Tae Kwon Do at NWSMA

About Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that utilizes lots of kicking techniques. Tae Kwon Do kicking techniques were originally developed for use in mounted combat. Flying and jumping kicks were designed to unseat riders. In American Chung Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do, you will learn stances, striking, blocking, kicking, self-defense, partner drills, sparring, and forms.

Brief History

Chung Moo Kwan is a very old style of Tae Kwon Do. The Kwan (style) was not involved in any of the world and international Tae Kwon Do organizations that have developed in the 20th century (WTF, ITF, Olympic). Its forms and techniques have remained firmly rooted in the ancient styles (although the specifics of our curriculum have evolved as various masters have taken charge of the style).


Sabumnim Eastbury is considered a master in this style at 4th degree black belt. She and the other instructors travel to our sister schools in the Bellevue area about once a month for training and seminars. Our sister schools also organize several tournaments each year.

Stanwood Taekwondo students
Two students watch as one of our black belts demonstrates perfect foot position on a side kick and then holds that position for our parent photographer to snap a picture. Tae Kwon Do is famous for its kicks, but they can be extremely difficult to capture in photos!
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Sempai Yudanjanim Caitlin performs an advanced Tae Kwon Do form at a tournament.
Stanwood taekwondo students
An advanced Tae Kwon Do student is about to break a board with flying side kick, one of the many jumping kicks in TKD. Please don’t try this at home!