U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association

About U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association

Meet Our Instructors

Taekwondo Master Jay Shin

Chief Grand Master Jay K. Shin

Chief Grand Master Jay K. Shin is President and Founder of U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association. He is a 9th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and has more than 50 years of experience. He was a 1988 Seoul Olympic Coach, former Chief Master Instructor for National Teams, Special Elite Forces in the Army and a personal trainer for the body guards of the king of Nepal. He is currently the Oregon State Martial Arts Commissioner for USA Taekwondo, Vice President of U.S. Taekwondo Grand Master's Society and Head Chairman of USA Taekwondo Oregon Foundation.

Chief Master Rick W. Shin

Chief Master Rick Shin is eldest son of Chief Grand Master Jay K. Shin. Chief Master Rick Shin has been training Taekwondo for the past 30 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. He is Oregon State Taekwondo President for USAT and Chief Executive Director for U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association. He was an official delegate for 2008 Team USA to the World Championships in Turkey. He is also a Kukkiwon certified International Referee. Chief Master Shin oversees every aspect of the U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association and USA Taekwondo Oregon developments.

Taekwondo Master Samuel Lider

Master Samuel Lider

Mr. Samuel Lider has fought, taught and trained in martial arts for over 20 years. After teaching in Wisconsin and New Zealand Master, Lider now calls Oregon home. With training in Judo, Hapkido, Hosinsul, Jiu Jitsu, Tangsoodo and Taekwondo Mr. Lider has a diverse background and a passion for teaching.

Master Lider is a 5th Degree Black Belt and is the Chief Operating Officer of the Oregon USA Taekwondo Team.

Master Lider truly believes that Taekwondo can be a life-changing experience, “I know I wouldn't be where I am at today without Taekwondo in my life. Taekwondo gave me the determination, focus and dedication that I needed to be successful in my life. My goal in teaching Taekwondo is to offer everyone the positive experience I had”.

In his free time, Master Lider enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, training, traveling and snowboarding.

Our School

The U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association is the largest group of professional Taekwondo schools in the western United States. Since 1988, the Association has been providing quality instruction to over 70,000 students worldwide and it all started in Gresham, Oregon!

We offer personalized instruction based on your needs. Our experienced, award-winning instructors are ready to help you reach your fullest potential. Whether you want to learn discipline, lose weight or just try something new - we can tailor a program that fits your needs and fitness level. We have classes for all ages and specialize in family instruction. Whatever your need - we are ready to serve you!

Martial arts is a tool. It's something we use to improve ourselves and our lives. For a child being bullied, it's an opportunity to stand up for himself, and gain confidence and pride. For an adult lacking passion and drive, it's an opportunity to really put your heart into something - and reap the rewards of that hard work. And for the person who wants the ability to protect herself and her loved ones - it's an opportunity to add safety, confidence, and courage to her life.

But it's not always easy. There are techniques in martial arts that will push you to use your body in new ways. There are philosophies that will stretch your mind. It takes discipline and focus - and our Gresham, OR martial arts program helps you develop both of these like never before.

But I can tell you this: Everyone here at our martial arts schools will be with you every step of the way. Whatever your goals might be, we will guide you and assist you in every way we can. We really believe in what we're doing here at U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association, and want you to be part of it.

Here at U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association we will always encourage and motivate you to do your best - but will never pressure you to do more than you can.

So if you're not in great physical condition - that's okay. If you are, that's fine, too. Come as you are, and make martial arts a part of your life.

“Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too.”

“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”


The Staff at U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association

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