Any student training at Zang TKD (Taekwondo) in Warrendale, PA will find it hard to miss Richard H. Yoest. Richard is one of several experienced Black Belt Instructors who train students, young and old, in the art of self-defense. Richard earned his first degree black belt in 1988 and earned his Master's status in 2002. He was re-certified in 2009 and holds a fifth degree Black Belt. Master Yoest won the division title at the U.S. Open at Charleston University in February 2002.
He relishes his role of teaching self-defense through the art of Taekwondo and especially enjoys teaching young students, many who train with their parents in the family / children's classes offered by Zang. Among Richard's students were two granddaughters of Carmen DiGiacomo, NC '59.
His "Indomitable Spirit" attitude ties into the positive benefits stressed by building character through the art of Taekwondo. He expects his students to respect their parents, fellow students, as well as all family members, friends and teachers. During his training sessions he ensures the tenets of Taekwondo, "principles for life," are instilled in all students.
Rich believes that anyone can overcome any hardship, shortcoming, barrier or burden if they have it in their heart to do so; thus his favorite two words "Indomitable Spirit." He has no doubt that the physical and mental training at Zang helps to create the "Indomitable Spirit" in every student.
He feels that being an instructor at Zang is one way of giving back to the community. He has shown his passion about TKD when he points to the fact that all three of his daughters have earned their second degree Black Belts at Zang TKD. Rich was also a basketball coach at St. Alphonsus for a number of years.
Richard and his three brothers are all graduates of North Catholic. In addition, his three daughters graduated from North Catholic: Tracy NC '98; Amy NC '01; and Rebecca NC '07.
When he is not at Zang TKD, Richard is Operations Director for Holland Commercial Roofing. He lives in Cranberry Township with his wife Barbara.