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Read below for a quick introduction into these one-of-a-kind Martial Arts:

The World Taekwondo Federation defines Taekwondo best: “Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional Martial Arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills.” In fact, Taekwondo’s meaning can be found in its name itself. The first part of the word, “tae,” roughly translates to “foot” or “to step on.” The second part of the word, “kwon,” means “fist” or “punch.” Finally, the last piece of this word, “do,” means “the way of” or “the art of.” Given this information, it makes sense that Taekwondo is characterized by smooth punches, acrobatic kicks, and unity.

Meanwhile, Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword Martial Art that can be traced back to the battlefield. This ancient art form combines mental, physical, and spiritual elements, ensuring that the Martial Artist is using every part of their body. Haidong gumdo includes a variety of techniques, forms, sparring, cutting, and meditations.

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Our History

World Taekwondo – Haidong Gumdo Academy was founded in December of 2008, and has since changed the lives of countless people in the Peoria, Glendale, and Phoenix communities. Since day one in the Martial Arts business, we have been sharing traditional Taekwondo training with students of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels, and talents.

Our founder, Grand Master Young Choi, is a highly accomplished Martial Artist. He’s an 8th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon, 4th Dan Black Belt WHGF, World Taekwondo International Referee, Certified Master Kukkiwon, and Certified Poom/Dan Test Examiner Kukkiwon. However, his favorite part of being a Martial artist is not winning awards or racking up accomplishments. Rather, it’s sharing his craft with others. Grand Master Choi’s long career and extensive experience has allowed him to provide every student who walks through his doors with first-rate Martial Arts training. He’s passionate about offering a unique Martial Arts education to his community and helping his students grow in all areas of their lives.

Martial Arts Instructors

Here at World Taekwondo – Haidong Gumdo Academy, our staff is the secret to our student success. Grand Master Choi has a rich background in the Taekwondo industry and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the him below!

Owner and Head Instructor

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