Grassroots Taekwondo Series (GTS) is a tournament circuit designed to give the best experience in competing, overall ethics and etiquette in Taekwondo competition.
GTS is a low-cost, safe, and local way for students to build confidence, character and respect while learning about fair play, teamwork and the spirit of competition.
GTS is designed for the common student who may or may not want to compete but will benefit from friendly competition.
GTS helps reduce competition nervousness and eases students into performing in front of a more intimate, supportive audience.
For GTS Founders Master Jonathan and Mrs. Marelet Fleming, martial arts is a family affair. They launched Way of the Warrior WOW Taekwondo in Waxhaw, NC, in 2010 and have served hundreds of families with their dedication and world-class Taekwondo instruction.
Master Fleming has studied martial arts for over 25 years and has been teaching for more than two decades. He achieved Black Belts in Karate and Taekwondo, ascending to the 5th Degree (Master) level in TKD in 2013.
The Flemings are committed to utilizing martial arts to make a positive impact on communities in North Carolina. In 2018, they launched GTS after years of insight and feedback from the global martial arts community. Their goal with this grassroots effort is to help average martial arts students gain the confidence, experience and benefits of competition so students can grow and thrive in the sport.
In 2020, GTS partnered with AAU Taekwondo to give GTS students more opportunities to grow through sparring. This partnership has opened up additional tournaments and learning for GTS students and has allowed the organization to focus less on administrative tasks and more on growing students through sparring.
GTS contributes funds and donations from sales at GTS Events to the Missy Cann Foundation Scholarship. Grandmaster Missy Cann was an influential leader in revolutionizing TKD in North Carolina. She passed away in Feb. 2019, and the TKD Community immediately felt the impact of her absence. To continue her legacy, GTS supports the Foundation Scholarship to help students grow their talents and compete in local and national competitions.