5th and 7th Dan Promotions

Alyssa Coughlan started training in TaeKwon-Do in 2002 at Hetlinger TaeKwon-Do in Wetaskiwin at the age of 5 (although there is a rumour that her mother may have embellished her actual age on her registration form). Taking to it quickly, Alyssa progressed through the junior ranks and burst into the adult class at a young age. She attacked her training with determination and maturity beyond her years, earning her first-degree black belt at the age of 14 in 2011, her second-degree black belt in 2013, third-degree black belt in 2016, and fourth-degree black belt in 2019. She is beloved by her students, who visibly light up when they see her in class. She is known for being dependable, committed, and hard-working, doing anything she can to help those around her. She has developed a Women’s Self Defense program that has found large levels of success within Wetaskiwin. She is a Provisional Registered Psychologist for Power Psychology in Edmonton and soon Wetaskiwin. Alyssa is a loving wife and dog-mom.

Cory Hetlinger has been instructing TaeKwon-Do since 1998 and has been a member of Unified TaeKwon-Do International since 1996. He began TaeKwon-Do while attending university and after training seven days per week, he received his Black-Belt in only 3 years. He travelled to Eindhoven, Holland in 2000 as a member of Team Canada. Cory is known for his humor, dedication to his students and UTI, and attention to detail when training. Cory has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelors Degree in Education, and is a high school teacher for  Wetaskiwin Regional School Division. Cory is also a dedicated husband and father, and attributes TaeKwon-Do to giving him his beautiful family.

Both candidates performed amazingly and showed their dedication to the martial art of TaeKwon-Do and the Unified TaeKwon-Do curriculum. Surrounded by family and friends, Chief Instructor Coughlan and Master Instructor Hetlinger were promoted to the ranks of 5th Degree Black Belt and 7th Degree Black Belt, respectively. Congratulations!

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