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OMAHA BLUE WAVES MARTIAL ARTS STAFF

JEFFREY HELANEY BS, DSC/OM, CFT
Martial Arts Director

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Jeff Helaney is Co-Owner of Omaha Blue Waves and acts as the martial arts director in residence overseeing the teaching staff. Grandmaster Helaney has been involved in martial arts for over 45 years. On April 26, 2014 GM Helaney was promoted to 9th Degree Black Belt in Traditional TaeKwon-Do (the highest rank awarded in this art) from the International Jun Tong TaeKwon-Do Federation. He, also, holds black belts in Hapkido, Sports Karate, and Poekoelan (Pentjak-Silat).

In addition to his work with Omaha Blue Waves, he currently serves as the President of the United States Kido Federation and as a Regional Director with the World Organization of Martial Arts Athletes. GM Helaney is a multiple martial arts hall of fame inductee. He is a noted authority on martial arts and has written for number of magazines including: TaeKwonDo Times, Budo, and Grandmaster. Additionally, he as appeared on numerous television shows and other media in relationship to his work in the martial arts.

Mr. Helaney is an International Sport Sciences Association Certified Fitness Trainer and holds a number of certifications from the Training Center for the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a degree in Oriental Medicine from the Institute of Korean Natural Health. Want to know more about GM Helaney? CLICK HERE

MICHELE HELANEY BS, LMT, BCTMB, CPT, WLS
Health and Fitness Director

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Michele Helaney is Co-Owner of Omaha Blue Waves and acts as the fitness and health director in residence. Mrs. Helaney is a nationally certified massage therapist and is state licensed in both the State of Nebraska and the State of Ohio. Ms. Helaney specialty is medical and sports massage modalities. She has ran hospital therapy programs and has taught this masso-therapy in both the classroom and to student interns in clinical settings. She currently is a continuing education provider serving LMT’s in the State of Nebraska.

Ms. Helaney is an avid health enthusiast and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Weight Loss Specialist. She has developed a number of group fitness classes for the ‘ordinary’ person including a fitness bootcamp and belly dance fit class designed to challenge the beginner and the expert alike.

Ms. Helaney, also, holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do and is a United States Kido Federation Certified Instructor.

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MATT OWENS

Master Owens is a martial arts instructor with Omaha Blue Waves. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do. Master Owens is certified through the United States Kido Federation and the United States ChungDoKwon TaeKwon-Do Association.

 

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Paige Helaney is a martial arts instructor and demo team coach with Omaha Blue Waves. Ms. Helaney holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do and is a United States Kido Federation Certified Instructor. Ms. Helaney is a former Professional Karate Commission Ohio State Champion and Nationally Ranked Competitor. When not teaching martial arts, she is taking college classes and working towards a career in the medical field.

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Tom Nieman has been involved in the martial arts for over 25 years and a teacher for over 15 years. He holds black belts in Hakko-Ryu JuJitsu and TaeKwon-Do. He is a United States Kido Federation Certified Instructor.

 

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Josh Trebbien is an assistant martial arts instructor with Omaha Blue Waves and is a college math major. He holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do.

 

 

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ISAIAH PRICE

Isaiah Price is an assistant martial arts instructor with Omaha Blue Waves. He holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do.

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