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ASHLEY HEAFNER - OWNER/CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Ashley Heafner started TaeKwonDo in 1998 under Master George Strickland. Ms. Heafner achieved her first degree black belt in 2000. She then went on to become a Certified Instructor in 2007. She opened MPNINJAS in downtown Mt. Pleasant in 2009 and then went on to move the school to its current location in May 2018. In September 2020 she earned her current rank of 4th Degree Senior Black Belt. Ms. Heafner has placed first in forms 16 times in the last five years and has been ranked overall first in the nation 4 different years. When not at TKD, Ms. Heafner is usually with her son, Makyah, or playing video games. In May 2022 she will be testing for her 5th Degree Black Belt.

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JOSH STREET -THIRD DEGREE DECIDED BLACK BELT

Mr. Josh Street is a 3rd Degree Decided Black Belt and Level 4 Instructor. He has been ranked top ten in the nation multiple years and is also active in kickboxing, boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 2014, Mr. Street was ranked number one in the nation for all Black Belts in his division. He is a proud husband and father of four. Not only is his wife also a black belt, but three of his children are as well. Mr. Street is currently working towards earning 3rd Degree Senior in May 2019.

"It's not whether you get knocked down, its about whether you get up." -- Vince Lombardi

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STEPHANIE STREET - SECOND DEGREE SENIOR BLACK BELT

Stephanie Street is a 2nd Degree Senior Black Belt and Level 4 Instructor. She has been training in Taekwondo since 2010. Mrs. Street has medals in a multitude of national and regional tournaments earning spots in the Top Ten in her division in multiple years. She homeschools, teaches for Mount Pleasant Taekwondo, self defense classes through local community centers, volunteers time with non-profit organizations, and loves gardening. Teaching has become her biggest pastime and she really enjoys watching people learn. She is currently training for her 3rd Degree Black Belt sometime in 2022.

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JACKSON KYLE - THIRD DEGREE SENIOR BLACK BELT

Jackson Kyle is one of our hardest working black belts. He started TKD under Ms. Heafner in 2010 and currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Senior Black Belt. He received his Level 1 Instructor Collar in December 2013 and is currently a Level 4 Instructor. He is one of our most active tournament competitors and was also voted "Student of the Year" in Mt. Pleasant for 2013 and "Instructor of the Year" for 2018. In December 2021 he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Campbell University. Mr. Kyle is currently training for his 4th Degree Black Belt and will test in September 2022.

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LACEY KYLE - THIRD DEGREE BLACK BELT
Ms. Lacey Kyle started training in TaeKwonDo at the age of 4 under Ms. Heafner. She currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt and Level 1 Instructor. Lacey Kyle was Mt. Pleasant's youngest student to achieve black belt at the age of 7. When not training or competing in Taekwondo, Lacey enjoys playing basketball and volleyball for MPHS and is an active member of her church youth group, YCI and Beta Clubs.

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MAC ROMERO - SECOND DEGREE SENIOR BLACK BELT

Mac Romero is a 2nd Degree Senior Black Belt a Level 3 instructor. They been training in Taekwondo since 2013. Mac has competed in and medaled at many tournaments in their Taekwondo career. They are also a Level 3 Yoga Instructor. Mac also enjoys photography and singing. Mac really enjoys teaching adult class because its challenging and pushes them to be a better teacher. Mac not only teaches multiple nights a week but also helps run our NinjaTrix program.

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JOSH WHITE - SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT

Mr. Josh White started Taekwondo in May 2015. He is an Afghanistan Veteran and currently serves as a chaplain with the NC Army National Guard. Mr. White just returned from deployment in late 2021 in support of operation Spartan Shield. His daughter, Ruthie, and son, Mikey, are also black belts at MPNINJAS, but he can still kick them both in the head.

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ELY HONEYCUTT - FIRST DEGREE DECIDED BLACK BELT

Mr. Ely Honeycutt starting Taekwondo in April 2019 under Ms. Heafner. He received his First Degree Black Belt in December 2021 and his Level 1 Instructor Collar in January 2022. He currently assists with teaching both the Taekwondo and NinjaTrix programs. His favorite thing about Taekwondo is sparring and kicking people in the head. When he's not working or training, Ely enjoys working out and playing his Oculus.

Sidekick Leadership Team

At MPNINJAS we have a leadership team that we call our Sidekicks. These are students who are training to be instructors once they earn their black belts. Not only are they some of our hardest working students, but they are also a shining example and of our tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit.
 

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Phoenix

Abby 

Makyah

Jacob

Aelyn