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What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is literally translated as the art or way of kicking and punching. It is a native Korean form of self defense that embraces kicking, punching, dodging, and parrying. It is a system for training both mind and body, with an emphasis on the development of moral character.
At Golden State TKD, we teach a well-rounded martial art that is much richer and more effective than the sport form usually associated with Taekwondo. In addition to kicking and hand techniques, students also learn sweeps, takedowns, and falling. We also feel that forms practice is essential to developing a strong foundation in the art. We offer:
Golden State's roots in the U.S. go back to 1968 when Chris Jensen and Debbie Pedersen's instructor, Marty Mackowski, opened Mackowski's Taekwondo in Burlingame, California. His students were known for their superior fighting skills and excellence in martial arts competition.
When Mr. Mackowski retired in 1988, Mr. Jensen and Ms. Pedersen opened Golden State Taekwondo, carrying on the tradition of excellence and the open-minded approach to the martial arts begun 20 years earlier.
In 2007, Golden State moved its Dojo to Undisputed Boxing Gym.
Golden State Taekwondo Produces Champions
Many great champions began their training at Mackowski's and Golden State. The excellent technical foundation given has always allowed our students to succeed in the competition style of their choice, such as Point Fighting, Kickboxing, Olympic Style TKD, and professional Boxing. Following is a list of those who particularly excelled in the competition arena.