About Our School

The focus of our martial arts school is on physical fitness, character development, and self-defense, rather than fighting. Our overarching goal is in building our student’s self-esteem.

As soon as you become a martial arts student, you join a community that works together toward improved physical strength and stamina, better focus and concentration, greater self-discipline, competency in self-defense, and, most importantly, increased self-confidence.

For us, the practice of taekwondo means respecting each other, encouraging and supporting each other, and celebrating each other’s successes.

These values are especially important in working with children and families — the primary focus of our martial arts school in Niles, IL.

We have programs for students of all ages.

For children, our emphasis is on character development and physical fitness. With adults, our goal is to deliver all of the benefits of martial arts, including improved muscle tone, increased cardiovascular fitness, lower stress levels, increased energy, and greater flexibility.

Self-defense is also emphasized, but it’s always tempered with the training on how to seek alternatives to conflict.

Each of our martial arts instructors is committed to teaching the physical skills while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student.

We hope you become a Niles martial arts student at Shim’s Martial Arts Training Center.

History

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Grandmaster Woon Sik Shim

9th Degree Black Belt

Grand Master Woon Sik Shim began his Tae Kwon Do Journey in 1955 in the country side of South Korea.

In 1981 he opened his first school in Niles, IL

  • 9th Degree Black Belt
  • 1993 – 94 U.S. National/International Team Manager
  • Barcelona Olympics referee
  • International Tae Kwon Do Olympic Committee
  • Served as the President of Illinois State Tae Kwon Do Association
  • President of the Chung Do Kwon Union

Instructors

All martial arts instructors at Shim’s Martial Arts Training Center in Niles, IL are trained to ensure that our martial arts classes are safe, effective and fun.

Our instructors and instructor assistants are trained to focus on more than just teaching martial arts skills. Instructors also learn how to work with all students, tailoring their martial arts teaching methods to fit the individual child. Emphasis is put on encouragement and positive correction.

We are committed to teaching the physical skills of martial arts while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student. Through weekly martial arts training, instructors advance their own martial art and educational knowledge to become even more effective martial arts teachers.

The Shim’s Martial Arts Training Center instructors are required to maintain their personal level of martial arts knowledge and a high level of personal growth. They are expected to take classes on a regular basis and test at least once per year.

Our Niles Martial Arts staff at Shim’s Martial Arts Training Center looks forward to working with you.

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Master Cy Shim

6th Degree Black Belt

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Master Philip Shim

6th Degree Black Belt

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Master Beradino (Dean) Parisi

6th Degree Black Belt