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Staff

Our Staff

Coach Lionel Lee, Co-Founder/Alumni Liaison

“If you want to learn a martial art, there are lots of places you can go. If you want to be part of a family, come to Yi Sport.” Coach Lee served as Head Coach at Yi Sport for nearly 20 years before passing the torch on to his son, Coach Khalil. His passion […]

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Coach Sara Gray, Co-Founder/Women’s Coach

“The Women’s Class has always included passionate women of all ages and sizes, and it brings me joy every time I step in to teach.” If Coach Lee is the heart of the school, then Coach Sara is the backbone. From the beginning, her levity, patience, strength, and fierce loyalty to the community have […]

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Coach Khalil Lee Butler, Head Coach

“Taekwondo is difficult, which makes it perfect for showings kids what they are capable of.” Coach Khalil’s instruction is grounded in a lifelong dedication to and love for Taekwondo, which he has been teaching for nearly a decade. Yi Sport students love Coach Khalil for his calm and patient demeanor, and they trust him […]

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Coach Chris Xie, Assistant Coach

“Taekwondo is tons of fun! You’ll meet fantastic people and make friends for life.” Coach Chris insists that kids give it their all; if your children come home complaining that their calves are sore, he’s probably the one to thank! Under the tutelage of world-renowned Master Brian Singer of World Taekwondo Center, Chris quickly […]

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Trish Louie, Black Belt/Substitute Coach

“Taekwondo is for everybody. There’s no one who can’t benefit.”  When Trish first came to Yi Sport over a decade ago at the age of 13, she was only there to watch her brother. “Then I became obsessed,” Trish jokes. Now a 1st Dan black belt, Trish went to team trials for the Youth […]

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Haley Smith, Black Belt/Substitute Coach

“Yi Sport changed me from a tiny little kid who didn’t have a lot of confidence to a nationally ranked fighter.” Haley has been training since age 4 and has been nationally ranked #2 or #3 in her division for several years running. She was selected in 2016 as Best Female Athlete at the […]

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Norea Hoeft, Volunteer Executive

“Yi Sport makes my kids be nice to me.” Norea is honored to lend her expertise in business administration, marketing, and fundraising to Yi Sport! Contact her about tuition, class registration, membership policies, volunteering, sponsorships, and community partnerships. Norea is also a white belt who aspires to be half as good at Taekwondo as […]

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Nanette Fuerte, Competition Liaison

“I love our village.” Nanette has been with Yi Sport as a parent since 2011 and enjoys the time she spends not only helping the school, but being part of her son’s Taekwondo journey. By building strong relationships with Yi Sport families through open communication, planning, and organization for the Competition Team, Nanette is […]

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