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.
Is there someone on your holiday gift list who is looking for a little more zest in their life? Something exciting, invigorating and fun?
Or is there a little one who could benefit from something that builds self-confidence? Perhaps even self-discipline?
Maybe you are looking for an activity you can do with your family or friends.
Our Taekwon-do Holiday Special is just the ticket.
For $119, you get a gift certificate good for two months of lessons (you can attend as many as you want). You also receive a lightweight uniform and a booklet describing taekwon-do and our school.
If you want to augment that gift with extras, we also can order you a Taekwon-do sports bag, punching and kicking bags, hand targets and many other kinds of martial arts supplies.
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.