Meet Our Masters
Grandmaster Charles W. Coker
Yeshá Ministries was founded on June 13th, 1983 at Neptune Baptist Church by Charles W. Coker. Dr. Coker is a 9th Degree Grandmaster who holds Tae Kwon Do Dan grade certifications from the Korean Ji Do Kwan Association, USA Taekwondo Association, World Ko Am Mu Do Federation and Kukkiwon.
He began his martial arts training in 1967 under Senior Master Bill Beach. In addition to Tae Kwon do, Grandmaster Coker also holds Dan grade rankings by the World Hapkido Federation, American JuJitsu Federation and Ving Tsun Kung Fu. He competed while in the United States Marines during his active duty days (1968 until 1975.) He continued competing until 1983 when he retired ranked 2nd (in his division) internationally by Black Belt Magazine.
Since his retirement and closing their commercial schools, he and his brother Grandmaster James R. Coker, focused their attention on using Olympic Tae Kwon Do as a tool for ministry as well as personal development for those not be able to afford Olympic training. Yesha is designed to be an outreach of the local church and serve as a community development organization with Christ at the center of the program.
Dr. Coker is the CEO of LifeThrive Performance Systems, Inc which is an Organizational Development Company specializing in the use of Human Data to improve performance and productivity. He has offices in both the US and Europe. He has been married to Tracy for 32 years and is the father of 9 children, three of which are also Olympic certified Black Belts.
Master Kevin Thomas, 6th Dan
Kevin Thomas is 6th Dan Black Belt Master Instructor and a member of the Board of Directors with Yesha Ministries. He manages the testing, special events and public relations as well as the editor of the quarterly newsletter. Kevin joined Yesha Ministries in 2004 as a 1st Dan, following years of studying Taekwondo.
Kevin started his martial arts career in college after wrestling for six years. He’s participated on the Yesha Ministries Demonstration and Competition Teams. He won gold, silver and bronze medals for sparring and forms at the 2011 and 2014 AAU National Championships. Prior to joining Yesha, Kevin was certified in Krav Mega. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others so they may grow in this sport and life and faith.
Kevin works as the Director of Retirement Benefit Services for FIS. He and his wife enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, cars and motorcycles. He also serves the community as a Team Leader at his church, an Assistant Chair for The Players Championship, Director of Field of Dreams Baseball for special needs children and Board Member for the Pop Warner Junior Jaguar Bowl.
Master Steve Carey, 5th Dan
Master Steve Carey is 5th Dan Black Belt Master Instructor and has been with Yesha Ministries for 33 years. He is the Master in charge of the Argyle and Middleburg schools.
Steve was one of the original 5 Black Belts when Yesha started. He has 3 other Black Belts; 1st Dan from Bill Clarks, 3rd Dan in Oh Do Kwon, and a 5th sash in Un Shin Pup. An Ex Green Beret with the 5th and 7th SF Airborne groups. Instructor in knife fighting techniques at Frt. Bragg NC, J.F. Kennedy school of Special Warfare, and Veteran.
Steve works at Service King Collision Center as the General Manager. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Hamburg University GMBH. Steve and his wife Vicki enjoy just being together and camping. Steve was chairman of the Jacksonville I-Car association for 13 years and head of the Jacksonville Collision Industry golf tournament for 15 years, and continuing.
Winner of Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A Cancer survivor himself supports and raises funds every year for cancer research. A Sponsor of Scene Of The Accident, Inc that trains First Responders on how to extricate victims of auto accidents. A registered watch and clock maker and plays the violin.
Master "Crash" Craddock, 4th Dan
Master Crash Craddock joined Yesha and has proudly served since 1999. After overcoming a few significant injuries and the obstacle of a traveling job, he received a promotion to Sa Dan (4th Dan) in 2015. His passion for the ministry is teaching and fostering the culture associated with the combat art.
He received a promotion to Sam Dan (3rd Dan) in Ko Am Mu Do (a blending of Hapkido and Taekwondo) in 2012. Since, he has integrated the self defense techniques into Yesha’s Self Defense program. He currently serves the ministry overseeing the training in general, traveling and overseeing the SD program, and assisting with Student Handbook and Leadership Manual maintenance.
Crash and his family, his bride Karen of 34 years, his two adult daughters, come to us from the US Army. He retired as an Army Aviator in 1999 after serving 22 years, the last 10 in the Special Operations community. He currently works for a research and development firm in Green Cove Springs.
Master Ron Jenkins, 5th Dan
Ron Jenkins is a 5th Dan Master Instructor with Yesha Ministries. Ron began his martial arts training in 1974, had he has a black belt in Judo an id s St. Kyu in Shito Ryu, Karate.
After Karate, Ron began his training in Taekwondo, and continued off and on (due to school closings) for more years than he can remember. Ron opened his first school in Greenville, South Carolina in 2011.
Ron's best friend and fellow Brother in Christ is Grand Master Coker. They have been friends for over 52 years!
Ron is retired and enjoys... well almost everything! Ron and his wife Manette enjoy traveling, target shooting and hanging around their "children" (3 Labs and a Huskie).
Master Joseph "Rich" McCarty, 4th Dan
Rich was born in Sacramento, California and lived mainly in Northern California until joining the US Navy Seabees in August 1982. He has been working in construction since 1980s. He fell in love with motorcycles at the age of 10 and enjoys riding them in his free time.
He first started training in the martial arts seriously in his 40's, and he has competed in AAU tournaments, several open tournaments, and the US Open down in Orlando. His favorite part of martial arts training is sparring.
Master Greg Olipendo, 5th Dan
Master Olipendo is the Lead Instructor for Mandarin East.
Master Steve Ritchey, 4th Dan
Master Ritchie is over the Fruit Cove school on Race Track Rd. He works at Harte Hanks as a desktop computer technician and has been since February 2012. Prior to working at Harte Hanks he worked at AT&T U -Verse and was a commercial insurance agent for 20 years.
He obtained an A.O.S in computer electronics from National College of Business in Rapid City, SD
Steve has served 4 years in the US Air Force from 1977 to 1981 and went to high school in Michigan, Middle School in Chicago, IL, and Elementary school in Ohio.
Steve has been involved in Yesha Ministries for over 15 years as an instructor at Fruit Cove Baptist church. He teaches Tae Kwon Do as a way of sharing the gospel to people in the community.
Master Andrew "Drew" Robertson, 5th Dan
Master Drew is a 5th Dan black belt Master Instructor. He oversees the training at two of our schools. He started his Martial Art training with Yesha in October of 1993. He has studied with other Masters in Okinawa style martial arts and for Japanese point sparring
Andrew is the plant manager of a light gauge steel truss manufacture company, Crown Structure INC.
Master Mark Sadusky, 5th Dan
Mark Sadusky is 5th Dan Black Belt Master Instructor. He is currently responsible for overseeing two of our Yesha schools and is an active member of the Master's meetings that assist and guide our instructors and students. Master Sadusky joined Yesha Ministires after watching his youngest daughter test for her yellow belt. They both went on to receive their Black Belts in 2001.
He competed in the NE Florida Sport Karate Tournament in 2001 taking 2nd in sparring, however his true love is for breaking. After receiving his 4th Dan Black Belt he traveled to all of the Yesha schools teaching breaking and was instrumental in writing the required breaks in the Student manual. Master Sadusky was a 6x undefeated Yesha Breaking Champion and in 2002 at the ISKA US Open World Championship, he placed 5th in the World for Power Breaking.
Master Sadusky is a motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys photography, bungee jumping, sky diving and scuba diving. He enjoys his family life and feels blessed in all the opportunities that he has been afforded.