Master Sorenson got her BS in Psychology and worked with at-risk teens for 15 years in various positions, including youth services and rape recovery. When she started Taekwondo with her children, she found herself wondering how the children in social services would be different if they had the skills she and her children were gaining from Taekwondo. Thus, in 2002 she opened Competitive Taekwondo Club (now Beyond Sports) with her friend and mentor Master James Bartholomew. She has continued working with children, teens, and adults ever since, teaching them to have confidence and create their own futures. In addition to her work at BST, she teaches self defense regularly at local high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools with the hope of instilling strength in the youth of her community. She has four children, eight grandkids, and a wonderful husband who supports her work.
Master Page started Taekwondo over 20 years ago and loves it still. She was a 2002 national champion and ran the Cedar City Extension of CTC (now Beyond Sports) at SUU for three years. She graduated from SUU in 2007 with a degree in English and Accounting before rejoining Beyond Sports in 2008 as an owner. While her mother, Master Sorenson, manages the teaching, Master Page enjoys being behind the scenes. Known as “The Formatting Ninja,” she manages the look and feel of the studio and keeps it running smoothly. She tested for her 5th Degree Black Belt in January 2019 along with Master Eyre and Master Holley. Master Page is grateful for her husband Michael, who supports her work at the studio. Her three young daughters spend their days at BST and have been adopted as the studio mascots.
Master Instructor Ron Eyre – 5th Degree Black Belt
Master Eyre was introduced to the martial arts in 1978 at the age of 16. He reached the rank of red belt in an ITF association before he left for an LDS Mission to San Jose, California. He attended Brigham Young University, and graduated from the program of Manufacturing Engineering. While there he attended several martial arts clubs. After graduation, he took a 15 year hiatus from the martial arts while he and his wife Julianne focused on raising their family of 5 children. In 2003, he joined CTC (now Beyond Sports) and was excited to earn his Black Belt, at last, in the summer of 2004. He earned his 2nd Degree the following year, his 3rd Degree in 2009, and his Masters (4th Degree) in January of 2014. He tested for 5th degree with Master Page and Master Holley in January 2019. Master Eyre particularly enjoys self defense, poomsae, and breaking things.
Master Danner started Taekwondo when she was 6 years old. She had a couple of breaks due to work, Culinary School in New York, and serving a mission for her church in the Philippines, but has enjoyed the 20+ years in the sport. She received her 1st poom black belt in 2004 with Master Eyre & Master Page. She received her 2nd Poom in 2005, her 3rd Poom in 2007, and Masters (4th Degree) in 2018. She enjoys building on the knowledge that she has and is excited to test for her 5th Degree in January of 2022. She is the mother of three beautiful girls and the older 2 are in the Foundations 1 program. She loves the lessons they are learning about disciplinee and coordination. Her specialty is Demo Team. She loves utilizing all of the aspects of Taekwondo to create fun, entertaining, and cool performances. She loves the friendship and cameraderie that comes from being a part of a team. She loves pushing her team and watching them grow as they reach new heights.
Ms. Carol Merkley – 3rd Degree Black Belt
Carol Merkley has been doing Taekwondo for 8 years and is a 3rd degree Black Belt. She started with her daughter, who is now a 2nd degree black belt, to help her learn self-defense and life skills. Carol was able to get her husband, Adam to attend Taekwondo also and he received his 1st degree. Carol went to Utah Valley University and received an Associate Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She loves working in the accounting field. Carol’s favorite part of Taekwondo is being able to teach Foundation 1 (3 ½-5 years old) students as well as learning and perfecting forms in Sports Poomsae. She loves having friends and family in Taekwondo and the great support and help they are for her to accomplish her goals.
Kaden Eyre is a Second degree black-belt in Taekwondo and instructs many of the children’s and Foundations classes here at our studio. He began his training in 2014 and quickly found a love for teaching students of all ages. He is currently a student at Utah Valley University studying Education. His favorite part of Taekwondo is self-defense.
Mr. Adam Merkley – 1st Degree Black Belt
Adam Merkley received his 1st degree Black Belt in Jan 2018 after his family convinced him to take it on. Adam’s favorite part of Taekwondo is board breaking and he loves to hold boards for others. Adam went to Utah Valley University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. He uses this knowledge, as well as the confidence he gained from doing taekwondo in his job as a software tester by day. He usually works at the front desk in the evenings so he can continue to work with friends and family (Carol & Rebekah) at the studio.