Columbia Martial Arts Academy is located at
400 E. Evergreen Blvd. Suite 9, Vancouver, WA 98660
and is a member of the Pung Wol Kwan
based in Phoenix, Arizona
For millennia, the Korean peninsula was coveted by large empires for its geographic location and control of ports. Attacked repeatedly by nations now known as Mongolia, Japan and China, the peninsula successfully fended off attack after attack. Although this area was eventually occupied by various entities for short periods (relatively), Korea stood as its own nation for a very long time.
These fighting techniques have stood the test of time and are consistently taught in military and law enforcement organizations to this day.
Many of the monks who trained in temples were from the Korean Peninsula – the Korean arts are inspiring in their versatility and the ability to combat other martial arts.
- Basic Movements – blocks, kicks, punches and stances are building blocks to any martial art.
- Belt ranking system – basic guidelines for color belt promotion can afford one with an ongoing sense of accomplishment.
- Forms – like a dance, these are sequences of choreographed techniques against imaginary opponents varying in length and difficulty. They build muscle memory, flow, coordination, stamina and fitness.
- Techniques – self-defense techniques give you options with which to respond to various types of attacks making use of particular angles, body mechanics and positioning to maximize effectiveness and conserve energy.
- Safe Falling – learning how to take a fall correctly is most useful even outside of fighting scenarios.
- Joint Locks – manipulating joints to contain and control an opponent can be a useful tool in certain situations.
- Cultural appreciation – join us as we embark on learning more about the Korean Peninsula and other countries and the martial arts they foster.
- Some social graces – good manners can save your life and are part of a warrior’s path to humility. It is imperative to remember to take care of our training partners and to honor our teachers as we learn about harming one another.
- Self defense – tying it all together for personal safety is part and parcel of training.
- Grappling – basic grappling skills are important to have if you find yourself on the floor/ground or in some sort of reclining position.
- Seminars, Skill improvement and other special classes are occasionally available to augment, improve and polish martial arts and self-defense skills.
Private and group lessons available