A Little Cash Goes A Long Way

May 18th, 2018

Students, teachers, and even some parents are itching with excitement – summer is almost upon us! Between counting down the days that remain in the school year, and enrolling in summer camps, the month of May can be a busy time. You may also be looking forward to slowing down the pace, focusing on relaxation, and preparing family vacation plans for the summer. If you’re looking for fun activities close to home, the city of Atlanta offers a plethora of options to choose from. There are choices for all ages, and all price ranges. In fact, if you’re considering summer excitement that will make your wallet happy, look no further. Get ready to smile with this listing of a few inexpensive ways to have summer fun.


  • Enjoy the great outdoors at the park – This may seem obvious. After all, throwing frisbees at the park, playing on the monkey bars, and picnic lunches are all things summer was made for. You may also enjoy a trip to Centennial Olympic Park to play in the fountains and read about Atlanta’s time hosting the Olympic games.
  • A little climb, anyone? – Looking for a little exercise? A climb to the top of Stone Mountain at Stone Mountain Park may be just what you need.
  • Take a walk through history – The King Center in Atlanta is an informative look at the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Filled with intriguing details on both his public and private life, it would be a day well-spent.
  • Loving our animal friends - Noah’s Animal Sanctuary provides an up close and personal look at exotic, wildlife and domestic animals. Self-guided tours are completely free.
  • Activities with a little kick to them - Check out the events at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Ladies, looking for a self-defense class? Want to sign the kids up for summer camp? Looking for a few lessons to get your feet wet? Take advantage of all we have to offer! Visit www.atlantatkd.com to find out more.

Instructor Profile – Samantha Ransier

May 16th, 2018

In Step With . . .Samantha Ransier

Mat Instructor Samantha Ransier owes her love of Tae Kwon Do to her younger sister. “I started because my sister sparked my interest,” she states. “I had always thought martial arts were cool, but when I saw Master Morgan doing a self-defense demonstration at a birthday party, I was automatically hooked,” she continues. Four years later, Samantha enjoys working at the Fayetteville location, and is a first-degree black belt.


Here’s more on April’s instructor, Samantha Frazier.


Did you have any problems/issues that Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome?

I was always very socially anxious, but Master Shim's has taught me to use my voice in multiple ways.


What has Tae Kwon Do done for your confidence? Self-esteem?

There is nothing more confidence boosting than watching other people trying just as hard and encouraging you no matter how little you think of yourself. I personally had a group of students that I bonded with and became very close with. We did everything together at Tae Kwon Do. They helped me become more confident.


Is it good exercise?

Definitely. There is always a balance between the physical training and the curricular training which let's you develop not only muscular strength, but also your flexibility.


What changes have you seen in students who take Tae Kwon Do? Why would you recommend it to others?

There are tremendous changes! I think one of my personal observations was how children who come into the door on the first day with the jitters, unable to keep still, and running from place to place, walk in the door, bow politely and respectfully grab their cards and sit patiently by the mat. Another change is watching the shy children finally expressing themselves and flowering into amazing martial artists with more confidence than ever before.


Anything else you would like to add?

Master Shim's has made me a better person. I focus more in school and have a higher self-image. I love the amazing family I've become a part of. I could never be happier anywhere else.

Love The Skin You Are In

May 11th, 2018

At the first peak of warm weather, many people excitedly flock to the beach. After all, winter’s blistering temperatures have held outdoor activities at bay for months. The squishy sand between your toes, refreshing cool water waves, and sunshine on your skin create an attractive allure to take a beach day. As much fun as frolicking in the sun can be, it can develop into too much of a good thing. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Instead of shying away from time in the sun and the benefits that it can bring, the key is to do it wisely. Taking appropriate precautions ensures your time in the sun is safe.


  • Use sunscreen. That’s what it’s for. Allow it to help keep the harmful rays at bay.
  • Don a pair of sunglasses. They’re not only stylish, they’re functional. They serve a valid purpose in helping your eyes.
  • Limit your time in the sun between 10am and 4pm. When temperatures are often at their highest, and the sun’s rays are the fiercest, consider cutting back on outdoor time. Don’t make a practice of laying out for hours on end.
  • Try to wear clothing that coves your skin whenever possible. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants can provide protection from damaging rays. Of course, it’s hot in the summer, so tank tops and shorts are an integral part of your wardrobe. But when you may be outdoors for extended periods of time, consider covering up to protect your skin.


Moms – We Love You!

May 10th, 2018

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

  • Robert Browning

Indeed, a mother’s love is unconditional. Mom is there to celebrate every victory and cheer you on through each challenge. She’s there to hold you and encourage you if you encounter a struggle and rejoice when you have a triumph. Of course, with that in mind, you want to take Mother’s Day to honor all the ways she has enriched your life. From tried and true methods to gifts that are outside of the box, here are a few ideas every mother is sure to enjoy.

Flowers and candy

You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who doesn’t feel special when given colorful flowers. Couple that gift with something sweet for your sweet, and it’s sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face. Chocolates almost always do the trick. And if you’d like to give her a whole field of flowers, head to Atlanta Botanical Gardens to savor nature’s beauty.

Music to my ears

The Fox Theatre is the location for a Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration, with the vocal stylings of the one and only Anita Baker. Enjoying music she loved years ago may be a joyous walk down memory lane for Mom. Add more excitement to the evening with a special brunch or dinner event at a number of area restaurants.

So happy together

Mommy & Me Days at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do provide a gift idea that is unique, off the beaten path, and something you and mom can enjoy together. Take part in the in a bonding time that will also give you a good workout! As Mom embodies the new sense of confidence and power that Tae Kwon Do can bring, surprise her with a gift certificate to come back for classes. That is surely a gift she’ll never forget.

Student Profile – Zoe Temples & Joshua Whitaker

May 9th, 2018

When Zoe Temples and Joshua Whitaker started taking Tae Kwon Do lessons at Master Shim’s Fayetteville location in 2017, their family had no idea of what was in store. Just a few months later, in December, the Whitakers were honored as Master Shim’s Family of the Year. “It is such an honor to receive the award for family of the year! We can’t express enough how much it truly means to us. We could not be more grateful to have been chosen,” says dad, Joshua, and mom, Aneta. “All of the staff at Master Shim’s is exceptional and we would do anything for any of them.”


The family is excited about the changes they see in Zoe, 12 and young Joshua, 6. “I have seen great changes in both of my children.  They have grown to be more responsible, focused, driven, confident and have a sense of accomplishment because of Tae Kwon Do,” Dad states.


This month’s profile tells us more about Zoe and Joshua.


What are your belt levels?

Zoe - Black Belt

Joshua - Red Belt
Why did you start Tae Kwon Do?

Zoe attended a class for the bring a friend event and loved Tae Kwon Do from then on. Joshua has always been interested in martial arts and wanted to learn more about it.
Did you have any problems/issues that Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome?

Master Shim’s has helped them to become more focused and have more confidence overall.
Why do you like Tae Kwon Do? Why would you tell another kid that it is fun to do?

Zoe and Joshua like Tae Kwon Do for many reasons.  They like being able to take care of themselves if needed. They like the masters and instructors too.  They think it is a lot of fun to do.
Tell me about some of your Tae Kwon Do accomplishments and things you have achieved?

Zoe feels accomplished for becoming a member of the Demo team as well as a junior instructor.

Joshua has been excited about becoming a high belt. He also loves competing at the tournaments and bringing home medals to show everyone.

Instructor Profile – Emily Parlier

May 2nd, 2018

In Step With . . .Emily Parlier

She is an international medalist, whose repertoire boasts more than one hundred medals and trophies in Tae Kwon Do. Senior Instructor Emily Parlier has taught students at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do for five years, and is currently an instructor at the Stockbridge location. She has been involved in the sport since she was 9 years old. It’s a decision that Emily has never regretted. “The unique teaching style (at Master Shim’s) was really good for me, and I fell in love with the classes and instructors when I walked in for my first class,” she states.


She has watched the involvement with Master Shim’s grow into a family affair, with her parents, cousins, and aunts all signing up for lessons as well. As the American Taekwondo United (ATU) National Champion in 2015 and 2016, and the silver medalist in 2017, Emily is an excellent example for them to follow.


Here’s a look at February’s featured instructor, Emily Parlier.


What is your belt level?  

I am a 4th Dan.


What problems did Tae Kwon Do help you overcome?

When I was younger, I was a little firecracker, as I’ve been told. I had some behavioral issues and I had a hard time getting along with others. Tae Kwon Do taught me self-control, discipline, and respect.


Has Tae Kwon Do given you confidence?

Tae Kwon Do has been great for my confidence and self-esteem. I was never sure of myself before, but I believe that I am now.


Why would you recommend Tae Kwon Do for all ages?

Tae Kwon Do is really great for anyone! It helps adults get into shape and have a fun activity to get away from the stress of being an adult. It’s great for families to bond and work together at something. It’s especially great for kids to build life skills in them while they are young so that they will last a life time.

Heart Healthy – Bring A Friend!

April 30th, 2018

Healthy Heart, Healthy You

According to heart.org, less than 30% of high school students perform enough physical activity to keep their hearts healthy.


Less than 30 percent. Sadly, there are so few people taking advantage of the simple steps you can take to help your heart.


The American Heart Association recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity daily. In honor of American Heart Month, here are a few simple, practical and beneficial things you can do to get your heart healthy – and keep it that way.


Eat a heart healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, is just what the doctor ordered. Increasing foods that are good for you, while simultaneously decreasing your intake of sugary drinks, sodium and saturated fats, paves a path to keep your heart happy.


Maintain a healthy weight. Eating foods that are good for you not only keeps your heart happy, but your waistline too. Keeping your weight at a level that’s healthy for you is about so much more than looking good. It’s about feeling good, and truly being in good shape. Which leads to another way you can help your heart.


Physical activity. This is where Tae Kwon Do comes in. In addition to being an activity that’s fun and engaging, it offers an excellent workout. Tae Kwon Do gets your entire body moving, from head to toe.


These simple but powerful tips, along with healthy levels for your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure, can go a long way to helping you live a long and healthy life.


Head over to Master Shim’s and get signed up for one of the most exciting workout regiments around. Your heart will thank you for it.


And it’s not too late to take advantage of this week’s Special Friend Classes, April 30th-May 5th!

Student Profile – Caroline Rose

April 25th, 2018

In Step With . . .Caroline Rose

Ten-year-old Caroline Rose came to Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do in February 2017 for Bring A Friend Week … and she never left. She was honored as the 2017 Student of the Year, is currently a part of the Demo Team, and has won numerous gold medals in tournaments. The Fayetteville location is like her second home.


Caroline is thriving in an activity she enjoys. But for her mother, Bethany Clark, this experience means so much more. “We have seen so many changes in Caroline’s self-esteem and confidence.  She now speaks with such confidence to everyone and believes in herself,” Bethany states.

Here’s a look at February’s featured student, Caroline Rose.


What is your belt level?

I just tested for Black Belt.


What issues has Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome?

Tae Kwon Do helped me with being bullied by someone I thought was a friend.


Why do you enjoy Tae Kwon Do?

I love Tae Kwon Do because we do fun exercises and strengthen ourselves. You also make new friends in classes.


What has Tae Kwon Do taught you?

We learn how to defend ourselves.


You were recognized as Student of the Year. What does that honor mean to you?

It not only shows me, but (also) the Masters how dedicated I am to Tae Kwon Do. I’ve worked really hard and I continue to practice every day.


Camp Fun in the Summertime

April 23rd, 2018

Camp Fun in the Summertime

Lazy days at the beach. Trips to the park and the playground. Taking time to lounge and read a book. The carefree days of summer will soon be upon us. While the kids will no doubt enjoy some down time, they may soon crave a little activity to keep them, well, active. Enter summer camps. Combining mental, emotional and sometimes physical benefits, summer camp can be the perfect outlet for your child.


Summer camp can bring children from different neighborhoods, ages and socio-economic backgrounds together. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how to socially interact with interesting people from all walks of life. Children can become more adept at communicating and participation with a wider group of people. Perhaps, among children they don’t see on a daily basis, your child may have the opportunity to exhibit more leadership skills that may be hidden among their normal group of friends.


Depending upon the type of camp your child is attending, they can develop greater skills of responsibility and resourcefulness as well. Camps may require them to take on certain tasks, find ways to solve problems, and address specific issues. Their team or group may depend upon them to get their part done. And because it won’t have the stigma of being schoolwork, it may be viewed as a more fun or challenging endeavor.


Along those lines, your child can learn a new skill. Again, cloaked in fun and summer activities, they won’t even realize that some actual education has taken place.


This list is by no means exhaustive. With camps featuring everything from computer skills to cooking, dance to martial arts, the list of additional benefits is endless. In fact, Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do offers a summer camp experience like no other. Filled with activities, learning and field trips, it’s sure to bring delight to them – and you. Stay tuned to www.atlantatkd.com for all the camp details.

The Art of Competition

April 20th, 2018

The Art of Competition

Everybody is a winner.

Countless parents use that mantra to encourage their children, when it comes to competition. After all, it can be difficult for children to experience loss, or not capture first place. But competition is definitely not all negative. In fact, good, healthy competition can be beneficial for children physically, mentally and emotionally.


Physically, children can learn new skills, and want to improve upon them. The person who wins a competition did something right – leading to the victory. If your child is not the victor, what a great starting point for lessons they can learn and grow from.


Mentally, your child can learn to win – and lose – gracefully. A winner who doesn’t handle their success gracefully is not enjoyable to be around. Conversely, a sore loser is just that – a sore loser. Competition provides the opportunity to learn how to handle both situations.


Emotionally, competition can improve your child’s self-esteem. Just having the sense of accomplishment can make a world of difference to a child. Completing a task, finishing a game, or entering a contest can be a positive goal they’ve met and completed.


In addition to considering these valuable points for your child’s next competition, you can see them in action. Don’t miss Master Shim’s 12th Annual World Class Open Championship on Saturday, April 28. Visit http://atlantatkd.com/event/12th-annual-master-shims-world-class-open-championship/ for more information.