About Us/Mission Statement

Ascension: “Movement upward; to rise to a higher level”. At Ascension Martial Arts our goal is simple: to encourage and assist students to set their own martial arts goals and to continue to move upward toward a higher level of training. Everyone has their own reason for entering the martial arts, their own benchmark, and their own goals. There is not one standard of practice at Ascension Martial Arts; practice focuses on the individual and what they need to better themselves, while working in a team setting where the students become family. We push each other to be better, support each other to become stronger. You work at your own pace to achieve your highest level of accomplishment not only physically, but mentally and spiritually, as well. A black belt at Ascension is not given, it is earned.

Master Daniel Youn

  • Started training in 1974
  • Over 25 years teaching experience
  • World recognized and certified 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Pan American Taekwondo Youth Coach
  • USTU Olympic sanction member and coach
  • USTU Certified referee 1994
  • IBJJF Chicago International Open Blue Belt Master 3, Silver Medal
  • 3x USTU Wisconsin State Sparring,Forms, & Board Break Champion
Master Daniel Youn

Although Master Youn has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE and was an engineer at Johnson Controls, his love and passion for martial arts has driven him to become a Master Instructor. He is dedicated to sharing the value of life skills and character development, and helping students to always strive to be better spiritually, physically, and mentally. Master Youn also believes in achieving academic excellence in school, and meets with families to better facilitate positive results. His teaching skills are very technical and unique. He teaches each student as an individual, because every student learns differently and has different goals. Master Youn has a “work hard and you can achieve it” attitude, and expects everyone to give their best. He has a very honest, caring, and humble personality and has a genuine care for each student’s progress in and outside of school.

Kellie A. Wiggins

  • A practicing member of martial arts since 1999
  • World recognized and certified 4th Degree Black Belt
  • Program Director and Instructor at Ascension Martial Arts
  • Lead Instructor for Little Dragons (4-6 year olds)
  • 20+ years of preschool, kindergarten and elementary school experience in counseling and child care – 10 years as a child care Director
  • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Kellie Wiggins

Kellie’s love of martial arts has grown each day since she began. She is passionate about teaching the art to students to help them develop a love and respect for themselves, others, their environment and the art. Each student is special and unique, and needs to be developed individually. It is important for the instructor and student to set goals together, in a safe environment with fair and consistent rules, where questions are welcomed. It is essential to understand what and why you are learning, but to also have fun and enjoy your workout.

Skylar Starks

  • Started training 1998
  • World recognized and certified 4th Degree Black Belt
  • 2014 Amerstate University Tournament Sparring Champion
  • 2013 USAT Nationals Championships – Bronze medalist, Sparring
  • 2013 USAT State Championships – Silver Medalist, Sparring
  • 2010 Denver, Colorado Collegiate Nationals
  • 2010 Midwest Grand Champion – Board Breaking
Skylar Stark

Skylar started his training at 8 years old in Karate, and started training with Master Youn in 2004.  He is a very warm-hearted and kind person willing to go out of his way to help an individual to reach his or her goals.  He works very well one-on-one with students, explaining techniques to best suit the individual.  Skylar is dedicated to his training and commitment to improve, and considers Ascension Martial Arts his extended family.

Scott Huston

  • 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt 
  • 2016 IBJJF Summer Atlanta Gi and NoGi Champion 
  • 2014 IBJJF Masters World Championship Silver Medal 
  • 3x Pan American Champion 2009, 2010, and 2013
  • 5x IBJJF Chicago International Open Champion
  • 4x North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Champion
  • 3x Cage Grappling Champion
  • Arnold Gracie Classic Champion
Scott Huston

Scott is the head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at AMA and also operates and owns his academy, 360 BJJ in Brookfield/Wauwatosa. Scott is highly regarded by many as one of the most technical instructors and top notch Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the region. Scott’s passion for Jiu-Jitsu combined with the unique ability to both successfully teach and compete at the highest level is what sets him apart. Scott earned his BS degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently a certified personal trainer. His goal is to educate people of all ages on the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind through fitness and martial arts.