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Nam’s Greenfield US Taekwondo Center moves to Main Street

  • An intermediate class runs sprints at Nam's Tae Kwon Do in the former Kings Gym location on Main Street. December 3, 2018 Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ—Paul Franz

  • Jim Byoung Nam or “Master Nam” STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZz

  • An intermediate class at Nam's Tae Kwon Do in the former Kings Gym location on Main Street. December 3, 2018 StafF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • An intermediate class at Nam's Tae Kwon Do in the former Kings Gym location on Main Street. December 3, 2018 Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ—Paul Franz



Staff Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2018

GREENFIELD — Friday was the final class at Master Nam’s Big Y Plaza taekwondo studio — the weekend was moving day — and by Monday, classes were ready to resume at the studio’s new home. 

On moving day, Jinbyoung Nam’s new community, the 80-something people he teaches at Nam’s Greenfield US Taekwondo Center, pitched in to make the transition smooth. Some people showed up with their vacuums, others with hand saws, and many with pairs of helping hands. 

“It was a miracle,” Nam said about the move. “I found out we look like a family, like a real family.”

It’s been less than a year since Nam opened his taekwondo center in the Big Y Plaza and began to form that family in Greenfield. This weekend, he moved the business to 154 Main St., in the place of King’s Gym, which has moved to Chapman Street this month. 

With about 80 students and still growing, Nam realized he needed a bigger space to serve his students, who range from age 3 to 68. Through a community network and a lot of business work, he was able to land the former King’s Gym space. 

Sitting next to Green Fields Market, Nam’s taekwondo center now has about 9,000 square feet, upgrading from the 3,200 he had in his space at the Big Y Plaza. Nam had a five-year lease, but through a mutual agreement, the two parties were able to end the lease early, he said. 

Nam hopes his business can contribute to the other small businesses on Main Street, adding to the culture of the community. 

While he no longer has the size of the Big Y Plaza parking lot for his customers, a combination of reserved parking in the lot behind the gym and the fact that some students can now walk to class will help his business grow, Nam said. 

There were thoughts about moving to Amherst to accommodate the size of his growing classes, Nam said, but the community made sure he knew they wanted him to stay here. 

In time, his new taekwondo center will include a play area for children in the downstairs of the gym. The upstairs, main floor, will be for most of the classes. There will also be a room for babies and parents. Nam said he plans to offer Pierce Brothers coffee through a partnership with the Greenfield roaster. 

Like Nam did at the Big Y Plaza, he will open up the center to the community on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to noon. Parents can drop off their children and get their shopping done — there will be  child care and taekwondo services. During the week, he will continue to offer the same classes, including after-school ones.

But first, Nam and his team of do-it-yourself contractors need to finish the renovations to convert King’s into Nam’s, one floor mat at a time. 

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

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