Michael White took his first lesson in Korean TaeKwonDo in 1982 at age 12, after taking a beating by three bullies on a school bus. His first teachers were Michael Totten and Don Smith of Master In Mook Kim. This instruction gave Mike a love for martial arts that has lasted throughout his life. In 1987, he began instruction with Grand Master In Shik Kim, his lifelong mentor, and joined the WTF and WTU. Mr. White, then became interested in Japanese martial arts and received a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate for Self Defense from Master Takashi Kosugi and founded the Wayne State College Karate Club in 1990. Mike taught courses in self-defense, women's assault prevention, and traditional Asian martial arts. He remained head of instruction at Wayne State College until his graduation in 1992.
Due to the interest in the Martial Arts of Mrs. White, Mike returned to his study of Korean TaeKwonDo with Master In Shik Kim after college. Also at that time, he studied Japanese Shito-Ryu Karate under Masamichi Kishiku. He has since studied Judo recreationally with both John Tureau and Scott Tucker of the late Sensei Frankie Williams. He has been featured in both Martial Arts World and TaeKwonDo times magazines as well.
Master White is also an accomplished scholar. He holds both a Baccalaureate in Communication and Master of Science degree in education from Wayne State College and is currently perusing his Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota.
Accomplishments of Master White:
th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo
- 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate
Featured in both TaeKwonDo Times and Martial Arts World Magazines
- Received a Certification of Award from the South Korean Government for Contributions to the Martial Arts and the Spread of Korean Culture
Awarded the 2012 top educator by the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- Provided the first After School and Summer Camp Martial Arts programs in the Central United States
- Currently holds the position of U.S Vice president for the World TaeKwonDo Union.
- Coached at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials
Instructor of multiple state and national champions
- Master's Degree in Education