Tiger Taekwondo Academy
Tiger Taekwondo Academy was founded by Master Jaeseok Choi and Master Kiho Kim based on the philosophy of Taekwondo – Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. We continue to provide quality martial arts instruction in both traditional and Olympic style Taekwondo. The physical benefits and philosophy of Taekwondo help bring a happier life to our students. We have been serving the University Place, Tacoma, and Lakewood Areas since July 2006.
Address: 7516 40th St W, University Place, WA 98466, United States
“And their prices are unbeatable!”
“My child was taught very little martial arts at this facility.”
“The atmosphere is always encouraging and friendly.”
Very welcoming and enjoyed my first day back to Taekwondo in awhile. Truly missed it!
This is our 1st year with our 6 year old doing Taekwondo.
She loves it and we do too! It has been teaching her respect and responsibility. Master Jaeseok is very nice.
Their after school program is great! They even cover the days schools have 1/2 days which really helps us out! And their prices are unbeatable!
I am so happy we decided to give them a try!
Look elsewhere if you are interested in your child learning martial arts. I feel this is more of a child care program not martial arts. My child was taught very little martial arts at this facility. I feel thier focus is on after school care and playing games not real martial arts. They are very over priced I would call around before signing a contract. I was not happy with the instructors, they were not attentive to my child’s progress. After paying over 5,000 we have decided to not bring our child here any longer. We are accepting the financial loss so my child can move on with a real martial arts facility.
T-Town MMA/Checkmat Tacoma
T-Town MMA /Checkmat Tacoma is Tacoma’s longest-standing school for MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and Kickboxing. T-Town MMA’s core mission: To positively impact the lives in the Tacoma community through Mixed Martial Arts.
Address: 3001 S 12th St C, Tacoma, WA 98405, United States
“The coaching is hands down the best I’ve had, and you get a great workout!”
“Professor Jimmy and all thr staff are like family.”
“Great place to learn something useful and get a good work out in.”
I’ve been going to this gym for the last three years and I couldn’t recommend it more emphatically.
Since day one Coach Jimmy has been exceptionally inviting and made me feel like part of the team. The gym is a reflection of the culture that the coaches push of team above self. This is the Miagi-Do and not Cobra Kai.
As a senior belt(brown belt) I definitely found the challenge from partners I was looking for, and the opportunity to learn from coaches I needed.
I joined Ttown back in 2015 and I was immediately hooked. Coach Jimmy was extremely welcoming and I learned a ton. I had to leave due to work obligations and when I got back after several years I immediately went back Ttown and it was like I never left. All the instructors are amazing. Everyone is amazing! Best MMA gym in WA.
Great team of teachers at this school with a variety of backgrounds. Laid back, inviting, relaxed, but they’ll put you to work and make sure you learn the art. 10/10 would recommend this school to anyone and I’ve bounced around a couple of gyms before landing here.
Samurai Martial Arts Tacoma
Samurai Martial Arts Tacoma is the Self Defense, and Martial Arts program at TAISO Fitness in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. Based on ancient traditions from historic samurai arts and adapted to modern challenges, this program provides a unique opportunity for personal development. It integrates mindful problem solving that incorporates awareness, conflict resolution, and overcoming physical threats.
The Lead Instructor for our program is Butch Trail. Butch has been practicing and teaching Jujutsu and other Japanese martial arts since 1985. He is a retired Marine with 21 years of service, and holds a MA Security Management and a BSc Social Psychology. He has black belts in several traditional arts as well as Instructor certifications in modern combatives systems, and a variety of related qualifications.
Address: 3819 N 27th St, Tacoma, WA 98407, United States
“Amazing instructors and a fun, inclusive group to train with!”
“Highly skilled teachers with a fun and challenging class.”
Samurai Martial Arts in Tacoma is an excellent place for some Japanese techniques, including some modern Martial Arts 🥋 mixed right in its a lot of fun. 🤙🎭🇺🇸®️👣⛩🦋⛩👈
Fun, safe, and very practical. I’ve been training here for years, and the instructors are constantly providing new opportunities for personal growth. One of the many perks of this school is they are very excited to learn from different styles, and are reluctant to box themselves into one super orthodox Way of Doing Things. A scientific approach to defense, with a healthy respect for tradition too.
As an endurance athlete with a black belt in taekwondo, I was seeking something that would help to round out my fitness routine and improve my grappling and ground game. Butch’s approach of teaching to real-world situations, including the ability to avoid or diffuse a situation and to control an opponent without harming them, really appealed to me. In addition, as someone who travels to Japan frequently, I liked the appeal of traditional jujitsu, including the weapons training, as opposed to the more ubiquitous BJJ. I also appreciate the blend of fighting styles that are incorporated into the training. Finally, as someone who works with his hands and lives an active lifestyle, I have appreciated the emphasis on safety in each class. Whether you are someone new to martial arts or a long time practitioner looking for something new and different, I encourage you to consider Samurai Martial Arts Tacoma.
Address: 3317 N 21st St, Tacoma, WA 98406, United States
Jeremy Sims (S1mS)
Master Pae’s World Class Martial Arts
Master Sang Heon Pae is a Degree Black Belt with martial arts experience since 1991 (Dong Kuk University, South Korea).
– 7th Degree Black Belt TKD in USNTF(United State National Taekwondo Federation)
– 6th Degree Black Belt TKD in WTF/WTH(World Taekwondo Federation/Headquarters, Kukkiwon)
– 8th Degree Black Belt Hap Ki Do in World Traditional HAPKIDO Alliance (USNTF)
– 7th Degree Black Belt Hap Ki Do in International HAPKIDO Federation(I.H.F.)
– 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tuk-Kong Martial Arts for Special Forces Association.
– Instructor for ROTC group(1992-1994)
– Instructor for Korean Special Forces (1995-2000)
– Instructor for Demonstration Team (2009~ Now )
– Owner of Maste Pae’s World Class Martial Arts (2009~ Now)
– Teaching TKD from Children to Adults and Seniors.
– Teaching for All type of Self Defense techniques through Hap Ki Do Techniques&Special Forces Techniques for Soldiers and Adults.
– Teaching A Korean Sword Techniques with Ko-Ryo Kum-Do.
– Weapons Techniques(Nunchucks, Escrima, Bo-Staff, Knife etc.)
His wife Myeong Lim Pae is also a Black Belt and their son Daniel Pae is a new Black Belt recipient. Master Pae and his family took on a new venture and opened their own dojang in 2009. Their years of experience with the support of a top-rate team of instructors are committed to your success as students of the martial arts.
Address: 7304 Lakewood Dr W #16, Lakewood, WA 98499, United States
“They have gave my children new skills and confidence!”
“She spent months researching different martial arts academies in the area.”
“We even learn weapons skills (bo staff and nunchaku) and practice MMA.”
It is really great school. Master Pae really teaches the students well. He teaches Taekwondo/self defense in a way that makes it fun to learn but is very strict with his rules. Taekwondo/self defense is for everyone, young and old. He also really loves donuts. I have been coming for two years now and I love it. If you don’t know if you should send your kid here or join yourself just try it out.
It has helped me grow as a person and is an amazing studio I suggest this to anyone looking for a place to study martial arts and master pae has nice hair!
Master Pae and his team has helped my children to not only learn taekwondo, but to learn the importance of strong values, build confidence and doing their best. I love how they bring the excitement for taking responsibilities for themselves in all areas. Thank you Master Pae and team for your great work!