Instructors and Staff Profiles

Alexey Petrov 
Head Instructor, Owner

7th Degree Black Belt

Alexey Petrov is a 7th degree black belt who has over 35 years of experience in the Martial Arts.  Alexey became interested in the Martial Arts after moving to the United States from Moscow, Russia when he was 14 years old. Although Alexey holds a Computer Science degree and worked successfully as a software engineer in two of the top 4 accounting firms, his passion has always remained for Martial Arts. In October 2006, Alexey and his wife Rhonda, opened Westchase Impact Martial Arts located in Tampa, Florida. Alexey’s goal is to provide his students with the finest martial arts experience possible.

My wife, Rhonda. Without her love and support, none of this would be possible.

On Being A Warrior
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
    thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [2] my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever..
--Psalm 23

My Instructors
Mike Mast
Mr. Mast has been a friend, mentor, and instructor. I have to thank him for everything that I have achieved in my Martial Arts career. 

John Burns
Mr. Burns is the one who introduced me to Martial Arts in a small Church club and gave me my very first teaching lessons.

Grand Master Robert H. Hardin
GM Hardin, the best Marial Arts technician in the world, had a tremendous impact on my Martial Arts skills.

Grand Master Scott McNeely
GM Scott McNeely is one of the best martial artists in the world.  He was not only the inspiration to my Taekwondo growth but also a great instructor.  He and Grand Master Nam Tae Hi certified me to my 5th degree Black Belt level in 2006.

Mike Lee Kanarek
Mike Lee has a unique combination of real battle experience from the Israeli Special Forces, various martial arts experience, and the ability to teach, which makes him the best self-defense instructor you will ever find.

Robson Moura
Robson is one of the best BJJ competitors and instructors in the world.  It's an honor to learn and train with the best!

My father, Aleksander Petrov-Agatov. Being a Russian dissident, he spent most of his life in Siberian camps, but he never gave up and his spirit was not shattered. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. He was a selfless public servant who committed his life for the greater good of his country. One of my goals in life is to live up to his image.

B.S. Computer Information Systems, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Notable Martial Arts Accomplishments
Team USA Sparring Gold Medalist Champion 2006
National Taekwondo Champion 2001
Martial Artist of the Year 1999
Full Contact Kickboxing Champion 1999
Instructor of the Year 1998
2nd Degree Black Belt Certified Haganah/Krav Maga Instructor
Brown Belt in BJJ


Mr. Randall Hernandez 

2nd Degree Black Belt

- 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kyokushin-kan Karate
- Won two international tournaments in Kyokuskin-kai in 2013 and 2015  Link to 2013 Tournament Video
- Bachelors Degree in Microbiology and Biomedical Physics

Randy is our senior Taekwondo and self defense instructor.


Ms. Brandi Upton 
Program Director 
IMPACT After School Program
Ms. Dee manages the daily operations of our after school program.


Mr. Nick Gansner 
Program Manager 
IMPACT After School Program
Mr. Nick is our after school program lead. He also teaches the Little Dragons After School Program Taekwondo classes as well as Parents Night Out every Friday and Saturday evening.


Mr. Aaron Young 
Program Assistant 
IMPACT After School Program
Mr. Aaron is our after school program assistant and also assists with Birthday Parties.


Mrs. Rhonda Petrov 
Director of Operations
Mrs. Petrov is the driving force behind Impact Martial Arts, managing the daily operations of the Taekwondo studio.










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