Hidden Treasure

Four years ago, my husband and son decided to take Taekwondo together. We visited all of the Studios in the area, and found Master Seo at Kian Taekwondo in Salem, NH http://www.kiantkd.com/. Nestled between a bakery and real estate broker, this Taekwondo studio is a hidden gem. A gifted children charmer, Master Seo turned my son from a scared deer in the headlights into a confident and respectful young man.

In addition to the changes in my son, I witnessed a handicapped man get his yellow, orange, green, blue and purple belts to standing ovations every time. Along with this miracle, I watched an autistic boy achieve his black belt. Because of Master Seo’s belief that he can help everyone through Taekwondo, he has developed a unique program that allows every student to achieve the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of Taekwondo.

Observing the life altering leadership of Master Seo, I was inspired to start the Kian Taekwondo Scholarship Fund to make his teaching available to children in need. Through the Scholarship Fund, we watched a shy bullied boy come alive and learn self-respect and dignity. When I thought that I couldn’t be astonished any further, I saw all of the children in the studio work long hours to help raise money for scholarships to support the children in their community.

Invested in the success of each and every student, Master Seo motivates them to be all that they can be. Because he shines as a Master, he teaches them all to shine in their practice of Taekwondo. Building the next generation of Taekwondo one student at a time, Master Seo has indelibly changed the face of our community for the better.

Local Businesses Support Martial Arts for Kids

Over 25 businesses in Salem, NH and surrounding towns have all donated goods and services to the Kian Taekwondo Scholarship Fund for a silent auction.  The event is being held on September 27th during an open house from 2-5pm at Kian Taekwondo at 6 S. Broadway, Salem, NH.  All of the funds raised at the event will be used to provide Taekwondo lessons to local children considered at risk and unable to afford it.


The Kian Taekwondo Scholarship Fund was founded in 2013 by Karen and Andy Piper.  The fund works with local schools in Salem and neighboring towns to identify children who are struggling with a variety of issues including bullying, single parent and low self-esteem.  The fund then offers these students a chance to try Taekwondo and provides a partial scholarship for up to a year of lessons.


“As parents, we were thrilled by the transformation of the children in the Taekwondo studio,” shares Karen Piper. “Master Seo has been able to make Taekwondo accessible for children with autism, learning disabilities and physical disabilities” she continues.


“These classes help fight childhood obesity and build self-confidence while teaching discipline, respect and self-defense.  And, Master Seo has created an environment where they can’t fail.  This allows children to feel safe and enjoy themselves while they learn new tools and a different way of life than their current circumstances provide,” Andy Piper adds.


Starbucks, Tuscan Kitchen and Market, Sullivan Tire, Uno Pizzeria and Grill, American Well, The Vitamin Shoppe, Staples, 99 Restaurants, Fuddruckers, Red Robin, Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Cider Hill Farms, Wiresurfer, Beyond Vanilla Ice Cream Parlor and Natural Market Place are just some of the companies that have donated gift cards or services to help the scholarship fund.  “We are very grateful for the support of the community for the kids, and we need everyone to join us for the silent auction. Purchasing these items provides us with enough funds for 2 more scholarships,” finishes Karen Piper.