New Hamilton martial arts business opens after YMCA cancels program due to COVID-19

Steven Myers opened Hallasan Summit Martial Arts in Hamilton after the Fitton YMCA, where he taught for five years, cancelled martial arts due to the coronavirus. Here Myers makes a green belt presentation to student Carmen Jenkins after she passed her test. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Steven Myers opened Hallasan Summit Martial Arts in Hamilton after the Fitton YMCA, where he taught for five years, cancelled martial arts due to the coronavirus. Here Myers makes a green belt presentation to student Carmen Jenkins after she passed her test. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Steven Myers understands the challenges of opening a business during the coronavirus pandemic at a time when some companies are closing.

“I was nervous then,” Myers said, “and I’m still nervous to some degree.”

But after the Fitton Family YMCA cancelled some programs due to COVID-19, including martial arts, he was contacted by concerned parents because there was no place for their children to continue taking classes. He had been an instructor there for five years.

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So in September, six months after the martial arts program was cancelled, Myers opened Hallasan Summit Martial Arts in the rear of the building that houses Elite Performance & Fitness. In four months, Myers has registered 18 students, many of them he taught at the YMCA.

Myers, 42, a 1997 Hamilton High School graduate, owns and operates Steven J. Myers Siding and Trim. So that means his job as a martial arts instructor serves more of a “passion” than a profession.

“I want to take what I learned and give it to other people,” he said. “I have to do this for the kids.”

Myers, a second-degree black belt, was introduced to Taekwondo in 1993 when his step-mother said her sister was a black belt instructor. He decided to “give it a try” in high school and got hooked.

He gets satisfaction out of seeing his students mature physically and mentally.

“Some of them are shy, withdrawn,” he said. “But they develop into different people and show who they actually are and who they can become.”

The business is named after Hallasan Summit, the highest point in South Korea. It’s also home to an inactive volcano, symbolism that isn’t lost, he said.

“It’s passive on the outside and there’s fire inside,” he said.

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Hallasan Summit Martial Arts

HOURS: Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 5:30-9 p.m.; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday: 5:30-8 p.m.; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed

LOCATON: 190 N. Brookwood Ave., Hamilton

PHONE: 513-341-8290

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