Kari Richmond – Mom, Music Teacher, & Martial Artist!

Kari Richmond is a committed martial artist who works hard to develop her focus and control through Tae Kwon Do. Kari is a mom of two, a music instructor, and a well rounded athlete. Kari does a remarkable job of balancing parenting with running her own business.  Her strong organization skills enable her to maintain her rigorous martial arts practice in the mix of this full schedule. On the mat, Kari puts effort into both the physical and mental aspects of class, and the synergy created by her dual focus allows her train at a very high level. She also has excellent control and spatial awareness, which makes her a safe partner for new and seasoned students alike. Kari is humble, friendly, and leads by example – all qualities that make her a huge contribution to the classes and community at Asheville Sun Soo. Thank you Kari for being an excellent student!

teacher adult classes KariHow old are you?


What is your rank?
Red Belt

What is your occupation?
Music Teacher – founder and director of Asheville Area Music Together

Why do you practice?
I started practicing to challenge myself physically in new ways and learn some practical self defense. I continue for these reasons and also because I enjoy and am supported by the welcoming and fun community at Sun Soo.

How long have you been practicing?
One year and eight months

What do you enjoy most about your practice so far?
I love the progression of opportunities for increasing growth, both physically and mentally. I feel encouraged to break through my perceived limitations in a super supportive community of staff and fellow students.

What are some of your other hobbies or interests?
I love to hike and ride bikes with my family.

What is something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you?
Before I had kids, I was a drummer and a vibraphone player in a pop band.

What is your favorite Tae Kwon Do moment?
I love the board breaks. I’m super proud of my own 2-board break with a sidekick in the last testing, but I am always super proud of every student and staff member board break. They are such emotionally vulnerable moments and the school community really supports people in those moments.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
It is wonderful to be able to practice Tae Kwon Do with my son!