Student Profile – Brycen Fleming

October 13th, 2018


A self-professed Ninja, 7-year-old Brycen Fleming was thrilled to start Tae Kwon Do lessons.  While he’s also an excellent soccer and basketball player, Tae Kwon Do is one of his favorite activities. “It’s intriguing and lets me practice my Ninja moves,” Brycen says. He’s been taking lessons at the Fayetteville location since November and loves that his brother Andrew takes lessons as well. Brycen has rapidly moved up the ranks to achieve the rank of blue stripe. “Brycen is constantly practicing his moves at home. He loves Tae Kwon Do, and I can see the pride he takes in every belt test he passes, and every level he advances,” notes mom, LaKeisha.


Presenting this month’s Student Profile, Brycen Fleming.



Why do you like taking Tae Kwon Do?

It’s fun and it’s a good way to get exercise


What do you enjoy about taking lessons at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do?

It’s challenging. It helps you try to be strong like a Ninja.


How does Tae Kwon Do increase your confidence?

I get more confidence in my kicks.


What do you think of the instructors at Master Shim’s?

The instructors are good because they are black belts and they know what they are doing.


Why should someone else consider taking Tae Kwon Do?

They should take it to get some exercise.


Did You Know . . .

October 13th, 2018

Students of Tae Kwon Do learn movements, commands and instruction in Korean. They endeavor to immerse themselves more into Korean culture.


Here are a few intriguing facts about the language of Tae Kwon Do:

  • There are 24 letters in the Korean alphabet.
  • It consists of 14 consonants and 10 vowels.
  • The shapes of vowels are based on three elements: man (a vertical line), earth (a horizontal line) and heaven (a dot).
  • The sounds of certain consonants change depending on whether they appear at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end syllable.
  • Korean can be written in vertical columns running from top to bottom and right to left, or in horizontal lines running from left to right.

Goodbye & Thank You, Jhoon Rhee

October 13th, 2018

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is the legendary martial artist who introduced Tae Kwon Do to the United States more than half a century ago. Widely regarded as the “Father of American Tae Kwon Do”, Grandmaster Rhee passed away at the end of April. The 86-year-old left a legacy that profoundly impacted martial arts in this country today.


Ranked a 10th-Degree black belt, he began training in martial arts at age 13. In 1962, Grandmaster Rhee opened the first U.S.-based martial arts studio in Washington, DC. Over time, he eventually expanded to 11 studios in the metro DC area.


In 2007, Grandmaster Rhee was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame. He is listed there as both the “Pioneer of American Tae Kwon Do” and the “Pioneer of Tae Kwon Do in Russia”.


Ahnyonghee Ka Ship Sheeyo & Kam Sahm Needa, Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee.

Instructor Profile – Raenah Frishe

October 11th, 2018

Instructor Raenah FrishePeachtree City instructor Raenah Frishe’s parents led her to Tae Kwon Do. They wanted to continue their martial art’s education, and she became intrigued. Six years later, it has provided character traits she needed. “It has improved my confidence and self-esteem,” Raenah says of Tae Kwon Do. She has enjoyed her four years as an instructor and loves the challenge it brings.

Here’s more about our instructor, Raenah Frishe.


What is your belt level?

I am a third-degree black belt.



Why did you decide to take classes at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do?

It had a great curriculum, wonderful instructors, and was the best Tae Kwon Do school in the area.


Did you have any problems/issues Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome?Raenah Frishe Sword

Tae Kwon Do has definitely helped me come out of my shell and be less shy.


What are some of your Tae Kwon Do accomplishments and achievements?

I have competed in numerous tournaments including the U.S. Open, USAT Nationals, and ATU Nationals. I am also a part of the MSWCTKD poomsae team.

What changes have you seen in the students?

Students tend to become more confident and improve physically (endurance, flexibility, etc.). I would recommend it because not only is it a fun activity, but it is also great exercise and teaches life skills.


Why would you recommend Tae Kwon Do to others?

It is great exercise, teaches you self-defense, and helps to relieve stress. Plus, it’s fun!


Instructor Raenah Frishe BW


Student Profile – Aidan and Anna Meyer

June 6th, 2018

When Amy and Lance Meyer were honored as Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do’s Parents of the Year in 2017, they were taken by surprise. Amy, a teacher at Braelinn Elementary School in Peachtree City, was instrumental in bringing Master Shim’s programs aimed at public schools to Braelinn. After seeing the positive changes Tae Kwon Do brought about in her own children, Anna, 12, and Aidan, 8, she wanted to give others the same exposure. “We notice positive changes in both of our children. When Aidan first started taking Tae Kwon Do, he was very intimidated. Aidan asked his dad if he would be willing to take class with him, and that is how Lance started taking Tae Kwon Do. Now Aidan is much more confident,” Amy notes. For Anna, she states that doing Tae Kwon Do “has been a big boost for her confidence.”

The entire family is dedicated to Tae Kwon Do and its many benefits. In a short period of time, it has had a major impact on the Meyer family. Take a closer look at the Meyer family’s story.


How long have you been doing Tae Kwon Do? Why did you start? My Mom and Papa wanted me to take class when I was younger, but it looked scary to me and I didn’t want to do it. One time when Master Shim’s WCTKD came to my mom’s school, she brought me up there to take class with the Braelinn kids and I loved it. That’s when I decided I wanted to take Tae Kwon Do. I started taking class a few months later. I have been taking Tae Kwon Do now for almost a year and a half.

What has Tae Kwon Do done for your confidence? I am very proud of how much I’ve learned in Tae Kwon Do. I’m the highest belt in my family!

Why do you like Tae Kwon Do? Why would you tell another kid that it is fun to do? I like going to class. I look forward to seeing Master Kim and my friends at Tae Kwon Do. Master Kim is a great teacher, and he makes class lots of fun. They also do lots of fun things for us – like the Health-kick! I love getting to dress up in costume and break all those boards!

Tell me about some of your Tae Kwon Do accomplishments and things you have achieved? Last spring, I went to Master Shim’s Tournament and I competed in Forms and Board Breaking. I got 1st place in Forms and 3rd place in Board Breaking.


How long have you been doing Tae Kwon Do? Why did you start? I have been taking Tae Kwon Do for one year. My brother and Dad started taking Tae Kwon Do first, and for a while I didn’t think I wanted to do it – I was nervous. But then Master Kim encouraged me to take class in December for family month. I gave it a try, and realized it was a lot of fun. After that I made the decision to keep taking class.

Did you have any problems/issues that Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome? Yes – my right leg is weaker than my left leg. Doing Tae Kwon Do has helped my right leg to get stronger. It’s also helped to improve my balance and coordination.

Did You Know. . .Avoiding Bee Stings

June 1st, 2018

It happened. Your child was enjoying a perfectly normal day of fun outside. Your child suddenly cries out in pain – she’s been stung. Redness develops at the site of the sting, and it starts to swell. She is having an allergic reaction.

The body’s response to a bee sting can vary from mild to severe.  The most dangerous response can include difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, or even loss of consciousness. How do you protect your child from having this experience?

Make your outdoor environment as safe as possible. In this instance, that means exercise caution when drinking sweet beverages outside. Bees are attracted to the sweetness and can crawl in straws or cans. Also, make sure trash cans are tightly covered, and pick up fallen food. Both can attract bugs and bees.

Pay attention to your outdoor attire. Open-toed shoes and excessive loose clothing can provide places for bees to hide. Bright colors and floral prints attract bees, so that is also something to consider.

One final preventive tip – if you find a bee’s nest or hive near your house, have a professional come take care of it. The last thing you want to do is anger its inhabitants and cause them to attack.


Manager Profile – Natasha Menko

May 30th, 2018

In January 2013, Natasha Menko was looking for a new experience in life. Dealing with a “mid-life crisis” of sorts, she decided to pursue her interest in martial arts. “After 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I realized I needed to do something for me, not just for my kids,” she states. She also wanted to lose weight and get in shape, and felt like she found the perfect blending of all of her interests, in Tae Kwon Do.

Now the School Manager for Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do in Peachtree City, Natasha says there’s no looking back. Her interest in and excitement for Tae Kwon Do allowed her to share her love of the sport with her family as well. She’s ascended the ranks to 3rd Degree Black Belt, and loves what she does.

Here’s more about Natasha Menko.

What made you select Master Shim's for your Tae Kwon Do? After deciding I wanted to try a martial art, I found Master Shim's was conveniently located and decided to check it out. I set up a trial class and was immediately hooked. I signed up for the black belt program, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Do any other family members take lessons with you? How did taking lessons together affect your relationship with your sons?  When I started, my sons saw how much fun I was having and decided they wanted to be a part of it also, and three of them took of classes with me. My youngest, Bryan (now 13) made it to red stripe before deciding he wanted to go back to soccer. My sons Nick (now 15) and Sean (now 20) both tested for 1st Dan with me in September 2015. Nick decided to take a break from Tae Kwon Do at 1st Dan Level 3, but Sean and I tested for 2nd Dan together in March 2016. He stopped taking classes a while after that. However, even though they no longer take Tae Kwon Do with me, I can say that having been on the journey with them was an incredible bonding experience.

What has Tae Kwon Do done for your confidence? Tae Kwon Do has done a lot for my confidence, both on and off the mat. Knowing that I am able to handle a situation, no matter what, I am more comfortable speaking up - no longer acquiescing when I disagree for fear of confrontation. I am less fearful in general, because I KNOW that I can handle myself.

Is it good exercise? Tae Kwon Do classes are not just great exercise, but good for the mind and spirit as well. I found that during stressful times, my classes really enabled me to let things go and work off that stress. The fact that it helped me lose weight and get in better shape were certainly welcome too. 

What changes have you seen in students who take Tae Kwon Do? Why would you recommend it to others?  The improvement in behavior, in respect for not only their elders, but also for their peers. I've had parents tell me proudly that within a couple of weeks they noticed a difference - in just saying "yes, sir, yes ma'am" at home, better listening, better focus. I've seen shy students come out of their shell to talk with and help others, I've seen focus improve, and the determination on some of their faces when they know they are so close to a tip or a new belt, and how hard they work to achieve that. I would recommend it to everyone. It doesn't matter what you are looking for - increased focus, confidence, stress relief, a good workout, better endurance or flexibility - you name it, Tae Kwon Do offers lots of benefits. Whichever one you are looking for, you may find you gain more than you bargained for. In a great way.

Honoring Those Who Bring Us Honor

May 25th, 2018

Memorial Day provides us with the opportunity to honor brave men and women who’ve given their lives in military service for this country. It became a federal holiday in 1971 and has evolved as a day of remembering the legacies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Here at Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, we count it a privilege to recognize this nation’s veterans. We’d love the opportunity to say “thank you for your service” to veterans who are still with us. This is where you come in.

In the comments below, tell us about a veteran you’d like to recognize for their service and dedication in the military. The remarks that garner the most “likes” will receive a week of free classes for your honored veteran.

All decisions are at the final discretion of Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do.

Tell us your stories ….

Student Profile – Daniel and Peter van der Hoek

May 23rd, 2018

In Step With . . .Daniel and Peter van der Hoek

The Van der Hoek brothers have made Tae Kwon Do a family affair. Twelve-year-old Daniel got the ball rolling, when he started classes in September 2016. “My brother did it and I just thought it looked fun,” states 8-year-old Peter. He followed suit and started classes in November 2016. The boys are taking classes at the Fayetteville location.

Their mother is pleased with the changes she’s seen in her sons. “Taekwondo gives both boys a chance to channel their energy in a constructive way. They learn a little about Korean culture also. So far, they have not been in any situations where they would need to defend themselves, but I am glad they know some self-defense moves! They also receive positive reinforcement in being courteous and helpful to others, a key principle in Taekwondo,” says Betsy.


Presenting Daniel and Peter van der Hoek, our April Student Profile.

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

Both: We feel a little more confident than before we did Taekwondo.


Is it good exercise? 

Both: Definitely. It is physical and mental exercise. You have to remember all the forms and Korean terms, and also how to get along with each other and help each other.


Why do you like Tae Kwon Do? 

Daniel: Forms and self-defense, and Master Morgan.

Peter: I like the nice masters, instructors and the friends.


Tell me about some of your Tae Kwon Do accomplishments and things you have achieved?

Daniel: We competed in Master Shim’s tournament last year and in the Health Kick fundraiser two years in a row. I have been doing Taekwondo a year and a half, and I’m close to being a black belt. I feel like I have gained a lot of experience already.

Peter: I have been in Master Shim’s tournament and the 2017 Health Kick. I broke a board into 3 pieces!



Why would you tell another parent that their child should take Tae Kwon Do? 

Apart from the fact that it’s good exercise, there is a good balance of competition and cooperation that is healthy for kids (and adults). Since my children are homeschooled, coming to Master Shim’s gives us a chance to get out and spend time with a nice cross-section of our local community. I can’t speak highly enough of the masters and instructors. They are cheerful, patient, friendly, encouraging, and know when a student needs a challenge. The administrative side of the school is also very organized. My kids appreciated the fact that they got a manual to help learn the requirements for each level and track their progress. The atmosphere in the school is always friendly for parents and grandparents as they watch the lessons. I like that my boys are involved in a sport they enjoy right now and can continue in someday as adults if they choose.


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 to find out more.