About Martial Arts at the Lake
Martial Arts at the Lake is owned and operated by a family that has been studying and training in the martial arts for over 20 years.
Few words can describe the experience my children and I have had while training with the Rojas brothers at Martial Arts at the Lake. Their professionalism is topnotch and a refreshing experience. Their ability to build rapport with parents and young children is astounding. Not only do they have the energy needed to excite the kids into learning, but they also have the ability to work with little ones and encourage greatness through their skills and teachings. My son and daughter, just 4 and 6 years old, have made such growth in areas such as discipline and and respect that I have seen it carry over into our home! I have been nothing but impressed with the Rojas brothers and their dojo! Thank you for helping me shape my children into individuals with character and integrity.
A thankful mom, Christina
About Dr. Liz Valentine
Dr. Elizabeth Valentine began martial arts training 30 years ago in the Moo Duk Kwan style, received her 1st and 2nd degree black belts in Songahm Taekwondo under her oldest son, and is currently training in Kali.
Managing, leading, and instructing at Martial Arts at the Lake with her two sons, Mr. Daniel Rojas and Mr. Nate Rojas fulfills her desire to work with her family and to be involved in a meaningful endeavor.
Her academic education includes a B.A. in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis, and certification in grantsmanship.
Outside of Martial Arts at the Lake, Dr. Valentine works as an independent contractor as a facilitator and program/grant manager, and as a part-time grant manager and Senior Associate in Academic Affairs for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Previously, she taught 2nd and 3rd grades, elementary through junior high science, and worked as a family preservation advocate with at-risk youth and their families in Colorado before coming to Missouri to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia to earn her doctorate. While working on her doctorate she worked as an adjunct at area colleges teaching General Psychology, Human Development, Introduction to Statistics and Research as well as working with students on academic probation. She has a Master’s degree in counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.
I find martial arts instruction an outlet for nurturing the positive in others. I enjoy watching our students grow in areas in which they struggled, overcoming obstacles, and gaining confidence in themselves. We strive at Martial Arts at the Lake to make classes affordable for anyone that wants to learn and grow.
About Mr. Nate Rojas
Chief Instructor/ Director of School Curriculum
Mr. Rojas has been practicing martial arts for 10 years. He began training under Mr. Dan Huelsman in Colorado Springs, CO. He then studied under his older brother, Mr. Mike Rojas where he earned his first and second degree black belt and began instructor training. He continued under Rob Howard earning his third degree black belt, and is currently training in the Kali style.
Outside of Martial Arts of the Lake, Mr. Rojas writes code for developing websites. He enjoys studying Physics and Calculus, and writing.
I love teaching Taekwondo. I grew up watching all the Martial Arts movies. I’ve got so much passion for the activity! I especially enjoy teaching the Kids Classes because kids have so much energy that everyday is refreshing. Don’t get me wrong! Sharing the art with Adults is great too! Adults are so great at understanding the fine details of technique. I know firsthand that Taekwondo is the perfect activity for everyone! Nate Rojas