Tae Kwon Do Instructors
SaBum Nim & Chief Instructor
Master Berry was born in Charlotte, N.C. on June 30, 1977. He began his training in the Martial Arts in 1994 under Master Robert Summers. He achieved his First Degree Black Belt on November 23, 1996. Master Berry trained and taught under the daily guidance of Grand Master Summers from 1996 to 2001. During his five years as Assistant Instructor, Master Berry’s knowledge of the Martial Arts and Martial Arts Instruction grew tremendously. In late 1998, he had the opportunity to test for Second Degree Black Belt. Through his dedication and with great guidance, Master Berry had gained the respect of his peers and colleagues as a true Martial Artist.
His next step in a life of Martial Arts would come in May of 2001, when he opened the doors to the R.T. Berry School of Tae Kwon-Do in Mooresville, N.C. In December of 2001, Master Berry had the opportunity to test for and achieved his Third Degree Black Belt in front of a panel of Master Instructors from all over the east coast including Master Summers.
From 2001 through 2006, Master Berry’s visions for his School and the Students within it were becoming clear to all of those involved. His focus on the students was evident daily at the School. In late 2005, Berry was told by his Instructor, Grand Master Summers, that his time was coming to take his next personal step in Martial Arts training by testing for Master and SaBum Nim. Master Berry’s focus on his school was evident as he presented himself on March 18th, 2006 and earned the title of SaBum Nim. Master Berry’s Students and Families were all invited to watch, and with over 500 people in attendance, the R.T. Berry School became a SaBum Nim School under Master Berry’s guidance.
For Master Berry, the continued journey with his students is what he looks most forward to. He enjoys his time with his students, both inside and outside of the Do Jang, and is truly happiest when serving his School.
“A strong leader builds a foundation of strong leaders to better serve those involved with his or her institution.”
Master Berry’s Brigade:
Master Berry’s Brigade is the team of helpers from Junior Leaders to Black Belt Instructors. Although Master Berry can always be found teaching on a daily basis, our team of Instructors are well trained in carrying on the Development programs of Master Berry and the R.T. Berry School. All of our Instructors and Helpers have been training with Master Berry since they were beginners so they have experienced first hand the benefits of being under his guidance. They have grown through our School and want to give back to Master Berry, the School, and their fellow Students. Below are our Top Instructors and Helpers.
Master P. Best:
Training under Master Berry since May 14 2001.
- Captain of the Berry Brigade
- Tiger Program Director and Head Instructor (2 and 3 year old Program)
- 25 years experience in the field of Pediatric Physical Therapy.
- 5th Degree Black Belt under Master Berry.
Family: 2 boys, both hold Black Belts under Master Berry
Work Experience: Primary experience has been in pediatrics in both private and school based settings. Extensive continued education training in Sensory Integrative Disorders.
Mrs. Best began her journey in the Tae Kwon Do on May 14th 2001, the day the R.T. Berry School opened its doors. Before being given the opportunity to be at the school on a full time basis, Mrs. Best worked in the field of pediatric Physical therapy for over 25 years both in a private setting and the public school system.
She holds degrees in Psychology and Physical Therapy
She is currently a 3rd degree black belt
Mrs Best has 2 sons who both hold black Belts with Master Berry.
“What I have seen since I began training here is the impact that Master Berry’s system of Tae Kwon Do has on the whole child. They learn respect, discipline, gain self esteem and learn how to cope in today’s society. It is incredible to see how all of the kids respond to consistency and direction. Many students have entered the program being diagnosed with a variety of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including autism, tourettes syndrome , SID, aspergers, ADD and ADHD. The amazing thing is regardless of whether or not a student here has a diagnosis they all get the same thing out of the program. They all become Awesome Master Berry Tae Kwon Do Kids. They all become stronger individuals and learn how to give back. I have been able to use what I have learned from Master Berry’s philosophy on teaching children as a tool in my own line of work and have thoroughly enjoyed the results.”
Master. J. Miller:
Training under Master Berry since July 7, 2003.
- Fourth Degree Black Belt under Master Berry
- Senior Leader
Master Miller is a native of Catawba County and has lived in Mooresville since 1994. She began her training on July 7, 2003 with her daughter. One June 16, 2006, both her and her daughter earned their Black Belts together. Master Miller runs the office for her family’s property management and used car sales businesses. A member of the Berry Brigade, and the DEMO team, Mrs. Miller enjoys working with the students ages 3 years and up.
“Being a part of the Brigade has increased my discipline in training which carries through to all other aspects of my life. It is an honor to be a part of this Awesome School, and to be able to serve Master Berry, the School, and students on a regular basis.”
Master J. Savage:
Training under Master Berry since February 17th, 2003
- Fourth Degree Black Belt
- Senior Leader in Berry Brigade
Master Savage was born in Ridgecrest, California. She came to North Carolina in August of 2001 and has been training under Master Berry since February 17th 2003. She works as a teacher assistant and bus driver at Woodland Heights Elementary School. She has worked as a teacher assistant for 4 years with 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students.
“I am very honored to be a part of Master Berry’s Brigade. Being a part of this elite group enables me to give back to my school and my instructor, Master Berry. Master Berry has taught me how to be a leader. The things I have learned from Master Berry have enabled be to be successful not only in Tae Kwon Do but also in my career as a teacher working with children. I have learned that to be a leader you must learn to follow an Awesome leader. Master Berry is an Awesome leader.”
Master S. Bednarick
Mrs Bednarick began training under Master Berry on July 22, 2004. She has two daughters and spent the last 23 years as a pharmaceutical representative. If you had asked me eight years ago my thoughts on this school, I would have said, “Master Berry has a passion for what he does that is rare to find.” Ask me today, I would say, “Master Berry has a passion for excellence and a rare gift to lead students of all ages on a transformative journey to find that excellence within themselves.”
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