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.
You don't have to be in great shape to start taking taekwon-do classes--practicing taekwon-do will get you in great shape.
We accept each student as they are and let them progress at their own pace. But before long, you will see more strength, more stamina, and better able to move with both grace and power.
Our special essentially gives you two months for the price of one. Your first lesson will be a orientation with head instructor Gil Johnson, where you will get an overview of taekwon-do and learn some of the basic beginner moves. After that you move into beginners classes, which prepare you for the faster pace of the regular group classes.
To get started, just call is an make an appointment for that initial lesson.
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.