We have grown into the largest tradiitional taekwon-do school in Portland based on excellent mentors who have trained intensively not only in the art of taekwon-do but also in its intsruction. In the front row of the photo above, taken at our annual beach workout, are our main instructors: head instructor and 6th Dan Gil Johnson, 4th Dan Isaac Willis, 4th Dan Eli Patterson, 3rd Dan Irina Alonso and 3rd Dan Ian Watts.
Traditional Taekwon-do is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. We've come a long way since starting in a building next to the Hollywood Theatre (which burned down later). We have grown every year and now have about 100 students coming on a regular basis.
To mark this occasion, we are offering new students first month's tuition for $35, the same as we charged in 1993. With this deal, as with all other payment plans, you are entitled to attend as many classes per month as you want.
Traditional Taekwon-do offers classes for all kinds of people from age six and up. We specialize in teaching families. Parents and children work out in the same classes, if they choose to do so. Our family rates make it affordable for your entire family to train in Taekwon-do. Check out our tuition schedule. In one regard, we are like joining a health club: you pay the same monthly tuition whether you come once a week or twice a day.
So wrote Choi Hong Hi, the man credited with founding this dynamic martial art.
In the last line of the Taekwon-do Student Oath, students pledge “to build a more peaceful world.”
That sounds like a lot to ask from a martial art that teaches devastating strikes and kicks and originated as combat training for the Korean army. Yet it turns out to be true.
A traditional martial art is not simply about fighting. Nor is it merely a sport. The underlying premise of a sound martial art is that by practicing rigorous physical exercises, not only is one’s body improved, but also one’s mind and spirit. Further, in the give and take of regulated physical conflict—accompanied by a strict code of conduct—a person learns how to control aggression.