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Our podcast is lead and hosted by Miss Chloe Lee. She has been doing taekwondo since she was three years old and is currently a first degree black belt at J.K. Lee's Blackbelt Academy. Chloe wanted to host the podcast because she wants to teach others about the importance of the tenets of taekwondo and practice her interviewing and communication skills. She enjoys playing tennis, the oboe, and reading.


Welcome to our podcast presented by the J.K. Lee Community. We’re going to be bringing you closer to individuals who are living examples of our tenets and oath. (If you missed our first episode, you can see it here: 2020 Gala)

Our podcast is being produced, researched and brought to life by students at J.K. Lee City Youth and J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy. In addition to learning about our tenets in action, our students are learning about communication, the media, language, performance, marketing and design!  (Parental note: Episodes are aimed at children ages ten and up.

Please note we are off for summer! New epidsodes will return in September!

September 2021 Back to School!

IWe're honoring teachers! Welcome to our special guests Mr. Steve Koehler and Miss Samantha Palmisano


Steve Koehler is a theatre and physics teacher.  For nearly thirty years, he taught these subjects at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Wisconsin’s only arts-focused public high school.  Mr. Koehler currently teaches theatre & on-camera acting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and physics at Pathways High School, a UWM charter school. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Madison and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UW-Milwaukee’s Professional Theatre Training Program. (P.T.T.P.)  His many acting credits include The Bridges of Madison Count with Peninsula Players; To Kill a Mockingbird with the Children’s Theatre of Madison; and as Lloyd in Guys on Ice — a role he has played over 1,000 times. 

Miss Samantha Palmisano is a third degree black belt who has been training since she was nine years old. During her years helping with classes at both J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy and J.K. Lee City Youth, she discovered a love of teaching! She graduated with a degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently teaching middle school math at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School. She is also running a new City Youth program at her school.

May 2021 Author M. L Wang. We are excited to kick off our book readers challenge learning about how the tenets are reflected in the writing process. Here is Ms. Wang's bio and links to her work. 

Hi! I’m M. L. Wang, author, martial artist, and weird recluse currently hiding somewhere in Wisconsin with my maroon-bellied parakeet, Sulu. I enjoy gruesome nature documentaries and long walks in circles around my room. My published books include The Sword of Kaigen, Theonite: Planet Adyn, and Theonite: Orbit (series discontinued) and my ongoing serials include Gunpowder Magnolia, Seven Forsaken, and Sazuma.


My author website: https://mlwangbooks.com/

My books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/M.-L.-Wang/e/B01KWMY6X2/

Paik’s Martial Arts (my school): http://paiksmartialarts.com/


March 2021: Special Guest Ms. Cassandra Aranda, the education manager with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC).

We are happy to be celebrating Women's History Month with our special guest from WWBIC. Their mission is to open the doors of opportunity by providing targeted individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to critical resources such as responsible financial products and quality business and financial education. They focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being … in particular women, people of color, veterans and low-income individuals.  

Cassandra Aranda is the Education & Volunteer Manager at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. She received her BA in Political Science from Alverno College. Aranda leads the planning and execution of over 300 educational offerings per year, bringing business education to those just considering starting a business to entrepreneurs who have been in business for years. She enjoys cultivating relationships with professionals, organizations, and institutions to continually elevate the offerings and experiences for her clients. Outside of work, Aranda is a boy mom of 2, who loves being outside with her family.

If you have interest in using or helping with their programs be sure to visit their website at https://www.wwbic.com/


February 2021 Special Guests, Michael Crowley and Alyse Bailey from the National Kidney Foundation of  Wisconsin. Also joining us is a founding friend of J.K. Lee City Youth, Jim Ippolite. Enjoy their inspiring messages of kindness, perseverance, giving and indomitable spirit!

Michael Crowley is the Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation, Wisconsin. He is the past CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County and has a strong background in the nonprofit sector. He is also serving his fifth term as County Board Supervisor of District 16 on the Waukesha County Board, Vice Chairman of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission since 2011, Chairman of the Waukesha County Airport Operations Commission since 2005 and Chairman of the City of Waukesha Community Development Black Grant Committee since 1999. He is committed to continuing the foundation’s great work of helping people and families and providing more knowledge and resources for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.


Alyse Bailey is a pediatric nurse at Children’s Wisconsin, a living kidney donor, and a board member for the National Kidney Foundation. Alyse altruistically donated her kidney to 5 year old Elizabeth (pictured with Alyse) on June 19th, 2017. 

Jim Ippolite, a founding supporter of J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts, shares the story of his search for a living kidney donor. You can read more about him and how to help here: JIM"S STORY

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January 2021 Special Guest Master Susan Miller

Listen in for an inspiring conversation on what it means to be a martial arts master. We are talking about perseverance, self discipline and being our best selves. 


Our guest, Master Miller, began studying martial arts in 1974. She has trained in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Milwaukee. As a teen she competed in eastern USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. Master Miller has been training and teaching at J.K. Lee since 1990. She implemented a Tae Kwon Do program in the public school system where she works as a school psychologist.

When she started at J.K. Lee Brookfield, Grand Master Lee’s holistic concern for the health and well being of his students impressed her and she wishes to continue that work. Master Miller believes that Tae Kwon Do is an effective tool for bringing out the best in children and for the self.

In our December 2020 episode, we talk with Ms. Amanda Fahrendorf about the martial arts tenets, her work in the community and the Riverwest Food Pantry. 

If you'd like to help visit RiverwestFoodPantry.org

We are excited to be talking with Ms. Rory Linnane about her work as a reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We are learning about what tenets she uses to do her job!