Santa Clarita Valley Martial Arts Center
Shin's Family Martial Arts Center

Meet Ma'am Nicole

After School Program Director & Head Martial Arts instructor

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Education

  • M.A. Psychology of Human Behavior
  • B.A. Communication Studies & Child and Family Development
  • Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR certified
  • RBT credentialed for ABA therapy
  • Over 20 years experience working with children of all ages and developmental ranges of ability

Martial Arts Experience

  • 3rd dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Over 2 decades experience in Tae Kwon Do, MMA, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jistu, etc.
  • Training & working hard to earn my Master Dan black belt

Special Interests

  • Volunteering with children with developmental disabilities (Miracle League Coach, Down Syndrome Association volunteer, Autism Speaks, Special Olympics, etc.)
  • Vice President of QueerSCV
  • Snowboarding
  • Boating - anything on the water
  • Hiking out in nature
  • Love spending time with my family, our dogs, and good friends

Community OutReach

Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • Friendly family atmosphere for thirty years

    “Dear Master Shin, When Cole wanted to be a ninja at age 3, my husband only wanted to take him to Shin’s because of the positive experience he had there some 20 years ago. When Cole just sat there in class the first day, you told us that he’s just observing and will come around. You were absolutely right! Cole entered Shin’s this shy little kid who introduced himself as Batman. Now 4+ years later he is a slightly bigger kid with confidence, martial arts skills and respect for all those around him. You and your staff have been an incredible part of both of my kids’ lives, and I hope it continues for a very long time. May you continue to impress a positive experience in both kids and adults for many more years to come. Thank you! Willy, Charissa, Cole and Julia Harber”

    Charissa Harber

  • Why You Should Take Tae Kwon Do

    “INTRO Think: Many people are victims of bullies who beat them up. Do you want to be one of them? To prevent you from getting bullied, there is a thing called Tae Kwon Do. Discover this martial art, as we journey through kicks and punches to learn three good reasons for studying Tae Kwon Do: Self-Defense, Stature, and Discipline. REASON 1: Self-Defense To begin with, you should learn Tae Kwon Do because if somebody attacks you, you can defend yourself. Many kids are bullied each year, and some are even kidnapped, but you can prevent yourself from being one of them by learning this martial art. For example, most people who can hurt you, can easily be stopped by a kick between the legs. Besides, if your muscles are strong enough and you’re in top shape, you could defend yourself and even if the person manages to punch you, you might not get hurt so bad. Tae Kwon Do can defend and protect you REASON 2: Stature Secondly, you should learn Tae Kwon Do because when you get fit, you’ll look quite impressive delivering punches and kicks. Have you seen those marital art movies? When you become a black-belt, you could perform moves like those. Who knows? Once you get really good at Tae Kwon Do, you could get signed up to be in a movie, and, maybe you might be a star! In any case, Tae Kwon Do can make you look impressive Why You Should Take Tae Kwon Do REASON 3: Discipline Finally, you must take Tae Kwon Do to learn discipline. Yes, I said discipline. Tae Kwon Do isn’t just about the moves. It doesn’t matter how strong your kicks are, or how fast your punches are, if you are undisciplined, you won’t get your next belt. To have discipline, do your best, be respectful, say “Yes sir” to anything your Master says in class, bow to the flags when you come in/out of the Dojang, and remain quiet at all times, except when you are kicking. When you kick, yell “kiap!” Just doing those simple things will make you better liked by the instructors and admired by others. Discipline means that you train the body and mind to react automatically, and not to use force unless necessary. Tae Kwon Do is discipline COUNTER-ARGUMENT Many people say that if someone fights you, you should tell an adult. But what if the bullying doesn’t stop after you tell? What if someone starts punching and beating you? Are you just going to let he/she finish you off, and then later tell on them? Or, are you going to show your opponent what you think of the bullying? Tae Kwon Do is about self-defense CLOSING So, as you have learned, Tae Kwon Do isn’t just kicks. It’s discipline, respect, stature and self-defense. I believe that Tae Kwon Do promotes health, learning, protection and fun. Remember, Tae Kwon Do is: Defense and Offense, Stature, Discipline and Respect. So, why don’t you sign up for some Tae Kwon Do lessons today? KIAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Gustavo H.

  • Santa Clarita Families Love It at Shin’s Family Taekwondo Martial Arts Fitness Center

    “Dear Master Shin, We would like to thank you and all of your fabulous instructors at Shin’s Family Martial Artsfor all the great training and exercise our family has received at your facility. We have been attending classes at Shin’s for many years, and we have found that t he benefits our boys have received are far beyond the physical work out. It has boosted their self confidence and self control. They interact well with their peers and are learning to diffuse certain situations. It is such a great form of exercise and training. Not only are they learning to be healthy and stay active, they are learning respect and discipline and the best part is that they are having fun and don’t even know it! So again thanks to you and all the instructors at Shin’s, you all go out of your way to make working out enjoyable and fun! The Lomeli Family”

    The Lomeli Family

  • Mrs. Michele Krantz Principal of Rancho Pico Junior High

    “There are no benches in martial arts. There is no right field in martial arts. Although not by design, the bench and the position of right field undermine the very thing that a sport should do for a child: raise self esteem. As a teacher I see first hand the role good self esteem plays in a student’s academic success. Self esteem can do more to determine how much a student can achieve then will raw intelligence, a good teacher or the latest in classroom technology. A quality martial arts training will raise a student’s self esteem. It is goal oriented (the coveted black belt), with small successes built in along the way (the other colored belts). No one sits on the bench. Students are involved the entire time. They learn team work as they hold bags for others to practice. They learn how to work with others as they spar. They learn how to win and how to lose, all the while keeping their self respect in tact. Not just any martial arts program can provide the above. It takes a special, talented and trained instructor to accomplish this. Master Shin is that instructor. He is the rare sort of teacher that can respond to young children, teenagers and adults equally. I have had Master Shin’s students sit in my own classroom. These students showed respect for their teachers, fellow classmates and themselves. They are driven to succeed, focused and possess self control. As a junior high teacher, I know these are rare qualities indeed for this age group. Master Shin provides quality instruction, a safe environment and serves as a positive role model. As a green belt in his adult class, I have seen first hand the kind of teacher Master Shin is. He is not only a role model for children, he is a role model for the teachers of your children, such as me.”

    Mrs. Michele Krantz

  • About 10 years ago, I walked through the doors of Shin’s with my 4 year old son.

    “I had no idea 10 years later we’d still be walking through those doors (although in a better location now). Shin’s has almost become our second home. There are so many reasons why we have stayed with Shin’s. Of course Tae Kwon Do is a beautiful and powerful discipline, but there are many reasons why we picked Shin’s in particular. First of all, it’s the staff. Master Shin teaches the students to be their best and he expects nothing less of his staff. The staff has been consistently firm yet caring in their approach. Not just anyone can teach Tae Kwon Do, but Shin’s staff can. When I watch a class I feel they really work hard to make sure the students have improved their skills before they leave. They are not afraid to stop the class and work on minor details. Secondly, it’s the flexibility. When we signed up, we were able to pick the program that worked best for our family. With 3 very active children, our schedule can get very busy. With Shin’s flexibility, we can still attend Shin’s while my children participate in other sports as well. I should also add that Tae Kwon Do can help condition your children to do even better with any other sports they may be doing. In fact, each of my children has gotten something different out of Shin’s. My oldest has actually used what was taught in Safeguard, to fend off a bully. My second child attends because he simply likes the idea of reaching black belt. My youngest likes that Shin’s helps her to perform better in her other sports. There are so many different reasons to take Martial Arts. Thirdly, Master Shin and his staff care. It amazes me that they know everyone’s name and what is going on in there lives. They aren’t just interested in teaching Tae Kwon Do, but they are also interested in their students. We absolutely love Shin’s. We wouldn’t still be attending 10 years later if we didn’t. We are lucky to have a school like this in Santa Clarita. The Nobles”

    The Nobles