September Promotion Test

It is time for the September promotion testing. We hold promotion tests every three months and send out an application form with the students. We will send out the forms for September starting Monday, August 28th. We strongly encourage students to attend classes to practice form and techniques to better prepare for the test. From Monday, August 28th to Wednesday, September 13th, students are able to attend as many classes to practice. However, they must attend the class that is their belt level.

TKS Promotion Testing Dates:
TKS upcoming Belt Promotion Testing dates are here as follows. The time and date for the testing will be determined based on the student’s current belt. Please look at the date and time carefully.
Thursday, September 14
White / Yellow / Yellow Sr : 4:00 pm ~ 5:30 pm
Green / Green Sr : 5:30 pm ~ 6:30 pm
Black (credit only) : 6:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm
Friday, September 15
Blue / Blue Sr : 4:00 pm ~ 5:30 pm
Red / Red Jr / Red Sr : 5:30 pm ~ 7:00 pm
Important Reminder: The Belt Promotion Test application and fees are due by Monday, September 11th. Please return all application and fees by the due date since late charges will apply after the due date.
Attachments: Each Promotion Belt Test has an oral test section. Each belt level is tested on different information about taekwondo. Please see the current belt level of your student. Also, check the Home Rules as each belt level needs to remember the rules.
Breaking Days:
We will have breaking days during class the week prior to the testing week. It is extremely important for students to prepare and familiarize themselves with breaking techniques. We will focus more on techniques during the week of.
Breaking Days are as follows:
Tuesday, September 5th
Thursday, September 7th
Friday, September 8th
Sparring Test
Sparring tests are as follows:
Wednesday, September 6th, and Wednesday, September 13th during the regular sparring class time.
Important Note: The sparring test must be taken to be promoted to the next belt. Students too young for the sparring test or have other reasons for not being able to take the sparring test must get permission from Master Lee or Master Kwak.

Community Service & Labor Day

We have two announcements to share with everyone! 
On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Master Lee and Instructor Kwak will take some of our students to serve coffee and donuts to the homeless. 
We’d like to encourage our TKS family to participate by donating items or volunteering your time. 
If you would like to volunteer, you must be 13 years or older and let Master Lee know by Thursday, August 24, 2017.
The donation box will be outside of TKS Martial Arts Center starting Tuesday, August 21to Friday, August 25. 
Some popular and needed items:
 -Toothbrush and toothpaste
 -Soap bar
 -Wet wipes
All clothing and other items are welcome and appreciated. Please clean/wash clothing items or blankets before donating.
Labor Day weekend is coming up! All our classes will be on a break during this time. There will be NO classes or practices from Saturday, September 2nd to Monday, September 4thAll classes and practice will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.

Training in Korea

Let’s welcome back Master Lee and three of our students!

Some of our students were able to travel to South Korea to train with Team Onesmiro. The team is lead by Master Kwon who is also Master Lee’s former instructor. They also visited the Kukkiwon headquarters in Korea.

Training in Korea

Our students training with the master who trained Master Lee

With Master Kwon

2017 AAU National Competition

We have some great news to share with the family this week.

From Monday, July 3rd to Friday, July 7th, eight of our TKS students have been competing in the AAU National Competition in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The students have been training for a year to compete against over 7,500 competitors from all over the United States of America.

This is a highly competitive national competition where students from different taekwondo dojang’s come to display the technique, athletic skill, discipline, and stamina they have trained for all year.

This year was special for TKS Martial Arts because our very first Team Poomsae competed and won the silver medal.


 -Gold 1
 -Silver 1
 -Bronze 3
 -Gold 3
 -Silver 3
Team Poomsae
 -Silver 1

Please help us congratulate our team!


TKS 4th Annual Movie Night

Our 4th Annual TKS Movie Night is coming soon!

We would like to invite our TKS Students (ages 12 and under) & a sibling or friend, who is not enrolled at TKS, to watch Disney’s Moana, play games, and enjoy some pizza and snacks with us. Every year around this time we like to celebrate summer with our TKS students and give our parents some time off.

DATE: Saturday, July 22nd 

TIME: 5pm-8pm (Pick up time will be from 8pm-8:30pm)

PLACE: TKS Martial Arts Center

To find out more information and sign up for the event, please see the attached file (TKS Movie Night) and return the completed permission slip with $15 per student by Thursday, July 20th. All proceeds will go towards food, snacks, and drinks for the movie night. Students are allowed to bring a sibling or a friend, who is not enrolled in TKS Martial Arts Center, at no additional charge. Just simply fill out the information about your guest on your child’s permission slip (all guests must be between 5 and 12 years old).

Students can dress in pajamas or comfortable clothes to the event and bring their own board games if they’d like. However, we will not allow electronic devices like phones, or tablets to the event.

We hope everyone can join us on at TKS Movie Night!

Demo Team Announcement

We would like to announce the opening enrollment of the 2017 Demonstration Team. A sign-up sheet will be placed in a folder outside of the TKS dojang today for students who are interested. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday, July 21st.

The Demo Team will meet from August 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. There is a $100 training fee for the five-month practice.

Applicants Must:
– Be a current TKS Martial Arts student
– Be an assistant black belt or above
– Attend all demo team practices

Practice Schedule (Tentative)
– August to December – Saturday 1:00pm~2:30pm
– December – Monday-Friday 5:00pm~5:45pm (Black Belt Class)

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us.

June Testing: Promotion, Breaking Days, Sparring

TKS Promotion Testing Dates:
TKS upcoming Belt Promotion Testing dates are here as follows. The time and date for the testing will be determined based on the student’s current belt. Please look at the date and time carefully.
Thursday, June 8th
White Sr : 4:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
Yellow / Yellow Sr : 5:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm
Green / Green Sr : 6:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm
Friday, June 9th
Blue / Blue Sr : 4:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
Red / Red Jr / Red Sr : 5:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm
Black (credit only) : 6:00 pm ~ 7:30 pm
Important Reminder: The Belt Promotion Test application and fees are due by Monday, June 5th. Please return all application and fees by the due date since late charges will apply after the due date.
Attachments: Each Promotion Belt Test has an oral test section. Each belt level is tested on different information about taekwondo. Please see the current belt level of your student. Also, check the Home Rules as each belt level needs to remember the rules.
Breaking Days:
We will have breaking days during class the week prior to testing. It is extremely important for students to prepare and familiarize themselves with breaking techniques.
Breaking Days are as follows:
Thursday, June 1st
Friday, June 2nd
Monday, June 5th
Tuesday, June 6th
Sparring Test
Sparring tests are as follows:
Wednesday, May 31st, and Wednesday, June 7th during the regular sparring class time.
Important Note: The sparring test must be taken to be promoted to the next belt. Students too young for the sparring test may get special permission from Master Lee or Master Kwak.

TKS Weekend Update

We have had quite the busy weekend here at TKS. We have finished three events: the black belt testing, the ITF Competition, and our monthly community service. Check out our Instagram for pictures from our events…@taekwonstory
Black Belt Testing (Friday 5/19)
On Friday, 24 of our students participated in the black belt testing. It is a rigorous process where their training begins 6 weeks prior. The day of the testing was a big event for the students who have tested for their 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, and even 5th-degree black belts.
Our very own Instructor Kwak took the test and earned his 5th-degree black belt.
Please help us in congratulating MASTER Young Bin Kwak!!
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ITF Competitions (Saturday 5/20)
On Saturday, the International Taekwondo Federation held their competition in the City of Industry where our students competed with good results in both poomsae (forms) and sparring.
Community Service (Sunday 5/21)
On Sunday, we participated in the monthly outreach program. We’d like to thank the TKS family for participating in donating goods throughout last week. It was a successful community outreach thanks to you.
Our community service program is taking it to another level in July. On July 4th, the masters from four dojangs will visit the Hopi Reservation to pass out goods to the Hopis. We will need your help through the month of June to donate goods for July’s outreach.
As you can see, it was a busy weekend for us at TKS and we also have more to look forward to.
For more pictures from each of the events, please visit us on Instagram @taekwonstory

No Class on May 19th

We’d like to announce that there will be a black belt testing on Friday, May 19, 2017. Due to the testing, we will NOT have our regular classes on this date. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we would like to invite you to make up the Friday class anytime during the prior week or after. Meaning you can come to make up the missed class on May 8-13 or May 22-26.

Character Building

We are opening up our character building program. As you know, Master Lee and the instructors work with the students to provide a quality curriculum for the students at TKS.
Many parents sit outside the dojang looking in and may not be sure what is going on inside. We would like to bridge that by opening up the curriculum that is happening inside to the parents sitting outside. On the screen where pictures are shown, you will be able to see what to expect in daily classes that week and also see what the focus is for the week. Class pictures will be shown from the previous week so you can see some of the techniques the students have learned.
Another part of the curriculum we will be opening up is the character building. Every month, we will focus on two aspects of character building such as respect, responsibility, cooperation, determination, and more. In class, students can learn how it connects to not only taekwondo but out of taekwondo too. Outside of class, parents can know what their child has learned and also help them use it at home.