Success Stories

Craig Kimbrel

     “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 Padres. He 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 […]


By 18 months of age, autism had taken away Jalen’s ability to speak.  This disorder coupled with his mother’s work-related travel demands posed a tremendous challenge to the young man and his family. Yet with his family’s support and his involvement with Grandmaster Smith and Taekwondo, Jalen later became his 8th grade class’s valedictorian. One […]

Ali Thomas

“Grandmaster Smith did an awesome job with Ali, and has been a savior to us,” said Ali’s mother. The R.E.A.D.Y.  Taekwondo Academy is not merely a martial arts school, nor is Ali Thomas merely a teenage boy. It is also safe to say that it is not often that both a school and a student […]