The World Taekwondo Academy has just opened its 14th location in Rogers at 21135 South Diamond Lake Road, Suite 105.
The academy opened in 1969 and serves more than 1,000 students in the Twin Cities metro area.
In 2009 and 2010 it was voted Best Taekwondo School in America by US Taekwondo, the Olympic governing body for the sport in the USA. The Academy has had four students place on the US National Team which will be competing in Mexico.
Each location is independently owned. The new Rogers location is owned by Mr. Matthew Wieiyang Lee, better known as Master Lee. Master Lee has studied TaeKwondo for 15 years.
He is a certified 2nd Degree Black Belt and a Jr. Nationals Gold Medalist; Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington state Gold Medalist; a national level competitor, and a national level coach. This year he coached a student to achieve a silver medal at the US Nationals in Chicago.
The World Taekwondo Academy of Rogers offers classes for children, men and women of all ages broken into several classes. Little Dragons is a Taekwondo preschool for children aged 3 to 5 and stresses coordination, agility and balance.
The regular Taekwondo curriculum for adults and kids of any skill level incorporates traditional and modern Taekwondo skills with practical self-defense methods. Kickboxing is also offered at the academy. In all classes the basic life-skills: self-confidence, respect, courtesy, integrity, perseverance and self-control are stressed. “The ability to defend yourself is important,” Master Lee said, “but the ability to know when not to is just as important.”
Popular areas for many students have been bullying and confrontation management.
The World Taekwondo Academy can be reached at 763-248-0800, or at www.wta4u.com.