Our mission is to develop motivation, self-efficacy, and other values that guide students through life to become responsible, respectful, and positive members of the community.
Mountain Kim Martial Arts Studio opened its very first tae kwon do school in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area in Falls Church in 1973. Grand Master Mountain Kim, who was a Korean martial arts champion, would give demonstrations in grocery stores, parking lots, and anywhere else he would be allowed to perform in his white dobok. His demonstrations of breaking stacks of boards with his bare hands and feet would draw crowds, and Kim would hand out fliers about his tae kwon do and judo classes.
Tae kwon do has always been the national sport in South Korea and now it is also an official Olympic sport. Kim runs a chain of more than 20 Mountain Kim Martial Arts schools in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Tae Kwon do is a positive, safe, yet challenging martial art and fitness class that teach coordination, mental focus, self-discipline, self-efficacy, and healthy mindset.
Master Park has received the World Taekwondo Headquarters certificate and has been instructing tae kwon do over for 10 years. His passion is to support each student to become a strong leader in the community through martial arts skills and techniques.
After School Manager
Mrs. Yu is a state-certified teacher who currently teaches first grade. Her passion is to ensure that all students are provided with the supports that they need to be successful not only in academics but in other areas as well. She serves as an after-school teacher to support each student at Mt. Kim Martial Arts – Burke.
Instructor Zélie is a lifelong student of taekwondo with 18 years of practice. She began her taekwondo training as a child at Mt. Kim Martial Arts and has been teaching for 5 years. She has her 2nd degree certified by the World Taekwondo Headquarters and continues to train to improve her personal skills and pass them on. She strives to instill a spirit of constant self-improvement in all her students, leading by example.