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Master Cherith Shiba

Kwanjangnim and Master Instructor
  • Kukkiwon Certified 5th Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
  • Certified International Master/World Taekwondo Academy – Kukkiwon
  • Certified International Hanmadang Referee/World Taekwondo Academy – Kukkiwon
  • 2nd Degree Hapkido Black Belt
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Level 1 Certified USA Taekwondo Coach
  • Certified USA Taekwondo Poomsae Level 1 Referee
  • Self-Defense Instructor
  • Certified Rebounding Instructor
  • Over 22 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Over 25 Years of Competition Experience. Now completely focused on instructing and coaching her students.

 

Cherith Shiba

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Master Sydney Shiba

Master Instructor
  • Kukkiwon Certified 4th Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
  • 2nd Degree Hapkido Black Belt
  • Certified USA Taekwondo Poomsae Level 1 Referee
  • Recent competition awards: Silver Medal 2013 US National Kukkiwon Cup, Gold Medal 2014 Utah Summer Games, Gold Medal 2015 & 2016 Utah State Championships
  • BS in Respiratory Therapy
  • AHA Certified CPR Instructor
  • She’s quite sure she’s each student’s biggest fan — they are each future black belts in her eyes!
  • “When someone joins our school, I always look at it as a new addition to our family.”
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Master Sydney Shiba

Master Sydney Shiba has nearly 17 years of Taekwondo (TKD) experience. She got her start by following her cousin to his first class – insisting on doing pretty much anything got to do! She kept going long after he stopped!

One of Sydney’s goals as an instructor is to keep learning and growing as a martial artist so she can have fresh knowledge to pass on to her students. Accordingly, she has earned her 1st – 4th Dan Kukkiwon Taekwondo black belt certificates and her Poomsae Level 1 Referee Certification. She is also a 2nd Dan black belt in Hapkido. Additionally, she keeps her skills sharp by competing – most recently she earned a silver medal in the US National Kukkiwon Cup in Albany, New York, a gold medal at the Utah Summer Games.

Outside of martial arts, Sydney is a registered respiratory therapist, having earned her bachelor of science in respiratory therapy from Weber State. As an American Heart Association CPR Instructor, she often teaches CPR classes to our students – especially the advanced belts who are required to earn their CPR certification.

An enthusiastic and caring instructor who strives to keep each class interesting and fun, Sydney describes a shift in her life when she realized TKD is no longer just a hobby for her but a lifestyle. She continues in TKD for her students and because her life would be incomplete without it and without them. Their joy is her joy! Now working full time as a respiratory therapist, she is often asked when she will stop teaching and focus on just that job. She always answers that she loves her students and would never leave them. They are family to her: “When someone joins our school, I always look at it as a new addition to our family.”

Asked what gives Shiba TKD its identity, she said that each instructor cares about each student on an individual basis. Instead of rolling over belts per a schedule, the instructors see each student uniquely and help them reach their goals in a way that’s truest for them — all the while maintaining the highest standards. This is a harder method to teach, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Tying on a student’s new belt in front of the entire class, giving them their individual moment, is extremely rewarding to her as an instructor. Time and again, she sees that each student reaches their goals no matter how difficult the challenge is for them. Each student has a chance to shine for their individual talents and their choice to work hard and persevere. She enjoys personalizing her instruction so that she is teaching each student in a way they can understand.

Martial arts has helped Master Shiba overcome much in her life. She credits TKD for transforming her from an extremely shy child to an adult who is outgoing and eager to instruct and invest in her students’ lives. She even taught one of her job interviewers how to break a board! Martial arts has taught her to be strong not only for herself but also for others who need someone to be strong for them. She is no longer afraid to set goals for herself – she realizes now that no goal is too far away as long as you set your mind to it and be persistent.

Her current goals include helping Shiba TKD students continue to grow in their skills and, if they are interested, their competitiveness on a national and international level; staying on track to earn her 5th Dan Black Belt; earning her Master’s Degree in either education or respiratory therapy; and a continued focus on working out to keep her body healthy.

In the midst of all this, her students can be assured that she will always be there to both help them and remind them that they are the ones who need to be persistent enough to help themselves. What they learn in TKD they can take into everyday life to include other aspects of their education. She will always root for them and she is quite sure that she is their biggest fan! They are each a future black belt in her eyes.

An avid cook, Sydney especially likes spending time with her family, snowboarding and swimming. Speaking of family, she is quick to say that she couldn’t do the things she does or be the person she is without their support and encouragement. She credits them for teaching her how to work hard, stay strong and reach her goals no matter how far away they seem. As her Grandma often reminds her, “Might as well work towards your goals now because time will pass whether you are or you’re not. So might as well do it – before you know it you will have reached it!”

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Sabumnim Brigitte Di Vito

Senior Instructor
  • Kukkiwon Certified 4th Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
  • 1st Degree Hapkido Black Belt
  • USAT National Certified Sparring Referee
  • Competition Awards: Numerous Gold Medals in Utah Summer Games and Utah Invitational
  • Proud Mom of three boys
  • Works with disadvantaged and at risk youth
  • Born and raised in Germany
  • 19 years TKD experience
  • “I am every student’s biggest cheerleader and think of them as my kids”
  • “To me, living the tenets of TaeKwonDo is the core of martial arts”
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Sabumnim Brigitte Di Vito

As far as Sabumnim Di Vito can remember, she has wanted to be a Taekwondo martial artist. After watching her boys participate for 2 years, she finally found the opportunity and seized it! That was over 19 years ago.

As an instructor, Sabumnim passes forward her love of TKD while she fully focuses on each student in class – “her” students. She ensures each student knows that everyone at Shiba TKD is in their corner! She couldn’t be more proud than when a student learns a new kick, a new form or achieves a new belt.

She purposefully works to instill the tenets of TKD into every one of her students because she knows they apply to every aspect of our lives. She once studied under a Grandmaster who spoke of an additional tenet: Victory. She explains to her students that this doesn’t mean victory over another but victory over self – to be your personal best. She teaches her students to be everyday heroes, that even a very small kind gesture toward someone can have a very big impact.

Our Instructors are also dedicated martial artist students and Sabumnim is no exception. She loves that when she is practicing martial arts, everything else seems to leave her mind. Her time at the dojang as a student is her “me time”. She concentrates on her mental and physical capabilities, the smallest of nuances in a form, strives for a better kick and embraces that there is always something to improve. Pure joy for her when she finally gets something and then immediately looks forward to improving it!

Sabumnim earned her Journeyman in Bakery Management in Germany and most recently earned performance awards for three consecutive years at her work in Utah. She currently works with a passion to instill the TKD tenets into the youth she works with at Job Corps.

Off of the mats and outside of her work, she enjoys hiking, sightseeing, reading, time of any kind with friends and family, cooking, and traveling. All amidst her worthy goal to slow down and enjoy each moment.

Among Sabumnim’s additional goals: To be current in all TKD forms, to kick higher, to become a Level 1 Certified USA Taekwondo Coach, and to achieve and maintain a level of fitness that allows her to successfully tackle fire crew training this next year. Go Sabumnim!

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Kyosanim Nicole Anderson

Assistant Instructor
  • 1st Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
  • AHA First Aid CPR AED Certified
  • Most recent tournament awards: Gold Medal 2014 Utah Summer Games, 2 Gold Medals 2015 & 2016 Wasatch Exhibition, 2015 Utah State Champion Sparring and Poomsae, 2016 Utah State Championships Gold Medal
  • Elementary School Librarian
  • Favorite TKD teaching moments: “Seeing the light in the kiddo’s eyes when they get it”
  • One of her life goals: “Stay in good shape so I can keep up with my boys as they get older and, most important, be the best mom I can be.”
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Kyosanim Nicole Anderson

Nicole could only sit and watch her boys during their Taekwondo classes for so long until, in 2011, she too became a martial artist. At first it just felt good to do something for herself – she has since grown to absolutely love it. This shows each time she is on the mats. Nicole especially loves that TKD keeps her thinking.

As is required of all our advanced belts, Nicole is CPR Certified. She also competes to help her keep her skills sharp and to push herself. Along the way, she has earned numerous medals to include gold medals in both sparring and poomsae at the 2015 Utah State Championships.

She has been married for 12 years and you will find her 9 and 8 year old boys competing in the same tournaments as their proud mom  Speaking of her boys, one of Nicole’s life goals is to stay in good shape so she can keep up with them as they get older and, most important, to be the best mom she can be.

Nicole’s main goal as an instructor-in-training is to instruct under the mentorship of her Master Instructors as much as she possibly can. Her favorite moments are seeing the light in the kiddos’ eyes when they “get it”.

It is important to Nicole that she help instill in her students that TKD is not about the belts. It’s about bettering oneself, building on a solid foundation of skills and all the while enjoying the journey.

When she’s not on the mats assisting her fellow students, you will likely find Nicole spending time with her family, working as her boys’ school librarian, or hiking, camping, reading, and crafting.

Why Shiba TKD? In Nicole’s own words, “I like that I have never felt pressured to get to the next belt. I have been able to go at my own pace. Master Shiba really cares about her students whether she is helping them get through a particularly tough spot in poomsae, helping them to see a new angle in sparring, or getting them through an injury. Her years of experience and passion for TKD are very evident in every class. She has high expectations for each student and pushes us farther than we think we can go. All the while being our biggest fan.”

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Richard Johnson

2nd Degree Black Belt

 

Richard Johnson

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Naz Nazario

2nd Degree Black Belt

 

Naz Nazario

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