North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do (NHSBD) is a traditional martial arts school located in the Crystal Community Center.

We have been teaching youth and adults in the west metro area since 1988.

Unlike many store front karate chains, North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do is a traditional martial arts school. All of our instructors have more than 10 years experience in Soo Bahk Do with most instructors having more than 20 years experience.

Instruction focuses on personal development including both physical and mental training. Physical training focuses on the use of bare hands and feet for defense, as well as increasing stamina, strength and flexibility. Internal training focuses on using your mind to resolve conflict, as well as learning proper breathing techniques, enhancing mental focus and sharpening internal discipline.

We believe in developing skills that students can use for a lifetime. It’s not our philosophy to quickly advance students through belts to reach the often desired black belt. It’s our goal to help students learn the skills to become successful martial artists and positive members of their communities.

Our students experience and contribute to a positive and challenging training environment. Through training, many students develop strong friendships with fellow students and instructors. Many credit their martial arts training for other successful accomplishments academically or professionally.


  • Experienced and dedicated instructors

  • Skilled martial arts training with nationally-ranked fighters

  • Family oriented

  • Instruction tailored to the goals of each student

  • Students receive one-on-one and group instruction

  • Training is designed to foster self esteem and self confidence

  • Classes run throughout the year

  • Classes are offered at a great value

  • Opportunity to participate in and compete in regional clinics and tournaments

  • NHSBD is certified by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

  • Students currently training at NHSBD come from the following communities across the Twin Cities metro area: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Blaine

What our students and parents say about NHSBD:

"We have enjoyed the individual attention, kindness of teachers and the more advanced kids helping the newer ones."


"We like the participation of the instructors."


"My son is very happy with his instructors."


"The instructors are very good at leading the classes and they create a fun environment."


"We are very happy at North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do. Thank you."


"Instructors work well with the kids – high energy."


"Having multiple instructors seems very beneficial and helpful with younger groups."


"My kids want to go to class. They’ve made friends and they are having fun while they are learning."


"My daughter enjoys classes so much that she practices at home without me having to ask her."


"I think all the instructors are great. We love Ms. Flaherty."


"My son’s coordination and mental focus has improved dramatically since starting Soo Bahk Do."


"North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do has been an extremely positive experience."


Back to top of page