Martial Arts Club Is Open!
At the Gilpin County Community Center, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Just wear comfortable exercise clothes, and wearing a mask is required. Visit our Taekwondo Page for more information.
For current cost and reservation information check the Friends of Gilpin County Community Center site.
Imy Rich offers martial arts and fitness classes at locations within Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties as well as Lakewood, Colorado. Classes are arranged by age group to serve children from age 3 up through adults of any age.
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Our local student Steve Schwettman participated in the 2021 AAU Taekwondo Virtual Nationals on February 27th, bringing home the Gold in TSD Traditional Forms and Open Traditional Forms!
Several of our students recently had the privilege of being invited to a Grandmasters seminar featuring our own Grandmaster Rankin along with Grandmaster Chris Natzke, United State National Taekwondo Champion who trained under Superfoot Wallace, and Grandmaster David Sgro, a Team USA Olympic Taekwondo coach who was tutored by the second and third black belt […]
June 2019 Masters Promotion
On June 8, 2019, our two local instructors Imy Rich and Jim Beasley were promoted to 5th Degree Master Black Belt in the Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo association. To put this in context, only one martial arts student among tens of thousands will persevere through to the rank of Master. We are truly fortunate to have two Masters in our program. Congratulations Imy and Jim!
June 2019 Testing
Congrats to our local students and everyone in the Mountain Academy who were promoted at Saturday’s testing!
April 2019 Tournament
On Saturday April 27th, The Clear Creek/Gilpin Academy of Martial Arts hosted the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts spring tournament. Word has it that it was the largest tournament in the history of the Mountain Academy, with over 80 participants and spectators from 6 different schools, including the Colorado Martial Arts Academy coming all the way from Centennial!
Tournament coverage and results from The Weekly Register Call: Gilpin Tae Kwon Do tournament
About Your Instructor
Mrs. Rich has been a student and teacher of various martial arts and fitness disciplines since early 1996. She currently holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo. After teaching mat Pilates off and on for years she finally became certified in early 2017. She has also been known to teach senior fitness classes very similar to Sit and Be Fit.
Mrs. Rich has been involved with the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts, Gilpin County, since 1996. She is very involved (maybe instrumental is more accurate) with the Gilpin County and Clear Creek schools and is the go to person for demos and other events. Always quick with a smile or an idea, Mrs. Rich is a very valuable part of the Mountain Academy.
- June 2019: Promoted to rank of 5th Degree Master in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- September 2017 to current: Started Mat Pilates classes at Evolution Martial Arts studio
- August 2017 to current: Took over teaching Kinder kicks classes at Evolution Martial Arts Studio
- Spring 2017: Taught women’s self defense class at Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation Center
- March 2017: Started martial arts and mat Pilates classes at 7 Healing Stars
- November 2015 to current: organized and participated in the Senior Living facility fundraiser talent show. Consisting of martial art forms, step sparring, breaking and demonstrations of power
- May 2014: Approved by Moo Duk Kwan Association for rank of 4th degree in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- June 2010: Tested for 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- March 2010: Attended Women’s self defense class taught by Grand Master John W. Rankin, 8th degree black belt Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- Fall 2009 to current: Attended several advanced and weapons classes through the Lakewood Link Center and Green Mountain Recreation center
- August 2007 to current: organize and coordinate the annual Taekwondo demonstration for the Gilpin County Fair
- August 1999 to 2006: Participated in the annual Taekwondo demonstration for the Gilpin County Fair, under Thomas Feagans, 4th degree black belt Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- 2005 to current: Teach kinder kicks, kids and adults classes at Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation Center
- September 2004 to current: Teach kinder kicks class for children 4 to 6 years old at the Gilpin County Community Center. Classes concentrate on balance, coordination, exercise, and discipline
- July 2004 to current: organized and ran the Tri Mountain Tournament at GCCC and CCMRD
- June 2004: tested for 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- Summer 2003: Participated in the Tri-Mountain tournament in Evergreen
- 2003 to current: One of several black belts to refine quarterly testing in order to shorten and simplify testing under Grand Master John W. Rankin, 8th degree black belt Tang Soo Do Taekwondo
- 2002: Attended a 2 day course in Russian Martial Arts
- 2002: Attended a 2 day course for women’s self defense offered by the Gilpin County Recreation Center
- December 2000 to current: Active instructor for Tang Soo Do Taekwondo at the Gilpin County Community Center
- December 2000: Tested for 1st degree black belt Tang Soo Do Taekwondo. Black belt testing consists of 2 days of physical testing, and a written paper on martial arts
- February 1999: Participated in the Tri-Mountain tournament in Lakewood at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center
- June 1998: Participated in the Tri-Mountain tournament in Central City at the Gilpin County Recreation Center
- August 1996: Began Tae Kwon Do at the Gilpin County Recreation center under Thomas Feagans, first degree black belt, Tang Soo Do Taekwondo