8th° Black Belt David Howells

Grandmaster David Howells is the Owner of Beaumont, Orange & Vidor Tiger Rock Academies. Grandmaster Howells emigrated from England in 1986 and shortly afterwards began his Martial Arts training under the leadership of Grandmaster Marv Conway. After serving in the United States Army for 4 years, he returned to Beaumont where he continued his training. Grandmaster Howells has 32 years training and teaching experience and currently holds the rank of 8th. Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts International. He also holds the rank of blue belt with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He has consistently earned Top Ten National Honors for both sparring and forms competition. Grandmaster Howells, his family, staff, and outstanding team of Certified Instructors, would like to welcome you to Beaumont, Orange & Vidor Tiger Rock Academies.

email:  dh@trmatx.com

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR STAFF

5th° Black Belt Glenda Carroll

Glenda Carroll is a Sr. 5th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts International.  She started her Martial Arts journey in 1992 with her children at the Beaumont location under the leadership of Senior Master Conway. Ms. Carroll has held the honor of being a National Top Ten Competitor, a Certified Instructor and an Academy owner.  After having bi-lateral knee replacement in 2012 she took 2 years off from teaching to fully heal, but is now back in full action. Ms Carroll is a Certified Instructor at the Beaumont, Orange and Vidor Tiger Rock Academies.

Ms. Carroll’s family is her heart and she has had the privilege of training with them, even her grandchildren participate!   Ms. Carroll is also a member of the Orange Lions Club and is very active in community activities and her church, Turning Point of Vidor.

Ms. Carroll’s motto: –         If you’ve ever wondered if TaeKwonDo is fun?  IT IS!!  If you’ve ever wondered if TaeKwonDo is for you?  IT IS!!  Come and join me on this incredible journey.  See you at the Academy!

Email: gc@trmatx.com

4th° Black Belt Travis Allen

Travis Allen began his martial arts training when he was just an 7 year old child under the leadership of Grandmaster David Howells. He grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Starks High School. He continued his martial arts training throughout his high school years and accepted the challenge to join our Instructor program.  After graduation Travis became a full time martial arts instructor and earned his teaching certification through Tiger Rock. After several years in Beaumont Travis accepted the position of Centre Manager for Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of McKinney, TX. where he stayed for 3 years before returning to his roots. Travis has grown both mentally and physically into a superior martial artist and accepts every challenge that comes his way. He is a steadfast leader whose unwavering commitment to his art is evident in his teaching.  He leads by example and is always meticulous and eager when teaching others to love this art as he does. Travis is a tough competitor and continuously places in the top 3 at both National and World Championship competitions.

email: ta@trmatx.com

1st° Black Belt Ricky Fruge

Ricky Fruge grew up in New Orleans, L.A. and moved to Orange, TX. as a teenager. He began his martial arts training in Port Neches where he studied both Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. After graduation from Orangefield High School Mr. Fruge joined the U.S. Marine Corps. While stationed in California he trained in traditional Aikido and he also achieved the rank of brown belt in the U.S. Marine Corps martial arts program. While in the Marine Corps Mr. Fruge served on a Presidential security detail for 2 1/2 years and was deployed in a Marine Expeditionary Unit. After completion of a 5 year term in the military Mr. Fruge returned to Texas where soon after he joined Tiger-Rock Martial Arts at age 28. After training for 3 years as a student Mr. Fruge accepted the invitation to join our Tiger-Rock certified instructor team.  He is now a full time Instructor and teaches at both the Beaumont and Orange locations. Mr Fruge is also working towards his B.A. in Professional Communication & Public Relations. Mr. Fruge competes at both National and World Championship levels and is a World Titlist competitor. He leads by example and continues to be a life-long learner.

email: rf@trmatx.com

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR ASSISTANTS

4th° Black Belt Jack Howells

Jack Howells officially began his martial arts training at the age of four when he was old enough to enter the Tiger Cub Program.  As the son of Grandmaster Howells he unofficially began his training whenever an opportunity presented itself…..on the hour every hour!  He graduated from the Tiger Cubs program and as a Junior he proudly earned his black belt at ripe old age of 7. The family trampoline became the “Octagon” where techniques were practiced with his black belt siblings.  As a child Jack displayed phenomenal eye hand coordination and spatial awareness and so as Jack grew he became a force to be reckoned with. After graduating from West Brook High School he started to work at the Academy where he became a full time Certified Instructor.  As a adult Jack became a National and World Champion Tiger Rock Black Belt.  He has followed in his father’s footsteps and is a caring and inspirational leader. Jack continues his martial arts education with his sights set on becoming a Tiger Rock School owner.

email: jh@trmatx.com

4th° Black Belt Kaiwei Nethercott

Kaiwei Nethercott started his martial arts journey studying Taekwondo in central east China where he was born. He moved to Beaumont, Texas with his family in 2013.   Kaiwei joined Tiger-Rock after his younger sister Kaitlyn inspired him to continue his Taekwondo training. She was their first Tiger-Rock family member but she was soon followed in 2014 by Kaiwei, then younger sister Zoe and lastly Mother Beibei Shi. Kaiwei earned his black belt in 2016, he is a member of our demonstration team and is a District, National and World Championship titlist. He currently attends West Brook High School where he is an Honor Roll student and secretary of the Entertainment Club. Kaiwei Nethercott is the youngest Certified Instructor in our academy history.  As a member of our Leadership Team he studied and prepared for the test ahead of his 16th birthday and upon turning 16 took the test immediately. He successfully passed the exam 2 days after his birthday. Kaiwei wants to be an inspiration to his students just as his instructors are to him. He is an outstanding member of our team and has a very bright Tiger-Rock future.

email: kn@trmatx.com

3rd° Black Belt Lee Hawkins

Lee Hawkins was born and raised on an Army base in Colorado Springs. Soon after he moved to Vidor Texas where he has spent most of his life and graduated from Vidor High School. He also attended Lamar University. Mr. Hawkins  began his Martial Arts training at age 19 when he trained in Jiu-Jitsu while serving in the United States Marine Corps in California. While serving he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for competition. After moving back to Vidor he began training with Tiger-Rock and decided to join the Tiger-Rock instructor program as a blue belt. He then went on to earn his black belt in 2019. Mr Hawkins is married and has 4 children. His wife Kristy and their children are also Tiger-Rock martial artists. Mr. Hawkins is an accomplished competitor and has earned numerous gold medals at both World and District levels in sparring, forms and board breaking. Mr Hawkins is passionate about practicing and teaching martial arts. It is his goal to own his own academy one day.

2nd° Black Belt Bei Bei Nethercott

Beibei Nethercott-Shi was born and grew up in East China and moved to Beaumont with her husband and children in 2013. 

Beibei became interested in TKD when her daughter Kaitlyn passed her Black Belt testing. Beibei was the 4th member of the Nethercott’s to join Tiger Rock and passed her Black Belt Testing the same day as youngest daughter Zoe. 

Beibei was given the competition fight name ‘Bruiser’ and at she competed in Open Sparring as a brown belt against up to 4th degree Black Belts at her first World Championships. Beibei is a fierce competitor and Titlist  at District, National and World levels.

Beibei was inspired to become an instructor by both Grandmaster David Howells and her son Kai. She  passed her Instructor Certification in 2020.  We are very proud to have Beibei as a member of our certified instructor team.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dallas Le

Alborak Atiyah

Xander Montojo

Allie Broussard

Lexa Welch

Arianna Dodson

Morgan Haynes

Kayson Perkins