Senior Master Andy Latherow
7th Degree Black Belt
Senior Master Latherow has been training, competing, instructing and creating new leaders in the martial arts for more than 3 decades. In that time he has traveled across the United States and South America teaching and practicing his craft; Songahm Taekwondo. Over that span of more than 30 years he has achieved:
- 7th degree Senior Master Instructor with the American Taekwondo Association
- Certified in over 12 different weapons systems
- Pressure Point Control Tactics
- CDT (compliance direction takedown) Tactical Master Instructor
- Certified to teach Krav Maga
- Region 104 Chief of testings for 2 years
- Region 104 chief of tournaments for 3 years
- Regional Certification Instructor in 2 different regions for the ATA
- International judge
- Member on the international testing panel since 2008
- and more…
1984 was the start of Senior Master Latherow’s training in Taekwondo under the instruction of Mr. Walter Simpson in Merritt Island, FL. After his very first class he knew he wanted to become a Master Instructor. Senior Master Latherow hit his first road block with his goal of becoming a master in 1987, when Mr. Simpson retired and closed his school. Undeterred, and with the help of his family, he found what he was looking for in an ATA school located in Cocoa Beach, Fl. There he flourished under the instruction of Dr. Mary W. Haskins (Now Senior Master Mary W. Haskins). It took 3 more years of training with Senior Master Haskins for him to complete his first major step toward Mastership. That milestone was his successful first degree black belt testing in 1988!
Check back next month for more of Senior Master Latherow’s history in Taekwondo!!