The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)

Robert E. Beaudoin


Studio of the Month

April   2017

In Neh Martial Arts

Chief Instructor/Owner:

Allyson Holbrook

Other Instructors:


Pickaway County YMCA, 440 Nicholas Drive
Circleville, OH 43110



Types of Classes:

Little Dragon (Pre-school)
Youth Tang Soo Do (Elementary School up to Age 12)
Adult Tang Soo Do (Ages 13 and older)


History of the School

In Neh Martial Arts (INMA) was founded as a WTSDA club in January, 2013 and became a WTSDA Studio in January, 2016. INMA is one of only three WTSDA studios in the state of Ohio. All classes are held at the Pickaway County YMCA in Circleville, Ohio. Since being founded INMA has established and continues to grow an active Tang Soo Do program. The studio has also been active in Region 22: INMA co-sponsored the 2016 Central Ohio Gup Clinic, hosted the Spring, 2016 Region 22 Dan Test, and is scheduled to host the Spring, 2017 Region 22 Dan Test. Through the YMCA, INMA has also contributed to the preschool learning program, homeschool physical education program, and annual Healthy Kids Day. The studio has also worked to promote Tang Soo Do by participating in community events like the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show Parade and giving demonstrations and introductory lessons at schools, camps, and other community organizations. The studio continues to grow and be active in events at the YMCA, through the WTSDA, and throughout the community.

History of the Chief Instructor

I started training in Tang Soo Do in 1998 at Buckeye Tang Soo Do (BTSD) at the Ohio State University with Master Simone Genna and Ms. Leslie Flaum. I was a graduate student trying to earn my PhD and I thought Tang Soo Do would be a good stress reliever and a great way to meet people. It was, but I also fell in love with training and with Tang Soo Do. I earned the rank of Cho Dan in 2001 and continued to train at BTSD and teach as a Class Instructor. In 2002, after graduating from The Ohio State University with my PhD in social psychology, I moved to Chicago to take a job as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Chicago, I trained at Elmhurst Tang Soo Do (ETSD) with Master Michael Inoshita and Master Holly Inoshita from 2002 until 2006. While at ETSD, I was able to continue teaching adults, and I gained important experience teaching youth and children as a Class Instructor. I helped to start the Little Dragons program at ETSD and was promoted to E Dan during my time there. In 2005, I was honored to be named the ETSD Dan of the Year for my teaching and mentoring contributions.

In 2006, I moved back to Ohio. I was living about 35 miles outside Columbus and I was able to return to some training and teaching at BTSD. Over the next six years, three things happened that led to the founding of In Neh Martial Arts. The first was that I tested for and was promoted to Sam Dan in 2010. The second was that I had three children (in 2007, 2009, and 2012). I wanted them to train in TSD, but the closest WTSDA studio that offered classes for children was nearly 40 miles away from my home and martial arts schools in our area were pretty limited. The third was that our family became members of the Pickaway County YMCA and came to value the YMCA and its role in the community. I realized there was an opportunity to start a WTSDA studio, to grow the WTSDA in Ohio, and to contribute to both the YMCA and the community by doing so.

From a personal perspective, I have benefited greatly from my Tang Soo Do training. It has provided an outlet for stress, improved my physical fitness, and provided a community in which I feel I belong. It’s been with me through many transitions and difficult life events including surviving graduate school, moving alone to a new unfamiliar area, recovering from injury, establishing a career, and having a family. The studio is named In Neh Martial Arts because not only has Tang Soo Do helped me to endure through those events, my commitment to training and Tang Soo Do has also required endurance. I see many Tang Soo Do students who stop training when they get married or move away from their original studio or have a baby. A hallmark of my training has been an enduring commitment to training through those kinds of life-changing events. Many of the skills I’ve learned from training have translated into other aspects of my life as well. The confidence I’ve developed from teaching and conducting Tang Soo Do classes has improved my teaching and presentation skills in my professional life. I am so glad that I stepped through the door on that first night to start training and I’m thankful for all the instructors, mentors, and Tang Soo Do brothers and sisters who have contributed to my training.

What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

There are hundreds of studios in the WTSDA and they are incredibly diverse. I’ve had the privilege to train at two amazing studios and also to train with and learn from instructors from many other studios both in Region 5 and Region 22. My goal is for In Neh Martial Arts (INMA) to take something from each of those experiences and use it to make our school better. The focus at INMA is on traditional martial arts training. We emphasize brotherhood and the importance of the Sun Bae-Hu Bae relationship among students in the school. Along with learning to do martial arts, I believe in training my students to be leaders and instructors. Even at very junior ranks, a student at INMA might be asked to teach a new student a skill or to lead warm-ups. Part of being a martial artist is knowing how to teach and being able to pass one’s knowledge on to others. This also pushes students to outside their comfort zone and helps develop them develop leadership skills.

INMA does not own or rent commercial space and I do not teach martial arts as my primary profession or means of supporting my family. Along with its location and partnership with the YMCA, this allows INMA to make Tang Soo Do accessible to families and students who might not otherwise be able to train in Tang Soo Do or be a part of the WTSDA. INMA is one of only three WTSDA schools in the state of Ohio, is in a rural area more than 30 miles from the other two Ohio WTSDA studios, and is the only school in the southern half of the state. Like many WTSDA studios, INMA is also very family oriented. All five of my family members (including my husband and three children) train at the school and there are a number of parents and children who train together. While none of these features is unique to INMA among WTSDA studios, these are the important characteristics of INMA that in combination give it its unique identity and culture.

Student Testimonials:

My daughter and I joined In Neh Martial Arts classes because the instructor came and gave a demonstration class at a summer program in which my daughter was enrolled. When I saw there was a martial arts demo on the schedule, I kind of laughed to myself, because I was pretty sure that my daughter, who is very reserved and sometimes easily overwhelmed, would not enjoy a martial arts class. I was shocked when she came home asking to sign up. Then I thought she would be overwhelmed in the first couple of classes and I was worried she’d decide she wanted to quit as soon as we bought her a dobahk or after the first test. Instead, she has really enjoyed it and it has meant so much to me that we are able to share the experience of training in Tang Soo Do. The instructors are very kind and patient, correct students without being demeaning or insulting, and keep the classes moving and challenging while also allowing room for humor and fun. I have also been impressed with the other Tang Soo Do instructors from Columbus that we’ve met and the overall positive feel of the Tang Soo Do community. My son has also recently started training at In Neh Martial Arts and is also really enjoying the experience. We feel very fortunate to have found In Neh Martial Arts.
-Dr. Laura Boerner Smith, Age 42, 7th Orange

I have been practicing Tang Soo Do at In Neh Martial Arts for roughly three years. Tang Soo Do has been lots of fun and has helped me grow in several aspects of my life. My goal in martial arts is to become a black belt and, possibly, become an instructor. One of the biggest things that I have taken away from martial arts is humility. I used to be very boastful about everything that I did. After about a year of martial arts, I started getting better with my humility. For example, at my first gup clinic, I thought that I was the best martial artist of my age. But when I got there, I found that there were 12 year old black belts! It was a very humbling experience. Another thing that I have learned from martial arts is respect. I’ve learned to show respect for senior rank (for example, not walking in front of senior rank) and junior rank (for example, letting junior ranks drink before you at a drinking fountain). When you bow in, at the start of class, you bow to the grandmaster and to the instructor to show respect. Physically, I have become much better at keeping my balance. My instructor teaches a lot about balance and the importance of balance, not only in martial arts, but also in life. With each form I’ve learned there are more difficult moves that require a higher level of balance and precision. I am not perfect, by any means, but I have come a long way from how I began. In conclusion, I have learned a lot of things from martial arts that will help me as I grow up and enter adulthood. I encourage everyone who is doing martial arts to stick with it because it is not just about self-defense, it is also a great learning experience about life.
-Aidan Hamilton, Age 13, 3rd Brown

I always wanted to study martial arts as a youth. I finally found the time at 58 years of age! I’ve studied less than one year with Allyson Holbrook at In Neh Martial Arts. I plan to continue my training until my body gives out! I find the classes to be good for the body, good for the mind and great for the soul.
-Mike Frost, Age 59, 7th Orange

I have been training at In Neh Martial Arts for about 1 year. The classes at In Neh Martial Arts teach self-defense and are good exercise. I started taking martial arts to learn to defend myself and because it’s something I’ve dreamed about doing. Classes at In Neh Martial Arts aren’t just about kicking and punching, though. They require students to take their training seriously and to learn the history of Tang Soo Do and Korean terminology. It seems like a lot of work, but it is worth the time and effort!
Grace Baumgartner, Age 14, 7th Orange