Ricky Garcia, Sa Bum Nim
Owner, Head Instructor
Ricky started training at KSW in 2004. After a lot of hard work and dedication he was promoted to first degree black belt in 2007. Even before receiving his first degree black belt Ricky was approved to start assistant teaching as a Dahn Bo Nim, or student testing for black belt. Ricky has been teaching classes since 2006, and in 2007 chose to make teaching his full time career. Ricky was promoted to the rank of second degree in 2010 and opened his own school with his wife, Meghan, later that same year. He has since been promoted to fourth degree, in May of 2016.
Ricky is currently training directly under Grandmaster Byung In Lee. In addition to his regular training, Ricky attends a weekly school owners' class taught by Grandmaster Lee. This class allows all the school owners to train together under Grandmaster Lee, and helps keep the World Mu Sool Association a uniform group.
Ricky is a strong believer in the idea that belts are earned and never given or bought. He believes that in order to be a great martial artist one must be hard working, highly dedicated, patient and humble. One must also be respectful of his instructors, fellow students, school, and, most of all, oneself. Through concentration and dedication anything is possible. Ricky has successfully trained 12 children and ten adults all the way from white belt to black belt. Nearly all of those 22 students are active at Mu Sool Won of South Austin to this day.
Meghan Garcia, Sa Bum Nim
Owner, Head Instructor
Meghan began training in Kuk Sool Won in 1999 and joined Mu Sool Won in 2010. She has been instructing students since 2003. She is a fourth degree black belt in Mu Sool Won, promoted February 28, 2015. She began testing for Master (5th degree black belt) in May 2017. She has made it her goal to have Mu Sool Won of South Austin running smoothly, and to allow Ricky to focus most of his attention on training the students.
Meghan works well with both children and adults, and enjoys running both hard workout classes and detailed forms classes. Her favorite weapon is the staff, and she enjoys high falling and kicking techniques. Her previous instructor, Dewain KJN, encouraged her to do more than she thought she could, and not to let being a woman give her an excuse to hold back in her training. She believes strongly in this philosophy, and she and Ricky encourage all students to perform to their highest potential. Martial arts is for everyone, and through concentration and hard work, you can achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself.
Derek Harrington, Pu Sa Bum Nim
Demo Team Leader
Derek Pu Sa Bum Nim began his martial arts training in 2002 at Kuk Sool Won of South Austin. He achieved his black belt there, and moved to Mu Sool Won of South Austin in 2010 when Ricky & Meghan opened the school. He has since achieved second and third degree black belt.
Derek Pu Sa Bum Nim leads Mu Sool Won of South Austin's demo teams. He organizes groups of students which perform at schools, fairs, carnivals, social events, and public locations throughout the year. He's had over 10 years of demonstration experience, and holds his demo teams up to his high standards.
Gene Sheppard, Kyo Sa Nim
My interest in martial arts began when my son started taking martial arts classes. My son, five at the time, was trying different activities. Basketball and soccer hadn't held his attention. Martial arts was next on the list. He started taking classes at a small Tae Kwon Do school. After watching his classes for a couple of months, I decided to give it a try, mainly because the training looked like a good fitness activity. Although my son and I both enjoyed the training, after a few months we both felt we should look around at other martial arts schools as we now had some (limited) understanding of martial arts and wanted to see if we might find a better fit.
What we found was a Kuk Sool Won school. Kuk Sool Won was immediately interesting to us as Kuk Sool Won taught a much wider variety of martial arts techniques than did the Tae Kwon Do school that we were attending. In addition, the Kuk Sool instructors had an impressive amount of experience and knowledge. So, my son and I made the switch to Kuk Sool Won and never looked back. Three and one-half years after beginning at Kuk Sool, in February, 2011, my son and I earned our black belts together in Kuk Sool Won. In the Fall of 2011, when our contracts were up at the Kuk Sool Won school, we made the switch to Mu Sool Won of South Austin, feeling that this is the best place to pursue our martial arts future.
My Mu Sool Won goals are simple: keep learning and keep improving, and help others to do the same. There's no real end point for me. I like the breadth and depth of the Mu Sool Won curriculum. The self-defense techniques of Mu Sool are my favorite aspect of the training; the use and integration of throws, joint locks, pressure points, punches, and kicks is endlessly fascinating. Among the various weapons taught at Mu Sool, I have become particularly fond of the sword.
I began assisting with instruction as a Dahn Bo Nim (a black belt candidate) in 2009. I enjoy the opportunity to teach, to pass along the skills and knowledge that I've gained over the years. It's always fun to see the joy of discovery on a student's face. And, teaching is training for me too - to teach it, you must know it!
Connor Plank, Kyo Sa Nim
I began Kuk Sool Won training in 2006, the week I turned 5 years old. Ever since then, Ricky and Meghan together helped mentor me. They changed my life and brought me happiness with hard work and discipline. In 2010, Ricky and Meghan switched from Kuk Sool Won to Mu Sool Won. I decided to switch with them because I could tell that they were the correct instructors for me.
I reached Jo Kyo Nim (first degree black belt) in 2011, followed by Kyo Sa Nim (second degree black belt) in 2016. From that time on I have worked hard to become the person and instructor I am today, and am happy with how I have improved in training since I first started. My goal in Mu Sool is to help other students of any age to become better, and become the person they want to see in themselves. I also want to become as good a martial artist as I can be.
Xander Redheendran, Kyo Sa Nim
I started Kuk Sool Won when I was 5 years old and have been doing martial arts ever since. Now I am 12 years old and have been training eight years. When I was a Dahn Bo Nim my commitment started to slip. When I reached first degree black belt in 2011, I found what I was training for and I started getting better and better. I was training to improve myself and to help others understand what they are training for.
You don't have to be the best to be a black belt, and I have a couple of bronze medals to prove it. The important part is dedication. Ricky SBN helped me understand dedication, so when he decided to become a part of Mu Sool Won, I didn't hesitate to follow him. Ricky helped me be the person I am today and I want to repay him by helping others in the same way.
Oscar Garza, Kyo Sa Nim
Oscar began his experience in martial arts training in 2000 in Tae Kwon Do. After his retirement, he sought a hobby to keep fit, help him stay alert, and find community. In November 2007, Oscar began training at Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill where he met Ricky and Meghan. He was inspired by their dedication to the arts, and after completing his contract at Kuk Sool Won, moved to Ricky and Meghan's new Mu Sool Won school in South Austin.
He was promoted to Kyo Sa Nim, or second degree black belt, in May of 2016, and greatly benefits from the physical exercise Mu Sool Won offers. Oscar is in his early 70s, and his goal is to reach third degree black belt by age 75.
He enjoys the attentiveness of the students at Mu Sool Won of South Austin, and dedicates himself to teaching younger martial artists every week. He finds his training and teaching highly rewarding and uplifting. Oscar encourages his students to strive for their maximum potential, and they reach phenomenal levels.
Sarah Kacy, Kyo Sa Nim
Sarah Kyo Sa Nim has been training with Mu Sool Won of South Austin since 2011. She was promoted to first degree black belt in May of 2014, and second degree black belt in December of 2017.
Sarah Kyo Sa Nim teaches some of the evening adults' classes, and enjoys balancing a challenging workout with training improvement and advancement.
Duncan Redheendran, Kyo Sa Nim
When I was three, my brother started to do martial arts. Watching him made me want to join as well. Therefore, when I was five I started taking classes myself. When I was a Dahn Bo Nim (black belt candidate), I started to think about quitting. When I remembered that all of the hard work was going to pay off and I was going to be a black belt soon, my mentality completely changed. What I strive to do with the younger students is to help them remember that the hard work will pay off. Four years of training passed in a snap, and I finally earned my black belt.
Since I have become a black belt, I still train with enthusiasm. I greatly enjoy the challenge of teaching others. Watching my friends promote, people I have known for years, fills me with a sense of pride. I would like to see all of the people who join Mu Sool Won promote to their next belt and beyond.
Jack Woytek, Kyo Sa Nim
I started Kuk Sool Won in February 2010 when I was 5 years old. I have been constantly training ever since then. When Ricky SBN and Meghan SBN left Kuk Sool Won to open Mu Sool Won of South Austin I went with them.
I am motivated to keep training because Ricky SBN and Meghan SBN are great motivators and training is exciting and fun. When I saw how crisp my instructors could do a form I wanted to keep training so I could be that good. My favorite thing about Mu Sool Won is how friendly everyone is. I used to be shy and quiet, but now I can instruct and lead other students.
Little Dragons Instructor
I was born in Florida and raised in Chicago. I spent my early years in fear due to continuous violence from the neighborhood kids, so naturally I would find enjoyment in martial arts. I figured the only way to get past the fear was to be a better fighter than them. Little did I know I would overcome so much more than my fear through martial arts training.
I was in a military family so we moved a lot. I would go from school to school and experience all different kinds of martial arts styles and instructors. I came across a martial arts studio when I moved to Kyle, TX as a young adult. It was a unique style to me because they only used kicks. Having spent so many years training in mixed kick/boxing styles it was very interesting, so I set a goal to learn as much as possible so I could improve my skills.
After a short time, I was offered a job teaching. Soon after, I realized what was missing in my life all those years: a family-oriented environment and the ability to influence others in a positive way. After I absorbed all I could from that style, I met with Ricky Garcia and began my journey in Mu Sool Won. I was lucky because I was able to work with him one-on-one in the mornings and continue teaching at the other martial arts school in the evenings.
In May of 2017, I made the decision to follow my passion for personal growth and resigned from my management/teaching position at the other martial arts school. I'm now able to dedicate so much more of my time to completing my Mu Sool Won journey, and teaching in their Little Dragons program.
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