5th Dan Black Belt in Traditional (ITF) TaeKwonDo
Registered WAKO and USMF Coach
Level 4 Instructor through TaeKwonDo America
First Aid and CPR Certified
CHRIS "COACH MAC" MCKENZIE
Owner and Head Instructor
With over 20 years of experience, Chris "Coach Mac" McKenzie started his martial arts training at the age of 6 in Kissimmee, FL, under Master John Emmons. He has since achieved the rank of 5th Dan in Traditional (ITF) TaeKwonDo and level 4 instructor through TaeKwonDo America. Coach Mac is a 4x Grand National Champion and a 5x South East Regional Champion. He has been nationally ranked as one of the top ten Black Belts in TaeKwonDo America.
After moving to Chicago in 2010, Coach Mac began his kickboxing training under the guidance of Anthony Marquez, Said Hatim, Oscar Bravo, and Raul Diaz. Throughout his years of gaining experience and learning under each instructor, Coach Mac has become versatile with knowledge of multiple styles of kickboxing. He is also a seasoned Heavyweight Kickboxer and cornerman in the Chicagoland area, having trained with, cornered and coached multiple amateur fighters. Among those fighters, three were champions.
Coach Mac also has several years in the medical profession, including achieving his Bachelors of Science Degree In Nursing from Chamberlain College. He is currently first aid and CPR certified.
My goal is to continue the legacy of all the instructors that have influenced me over the years while giving back to the community.
- Coach Mac
Nicole MacMillan started her martial arts journey at a young age at Emmons’ TaeKwonDo Academy in Kissimmee, FL, under the instruction of Master John Emmons. Starting out, Coach Mac was one of many influential instructors who helped train her towards her goal of becoming a black belt. Ms. MacMillan is now a 2nd Senior Black Belt in Traditional (ITF) TaeKwonDo and is a Grand National and South East Regional Champion.
Since moving to Chicago, Ms. MacMillan has rejoined Coach Mac to pass on her TaeKwonDo training to the next generation of martial artists, alongside the very instructor who trained her. Ms. MacMillan is a Level 1 instructor with TaeKwonDo America and can be found teaching our Adult TaeKwonDo classes. She is also working towards her 3rd Dan Black Belt and has expanded her training into kickboxing and Muay Thai. Ms. MacMillan now consistently aids Coach Mac in corning some of our fighters and helping anyone who is preparing for a tournament. When not at the gym, Ms. MacMillan is a civil litigation attorney in downtown Chicago.
2nd Senior Black Belt in Traditional (ITF) TaeKwonDo
Level 1 Instructor through TaeKwonDo America
Registered WAKO Coach
I want to instill in my students the values of martial arts while improving their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.