Archive for December, 2018

Did You Know?

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

People can often confuse Tae Kwon Do and Karate. Both are respected martial arts’ forms, and both have their unique benefits and differences. Here are a few considerations when trying to determine which type of martial arts is best for you.

  • Tae Kwon Do emphasizes more kicking techniques.
  • Karate focuses more on hand strikes.
  • Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea.
  • Karate comes from Japan.
  • Tae Kwon Do is an official Olympic sport.


When making the decision to study Tae Kwon Do or Karate, look at the following:

  • What is the quality of the instruction?
  • What does the facility look like?
  • What is the atmosphere like?
  • How does the class schedule work?
  • Where are they located?


Hope you’ll consider taking a look at all that Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do has to offer in the New Year!



It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

When we think of the Christmas season, we think of a time of giving. While we may be busily racing around to buy gifts for family and friends, the season of giving and sharing can even extend to those we don’t know. We can creatively share the spirit of Christmas with others.


You can buy someone a drink or a meal. How many times have you been in the drive-thru line and when it’s time to pay, you’re told your meal was already taken care of? It is an amazing feeling, and just makes you want to do the same for someone else. Or you can offer a cold drink to someone who has been working outside in the hot sun all day. Construction workers and mail carriers are just a couple of professions that would benefit from such kindness.


Donating items is also a gesture of giving. Good Will and an abundance of thrift stores would gladly accept donations. Take it a step further by finding an organization with a track record of helping others with money earned from donated items.


A call to the local florist can initiate the start of a very pleasant surprise for someone. Who doesn’t like to receive unexpected flowers, or a fruit basket? Maybe balloons or baked goods? Showing someone you thought of them can mean more than the item sent.


Reach out with a gesture, great or small, to make someone’s day memorable. It is truly better to give than to receive.


Have a Joyous, Merry Christmas from Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do.

Student Profile – Cole Peavy

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

In Step With . . .

Cole Peavy

Seven-year-old Cole Peavy is a student at our Fayetteville location. This active youngster loves Tae Kwon Do and the workout it gives him. His mom loves it too.

“Tae Kwon Do is an excellent tool for discipline.  The instructors are great role models and learning self-defense is a good trait,” says Cole’s mom, Briana Barlow. Here’s a look at December’s student profile, Cole.


How long have you been taking Tae Kwon Do?

3.5 years


What problems did Tae Kwon Do help you overcome?

Tae Kwon Do helped me to focus better and to kick better and punch to the patch.


Has Tae Kwon Do given you confidence?

Tae Kwon Do tells me that I can do better and don't give up.


Why do you like Tae Kwon Do? Why would you tell another kid that it is fun to do?

It helps me defend myself from danger.  It helps you be a great warrior.


Instructor Profile – Emily Parlier

Thursday, December 20th, 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 Peachtree City 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 Tae Kwon Do 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 December’s featured instructor, Emily Parlier.

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.

We Have A Place . . . For You!

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Let’s face it, we’re all looking for ways to do things faster, smarter and easier. We want events and activities in close proximity, to shorten our commute, and lengthen our time to spend with family. Master Shim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do gets that … and that’s why we have three locations, so you can find the one that is most convenient for you.

Our Fayetteville location provides martial arts for the burgeoning South Atlanta area, including Jonesboro, Riverdale and Lovejoy.  The Peachtree City school reaches students from numerous areas, including Sharpsburg, Senoia and Tyrone. And if you are in the Irondale, Conyers and McDonough areas, then our Stockbridge location may be ideal for you.

Each location offers the same comforting, encouraging environment for children and adults alike to learn and develop.

We’d love to have you at the location that best suits you. It’s your choice, and our pleasure to welcome you to a healthy activity that the entire family can enjoy.

And don’t forget, you can sign up for free classes and check us out. Visit to sign up for our trial program.


We have a place for you!

Books, Homework … and Veggies?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

It’s Sunday night, almost midnight, and you realize school snacks haven’t been packed. Ugh. You need something quick and tasty that the kids will enjoy. Oh, and you want it to be nutritious too. Believe it or not, there are snacks that will actually meet all of those criteria – and pass the parent healthy food test.


If sweet is your child’s thing, then Sun-Maid’s best are sure to hit the spot. A mini-box of raisins can be filling, and are a healthy alternative to a candy bar. But there are some candies, like dark chocolate with nuts, that can make for a delectable taste combination, improve your health and even lower your risk of heart disease. Granola bars, filled with grains and fruit, can also provide a healthy, quick option, conveniently packaged.


Maybe salty … and crunchy … suits your child’s palate. Pretzels meeting the smooth taste of hummus not only tastes good together but can come as an easy-to-handle small premade snack. And vegetables and fruit, from mini carrots to apples to oranges, are always a nutritious win.


Keeping quick bites on hand for snack emergencies can get you an A+ in the lunch department. They can also make great snacks when you’re on the go during school break in December!