Meet our team!
Master Nick Koclanis
Master Nick Koclanis holds a 5th Degree Black Belt, granted by the World Taekwondo Association, South Korea. He began teaching martial arts in 1993 and founded Mountain View Karate in Scottsdale in 1995, offering Taekwondo, Tai Chi and more to students of all ages and abilities.
Master Koclanis began his lifelong study and practice of martial arts in 1972 under the Korean Grand Master, Chang Hai Choi, Chicago, IL. In addition, he achieved mastery of Tai Chi in 1979, under the well-known teacher and author, Master Waysun Liao, Oakpark, IL.
He is also an avid and experienced practitioner of Wing Chun Gung Fu, Judo, Hapkido and many other martial and healing arts.
Master Koclanis has held a variety of leadership roles in the martial arts community, including a term as the Arizona state directorship of the US National Taekwondo Federation. He is the recipient of a letter of appreciation from Unyong Kim, president of the World Taekwondo Federation, in recognition of his enthusiastic participation and support in the development of Taekwondo as a martial arts discipline.
“Something that focuses on the value of the lifelong practice of martial arts”
Master Tristan Koclanis
Starting at the age of 3, Master Tristan has dedicated his mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of bettering others’ lives through fitness and martial arts. He trains in traditional taekwondo with a 4th degree black belt and has recently begun training in WT taekwondo to become a Kukkiwon certified instructor. He believes in the mixed martial arts approach of teaching and bases his classes on what techniques will benefit each individual student. With the incorporation of capoeira, boxing, karate, taekwondo, and muay thai; his belief is that martial arts should always be an expression of oneself first and foremost. Master Tristan is currently pursuing a child psychology degree in order to improve his teaching skills and to provide a strong community within our studio.