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”
Tristan Koclanis earned a Black Belt at age 15, and holds a Second Degree, granted in 2015. He has literally been a student of martial arts all his life. He began his formal study as a Three-years-old, under his father, Master Nick Koclanis.
Tristan believes that martial arts training has given him the confidence and self-discipline required to set and achieve personal goals, as well as a deeper understanding of himself and others.
He applies what he has learned to his teaching, encouraging students of all ages and abilities to commit to and realize their own physical and mental potential by developing a strong body, a belief in themselves, and the ability to conquer their perceived physical limitations and self-doubt.
September 9th 2017 Tristan now promoted to 3rd Dan Black Belt! He has also earned the Title “kuo bum nim” for his passion, ability, dedication and his inspiration to others that will continue to popularize Taekwondo for the future generations… 09/09/2017. I am very proud of his accomplishment.Very few can reach this level for the discipline it takes. I also like to thank Master Chang Hae Choi for passing down true Taekwondo…