| I started martial arts in 1985 studying Kempo Karate at a local school, we were very motivated to learn but not really big on testing for belts, and it held my interest for a couple of years but “something” about the training just wasn’t enough for me. My interest changed and I went for a more aerobic type of class and studied Muay Thai kick boxing and judo for a few years in Lafayette Indiana, but sadly that school suffered the fate of many and closed. |
I focused on sports and fitness for many years until a chance meeting with Master Snowberger on the sidewalk in downtown Delphi. Always the gentleman, he asked how I had been and what I had been up to and invited me to train with him and few guys at his school, no strings attached and no commitments. This is nothing like most schools that want the equivalent of a two year gym contract to join, so with nothing to lose I gave it a try.
Joining Snow’s Mixed Martial Arts Federation, or Snow’s Tae Know Do and Karate Do as it was called back then, was one of the best decisions I ever made. I’ve given Brazilian Jiu-jitsus a try and even some MMA since, but it’s hard to match the chemistry at Snow’s. I’m happy to be back and to realize, “Home is where the heart is”
Second Degree Black Belt in Snow's Mixed Martial Arts
Sensei Robin Lee
My name is Shawn Harrison (Eddy).
I have been studying Tae Kwon Do since I was 42years old at Snow's Mixed Martial Arts Federation under Grand Master Jim Snowberger & Master Kelli Snowberger. At first, I started Tae Kwon Do just for the exercise while my son, Joseph Telfer, was advancing through the ranks towards his black belt. The thought of "doing it just for exercise" quickly changed as I thoroughly enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, the competitions, and the challenges it provide. I even had the opportunity to represent my dojo as a team member on the US National Martial Arts Team in the World Cup Tournament in Jamaica! I brought home multiple medals, met new friends, and had a great experience.
Overall, I have learned not only Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do techniques and skills, but also to believe in my physical abilities even in my later years & how much further I am capable of going even when I think I am not able too. Along with Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do, I have also learned Nunchaku and Bo Staff. I have received my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Karate Do, Weapons/Nunchaku, and Weapons/Bo Staff. I currently am the Sensei/teacher of the Nunchaku class.
As I continue to learn and advance, my goal is to become even better in the Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do techniques, continue to improve in sparring, weapons, and continue to be a positive role model.
Second Degree Black Belt in Snow's Mixed Martial Arts
Sensei Shawn Harrison (Eddy)
I have been studying Tae Kwon Do since I was 12years old at Snow's Mixed Martial Arts Federation under Grand Master Jim Snowberger & Master Kelli Snowberger. I felt welcome and accepted right away, even as a reluctant teenager. I got hooked very quickly. I started off with no goals in mind but realized I wanted to make it and become a black belt.
Overall, I would say that I have learned how to deal with my emotions better. I have learned how to work with other students of all ages and ranks. I have learned how to teach in a manner that is understandable.
Along with Tae Kwon Do, I have also trained and earned a black belt in Karate Do as well as Weapons/Bo Staff. I am currently teaching the Bo Staff Weapons class each week.
I expect to continue to learn/train to become an even better Sensei by also learning from each one of my students. My goal is to train as long as possible.
Sensei McKayla Ramey
(Profile Date: April2016): My name is Joseph Telfer.
I have been studying Tae Kwon Do since I was 5years old at Snow's Mixed Martial Arts Federation under Grand Master Jim Snowberger & Master Kelli Snowberger. I started Tae Kwon Do because I thought it would be neat to do karate and advance through the different ranks (or belts) so one day I could teach karate to other students. Overall, I have learned Respect, Responsibility, Leadership, Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do techniques and skills. I already have had the chance to teach other students, and compete in many competitions. I even had the opportunity to represent my dojo as a team member on the US National Martial Arts Team in the World Cup Tournament in Jamaica! I brought home multiple medals, met new friends, and had a great experience. Along with Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do, I have also learned and have become very skilled in Nunchaku & Bo Staff. My next weapon that I plan to learn is Swords.
I tested for my black belt on April 3, 2016 and received my First Degree Black Belt on April 5, 2016 becoming a Sensei (teacher) in Tae Kwon Do. I have also worked hard and received my black belt in Weapons/Nunchaku and Weapons/Bo Staff.
As I continue to learn and advance, my goal is to become even better in the Tae Kwon Do and Karate Do techniques, continue to improve in sparring, weapons, and leadership!
Sensei Joseph Telfer
Grand Master Jim Snowberger 9th Dan
Master Kelli Snowberger 7th Dan
Master Jimmy Snowberger 6th Dan
Wyatt Miller 4th Dan
Jeremie Kauffman 3rd Dan
Dwayne Harrison 2nd Dan
Ron Scowden 2nd Dan
Paul Pinkard 2nd Dan
Vance Larimer 2nd Dan
Randy Calvert 2nd Dan
Ray FitzSimons 2nd Dan
Robin Lee 2nd Dan
Glen Darling 2nd Dan
Shawn Harrison(Eddy) 2nd Dan
David Cain 1st Dan
Robert Johns 1st Dan
Jessie Capps 1st Dan
Jim Ginn 1st Dan
Bryan Larimer 1st Dan
Lori Larimer 1st Dan
Tab Barnett 1st Dan
Greg Adams 1st Dan
Dave Krause 1st Dan
Allan Fehrholz 1st Dan
Alicia Defriaes 1st Dan
Samantha Long 1st Dan
Ryan Altman 1st Dan
McKayla Ramey 1st Dan
Luke Marley 1st Dan
Joseph Telfer Advanced Junior 1st Dan
Anna Goodrich Junior 1st Dan
Hayden Mackey Junior 1st Dan