Meet Our Instructors


Studio Owner

Master Instructor (Sa Bom)

Sa Dan  (4th degree black belt)

(Dan Bon:  39508)

from:  U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation



Mr. Rhoades began his martial arts training in 1994 under Kyo Sa Bennie Whipple.  The following year, she introduced Mr. Rhoades to Sa Bom Nim Steve Propst, who accepted him as his student.


Mr. Rhoades earned the rank of Cho Dan in the 106th Classing Championships of the orignal Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan in October 2000.  He was promoted to rank of E Dan in July of 2009 by Kwan Jang Nim Andy Ah Po (Martial Way Association); Sam Dan in June of 2013 by Grand Master David Sgro of the US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association; and Sa Dan (again by Grandmaster Sgro) in June of 2019.  He assumed ownership of Yuba Sutter Tang Soo Do Academy in January of 2009.


Kyo Sa Rhoades and the teaching staff at Yuba Sutter Tang Soo Do remain true to the principles and art of Tang Soo Do as taught by our founder, the late Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee.

In addition to Tang Soo Do, Mr. Rhoades' other passions include his family (wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren), playing music (he is the worship leader at the Live Oak Nazarene Church), and his Christian faith.


The Martial Arts are training for life.

Tang Soo Do has taught me personal discipline, given me confidence,

and helped develop my leadership skills.

It’s one of the most positive things I’ve ever done for myself!”


 ~ James D Rhoades ~