About Us + Before & After School Program

Shelburne BW Taekwondo was established in September 2015 by Bernie and Linda Karsch. Bernie, who is a 3rd degree black belt, Linda Karsch, who is a 1st degree blackbelt, created Shelburne BW Taekwondo after his life long passion with the sport, and holds experience in both recreational and high performance training.

Shelburne BW Taekwondo was created with the goal of providing the Shelburne community a fun, high energy and family friendly martial art that any skill level could try and benefit from. Taekwondo is for any age and everyone is welcome into the warm family friendly classes. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to watch their children each class and to try it out themselves! Single and family memberships are available.

Shelburne BW Taekwondo is an official member of Ontario Taekwondo. We practice WT (World Taekwondo) style Taekwondo. Our tournament and recreational styles of training create a balanced training environment that can be catered to those who want to compete or to those who wish to remain recreational.


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Mr. Bernie Karsch

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The martial arts have been a life long passion of mine. I first entered the art of Karate in the 80’s, then later while attending a black belt grading for Taekwondo, my desire for the art of Taekwondo was ignited. There are many different styles of martial arts and each one has its own special and unique method of application. Taekwondo is fast with high kicks and quick movements. It is fun to practice and is well suited for almost anyone, regardless of age. I spent time over the years attending classes and competing in tournaments, all while moving through the ranks at one of the oldest and most respected schools in Southern Ontario – Bluewater Taekwondo. Next came a job change and move. The decision was made to open my own small school. After a year of planning and with the help of Ontario Taekwondo, Masters of past schools and my wife Linda, we had our first class at our local arena. Mats needed to be set up and taken down each class. In the beginning it worked well, but my wife and I only had two students. From there it grew and within six months we had 25 steady students and we kept growing. For three years we held classes and belt gradings at that location, each night having to deconstruct the mats and store them. Now we have our own dojang with 80 regular students, a junior fight team and our first set of black belts. We are active in the community and attend many local events through out the year.
Last year we started a before and after school program, and it too has been quite successful. There are many challenges when working with young people, but also, many rewards. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to work with people while doing what I love to do, and that is Taekwondo.

Mrs. Leah Sobon


Leah began her journey in martial arts at the age of 20 mainly in the art of kickboxing (however she has experience in multiple disciplines). After a few years and colour belts in kickboxing, Leah desired to train in a more competitive art, which is where she found taekwondo. Training at Young Choung Taekwondo (Toronto) proved to be one of the most gratifying, challenging, rewarding and exciting experiences in her journey with TKD. After moving away from the city, Leah missed being involved in taekwondo, which is where she found Bernie and Linda Karsch, owners of Shelburne BW Taekwondo. Leah offers valuable teaching experience towards traditional and competitive students. This is Leah’s third year teaching and being part of SBWTKD. Being part of the SBWTKD family is something that Leah is eternally grateful for as she has met many wonderful friends and new family thanks to the great sport of Taekwondo. Cheers to many more years at SBWTKD.

Before and After School Program

For the last two years Shelburne BW Taekwondo has proudly offered an alternate solution to childcare for school-aged children. With early morning drop off options available, parents who commute out of town for early hours can utilize before school care as early as 6:00 am. After school pick up is arranged at your child’s school by either private means or our bus. Each week has a set theme and daily agenda, plus a complementary Taekwondo class – no experience is required to have fun in this basic learners class. For more information and pricing, contact Bernie Karsch at 519-925-9254 or by email: shelburnetaekwondo@outlook.com.

Meet our staff!

Kayleigh Sobon


Kayleigh has been a student at our Taekwondo dojang for three years, consistently volunteering with classes, the after school program, and special events. Entering her last semester of grade 11, Kayleigh balances volunteer work in the community, a steady job, school, family, and her passion of Taekwondo.

Ravyn Cowan


Ravyn has been a student of our Taekwondo dojang since January 2018. Ravyn is a dedicated and committed role model who always sets a strong example for students younger than her. On the side she enjoys drawing, spending time with her family, and her pets! (she has quite a few)

Arshina Verma


Arshina, who is currently a grade 11 student, enjoys art as a personal hobby. She has been an employee with SBWTKD since 2019. Arshina loves playing with the kids in the after school program and has become a fast favourite.

Mrs. Linda Karsch


Mrs. Linda Karsch, co-owner of Shelburne BW Taekwondo, helps run all of the school’s programs, including the summer and March break camps, before and after school program, PD day camps, and the evening Taekwondo programs. Linda is a highly respected leader at the club whose warm and welcoming personality makes her a favourite among the kids.

Mr. Bernie Karsch

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Mr. Bernie Karsch, co-owner of Shelburne BW Taekwondo, runs all of the school’s programs, including the summer and March break camps, before and after school program, PD day camps, and the evening Taekwondo programs.

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