Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires (MAIB) is a special place dedicated to family, fitness and education of the students in both martial arts and health. Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires has been offering instruction and lessons in the martial arts since 1998 and has trained leaders in all aspects of life, as well as champions in Taekwondo.

Headed by Grandmaster Thomas Brown, MAIB offers a number of programs in the martial arts that are designed to help improve the health and well being of all who join.

We invite you to come and visit and experience our classes! Our extensive curriculum provides our students the opportunity to learn both the traditional and the modern sports version of the martial arts.

Although the main focus of our school is Taekwondo, Grandmaster Brown incorporates various styles into the curriculum. The curricula at MAIB integrates self defense at all levels, with an increasing level of sophistication at the higher ranks and throughout the black belt ranks, including an introduction to pressure point applications to the self defense techniques. 

We also investigate the meaning and various applications of the individual moves within a Poomse (pre-arranged movements in a specified form) and their relationships to self defense. This is in addition to the wonderful curricula set forth by the Kukkiwon to meet the requirements for obtaining any particular belt level in Taekwondo. We certify our students through the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

Taekwondo is the Korean art of kicking and punching, which was officially introduced as an Olympic sport in the year 2000. Taekwondo is admired for its wide range of high, powerful, and spinning kicks, and the use of these kicks in numerous combination. But Taekwondo is more than a sport; it is also a philosophy, so we incorporate building character in our students in our programs, as well as helping our adult students obtain their desired health goals. 

Ultimately, Taekwondo helps improve ones self-discipline, strengthens and tones ones body, increases flexibility, and improves coordination and balance, which makes it an excellent choice of exercise for people of all ages, no matter what condition you start from!

Check out the following link to learn about the History of Taekwondo:


Our Story

Grand Master Brown’s goal is to provide an institute that promotes peace and harmony in the effects of stress encountered in life by people of all ages. Grandmaster Brown promotes this by encouraging his students to do their best everyday to: train/exercise, meditate, and to eat nutritiously; All of which help to clear the mind, to strengthen the body, and it’s immune system. With less stress, people are better equipped to overcome challenges, to combat injury, illness and disease; and to increase their sense of well being and happiness.

The Philosophy of MAIB is about competition with oneself and cooperation with others. It is also based on the tenets of Taekwondo, which are respect; humility; perseverance; self-control and honesty. MAIB emphasizes safety and the importance of a strong connection to the Berkshire community through outreach programs, demonstrations, and fundrasiers for non-profit organizations or charities.

Grand Master Brown has studied under many teachers in many different styles; His taekwondo lineage comes down through Grand Master Byung Min Kim, who has retired in 2018. You can learn a little bit about Grand Master Kim by clicking the link below.


Grandmaster Brown has studied various disciplines within the martial arts, including Goju Ryu Karate, Ying Jow Pai Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Pa Qua, and has recently been studying Haidong Gumdo. Grandmaster Brown has been studying Taekwondo since 1989, with Grandmaster Byung Min Kim, and has obtained the rank of seventh dan.


Grandmaster Brown’s goal is to provide an institute that provides peace and harmony in the community while reducing the stress of everyday pressures that people of all ages encounter each day. Grandmaster Brown promotes this by encouraging his students to train daily thereby increasing their physical conditioning, along with the proper nutritional intake to maintain a healthy body, and to meditate daily to work on their spiritual condition. This will help reduce the amount of disease and/or sickness in the community and hopefully promote more of a peaceful attitude in the community. The philosophy of MAIB is based not only on the tenets of Taekwondo, which are respect; humility; perseverance; self-control; and honesty, but also emphasizes a connection to the community.

Grandmaster Brown is also a teacher of special needs students and has served as a Citizen Ambassador to China, for a delegation on Special Education and Early Childhood Education. His dedication to education is demonstrated by the enthusiastic way that he approaches all of his classes and his requirements that his students try their absolute best in all aspects of life.