Master Robert Morey began his martial arts career in 1983 by studying Aikido for 5 years under Dr. Bob Simmons in what is now called Ki Society style. Sensei Simmons studied under Rod Kobayashi who himself studied directly under O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Robert then studied Taekwondo and Hapkido under Grandmaster D.K.Shin in San Francisco from 1992 to 1997 where he also taught at the dojang; he also studied Hapkido under his dear friend Max Yongwood Lee who is the living incarnation of "indomitable spirit." After moving to Napa, he studied Taekwondo under Master Terry Brule from 2001 to 2005 where he was California state champion in his AAU division in both forms and sparring in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He formed the Napa School of Martial Arts in 2011 and, along with Kyo San Nim Niki Camerin, the Sonoma School of Martial Arts, in 2021. He continues his training in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kumdo under Grandmaster Shin at the head dojang in Belmont, where he achieved his 5th Dan. In addition to martial arts, he is a winemaker, consultant, author, art and antique collector, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French. His two daughters are successful in their careers in marketing and civil engineering.
Email: Master Morey
Ms. Niki - Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Youth Trainer, and Nutrition Specialist. CPR and First Aid certified. Ms. Niki excels at creating challenging and fun circuit training workouts for her students to improve functional movements and build endurance, speed and agility. Taekwondo is her passion--she has been practicing it since 2017, five days a week, never skipping a class and joining foreign schools when abroad. Martial Arts is her lifestyle. Ms. Niki was born in Italy and, in her teenage years she played (Olympic) handball for 10 years in both youth and adult leagues all the while training at the gym under her mother’s guidance who was an amateur bodybuilder. In her 20s, Ms. Niki continued being active in many sports, training in tennis, cycling and running, she also started exploring the world of kick boxing. She moved to Sonoma in 2004. She joined a local Martial Arts School that was offering kickboxing classes--it is there she was first introduced to basic self defense techniques. It wasn’t until she signed up her first son at Taekwondo that she realized adults could join, too. She jumped right in. She now trains under Master Morey in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kumdo, and she also takes Krav Maga classes under Instructor Asher Smiley. She enjoys mixing things up, with Martial Arts being her main focus, she also works on functional and strength training and practices yoga, tennis, biking and running. Occasionally, you will see her trying Parkour, Wall Climbing, Skateboarding and everything else her kids drag her into (or she drags them into ).
Email: Ms. Niki
Supreme Grandmaster Shin has spent over sixty five years studying martial arts. He is one of the very few who have achieved the highest rank in both Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation – Kukkiwon, 9th Dan) and Hapkido (World Hapkido Federation, 9th Dan).
In 1971, young Master Shin arrived in San Francisco and continued his training and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1996, the Hwa Rang Kwan headquarters was relocated to Redwood City, California, and is now located at its current location in Belmont. Hwa Rang Kwan now has over fifty Hwa Rang Kwan branch dojangs in the world.
As a combat and self-defense instructor, Grandmaster Shin was responsible for training the renowned Korean Tiger Division, the Green Beret, the Jungle Ranger School in Vietnam, and trained the United States Military for ten years. Grandmaster Shin is also an instructor for Stanford University and a professor of both Seoul Sports University and United Arts College.
Email: Grandmaster D.K. Shin