Mr. Mark Anawski
Head Instructor - Senior Master
Brookings Tae Kwon Do, LLC
Mr. Anawski has been training in martial arts since 1985. He is a Senior Master and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo. His primary focus of training is in TaeKwonDo and is a Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt. Mr. Anawski has also achieved Black Belts in American Kaeru-Do Karate and Songahm TaeKwonDo. He has training and earned rank in other great styles of martial arts. Mr. Anawski has been a member of several professional organizations including USA TaeKwonDo, World TaeKwonDo Masters Union, Northern TaeKwonDo Alliance, American Kaeru-Do Karate Black Belt and Title Rank Council (AKDKBBTRC), USA Boxing, National & South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, United States Deputy Sheriff's Association and South Dakota Peace Officers Association. He is currently serving as a Council Member of AKDKBBTRC.
Mr. Anawski is blessed with an amazing wife, two wonderful children and resides in Brookings, SD. He has a diverse background in training and experience with over 16 years as a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff in South Dakota and is a Certified Law Enforcement Officer. Mr. Anawski graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. Degree in Health Promotion, emphasizing in Exercise Science. Mr. Anawski also attended Graduate School at SDSU majoring in H.P.E.R with emphasis in Exercise Science and Administration. After completing 1 year of graduate school, he pursued his interest in Law Enforcement where he received Law Enforcement Certification from the South Dakota Law Enforcement Academy in Pierre, SD. He has over 1000 hours of specialized training, many certifications in a wide range of law enforcement topics including Defensive Tactics, Pressure Point Control Tactics, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and firearms to name a few. He is a certified training instructor and trained Law Enforcement in Self-Defense, Firearms, Patrol Tactics and other areas.
In 2010, Mr. Anawski decided to pursue a different chapter in his life in hopes to continue his passion and love for martial arts and TaeKwonDo. He left full-time law enforcement and now works for Sanford Health. He continues to help instruct area law enforcement and security specialists. He is currently sworn-in with the Brookings Police Department and works part-time as a Reserve Police Officer. After family, he focuses his extra time on Brookings TaeKwonDo. He took over as Head Instructor from Senior Master Tom Buehre and Master Diane Buehre in August 2011. Mr. Anawski also donates time teaching area daycares and schools (grades K - College) about the dangers of strangers, school bullying and refusing to be a victim. His passion is taking traditional martial arts teachings and applying practical self-defense / personal awarness and safety techniques that can work in 'real world' situations in hopes one may never have to use them. Mr. Anawski continues to put on self-defense/personal awareness classes and seminars to businesses and organizations in and around the Brookings area.