Craig Kimbrel

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Craig Kimbrel

Category : Success Stories


     “Taekwondo gave Craig the self-discipline and confidence to achieve.” – Sandy Kimbrel

     Previously with the Atlanta Braves, Craig is now a relief pitcher for the San Diego PadresHe was awarded The National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2011.

Craig began training with R.E.A.D.Y. at the age of seven, and continued through high school. Under the guidance of Grandmaster Smith Craig reached as high as Second Degree Black Belt, before dedicating his time fully to baseball. Craig’s 46 saves in 2011 is a National League and Atlanta Braves record for a rookie pitcher.

Craig’s mother Sandy feels that goal-setting, patience, and respect were among the key traits that Craig gained from his participation in Grandmaster Smith’s program.


“The student’s respect has grown for all adults, including teachers. I have had fewer disruptions and more learning going on in my classroom that I can directly attribute to the Taekwondo training of my students.”
“I know that a lot of the kids I see here, if they weren’t here, I would be seeing them on the streets.”
“Taekwondo gives us a chance to do something together, outside of work. Plus, kicking is fun and gets out a lot of stress.”