• Head Master
    My Callison

    Hello! My name is My Callison 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 Callison, Gwan Jang Nim, has been dedicated to Hapkido for over 27 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 at 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 2009, Master My moved to South Korea 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 2011, Master My established the KSMY Martial Arts dojang in the Sacramento area. This was a dream come true for Master My given she can now combine her passion for teaching with her love of martial arts.

    In 2016, Master My obtained her Fifth Degree blackbelt.

    Aside from her instructing and training at KSMY Martial Arts, Master My is also a blue belt practitioner at Yemaso Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My Gwan Jang Nim also loves to dance salsa at Yemaya Salsa Dance Company.  My Gwan Jang Nim is a mother, wife, and an avid dog lover.

    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

    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.

    To learn more about the World Kido Federation, please click HERE

  • Assistant Instructor
    Cameron Ho

    I began training with Master My at the age of eight, along with my brother Caleb Ho, and was immediately passionate about learning Hapkido/Kuk Sool. I’m currently a 2nd Degree Blackbelt.

    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.

  • Assistant Instructor
    Caleb Ho

    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 1st degree black belt.

    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 forward, 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.

  • Assistant Instructor
    Elizabeth Kim

    Hi! My name is Elizabeth Kim, but you can just call me Elly.  I have attended martial arts for nine 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, Junior beginner classes, and help lead the Youth & Adults classes. I hope to meet you soon!

  • Assistant Instructor
    Shayn Nishijima

    I have been training in Hapkido since the age of 8 years old. I help out with the  Tiny Tigers, Junior program & the Youth and Adults class. You may also see me here at the school everyday because I am highly dedicated to KSMY Martial Arts. I am currently a first degree blackbelt and I’m hoping to go beyond.

    I enjoy hobbies such as martial arts tricking, 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!

  • Adult Leader
    Derrick Rogers

    Hello!  My name is Derrick Rogers. I have prior experience in Judo and Hanmudo. I began my journey in Hapkido when I moved to Sacramento and was looking to get back into martial arts after many years of inactivity. I have been training at KSMY for about 4 years, receiving my brown belt in the process.

    Under Master My’s instruction, I have regained my passion for martial arts. I have become more confident as a person and I have notice a vast improvement in my coordination.  Master My has encouraged myself and others to try our best in all situations.

    KSMY has been a positive environment where I have been able to continue to grow as a student as well as a leader. I enjoy training alongside my KSMY family as we encourage and learn from each other.

    Outside the dojang, I enjoy watching pro wrestling, writing poetry, and bowling. I look forward to meeting and working with you soon!

  • Adult Leader
    David Morrison

    Hi!  My name is David Morrison; by day, I’m a computer scientist and software engineer, and the rest of the time I’m a parent, photographer, storyteller, and of course — martial artist.

    I joined KSMY Martial Arts in 2016.  At the time the studio was a few blocks from our house, and it was a great way for me to stay in shape and develop an awareness of my body that I’ve never had before.  I’ve since moved a bit further away, but still train with Master My and the other students at KSMY every chance I get!

    Master My is a tremendous person, instructor, and friend, and I feel very honored to be pursuing my black belt under her supervision.  As a senior leader at KSMY, I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the studio, and help pass on what I’ve learned to the other adults, juniors, and tiny tigers who train in our family!

  • Adult Leader
    Mary Ramos

    Hello everyone! My name is Mary Ramos and I currenlty assist the Juniors classes and the Youth & Adults classes.

    Martial arts teaches me to respect myself and others, be willing to learn, and keep an open mind.  I train Hapkido to broaden my perspective on martial arts as well as to help other students reach their goals.  My favorite part of Kuk Sool is the wide range of techniques that can be applied.  With time and practice, executing these techniques become second nature to the martial artist so they do not have to think twice on how to defend against an attack.  Learning martial arts requires that one practice with patience and perseverance while maintaining a humble state of mind.  The comprehensive curriculum taught at KSMY reminds me that there is a lot to learn about martial arts and the way to progress is to practice.

  • Youth Leader
    Giovanni Destefano

    Hi everyone! My name is Giovanni DeStefano, but you can call me Gio. I am currently 13 years old and in Middle School. I have been training in Hapkido since the age of 7 and am currently a brown belt. I help out with the Juniors Class and you’ll see me almost everyday at the studio.

    When I first got into the interest of martial arts, I was a kid who wanted to be like the characters in shows like Ninjago and Ninjas. So when I came across KSMY, I believed I would become that type of person. Later on in my journey at KSMY, I learned that martial arts isn’t just punching and fighting, martial arts is a way of life, learning self discipline, respect, perseverance, self defense, and more. If I had never been taught these lessons about life, by Ma’am My, I would’ve never recognized and appreciated the skill of Kool Sul and the rewards that come from consistent practice.

    Ma’am My has not only taught me how to be a better martial artist, but also has taught to become a better person in life. Being an older brother of 2 other siblings, I had to learn how to control my behavior and become a good example, which is why I am honored and so grateful to be able to be part of not only a great martial arts studio, but a part of this great family. I can’t wait for you to be a part of this family too!!!

  • Junior Leader
    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.  Master 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 Hapkido.

    I look forward to one day becoming a Black Belt under Ma’am My’s instruction.

    I have learned so much from not only My Gwan Jang Nim but also from Sir Cameron, Sir Caleb, Sir Shayn, and Ma’am Elly.

    KSMY is like a family and I’m proud to be a part of it!!!

  • Junior Leader
    Connie Trinh

    Hello! My name is Connie Trinh. I am a red belt.  I started learning Kuk Sool when I was only 3 1/2 years old.  I was Master My’s youngest Tiny Tiger.

    Learning at KSMY Martial Arts is the best thing in the whole universe because I’ve learned to be respectful and responsible.

    As a junior leader, I hope to inspire other students  to try their best in everything they do.

    When I’m not training, I like to draw anime and make arts and crafts.

    I will continue to train everyday to become a better martial artist than the day before!

  • Junior Leader
    Kara Xiong

    Hello! My name is Kara Xiong and I am a red stripe blue belt.  I started in Tiny Tigers at the age of 5-½ years old and my passion for martial arts started growing each day.  I am passionate about Hapkido because it teaches me discipline and leadership skills. It helps me be focused and keeps my brain sharp and my body healthy.

    I help in the Tiny Tigers and the Juniors programs, and push myself every day to improve. I am always so excited to learn something new.  I hope to achieve my blackbelt one day.

    Some of my favorite things to practice are forms, tumbling, kicking, and sparring.  I also love helping other students and hope they become successful in martial arts.

    I hope to see you soon at KSMY Martial Arts!

  • Junior Leader
    Nadia Montes

    Hello! My name is Nadia Montes.  I have been with KSMY since I was six years old.  Making friends at KSMY has been so easy.  It really makes the training fun! I really enjoy being part of the KSMY family.  Everyone here is helpful and friendly. This team has helped me find confidence, strength, and discipline. When I’m not training, I enjoy swimming, riding my hoverboard and playing Nintendo switch.  Future goals for me is to earn a blackbelt and own a business. 🙂