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Our Instructors

Master Lim


Master Nam Lim holds a 5th degree black belt in HaeDong Gumdo (Korean Sword Martial Arts), a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and is certified for instructing bare hand combat in Korean Martial Arts. He has been teaching Martial Arts in South Korea and in the United States for over 20 years. In addition, he taught U.S. Army soldiers when he was an instructor in South Korea.

He started Korean Martial Arts at age 6 in his hometown of Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Taekwondo was the first traditional Korean Martial Arts that he started with, then he specialized in Korean Sword Martial Arts. Master Lim studied several other Martial Arts and taught different skills.


Master Lim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) with a Biological Science degree. He was a student instructor for the SIUE Taekwondo Club throughout his school years. He played football for the SIUE Club Football Team for four years and was a captain his senior year.

Master Lim loves training with his students in classes every day. Master Lim's dream is to help his students become successful in their lives with good morals, respect, positive attitude, a mindset to do their best on everything, and satisfaction from the results of their efforts.


Serving in Germany

Instructor Song (Mr. Song)


Mr. Song holds a 2nd degree black belt in HaeDong Gumdo (Korean Sword Martial Arts) and a 2nd degree black belt in Judo. He has many years of experience in teaching Martial Arts and is in an expert in throwing and grappling techniques.

Currently, he is serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain (Dentist) at Scott Air Force Base. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He was born in South Korea and has been practicing his Martial Arts skills since he was little.  He is serving in Germany and continue his service in the Air Force.

Mr. Song played Football for Granite City High School and SIUE Club Football Team throughout his school years. He loves Martial Arts, swimming, running, hiking, and all indoor and outdoor activities. He enjoys spending time with Master Lim and the KSMA family.


Instructor Zach

Instructor Zach was Master Lim's first student at his school, Korean Sword Martial Arts.  He has practiced Tae Kwon Do, achieving a black belt in that art, as well as a black belt in Haedong Gumdo (Korean Sword Martial Arts).  

Instructor Zach runs cross country and track for William Woods University, and often attends class with his family members.  He enjoys playing dodgeball and Nerf Wars in class.


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