Hello! My name is My Mora and I’m the owner and Head Master of KSMY Martial Arts. I strive to develop a personal and constructive relationship with each and every one of my students. I hope to inspire individuals to take a positive and active approach in life. I plan to be with my students every step of the way to help them reach their individual goals. Martial Arts is not just a hobby for me, it is my life! I hope to be able to share my love and appreciation for marital arts with you!
Master My Mora, Gwan Jang Nim, has been dedicated to Kuk Sool for over 25 years. She is currently a Fifth Degree Black Belt under the Korea Kuk Sool Association, the World Kido Federation, and the Han Min Jok Hapkido Association.
My Gwan Jang Nim began her training under Chiefmaster Chun Duk Lee in 1993 at the Stockton Kuk Sool Won school. She was awarded the rank of First Degree Black Belt in December of 1998 by 10th Degree Grandmaster, In Sun Seo. She served as an assistant instructor at the Stockton Kuk Sool Won school.
Beginning in 2002, Master My has made several trips to South Korea to train with Chiefmaster Lee, who had returned to his home country to accept appointment as Chiefmaster of the Korea Kuk Sool Headquarters in Busan, South Korea. Master My served as the Head Instructor for the Korea Kuk Sool Headquarters during her many trips to South Korea.
In addition to her commitment to martial arts, My Gwan Jang Nim also values her continued education. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, she completed the Teacher Preparation Program at the California State University of Sacramento and obtained a professional single subject teaching credential in 2005. Master My taught World History and Psychology in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
In October of 2009, Master My made the decision to make Kuk Sool her career. To do so, she moved to South Korea for six months to train for her Fourth Degree Black Belt. During this time, she established strong, personal, and professional ties with Kuk Sool masters from all over South Korea.
In December of 2011, Master My established the KSMY Martial Arts dojang in the Sacramento area. This had been a dream come true for Master My given she can now combine her passion for teaching with her love of martial arts.
On April 27, 2016, Master My tested and passed for her 5th Dan Black Belt. On July 30th, 2016, Master My was joined, during her Fifth Degree Promotion, by twenty Blackbelts from South Korea. KSMY Martial Arts school was honored to have been able to host the 2016 WKF Hapkido Exchange during this time, where our students had a chance to meet, train, and bond with our South Korean Hapkido brothers and sisters. It was an extremely monumental day for My Gwan Jang Nim and she was overjoyed to have been promoted by Grandmaster In Sun Seo’s sons, 8th Dan Master Scott Seo and 7th Dan Master Steve Seo.
In July 2017, Master My’s students trained hard, traveled to South Korea, and competed in the 10th Busan Mayor’s Cup World Hapkido Festival & Championships. Our KSMY representatives brought back eight medals and placed in every category of competition.
Master My has received numerous certificates and accolades for her remarkable martial arts instruction and leadership role in the Sacramento area as well as in the world. Master My has received commendations from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, to name a few.
Aside from her instructing and training at KSMY Martial Arts, Master My is also a blue belt BJJ practitioner at Yemaso Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My Gwan Jang Nim also loves to dance salsa at Yemaya Salsa Dance Company. Master My is an avid dog lover and loves to eat all foods.
Master My prides herself on having an in-depth knowledge of teaching students of various abilities and levels, as she has extensive experience instructing in both the classroom and in martial arts dojangs. On behalf of Master My and our KSMY Martial Arts family, we hope to make you a part of our team!
Grandmaster In Sun Seo has been involved in martial arts since the 1950’s and is currently one of the most respected Korean martial artist and a true pioneer representing the first generation of Korean martial artists.
Grandmaster Seo is the only first generation martial artist to teach and operate a dojang in Korea continuously for the last 40 years. He is the epitome of a true martial artist who combines his technical skills with great wisdom to tirelessly serve the growing martial arts community of Korea as well as the rest of the world.
As of present time, Grandmaster In Sun Seo has certified 270,000 Black Belts and he serves as President/Chairman of World Kido Federation, Han Min Jok Hapkido Association and Korea Kuk Sool Association. GM Seo continues to travel the world to teach and share his martial arts knowledge and skills.
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I began training with Master My at the age of eight, along with my brother Caleb Ho, and was immediately passionate about learning Kuk Sool. After five challenging and remarkable years training at KSMY Martial Arts, I had received my 1st degree black belt and became an assistant instructor.
Beginning my journey into the lifestyle of a martial artist, I’ve always had a respect for Master My and her skills, as well as for other higher ranked students. My brother and I caught on quick about the school’s expectations teaching me discipline, while in the presence of others. With the influence of my teachers, family, and other students, my martial arts skills had advanced at a significantly fast rate.
Currently, as well as every day, I push to improve myself as a martial artist, a person, and an instructor. I focus on helping students’ skills grow by constructing my own teaching style to make my instruction more natural.
Continuing Kuk Sool in the future, I want to increase my martial arts skills, as well as my teaching skills, for I still have much to learn from Master My. I wish to expand my knowledge of Kuk Sool, as it will help me understand more about myself and the world around me.
Training at KSMY Martial Arts under Master My’s teaching, I have practiced respect for others, responsibility as an instructor, and discipline for the martial arts lifestyle.
I joined KSMY Martial Arts as a curious five year old. I soon found interest in the art of Kuk Sool and wanted to pursue it further. I am currently a 12-year-old 1st degree black belt in Kuk Sool/Hapkido.
When I was younger, KSMY helped me to become more focused, because I joked around in class. My brother Cameron and I influenced each other, since we always wanted to help each other progress as martial artists. As I got older, I started to understand the concepts of martial arts better, and my skills progressed.
As a black belt, Master My continues to be my influence because I look up to her as my instructor. I start to influence other students under me by giving them my knowledge and experience. I am focusing on working with others, and breaking down what I know to understand why I do it.
Moving forwards, I influence myself by trying to understand the deeper meaning of martial arts. I would like to influence other students as I understand more, so I can teach others with more knowledge and experience. Becoming higher up in the ranks, I would like to discipline myself to be more serious in my martial arts training.
As a martial artist, and while training at KSMY, I have learned self discipline, respect, integrity, responsibility and humility. Master My encourages me to pursue farther as a person, under the lifestyle as a martial artist.
Hi my name is Shayn Nishijima and I have been training in Hapkido since the age of 8 years old. I help out with the Tiny Tigers and the Junior programs. You may also see me here at the school everyday because I am highly dedicated to KSMY Martial Arts. I am currently red/black belt and I am going for first degree black belt and even beyond.
I am currently 13 years old and I enjoy hobbies such as soccer and programming. KSMY is like a family to me and they have helped me so much in life and improving my everyday with my love for martial arts.
I really hope you can make it out and be a part of this family. Hope to see you soon!
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Kim, but you can just call me Elly. I am thirteen years old and I have attended martial arts for a good six years. I have learned many things at our dojang. I’m glad that I am a part of the KSMY team and don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t. I have met many great people here and we are all very good friends. I attended KSMY for self defense, but realized it’s also a nice place to go if you want to relieve stress. The people are really kind, so it’s nice to have others always supporting your passion. KSMY Martial Arts is a great place to learn respect, self discipline, and perseverance. I am still a continuing students but have improved since I first step foot into this dojang. I currently assist in the Tiny Tigers and Junior beginner classes. I hope to meet you soon!
KSMY has been a part of my life since the Summer of 2015. I started out in the Tiny Tigers program. As a Tiny Tiger, I started learning the hard skills of stretching, tumbling, punching, kicking, and blocking. At the same time, I started learning the soft skills of respect, courtesy, focus, etiquette, trust, positive thinking, hard work, and humility. During this time, my interest in Kuk Sool also started to grow. I was always surrounded by positive leaders, students and parents. They made me want to learn, train, and accomplish more.
KSMY is a positive environment for learning and growing as a martial artist and individual. Fast forward to today, I am stronger version of my Tiny Tiger self. My goal is to continue learning, training, and growing as a martial arts and as an individual. I was told, if there is something you like to do, you must do it with a smile. Therefore, I come to the dojang with a smile and a desire to learn and train. I leave the dojang with a smile and a desire to come back the next day.
Outside of KSMY, you can find me racing my friends at the school track, practicing my soccer trick shots on the soccer field, playing basketball at the community center, swimming in my Auntie’s swimming pool, or riding my drift bike around my neighborhood. You can also find me online killing zombies on Roblox or building fun things on Minecraft.
Hello Everyone, my name is Michael Colin Scott. I became interested in Martial Arts while living in Cambodia at around five and a half years old. When my family moved back to the United States at the age of 6, we began searching for a martial arts school.
After visiting a few schools and finally landing at KSMY, I instantly felt I had found the right school. Ma’am My made me feel part of a larger family and my passion for Kuk Sool began to grow everyday. Ma’am My’s passion for Kuk Sool has motivated my passion and has encouraged me to grow as a Martial Artist and as a person. While at KSMY, my understanding of respect, discipline and humility has grown, which has carried over into my home and school life. I have earned Leadership Awards and achieved top academic acknowledgements from my school. I also understand how hard my parents work to teach and guide me.
I practice hard at KSMY and at home as well. Ma’am My has allowed me to help with teaching our Tiny Tigers, which I enjoy very much. It helps remind me of where I started and how much everyone helped me. Now I have been given the opportunity to pass it on.
In July of 2018, I was allowed to attend the World Haminjok Hapkido Summit. I was so honored to meet and shake hands with Grand Master In Sun Seo and Master Steve, as well as practice with other Masters from South Korea and around the world. This I will never forget as it further fueled my passion for Kuk Sool.
I look forward to one day becoming a Black Belt under Ma’am My’s instruction.
I have learned so much from not only Ma’am My but Sir Cameron, Sir Caleb, Sir Glynn, Sir Shayn, and Ma’am Elly. KSMY is like a family and I’m proud to be a part of it!!!