Little Tree Taekwondo Club is in its 13th year of operation. In the fall of 1992, Mr. Jeff and
Mrs. Denise Swinbank opened the doors of Little Tree to serve the Northeast Iowa area communities.
Mr. and Mrs. Swinbank operated the Luther College Taekwondo Club from 1990 - 1996 and are chiefly
responsible for the survival of Taekwondo in the area. Mr. and Mrs. Swinbank are 4th degree black
belts who also own and operate a club in Plainview, Minnesota, as well as oversee the operation
of the Little Tree and Luther College Taekwondo Clubs.
Ms. Anna Linnell and Ms. Patricia Young are the senior instructors at the Little Tree Taekwondo Club.
Ms. Linnell and Ms. Young are both nationally certified instructors in the American Taekwondo
Association. The American Taekwondo Association
is the only martial arts group in the world that requires its instructors to participate in an
extensive certification program.
Ms. Linnell began her Taekwondo career in the fall of 1987 as a community member of the Luther College
Taekwondo Club. Ms. Linnell is currently a 3rd degree black belt. She is also certified to teach
single and double Bahng Mahng Ee (Stick), and S.H.A.R.P., a self defense program offered by the ATA.
Ms. Linnell lives in the Decorah area and has recently completed a nursing degree at North East Iowa
Ms. Patricia Young began her Taekwondo career in the spring of 1997 as a member of the Little Tree
Taekwondo Club. Ms. Young is currently a 2nd degree decided black belt. She is also certified to teach single
and double Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchucku). Ms. Young lives in the La Crosse, WI area and works as a
We also have many other black belts working towards their certification. Mr. Meuther and Mr. McCarty
are second degree black belts. Mr. Uthoff, Mr. Storlie, Mr. Hougan, Mrs. Kathy Uthoff, Ms. Megan Uthoff,
and Mrs. Wieseler are first degree black belts.