Rick Shaw

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Co-owner, Sensei

My story begins in 1972, at the age of 12 struggling with anger issues that I didn't know how to control, feelings of explosive anger hitting walls and breaking doors. At the same time my brother Bobby was constantly being bullied at school.

My mom, Marilyn Killebrew contacted a man named Master Jung Ba Lee and asked him if Karate could teach her boys to control their tempers. I argued with my mom as I had no interest in learning Karate, but she insisted and gave me 2 choices. Either be grounded for 2 months or take Karate lessons. It was shortly thereafter I began to learn Sim Moo Hapkido and the direction of my life changed forever.

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Hilarri Shaw



I really want to become a blackbelt because it has been a lifelong goal of mine. My father raised me with martial arts and I have yet to finish what I have started. In addition, there are many lessons I need to learn in life, and martial arts is the best way I know to learn patience, leadership, knowledge, community and respect. I have started over as a white belt and have already learned so much more about life and how to apply my knowledge.

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Deb Easter


Junior Instructor

I learned of the UKC family when my 7 year old brought home a flyer about kids joining classes. My son Connor wanted to go and check things out. He loved it so much that he continues to be a part of it today. I saw the love, passion, respect and honor that was coming from my son and wanted to see that confidence in myself. So I started classes too and since been able to show this confidence to other children, to guide them in the direction of honor, respect and passion to do good. I love what I do and am blessed to do it with the people that are a part of United Karate Centers.



Junior Instructor

Linda Shaw


Co-owner & Junior Instructor

Bryce Akiba Schwarz



The reason I want to be an instructor is I want to inspire the people who come in the school, both in and out of martial arts. In my mind the mark of a good teacher is someone who can inspire someone not only to complete the task at hand in the class but to inspire the person to be motivated in all other walks of life. If it’s possible to do this as an instructor, then I will continue to be an instructor.

Satori X.S. Bahus-Meyer


Junior Instructor

One of my favorite quotes is "it's better to be a warrior in the garden than a gardener in the war." I aspire to be someone capable of defending myself and those I love, but believe that peace is the ultimate goal. I love martial arts because it builds strength, confidence, and leadership skills. I love to turn hapkido into a dance on the mat, and use this empowering art form for self expression.
I especially love working with the children - their great energy is an inspiration. Seeing them learning new skills, growing as individuals, and beaming in class is my greatest reward for teaching!