W. Kim Tae Kwon Do


brentAssistant Master

Brent Steffens

What I like best about being an instructor:

My favorite part about being an instructor is getting to see the kids run up to their parents and excitedly talk to them about what they learned that day or show them a stripe or star that they received for their belt. I love helping kids realize that they have the potential to accomplish whatever they want to.

Why I chose TKD:

I chose TKD because it has the perfect balance of dependency for me. I have to depend on myself to accomplish the personal goals that I set for myself, and when I work hard or accomplish a goal I know that I can be proud in myself and my effort. I can also depend on those around me, to help support me, encourage me, and push me to achieve that next level, whatever it may be. Having people who support you and care about you is indispensable.

Why I chose W. Kim TKD to train:

I chose W. Kim TKD to train because it was transformative for me when I was younger, and it would have been silly for me to give up something that had such a big impact on my life. When I was younger, I had quite a bit of extra energy. Instead of seeing it as a hindrance, I learned to channel and focus that extra energy into improving myself.

Why I chose W. Kim TKD to instruct at:

I love to teach. I love Tae Kwon Do. Putting the two together has been amazing.

Year I started TKD:


My favorite kick: 

Side kick

My favorite form:

Basic 1. You have to start somewhere and I feel like I’m getting pretty good at it now.


Psychology, history, reading, cooking


Video games, running, reading philosophy, film analysis, Scrabble

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My life/school achievements:

My life goal is to complete my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and begin teaching at the university level while doing research on a span of topics, which includes but is not limited to reading comprehension and linguistics.

College Degree/Employer:

I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology, with a minor in History from Northern Illinois University. I’m currently in graduate school at Northern Illinois University, working to get my Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology.