MASTER/ HEAD INSTRUCTOR: Sa Bom Nim
4th dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 2nd dan black belt in Moo Duk Kwan
Mrs. A started her training in Los Gatos, California in 1995 with Master A and Master Lam. Her first black belt was achieved in 2003 after years of perseverance, hard work, and encouragement from family and friends. This passion for the arts led her to follow the path of an instructor, and eventually school owner, with Master A. She has owned multiple martial arts schools in a variety of locations over a duration of nearly twenty years, and has found great joy in being an instrumental part of her students' martial arts journeys. Although Mrs. A has been practicing and teaching martial arts for decades, she likes to remind students that the martial arts journey is one where you never stop learning. As a teacher to students of all ages, ranks, and backgrounds, Mrs. A emphasizes that she herself still learns new things every day about what it means to be a martial artist through teaching. Teaching her students is the best part of her day because she gets to interact with kids, teens, and adults that she has poured hours of her time and her heart and soul into. Facilitating the powerful individual growth journey that is martial arts is a responsibility Mrs. A embraces with pride. She often tells her students that she "has the coolest job ever".
CHIEF MASTER/HEAD INSTRUCTOR: Chung Sah Nim
6th dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 3rd dan black belt in Tang Soo Do and Moo Duk Kwan, 4th dan black belt in Karate, red sash in Wushu
Master A began training when he was six years old at the Washington Karate Association in Ballard, Washington. That first experience lit an excitement for the arts that has lasted for nearly five decades, and led him to experience and achieve many incredible things alongside some of the giants in the martial arts community. He trained with and was certified as a weapons expert by Master George Chung, Black Belt Hall of Famer and five-time North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) World Champion. Together, Master Chung and Master A also taught the 49ers in the 1990s after the team asked for martial arts training. Master A has also trained and taught with Master Anthony Chan, one of the trailblazers of American Wushu; Master Larry Lam, a twenty-time NASKA gold medalist who is well-known for his stunt work in movies such as The Last Samurai and The Matrix; and Master Richard Branden, a six-time world champion in Wushu and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Master A's martial arts lineage can be traced to other martial arts titans such as Ernie Reyes, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Hee Il Cho, Remy Presas, Hidy Ochiai, Tadashi Yamashita, and Dan K. Choi. With Master A's years of experience with some of the best martial artists across a variety of disciplines, he aims to instill students with the honor, respect, and discipline martial arts gave him. Master A often says that martial arts changed his life, taught and imbued him with characteristics that you can't find outside of the martial arts environment. As such, Master A hopes to pass these characteristics on to his students and change their lives, just as his teachers and classmates did for him.
HEAD INSTRUCTOR: Kyo Sa Nim
1st dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Ms. Lili is the daughter of Master A and Mrs. A and began training at three years old in their school at the time, Studio Kicks in Silverdale, Washington. What started as fun imitation from the side of the floor as a toddler would become far more meaningful as Ms. Lili grew up. Now, with over a decade of martial arts experience, Ms. Lili is a first dan black belt and has had a very successful competitive martial arts career. She is a three-time national champion in Tae Kwon Do, and also has silver and bronze medals from the AAU Tae Kwon Do National Championships. While Ms. Lili now considers herself "retired" from competitive martial arts, her unique perspective as someone who has been raised on martial arts, trained their whole life, and competed at a high level has inspired her to make the jump from student to teacher. Ms. Lili expresses deep gratefulness to have the opportunity to touch the lives of people from all walks of life through martial arts. She believes that there aren't many other ways for someone to come in contact with and change so many lives. It is a privilege she accepts with honor.