Sullivan
Olympia, WA
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Apr 2011
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  • U.S. Martial Arts Center, Health & Fitness, Martial Arts, 4030 Martin Way East World Map Olympia WA 98506

    U.S. Martial Arts Center

    Speaking as a former student and someone who greatly respects Grandmaster Lee, I believe that this dojang and its branches do great good in the community by fostering personal development and community spirit. However, from my experiences in the various styles of martial arts as well as in full contact, bare knuckle competitions, I have to honestly say that the Tae Kwon Do that I learned at the US Martial Arts Center is not the most practical and some of the things taught, I would definitely not recommend using if one were to end up in a street fight/full contact fight situation, having failed to talk their opponent down. The excessive padding used by the WTF style is also completely unrealistic. I would also be careful of the business aspect of this school, as I remember one of the instructors - I will not name who out of respect - saying that "the sky is the limit for martial arts as a business." In this day and age of "McDojangs" in which people of no real skill are rewarded black belts, I believe that the people who teach at martial arts schools have to concern themselves more with the MARTIAL and spiritual development of the students and not look at the school as a way to earn a profit - to earn a living, yes, but as a way to earn a profit, no. And I stress the martial aspect because martial arts is in the end a way of self defense, and to be able to be effective in situations in which full contact is very likely, the sparring taught at these schools should seek to emulate those conditions as closely as possible. Unfortunately, the last time I attended this dojang, all fights still required the full body armor employed by the WTF style of TKD, which is completely unrealistic.

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