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The next belt test is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the Masters BEFORE the test day. There are no classes on test days. Bring sparring gear.
Please arrive about 10 minutes before the start of your test:
* If you recently tested for Bo Black belt or a Black belt, you must attend at this time to receive your belt. If you have any questions, please speak to Master Kim.
Family class members: You may test with your children at the adult test or you can test separately. The adult test lasts longer; young children might find it tiring.
Payment: Please make checks payable to "SH Kim Taekwondo." Write the name of the student(s) testing in the memo area. You may pay for the whole family with one check. We cannot process credit card payments on the day of the test. Cash is accepted (exact change is appreciated) but we prefer a check. Cost is $55 for white through low blue belt; $85 for high blue through high brown belt. Black belts please talk to Master Kim at (703) 442-3232.
If you need to make special arrangements regarding the belt test, please check with Master SH Kim before the test day.
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Home of the National History Champion
Our black belt student Tajin Rogers won the National History Bee! You can read about it in the Sun Gazette: Longfellow Student Brings Home National History Crown.
Severe Weather Policy
In case of bad weather, please check our web site before coming to class. Depending on the conditions around the school, we may need to cancel classes. We will make every effort to announce on this site if we are open or closed. If there is no notice and you are unsure, please call us first. Your safety is our top priority.
Our tuition billing is outsourced. Information about it is on your contract. If you run into any billing problems, please contact Master Kim for assistance.
Announcements are posted on this website, but several parents have asked for email notifications. In response to this demand, we are implementing an optional email list beginning in 2010.
If you wish to receive email when our school has an announcement, please send an email from the email address you want us to use to our webmaster (See Contact Us web page) with "SHKim Email" in the subject line and student's name in the body of the email. If you wish to discontinue notices, send your request to our webmaster using the same subject line.
If you use Yahoo email and don't receive a reply to your request, please contact the webmaster in some other fashion. We will add your email address to a list that will bypass filters flagging some Yahoo mail as spam.
We have available official Taekwondo Textbooks from the Kukkiwon. Volume I includes everything a color belt needs to know. Volume II covers black belt forms, competition rules, etc. Each paperback volume costs $25. See Master Kim if you would like to purchase a copy.
Bo Black Belt (pre-blackbelt) & Black Belt Candidates
If you recently tested for Bo Black belt or a Black belt, you must attend the next test to receive your belt. If you have any questions, please speak to Master Kim.
Get Well Soon
Black belt student Julia had major surgery on May 4, 2009. Read her journal and leave comments in her guest book at CaringBridge.
Julia, we miss you and hope you are all better soon!
After School Program
If you are interested in our after school martial arts / taekwondo program and optional transportation from local elementary schools, please phone Mr. Kim at (703) 442-3232 for details.
SH Kim School at USA Today
On September 18, 2007, SH Kim US Tae Kwon Do participated in the wellness fair at USA Today in Tysons Corner. Master Kim, Instructor Vicky, Carlo, and Ramsey demonstrated punching, kicking, poomse, sparring, and breaking.
Attention Black Belts
If you earned your black belt at our school but did not pick up your certificate, please contact Master Kim. We award black belts and certificates at belt tests, between the two test sessions. Please phone before the test day so that we can have everything ready for the ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, please arrive early wearing your uniform and current belt and be prepared to give a short speech.
On May 9, 2005, Masters SH Kim, HS Kim, and Shepler; Instructors Laura and Vicky; and two adult TKD students participated in The Potomac School's health day. Master Kim ran a well-attended demo class for the middle school. We received this thank you note from Kerry Kirk, health department, The Potomac School:
Attention High School Students
As you think about college, consider what you might write on your college application:
Good: Earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 13.
Better: Have a 1st degree TKD black belt and am working on my 2nd degree.
Best: I am a TKD 2nd degree black belt candidate, perform with my school's demo team, and assist the instructors and masters in teaching my junior students. A letter of recommendation from Grandmaster Soon Ho Kim is attached.
If you help out teaching, your instructors get to know you better and will better be able to write you an outstanding letter of recommendation. Make an appointment to see Master Kim if you are interested in becoming an assistant in the children's classes.
Mature middle school students looking for opportunities to enhance their high school applications may also meet with Master Kim (along with their parents) to discuss options.
Help Improve our Web Site
If you wish to contribute any ideas or materials for our school website, contact our webmaster, Master Linnell, by email.
Saturday, December 8, 2018: Promotion test.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018: Closed for Christmas.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Closed New Year's Day.