Meet our Henderson Karate Instructors

Master C-D. Young

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Master C-D. Young

Owner/Chief Instructor of CD Young’s Karate in Henderson

Certified 5th Dan Black Belt – Song Moo Kwan
International Martial Arts Council of America (IMAC) Certified Black Belt
World Songmookwan United Charter School – Head Master
IMAC Certified Black Belt Instructor
Krav Maga Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor
IMAC Charter School and Black Belt Program
United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2019 – Distinguished Instructor of the Year

Master C-D. Young is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo and has dedicated his life to studying and training in the art. Mr Young is a lifelong martial arts practitioner and a kids enthusiast who found his passion for teaching at a young age. He earned his Black Belt in 1992 and has been one of the lead instructors, weapons instructor, and demo team coordinator since 1995. In 2012 he opened his own karate school.

Master Young has instructed with the Silver State Law Enforcement Academy as the Defensive Tactics Instructor. He also holds a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Mica Cipli and the late Don Charley.

Master Young is a native of the Las Vegas valley, graduating from Silverado High School and earning his Bachelors Degree in 2004 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2007, he founded SLC – Student Leadership Clinics for the Leadership Development of Music Students across the Las Vegas Valley and in the West Coast Region. He currently assists with “Service and Leadership Club,” a youth organization that helps develop community service projects that involve teens and young kids in the planning of these endeavors.

In 2019, Master Young had the honor and privilege of being the Opening Seminar at the International Martial Arts Council of America’s 30th annual training camp.  As part of this camp, Master Young presented his Black Belts to the 21st annual Grandmaster’s Council for demonstration at the event.  As part of the event, Master Young and his students celebrated the surprise nomination and induction to the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the class of 2019 Inductee for the Distinguished Instructor of the Year Category.  Master Young was blessed to share this class induction with his Father, Master Gary Young, Sifu Andy Kimura, and Living Legend Sigung Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s best friend and certified instructor of Jeet Kune Do.

Mrs. Michele Young

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Mrs. Michele Young

Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt

Lead Instructor
IMAC Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt

Mrs. Michele Young is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo and had spent the past 12 years studying and training in the art. She earned her 3rd Degree Black Belt in the art of Song Moo Kwan and is currently providing Women’s Self Defense courses to local businesses, youth programs, and special events. She has been an assistant instructor, member of the demo team and special event coordinator for CD Young’s Karate in Henderson since 2007, under the tutelage of Master Young. She is now a lead instructor at CD Young’s Karate in Henderson.

Mrs. Young is a native of Las Vegas, graduating from Bishop Gorman High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007.

Currently, Mrs. Young serves as the director for LVSLC “Service and Leadership Club” in Henderson. She helps develop community service projects for the organization and brings awareness to new local and global causes through the organization. Service and Leadership Clubs goal is to raise awareness and to help kids and teens develop community service projects.

Master Gary Young

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Master Gary Young

Certified 5th Dan Black Belt

Song Moo Kwan 5th Dan Black Belt
IMAC Certified 5th Dan Black Belt
IMAC Certified Black Belt IMAC Certified Instructor
United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2019 – Silver Life Award

Master Gary Young began his martial arts career in 1989 along side his son Mr. C-D. Young. In 1992, he earned his 1st degree black belt alongside his son. Since that time, Mr. Young has been an instrumental part of CD Young’s Karate program development and is a lead instructor for the school. He acts as the ranking Master for testing boards for the school. Master Young also helps support other martial arts programs in the city by offering instruction and testing opportunities to their students and black belts.

Master Young also has a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently retired as an educator from the Clark County School District

Mr. Sean Jaramillo

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Mr. Sean Jaramillo

Certified 2nd Dan Black Belt

Assistant Instructor

Why do you take karate?

I joined after graduating high school because I wanted to have another way to exercise since I no longer had school sports. And I wanted something with structure.

What have you learned from karate?

Achieving a goal takes a great deal of time and commitment, and the higher you set goals, the more it commitment it takes, and the better it feels when the goal is met. What is your favorite karate activity and why? I’d probably go with sparring because I get a chance to put my techniques to use in an unpredictable situation.

What advice would you give to a potential student?

If you choose to try, stick around for a while. Not only do you grow to really like and respect those training with you, but the time and effort really pay off when you look at a bunch of your old belts and realize how much you’ve grown since Day 1.

Coach Ty Yung

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Coach Ty Yung

Coach Ty Yung started Jiu-Jitsu in 2009 under Don Charley.   He has been a competitor in the jiu-jitsu circuit and in tournaments throughout his training.   He obtained his Black Belt under Gracie Humaita in June of 2017.

Coach Ty has also been a wrestling and conditioning coach in the Las Vegas Valley from November 2006 – February 2013.

Coach Ty holds a Black Belt in Judo and continues to work and train for promotion in this art.