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

  • Building better futures

    “Dear Master Shin, I want to thank you and all the instructors I’ve had at Shin’s for your time, patience, and support for the past nine years. You gave me encouragement when things got tough. You taught me staying power when I wanted to quit and you taught me to never give up. You have given me pride in what I have accomplished that can only be earned thru years of hard work and commitment. I could not have accomplished my goal of earning a black belt if you were not there for me each time. I started at Shin’s when I was four years old. I was awkward and I struggled with many of the basic skills. There were lots of times I wanted to quit but my parents wouldn't let me. I had a hard time when I couldn't do a round house kick or a flying side kick perfectly. It was then that I wanted to give up. You always told me, “Never give up!” You also told us to “love the pain.” Well, with your help and my parents help, I didn’t give up, but I don’t know if I love the pain, even to this day. You were always there to encourage me and let me know when I mastered a skill. I remember one time at the old building; I did a flying side kick perfectly and you made a really big deal about it, telling the whole class to look at me do it again. That made me so proud and happy. It was times like those that made me want to keep doing Taekwondo. Now I have my Black Belt; I can still hardly believe it. It is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and one that I will always treasure. I know that in the future when difficulties come my way in whatever I’m doing, I can overcome them if I stay on my goals and never give up. Thanks for everything!”

    Cy George

  • Tae Kwon Do Fun With Master Shin

    “Master Shin prepared our three sons in the areas of self discipline, respect for others and confidence to know they could deflect a problem situation. The best part of it all is Master Shin provided structure under the pretense of fun and excitement, from breaking wood and bricks, to roundhouse kicks, endless hours of techniques…all the while with smiles and loads of energy. The lessons our sons learned early on have now carried them thru their young adult lives. We adore Master Shin! Sincerely, Steve & Diane Arklin”

    Steve & Diane Arklin

  • 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

  • Santa Clarita’s Ultimate Training Center for Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts

    “Where can you go in Santa Clarita for National level training in Tae Kwon Do sparring? Shin’sFamily Martial Arts! Our four daughters were small, shy, sweet girls who needed to grow in confidence and physical ability (and a little self defense could come in handy down the road). So we enrolled them at Shin’s as early as 3 years of age. The instructors are fantastic and know how to challenge kids both physically and mentally. One of the great growing opportunities occurs in competition with winning and losing at tournaments. And fortunately at Shin’s, there is a lot more winning. Our oldest daughter after 4 years at Shin’s placed 1st at the Jr. Olympics. Our girls are still small, shy, and sweet; but now they are also agile, strong, capable of performing under pressure, and they can fight! Takeshi Nakazawa”

    Takeshi Nakazawa

  • 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