Master Instructor: Heath Fonnest
Instructor Heath Fonnest has been in the martial arts for over 26 years and holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. At age 17 Fonnest took over a Tae Kwon Do studio for his instructor Mr. Dan Chamberlin. Ever since then, Fonnest has made teaching and instructing a big part of his life. In Fonnest’s words, “Tae Kwon Do is not just a hobbie or sport but A WAY OF LIFE!”
While studying and teaching Tae Kwon Do, Fonnest began to follow in the footsteps of his past instructors into the Kickboxing ring; with Tae Kwon Do being his foundation, Kickboxing became second nature. Fonnest quickly became an elite amateur Kickboxer and entered the Kickboxing Professional Ranks where he fought for a few years before taking time off to spend with his growing family. After a 2 year hiatus from the ring he decided it was time return to the ring. Fonnest took on Mark Streator Ranked #3 in the world and #1 in the U.S. for the IKF Light Welter Weight United States Title. The 10 round fight was a dominate performance with Fonnest winning every round putting Fonnest in line for a shot at the WORLD TITLE. This shot came with just months after winning the US Title. Fonnest’s opponent was Stacy Gosden out of Hove, England. Again Fonnest dominated this 12 round bout winning a convincing decision to bring the IKF Super Light Weight WORLD TITLE to its new home at North Branch Tae Kwon Do & Kickboxing.
Through out the years Instructor Heath Fonnest has built a family type atmosphere where all ages can learn, workout and have fun! Our second to none 6,000sq. ft. facility has two huge open training floors, and a seating areas to watch classes from.
- To provide martial arts training that encourages personal growth and development for each individaul student at his or her own pace, emphasizing both physical and mental conditioning
- To uphold standards of excellence that inspire students to see beyond their current potential and reach new levels of personal success by setting goals and achieving them, builiding character, and improving confidence and self-esteem.
- To instill traditional martial arts values of respect, descipline, honor, loyalty, family, and courage; building leadership skills and social accountability.
- To provide an environment that supports each student on their martial arts journey toward discovering and claiming their own personal power from within and teaching the discipline and self-control to take responsibility for that power