We are reopening,, but carefully. See below for details and special offer.
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 7th Dan Gil Johnson, 5th Dan Isaac Willis, 5th Dan Eli Patterson, 3rd Dan Irina Alonso and 3rd Dan Ian Watts.
You really need something like taekwon-do as we enter the second year of the pandemic.
At the moment, Portland remains in the "extreme risk" category and all indoor exercise venues, including martial arts schools, cannot operate. As soon as that is lifted, we will open for small groups of students inside our safe, well ventilated studio.
We followed the advice of medical experts and closed our studio March 13, offering online classes and outdoor instead. New students need one-on-one instruction in person, so once you sign up, we will schedule some classes outside. We have access to a covered basketball court to stay dry. Face masks or face shields will be required. We're hoping that by early 2021, we'll be able to do these classes back in our school.
With this special, you get several group classes a week at half of our normal fees--basically two months for the price of one as well as a lightweight uniform for half price.
Taekwon-do is great for building stamina, agility and composure in the face of adversity. And kicking and punching and performing patterns is fun. It's a friendly, social environment, though now physically spaced for safety.
Call or e-mail us at GilJohnson@tkdpdx.net to find out how to join.
CALL (503) 736-9634 TO GET STARTED
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.