Derek has been a fan of Bruce Lee and kung fu movies his entire life. He began training in martial arts a number of years ago and opened Coulter Hapkido Academy in 2014. In 2019, he earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from the American Institute of Modern Hapkido Instruction.
In addition to teaching martial arts, Derek has a BA in Spanish from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Masters in Christian Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has been a full time flight paramedic since 2003 and has worked as a paramedic for more than 20 years in Kansas City, New York City, and currently here in Cass County. Derek enjoys teaching in all areas of his life and is looking forward to working with the next generation of martial artists.