Master Chan Anouthai
Master Chan was born in Laos and sponsored to the United States in 1983 by a local church. He was able to experience freedom from communism. He took the opportunity to go to school, learn English and get a job. Master Chan has a love for soccer and martial arts, both of which he poured his spare time into. He’s been training in martial arts since he was a young boy in Laos and Thailand.
As a teenager in the United States, Master Chan had exposure to the nature of our society. Many things became clear to him. To enjoy life and stay out of trouble you need to have focus on good habits, and have excellent role models. Consistent role models need to have integrity, self-control and respect for themselves and others.
Master Chan knew there was a way to motivate children to gain self-discipline and respect for themselves. He wanted to see children gain focus and self-control over the struggles in their lives. He understood the need for a friendly and positive environment. In his training as a young man, Master Chan thought about how to bring this to his community.
Master Chan sought out martial arts in Michigan and Texas. While learning from each experience, he earned his 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. His martial arts background is in Muay Thai, Aikido, and Hapkido.
In 1988, Master Chan met his future wife, Rachael. They married in 1990 and are parents of three children. Together they opened Chan’s Martial Arts. Their desire to teach others self-control, confidence, patience, respect, and self-discipline.
Master Sidney Atsaphanthong
Master Sidney is a 4th Degree Master Instructor. His training began when he was five-years-old. He hasn’t left Master Chan’s side since.
Since the fifth grade, Master Sidney has wanted to be a Martial Arts instructor. The opportunity presented itself when Master Chan opened Chan’s Martial Arts in 2003. Master Sidney was 13 years old. His passion for helping others shines through as he teaches martial arts.
Master Sidney lends to the success of many parts of Chan’s Martial Arts. He has helped design lesson plans, head up Chan’s Demo Team and Co-leads with Master Chan to coordinate camps for our future Black Belt Students.
My parents, Master Chan and Rachael Anouthai along with my Uncle Master Sidney, own Chan’s Martial Arts where I have been learning how to have more confidence and self-control through Tae Kwon Do from my dad since the school opened in 2003.
I graduated in 2013 from Pioneer Tech and continued shaping my skills in martial arts to become a full time teacher. I constantly work on being in front of others and facing fears of performing for big groups of people. I have found that martial arts is a way for me to push past these obstacles in my life and I want to help others face their fears as well.
At the age of 18, after many years of learning and acquiring the skills to teach martial arts, I was offered a part-time office job that led into a full-time teaching career passing onto the students at Chan’s what valuable lessons I learned and continue to learn.
I love helping students reach their full potential as a martial artist and a leader in their own world. Seeing the strides each student makes fuels my passion to be a better teacher each time I step out on the floor.
I was born and raised in Holland and love animals. I have a dream to one day rescue animals, namely dogs, and to live on enough land to have a place for orphaned animals to reside.