PROGRAMS

Palo Alto Martial Arts offers classes for students of various age groups and skill levels. For those just starting out, we stress a traditional style of taekwondo based on the standards of the taekwondo headquarters — Kukkiwon. This traditional style builds strong self-discipline, teaches respect and obedience, and provides a great foundation for our students to begin their martial art journeys.

At the intermediate level, we begin introducing our students to Olympic style taekwondo. Olympic (or World Taekwondo Federation) style is similar to traditional style taekwondo. However, Olympic style taekwondo is more dynamic due to the addition of advanced footwork and the emphasis on speed. At this level, students will learn more advanced footwork, build greater agility, and gain greater flexibility.

When one becomes adept in both the traditional Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation styles, that student is welcome to join the advanced class. Here, creativity is stressed as students learn to take elements from both styles and combine them into an open style. This process allows students to gain a better understanding of the differences and similarities of both traditional and Olympic styles. For the truly advanced, concepts and techniques from other styles of martial arts are incorporated. These include: Hapkido Self-defense skills and weapons such as knives, Knunchaku, and escrima sticks.

Palo Alto Martial Arts’ children’s program start from ages 4– 12 years old. Your child will excel through our unique and comprehensive training at Palo Alto Martial Arts. Your child will excel through our unique and comprehensive training at Palo Alto Martial Arts. Weaved throughout our age appropriate programs, your child will not only excel in the art of Taekwondo, but will also gain the fortitude it takes to persevere through life. Our martial arts program will help your child attain the respect, confidence, discipline and the perseverance it takes to become a winner in life.

Pee Wee Program (ages 4 – 6): Children at this age tend to be very energetic and active and we give them a fun and healthy outlet for that energy. Classes will focus on discipline and respect while keeping things fun for the students.  Students will learn to become more confident but also respectful of others at the same time. Once students reach a certain level, they can move up into the Children’s Program which has a more difficult curriculum.

Children Program (age 7-12): At this stage in a child’s life it is important for them to grow not only physically but mentally as well. By practicing Taekwondo, students will not only gain a stronger body through kicking and punching but a stronger mind through discipline, perseverance, and self-control. Classes will stress respect as much as power and speed if not more so. Your child will learn skills to protect themselves as well as benefit from a stronger body, mind, and spirit.

 

Teen Program: Teenage years can be an exciting time in an individual’s life, but it can also be difficult and intense not just physically as they grow but mentally and morally as they go through life. This period can often be a confusing time for any family, but teens are usually energetic, idealistic, and quite thoughtful during this transitional time. The training we offer at our studios will fill your child with the confidence to make good choices in life. By achieving goals in the studio, they can take the hard work and determination they learned in the studio and apply them to their everyday life.

 

Adult Program: Taekwondo is not just for kids; anyone can start Martial Arts at any age. Adults can often get stressed out over their work or their busy schedules. Therefore, we stress the importance of building a stronger body because the mind and body are connected and improving one will certainly improve the other. Without the proper training or physical workout, the mind will become more prone to fatigue. Not only will our training help you become stronger physically, but we will also teach you strong and practical self-defense that you cannot find anywhere else.

 

The Palo Alto Martial Arts (PAMA) Taekwondo Team is a selective program for capable, dedicated, and experienced students who will compete in tournaments outside of those in the local Bay Area circuit, including the CUTA State Championships, USAT National Championships, and U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. Students may receive membership only if they are given approval from Grand-Master Bae, and all members must be able to adjust their schedules to the team practices. PAMA will be sending its qualified team members to compete in events such as Cadet and World-Class Sparring, and Cadet and World-Class Poomsae.  Poomsae competitions include events for individual, pair (co-ed), and team Poomsae. Our black belts have performed well at state, national, and international levels, and have received gold and bronze medals at State Championships, as well as gold, bronze and other rankings at National Championships.

The majority of PAMA members are competitive Poomsae players, and many hours of training are spent practicing and analyzing basic movements and individual approaches to completing a movement. To compete as a sparring athlete, students use an Olympic style of Taekwondo, and drill on techniques beginning at the basic level to incorporate combinations, eventually to give athletes the confidence to truly design their best moves when in the arena.


Competition in Taekwondo requires not only adherence to discipline and humility, but also adaptability to strict training. In order to maintain an acute level of technical accuracy and strong presentation, PAMA sends students to high-caliber seminars hosted by the California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA) and other nationally and internationally-acclaimed instructors. A majority of the PAMA Team actively participate in PAMA’s Leadership and Assistant Instructor Program, dedicating hours to aiding Instructors and Masters while teaching junior belts.
SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Palo Alto Martial Arts offers classes for students of various age groups and skill levels. For those just starting out, we stress a traditional style of taekwondo based on the standards of the taekwondo headquarters — Kukkiwon. This traditional style builds strong self-discipline, teaches respect and obedience, and provides a great foundation for our students to begin their martial art journeys.

At the intermediate level, we begin introducing our students to Olympic style taekwondo. Olympic (or World Taekwondo Federation) style is similar to traditional style taekwondo. However, Olympic style taekwondo is more dynamic due to the addition of advanced footwork and the emphasis on speed. At this level, students will learn more advanced footwork, build greater agility, and gain greater flexibility.

When one becomes adept in both the traditional Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation styles, that student is welcome to join the advanced class. Here, creativity is stressed as students learn to take elements from both styles and combine them into an open style. This process allows students to gain a better understanding of the differences and similarities of both traditional and Olympic styles. For the truly advanced, concepts and techniques from other styles of martial arts are incorporated. These include: Hapkido Self-defense skills and weapons such as knives, Knunchaku, and escrima sticks.

Palo Alto Martial Arts’ children’s program start from ages 4– 12 years old. Your child will excel through our unique and comprehensive training at Palo Alto Martial Arts. Your child will excel through our unique and comprehensive training at Palo Alto Martial Arts. Weaved throughout our age appropriate programs, your child will not only excel in the art of Taekwondo, but will also gain the fortitude it takes to persevere through life. Our martial arts program will help your child attain the respect, confidence, discipline and the perseverance it takes to become a winner in life.

Pee Wee Program (ages 4 – 6): Children at this age tend to be very energetic and active and we give them a fun and healthy outlet for that energy. Classes will focus on discipline and respect while keeping things fun for the students.  Students will learn to become more confident but also respectful of others at the same time. Once students reach a certain level, they can move up into the Children’s Program which has a more difficult curriculum.

Children Program (age 7-12): At this stage in a child’s life it is important for them to grow not only physically but mentally as well. By practicing Taekwondo, students will not only gain a stronger body through kicking and punching but a stronger mind through discipline, perseverance, and self-control. Classes will stress respect as much as power and speed if not more so. Your child will learn skills to protect themselves as well as benefit from a stronger body, mind, and spirit.

 

Teen Program: Teenage years can be an exciting time in an individual’s life, but it can also be difficult and intense not just physically as they grow but mentally and morally as they go through life. This period can often be a confusing time for any family, but teens are usually energetic, idealistic, and quite thoughtful during this transitional time. The training we offer at our studios will fill your child with the confidence to make good choices in life. By achieving goals in the studio, they can take the hard work and determination they learned in the studio and apply them to their everyday life.

 

Adult Program: Taekwondo is not just for kids; anyone can start Martial Arts at any age. Adults can often get stressed out over their work or their busy schedules. Therefore, we stress the importance of building a stronger body because the mind and body are connected and improving one will certainly improve the other. Without the proper training or physical workout, the mind will become more prone to fatigue. Not only will our training help you become stronger physically, but we will also teach you strong and practical self-defense that you cannot find anywhere else.

 

OUR COMPETITION TEAM

The Palo Alto Martial Arts (PAMA) Taekwondo Team is a selective program for capable, dedicated, and experienced students who will compete in tournaments outside of those in the local Bay Area circuit, including the CUTA State Championships, USAT National Championships, and U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. Students may receive membership only if they are given approval from Grand-Master Bae, and all members must be able to adjust their schedules to the team practices. PAMA will be sending its qualified team members to compete in events such as Cadet and World-Class Sparring, and Cadet and World-Class Poomsae.  Poomsae competitions include events for individual, pair (co-ed), and team Poomsae. Our black belts have performed well at state, national, and international levels, and have received gold and bronze medals at State Championships, as well as gold, bronze and other rankings at National Championships.

The majority of PAMA members are competitive Poomsae players, and many hours of training are spent practicing and analyzing basic movements and individual approaches to completing a movement. To compete as a sparring athlete, students use an Olympic style of Taekwondo, and drill on techniques beginning at the basic level to incorporate combinations, eventually to give athletes the confidence to truly design their best moves when in the arena.


Competition in Taekwondo requires not only adherence to discipline and humility, but also adaptability to strict training. In order to maintain an acute level of technical accuracy and strong presentation, PAMA sends students to high-caliber seminars hosted by the California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA) and other nationally and internationally-acclaimed instructors. A majority of the PAMA Team actively participate in PAMA’s Leadership and Assistant Instructor Program, dedicating hours to aiding Instructors and Masters while teaching junior belts.
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