David Lehmkuhl in 2011.
Additionally Coach Miguel Paredes is:
- A certified North American Sipal-Ki-Do instructor
- A former student of Marcelo Mello, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rayler Gracie
- A former John Jay College Taekwondo Team captain and competitor
- A former Team X-CEL member and assistant coach to Master Fredrick Ryon
- A state, national Olympic Teakwondo competitor
- Arizona State AAU Director
- A certified USAT and AAU coach
- CPR and First AID Certified
- USAT Level I Coach
- USAT Certified Referee
Master Ryon Frederick is a 5th degree Black Belt and a former member of the US Taekwondo Team and an International and National Champion. He served as a resident Athlete at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the 2009 US Coach of the year with numerous athletes on the US Taekwondo Team.
Coach Miguel Paredes has dedicated the past seventeen years to teaching Silpaki-DO, Olympic Taekwondo and Self Defense throughout New York, Florida and Arizona.
As an instructor and coach, Coach Miguel Paredes is committed to providing quality martial arts instruction to every student and athlete, but more importantly teaching self respect, respect to others, and providing a family oriented program. Coach Miguel Paredes and all the Arizona Dragons Olympic Taekwondo Training Center Instructors and staff are committed to providing an elite Olympic Taekwondo training and Martial Arts experience. Arizona Dragons emphasizes discipline and respect throughout every class and competition.
We look forward to providing the best martial arts experience to you and your family!
444 WEST MAIN STREET
MESA, ARIZONA 85201