Grand Master Rice, 7th Degree Black Belt

Master RiceGrand Master Instructor Ron Rice, 7th Degree Black Belt

Grand Master Rice studied under Grand Master Yong Chin Pak at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

He initially started taking Taekwondo in Mason City through a NIACC program, reaching the rank of blue belt.  Shortly after, his instructor moved away.  After some time he was introduced to Grand Master Pak at ISU.  Grand Master Rice would come to drive to Ames two times a week for classes and eventually earned his black belt in 1984. 

Grand Master Rice started teaching at the community center in New Hampton and Charles City in the fall of 1981.  Rice Taekwondo was founded in May of 1983 at the Floyd Community Center in Floyd, IA.  In October 1989, Rice Taekwondo moved to its current Charles City, IA location. 

Grand Master Rice has received numerous awards over the years and his students have often excelled in State and National level Taekwondo competitions.  Grand Master Rice was Outstanding Alumni Leader of the Year in 1989.  One of his students is a national and collegiate national champion and has competed in the US Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, as well as multiple US Olympic Sports Festivals in Minneapolis, MN and Los Angeles, CA.


Master Nickell, 4th Degree Black Belt

IMG 0840Master Instructor Teresa Nickell, 4th Degree Black Belt
Instructor at RICE Taekwondo - Waterloo

Master Nickell over 15 years of experience in World Taekwondo Federation style of martial arts. She began her instruction in Luverne, MN, at Luverne Taekwondo under the guidance of Master Wes Grieme.

She then trained at Fort Dodge Taekwondo which was lead by Masters Ron and Kim Smith.  In December of 1992, with the cooperation of Jeff Politte, she opened a club in Algona, which expanded to West Bend in 1993.  Master Nickell was the head instructor for Algona Taekwondo for eight years until she relocated due to a change in career.  She is now an instructor for RICE Rice Tae Kwon Do in Waterloo.

Master Nickell has refereed and competed in tournaments, as well as instructed and attended various seminars. She is a member of the State of Iowa Black Belt Association, USA Taekwondo, Iowa Taekwondo Alliance and is Kukkiwon certified.  She has been recognized within Grand Master Pak's Taekwondo family for excellence as a student and a leader.

As an instructor of Taekwondo, her goal is to promote the benefits of Taekwondo as a way of life, a means of self-defense, and an avenue toward mental and physical fitness.

Mr. Colasuonno, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Mr. ColasuonnoInstructor Mr. Steve Colasuonno, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Colasuonno is the assistant instructor at Rice Taekwondo's Charles City Club.  Mr. Colasuonno has been training under Master Rice since 2003 and earning his 1st Dan in 2008.  He was appointed as assistant instructor in 2010.  Mr. Colasuonno has been recognized within Grand Master Pak's Taekwondo family for the excellence as a student and a leader.