About Us

Welcome to Martial Arts Wellness! My name is Tim Parisi. I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and am pursuing a Black Belt in Hapkido. I began training martial arts in 1995 under Taekwondo World Champion Master Kwon, of Tiger Kwon’s Martial Arts in New Lenox, IL. In 1997, I began wrestling, and in 1998, I was a state finalist. After this, I turned my focus back toward Taekwondo and earned my black belt in 2002. Shortly after, I graduated high school and went on to college where I continued my training with the American Taekwondo Association.

After graduation, I returned to Master Kwon to continue in my Taekwondo training and worked toward my goal of becoming an instructor. At this time, I also branched out to training in Kickboxing and Hapkido. I earned my 3rd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and instructor certification in December 2008.

In January 2009, Master Kwon sent me to South Korea to train and instruct under his friends: Master Seo Sungkyo, 1998 Olympic Bronze Medalist, World Champion, and guest coach for the Canadian national Taekwondo team; and Master Seo Duksoo, graduate of Korea National Sports University, and head coach to the Saudi Arabian national and Olympic Teams.

In late 2009, I returned to the United States to continue training under Master Kwon, where I worked as an instructor in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kickboxing helping hundreds of students in the south suburbs reach their goals in fitness, discipline, and martial arts. In 2012 I moved to Mesa, Arizona where I continued to train in Kickboxing.

In the coming weeks, we will be launching Red Mountain Kickboxing to bring a unique and exciting martial arts curriculum to the East Valley. Stay tuned, and keep an eye out for updates. If you are interested in classes, give us a call at 815-341-6762.


The martial arts come in many forms including self defense, sport, artistic, and fitness based. I love exploring all aspects of the martial arts, as well as sharing the benefits of all the world’s different martial arts. I have compiled a number of articles and resources in the list above, as well as frequent updates that you can access by clicking the “Articles” link at the top of the page.

You can also find a number of articles that are frequently updated by searching the categories below:

Reviews: Honest reviews of different martial arts and fitness training programs that I’ve personally tried and tested.

Mixed Martial Arts: one of the fastest growing sport martial arts in the country. Practitioners of any discipline of combat sports may test themselves against fighters from all around the world. Check here for articles on Mixed Martial Arts

Traditional Martial Arts: Traditional Martial Arts are those with roots that extend back thousands of years, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muai Thai, Kung Fu. Click here for articles on Traditional Martial Arts

Sport Martial Arts: Almost every martial art has a sport version of practice, and those sports are very popular. Click here for articles on the most popular sport martial arts, and the differences between them.

Self Defense: While all martial arts have a self defense aspect to them, many schools teach a class that is part self defense, part fitness, part sport. The result is a lack of time in any of those specific areas. Click here for articles that can clear up some mis-conceptions about self defense.

Fitness: Martial artists understand the need for leading a healthy lifestyle. Click for articles on how to incorporate martial arts and a martial artist’s mindset into a a healthy life.

Techniques: Click here for tutorials and how to’s for actual martial arts techniques.

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