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Year Born: 1973

Karate Student Since: 2000

Current Belt Rank: Kwan Jang Nim, 4rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I began my martial arts with my oldest son. I also felt that

I needed to learn humility and how to control my temper. In the line of work I was doing at the time

I had a lot of stress and doing martial arts taught me how to become a better person both at work and

at home. Becoming a martial artist has helped me build a lot of good relationships. I have grown so

much as a person and have learned to give back to others what I’ve learned.

Meet our Demo team!

  • Casey Shields - Born in 1996 and karate student since 2002, Casey is a 3rd Dan who likes acting, singing, dancing, and karate. What she likes about karate is, "It's fun. I also like practicing karate with my friends and learning cool new techniques."

  • David Hyman - Born in 1988, David is a karate student since 2002. He is a 3rd Dan who enjoys basketball, watching TV, playing video games, and karate. He likes karate because, "Karate keeps me fit, it's fun, it gives me confidence, and it teaches me how to defend myself."

  • Nathan Kim - Born in 1999 and is a 2nd Dan. Hobbies include sleeping, sports, TV, and karate. He likes karate because, "Karate is fun. It gives me energy and makes me happy."

  • Conner Shields - Born in 1999 and also is a 2nd Dan who enjoys karate and basketball. He enjoys karate because, "I get to see my friends and it gives me an excuse to take a shower after class."

  • Owen Quinn - Born in 2002 and is a 2nd Dan and black belt. Hobbies include karate, baseball, and watching TV. Likes karate because, "I like karate because I learn new techniques and I learn how to defend myself."

  • Dylan Kim - Dylan was born in 2003, a black belt and 1st Dan. He enjoys karate, basketball, football, and riding bikes. Enjoys doing karate because, "I like karate because I make new friends and get to spar with other students."

Year Born: 1969

Karate Student Since: 1973

Current Belt Rank: Chong Kwan Jang

Nim (Grand Master) 6th Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I was born

into a martial arts family where it has been practiced

and taught for many generations.

Meet all of our instructors by visiting us today!

Each of our instructors is highly trained

to offer you or your child the best training possible. The development of their students is the most important aspect to each of our trainers.

Grand Master Kee Hong Kim

Master Shawn West, Sr.

Visit us monthly or during belt tests to see our prestigious Demonstration Team perform.

Meet our

amazing instructors.

Master Keith Shaw

Year Born: 1957

Karate Student Since: 2001

Current Belt Rank: Kwan Jang Nim, 4th Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I wanted to challenge myself more than ever before and

I thought it would be fun – it is!

Master Brian Jacobson

Year Born: 1955

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Kwan Jang Nim, 4th Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I joined a class with my daughter and never looked back.

Master Brian Richards

Year Born: 1968

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Kwan Jang Nim, 4th Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I started taking martial arts classes after watching my son take classes and  seeing how the classes benefited him. I then started craving the same for myself. Since then,

I have worked closely with Master Kim and have made martial arts a part of my life.

There has been no turning back.

Casey Shields

Year Born: 1996

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Sah Bum Nim, 3rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: My mom and dad enrolled in martial arts classes for self-confidence and self-defense.

David Hyman

Year Born: 1998

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Sah Bum Nim, 3rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: My parents had this routine of taking me into town to get ice cream and then walking over to watch students take karate classes at NKI. I really enjoyed watching

what they were doing so they signed me up.

Ed Shields

Year Born: 1963

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Sah Bum Nim, 3rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I started studying karate in 1985 then stopped to attend college and promised myself that I would start again one day. In 2003 I signed up my kids at NKI and then after a short time, I remembered my old promise and signed up myself.

Cindy Shields

Year Born: 1966

Karate Student Since: 2004

Current Belt Rank: Sahbumnim, 3rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: Enrolled children for self-defense / confidence. I started taking martial arts classes as a personal challenge and as a family exercise activity.

Phil Wry

Year Born: 1956

Karate Student Since: 2004

Current Belt Rank: Sahbumnim, 3rd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: Because martial art is an activity that enhances all aspects of life (physical, mental, emotional, and social, etc.)

Albert Gerhold

Year Born: 1959

Karate Student Since: 2002

Current Belt Rank: Sahbumnim, 2nd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: I started taking martial arts classes because of my son. He was diagnosed with ADHD and karate was suggested as a way for him to develop self-discipline. I joined with him to be his support and coach.

Raymond Hodges

Year Born: 1960

Karate Student Since: 1972

Current Belt Rank: Kyosa Nim, 2nd Dan

How / why did you get into Martial Arts: When I was 12 years old, my father noticed that I had developed an explosive temper, so he enrolled me in martial arts classes.

martial arts instructors Grand Master Kee Hong Kim