About Us

Our History


In 1945, Chung Do Kwan, Korea’s first post war dojan (school) is opened by Master Won Kook Lee. Jhoon Rhee would later become a student and then instructor at the Chung Do Kwan.

Then in 1955, Korean Martial Arts leaders unify several kwans (schools) and adopt the term “Tae Kwon Do” as created and submitted by General Choi Hong Hi, the President of the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association.

,Jhoon Rhee moves to the United States and attends San Marcos Southwest Texas State College and opens a “Karate Club” at the college.

Jhoon Rhee is now known as the “Father of American Tae Kwon Do” because he is the first person to bring Tae Kwon Do from Korea to the United States.As Mr. Rhee’s students become Black Belts, the little known sport of martial arts begins to grow. 


“Tex Kwon Do”
Because of this growth under Master Rhee’s tutelage, Texas becomes one of the most important and prolific martial arts areas in the country. The American style of Tae Kwon Do practiced there soon became nationally recognized for its bruising style of fighting and was often referred to as “Tex Kwon Do” reflecting its Texas roots.

It was in this hard-hitting environment that John Worley, Larry Carnahan, movie star Chuck Norris and many others of that era earned their stripes and would eventually spread martial arts across the country.

J. Pat Burleson

 In 1959, some of Mr. Rhee’s first Black Belts, J. Pat Burleson and Allen Steen open the first commercial martial arts school in Texas which was also one of the original martial arts schools founded in America. History records Mr. Burleson as America’s first karate pioneer and “Father of All Karate Champions” because he won the first U.S. Karate Championships in 1964, held in Chicago, IL. He also has the distinction of holding the highest American Tae Kwon Do ranking under Master Jhoon Rhee’s extensive martial arts family tree. In addition to teaching the martial arts, Mr. Burleson later became a movie and stunt actor with regular appearances on the television show “Walker, Texas Ranger” staring Chuck Norris. He currently travels the world as a speaker and trainer.

 Bruce Lee

It was at the 1964 Long Beach Karate Championships where Bruce Lee first met taekwondo master Jhoon Rhee. The two developed a friendship — a relationship from which they both benefited as martial artists.

Jhoon Rhee taught Lee the side kick in detail, and Lee taught Rhee the “non-telegraphic” punch. John Worley, the founder of the National Karate Schools would later perform Karate demonstrations with Bruce Lee in the 1970’s.


Washington D. C.
In 1960 Jhoon Rhee departs Texas and moves to Washington D. C. and opens the Jhoon-Rhee professional chain of martial arts schools known as the Jhoon Rhee Institute.

He asks John Worley to join him to manage and instruct at one of his schools and later that year Larry Carnahan joins them. They soon become the Institutes top instructors. Master Rhee becomes a very successful businessman and in addition to his prosperous chain of martial arts schools, he invents the first line of martial arts protective gear. Before this invention, martial arts students would punch each other in the face with bare knuckles. Mr. Worley, Mr. Carnahan and the other Institute instructors got the proud distinction of beta testing the first prototypes of martial arts gloves and footpads made of foam rubber and duct tape. Master Rhee finally perfects the sparring equipment design, which is very similar to the equipment that we still use today.

Grand Master Rhee is one of the few true 10th Degree Black Belts in the United States (the highest possible rank in the martial arts). He now spends his time training U.S. Senators and Congressmen and other famous students.

Our Founder

Originally named MN Karate & Fitness, HIVE Martial Arts was founded by 4th Degree Black Belt Aaron Pallesen in 2014. 

Mr. Pallesen began training in martial arts at 9 years old in a traditional style of Japanese karate known as Shotokan Karate.

After moving to Minneapolis for school, Mr. Pallesen joined National Karate where he received the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in 2007 under Master Instructor Jeff Sidner and Grand Masters John Worley & Larry Carnahan.

Shortly after, Mr. Pallesen began teaching part time for the National Karate schools in Crystal and South Minneapolis before he was eventually promoted to the manager position of the Chaska NK location. 

In 2012 Mr. Pallesen tested for his 3rd Degree Black Belt with Grand Master J. Pat Burleson on the black belt judges panel.

 Mr. Pallesen tested for 4th degree black belt under Master Instructor Nathan Thorne, owner of Edge Martial Arts, and world champion sport karate fighter.

Be Your Best Self

Hive Martial Arts is a community dedicated to helping you be your best self. Life Skills are incorporated into every class to help your child grow beyond just punching and kicking – but into the future leader that you know they can be.

At the end of each class students recite two basic creeds:

1. Be your best self.

This means being honest – even when it might mean we’re getting in trouble; to be respectful and treat others the way we want to be treated; to always try our best; and to never make a mistake knowingly.

2. Might For Right!

This was originally Grand Master Jhoon Rhee’s motto. Might For Right means we only use our “Might” (martial arts” for the Right Reasons. It means having an indomitable spirit and the courage to stand up for ourselves – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. We control out emotions to keep a level head, and we have the mental strength to look beyond insults and name calling. 

 Students are expected to conduyct themselves as leaders of the community by actively practicing these student mottos in their day to day lives. 


Those participating in our monthly swarm team learn valuable life skills that will be used as they enter high school, leave for college, or start their first job.

Students green belt and higher are eligible to participate in monthly SWARM meetings, assist with class instruction & demonstrations, and participate in special drills that foster strong leadership skills like Attentiveness, Self Awareness, Public Speaking, and more. In All there are 27 months worth of modules for students participating in the SWARM Leadership Program.