About U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association in Gresham, OR
The U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association is the largest group of professional Taekwondo schools in the western United States. Since 1988, the Association has been providing quality instruction to over 70,000 students worldwide and it all started in Gresham, Oregon!
We offer personalized instruction based on your needs. Our experienced, award-winning instructors are ready to help you reach your fullest potential. Whether you want to learn discipline, lose weight or just try something new - we can tailor a program that fits your needs and fitness level. We have classes for all ages and specialize in family instruction. Whatever your need - we are ready to serve you!
We LOVE to train total beginners, intermediate or advanced students. So whether you are trying martial arts for the first time or training hard to compete, you’ll find the perfect program for what you want to achieve right here!
Martial arts is a tool. It's something we use to improve ourselves and our lives. For a child being bullied, it's an opportunity to stand up for himself, gain confidence and pride.
For an adult lacking passion and drive, it's an opportunity to really put your heart into something - and reap the rewards of that hard work.
And for the person who wants the ability to PROTECT herself and her loved ones - it's an opportunity to add safety, confidence, and courage to her life.
The kid’s classes are designed to instill a well-rounded mixed martial arts skill set with emphasis on the values and principles that taekwondo teaches…
- Modesty, Courtesy and Integrity
- Self-control and Respect
- Perseverance and Determined Spirit
Your child will learn the importance of goal setting and gain incredible self-confidence. Our goal for every student is to increase their physical and mental strength, fitness and overall development.
Martial arts teaches both kids and adults to handle mental stress more effectively – by developing a sharp mental focus and self-awareness. You’ll know what to do and how to do if real world problems such as bullying, abductions and being attacked ever happens.
The SELF-CONFIDENCE and DISCIPLINE your family will get from our programs can help them develop powerful coping strategies for dealing with and resolving confrontations of any kind.
When your child learns the Martial Arts and applies its sacred principles to their life, they acquire greater focus, follow through and longer attention spans. Their grades in school will improve and their attention to detail becomes greater.
Wow… so many POSITIVE benefits! PRICELESS benefits! And very AFFORDABLE!
Check out the super low WEB SPECIAL going on right now! Register today because classes fill up FAST or stop by and see what all this tae kwon do buzz is about! These specials won’t last long and are 100% RISK-FREE!
Meet Our Amazing Instructors
Chief Grand Master Jay K. Shin is President and Founder of U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association. He is a 9th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and has more than 50 years of experience. He was a 1988 Seoul Olympic Coach, former Chief Master Instructor for National Teams, Special Elite Forces in the Army and a personal trainer for the body guards of the king of Nepal. He is currently the Oregon State Martial Arts Commissioner for USA Taekwondo, Vice President of U.S. Taekwondo Grand Master 's Society and Head Chairman of USA Taekwondo Oregon Foundation.
Chief Master Rick Shin is eldest son of Chief Grand Master Jay K. Shin. Chief Master Rick Shin has been training Taekwondo for the past 30 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. He is Oregon State Taekwondo President for USAT and Chief Executive Director for U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association. He was an official delegate for 2008 Team USA to the World Championships in Turkey. He is also a Kukkiwon certified International Referee. Chief Master Shin oversees every aspect of the U.S. West Coast Taekwondo Association and USA Taekwondo Oregon developments.
Mr. Samuel Lider has fought, taught and trained in martial arts for over 20 years. After teaching in Wisconsin and New Zealand Master Lider, now calls Oregon home. With training in Judo, Hapkido, Hosinsul, Jiu Jitsu, Tangsoodo and Taekwondo Mr. Lider has a diverse background and a passion for teaching.
Master Lider is a 4th Degree Black Belt and is the Chief Operating Officer of the Oregon USA Taekwondo Team.
Master Lider truly believes that Taekwondo can be a life-changing experience, "I know I wouldn 't be where I am at today without Taekwondo in my life. Taekwondo gave me the determination, focus and dedication that I needed to be successful in my life. My goal in teaching Taekwondo is to offer everyone the positive experience I had".
In his free time, Master Lider enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, training, traveling and snowboarding.
How to Get Started
Come join our Gresham, OR Taekwondo facility! We offer programs in Self Defense, Adult Martial Arts, and Kids Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (503) 674-4800 if you have any further questions. U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association hopes to speak with you soon!Get Started!