Wednesday, May 1, 2013

KIM SOO KARATE returns to Baytown


Grandmaster Kim Soo has appointed Kyosanim Melissa L. Nichols, (SB) to the position of chief instructor for Kim Soo Karate Baytown.

We hold classes at Cheryl's dance studio located at 401 W. Francis, Baytown, TX. The Studio director, Cheryl Lauersdorf is host to our dojang as well as being a student of Chayon-Ryu. The studio is a clean, private, and designed for instruction in the disciplined physical arts. Hardwood sprung floors (a must in preventing shin splints and other damage to martial arts practitioner's bodies), side barres for stretching, mirrored walls, water fountain, restroom.

Summer session begins in July, and the fall and spring sessions will follow the Goose Creek ISD school calendar. For information about registering for classes, go to the dojang website:

About the Chief Instructor-

Melissa L. Nichols holds the rank of kyosanim, black belt 1st dan with Grandmaster Kim Soo. She began studying Chayon-Ryu in 2004, started teaching in 2006 as an assistant instructor, received her black belt promotion in 2010, and continues to attend black belt classes and teacher clinics with Grandmaster Kim Soo, and receives specialized training in the instruction of martial arts. 
Ms. Nichols has seven years practical experience in teaching martial arts.
Kyosanim Melissa Nichols and Grandmaster Kim Soo

As is required of all black belts in Chayon-Ryu, Ms. Nichols is involved in the active preservation of the history of the Chayon-Ryu system, the arts contained therein, its teaching lineage, and origins.

Chayon-Ryu is a preservation system, retaining history and forms of the masters of Okinawa, China, and Korea. Many of the forms are disappearing and becoming lost to time, and it is our responsibility to help preserve this knowledge for future generations.

Ms. Nichols is a lifetime member of the International Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts Association, a member of the Chayon-Ryu Yudanja Whey (black belt association),  a member in good standing of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation; and serves as special projects coordinator, and system video archivist for Grandmaster Kim Soo, and is editor in chief for Inside Chayon-Ryu.
Ms. Nichols is a two time recipient of the Kim Soo Kong Award of Merit (2012 & 2013), an award given by Grandmaster Kim Soo to members who work for the continued improvement of the Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts System.

Chayon-Ryu students attending Lee College and studying under Sabeomnim Graeme Cox,  may register for classes at KSKBT and continue their journey toward black belt, once they have completed his Self Defense program at Lee.

Visit the school website for enrollment specials and information on student tuition discounts.

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