Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)
Grandmaster Robert E. Beaudoin
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Studio of the Month
Karate Masters Family Martial Arts Academy
Senior Master Allen Sharpe
Master Giselle Sharpe
Kerry Berringer: 4th Dan Instructor
Michael Penrod: 3rd Dan
LuAnna Berringer: 2nd Dan
Robert Reese: 2nd Dan
Christopher Stack: 2nd Dan
Calista Reese: 1st Dan
Alex Sharpe: 1st Dan
4712 FM 2920 #4
Spring, TX 77388
Tang Soo Do:
Family Training Classes
Cho Dan Bo
Little Dragons/Tiny Tigers
Karate Masters began as "Sharpe's Martial Arts" back in the early 1980's. Master Sharpe and his father, Butch, started the studio so that they had a consistent place to practice Tang Soo Do. The idea of starting a school and teaching was actually secondary to their goal of personal training; however, teaching soon became much more important! The emphasis on developing students to meet their full potential in all areas of life including martial arts became more than an emphasis; it became a way of life for the Sharpe's. The training in those days was hard and exacting as was most Tang Soo Do training and the students and black belts reflected that. Soon it was time for Master Sharpe to move on in life and another location for the studio.
Karate Masters was born in Houston, Texas in 1996 and remains today. It is currently the headquarters school for Region 4. The studio has grown with students encompassing all walks of life, ages, genders and interests. Although a business, the studio has become more than that for all involved. It has become a second family for the Sharpe's and many of the students. Master Sharpe - 7th Dan, with the help of his wife, Master Giselle Sharpe (Master "G") - 4th Dan and their black belts, strive to make every class the most valuable part of the student's day.
We are still growing towards our goals and our enthusiasm remains high!
Senior Master Allen Sharpe
Master Sharpe began his martial arts training in 1970 in Seoul, Korea and has been training and teaching continuously for almost 50 years. He started martial arts because his parents felt he would need the confidence and self defense skills as he was smaller than the average boy and of Korean descent. Not only did he gain much confidence but he also learned skills to carry him through the rest of his life! Master Sharpe is currently a 7th Degree Black Belt (Senior Master) in the art of Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) as well as a Black Belt in Hapkido and a Master Instructor of Haidong Gumdo . He was inducted into the World Tang Soo Do Association's Hall of Fame as "Master of the Year" and is also featured in the book, "Traditional Tang Soo Do, Vol. 2" by Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin. Additionally, he spent many years teaching for the Department of Criminal Justice in the areas of: Special Operations, Firearms, Restraint Tactics and Defensive Tactics. A graduate of the Houston SWAT program, he brings to Karate Masters his experiences and real world knowledge of practical self defense and personal protection. However, his real love is teaching children and seeing them grow into excellent young adults who are leaders in the community. Over the years he has been blessed to teach many young students who have achieved high levels in their lives, which they attribute to their martial arts training. The greatest compliment is when his young students have families of their own and bring their own children to Karate Masters to continue the cycle of learning!
Master Giselle Sharpe
Master Giselle Sharpe began her martial arts training in 1991 and has been training and teaching for almost 25 years. She is an Internationally Certified 4th Degree Master in the art of Tang Soo Do as well as being the International Director for the World Tang Soo Do Association's "Hwarang Dan League" Youth Enrichment Program. Master "G" as she is affectionately called by her students is a multi award winner in the martial arts with many Grand Championships in fighting, forms and weapons as well as achieving "Instructor of the Year" awards in Region 4, Region 8 and being inducted into the World Tang Soo Do Association's Hall of Fame as the 2010 Instructor of the Year! Her greatest joy is teaching, whether its children or adults.
She believes that teaching is the one area which she can have the greatest impact, especially in the lives of children. Giselle has taught students as young as 2.5 years old in venues as varied as: early development schools, stranger danger seminars, scouting seminars, elementary school safety seminars, women's self defense clinics and competition seminars. She has been the primary instructor to numerous black belts, many of whom she has trained since they were 6 and 7 years of age. Each of these students is part of her family and she insures that they are taught not just at the dojang but are coached and mentored outside as well.
She has counseled, grieved, laughed and cried with many of the students and families which she considers part of "her family". Giselle has a passion for teaching, a true love that translates to a love for people. Today, she is doing what she enjoys the most, sharing that passion and love of Tang Soo Do and family. She truly believes that her success is not measured by belt ranks or awards, but by the changed lives of her students.
The reason our studio stands out is the family atmosphere that our students and visitors feel while they practice with us. We teach them not only how to defend themselves, the art of Tang Soo Do and everything you win with the martial art like self-esteem, auto-control, be better person, etc., but they gain an extended family as well and get to experience the benefit of practicing in brotherhood.