Kids Taekwondo 

Unlike Karate, Taekwondo is a Korean martial art-with moves that are more natural and effective. The movements of Taekwon-do are dynamic and graceful. It is an excellent practice for training both the mind and body. Taekwon-do students use all parts of their body for defense and attack, with active movements and postures. Taekwon-do places emphasis on discipline and conduct as well.

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Brian Mcnamara

Owner of Hood River Martial Arts

Head of Original Taekwondo HR

7th degree black belt 

Master Brian McNamara is a 7th degree black belt with over 30 years of martial arts training. He began his training with Master Jim Murray in Pennsylvania. Master McNamara has had the honor to represent his country in competition in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition to competing, he has successfully coached numerous athletes in domestic and international events.

Master McNamara trained and tested under Grand Master Charles Sereff of the USTF, and he had the privilege to train numerous times with the late General Choi Hong Hi. As a long-standing member of the USTF, Master McNamara was the Oregon state director for nearly a decade. He is the current Vice President of the Original Taekwon-Do Federation of America.

In 2013, Master McNamara started Original Taekwon-Do Hood River in Hood River, Oregon. Also, Master McNamara successfully owns the well-known Brain’s Pourhouse restaurant in Hood River. He resides in downtown Hood River and is very involved in the community.

What are the some of the benefits of learning Taekwon-do?

Physical Strength and Balance

One of the main benefits of Taekwon-do is improving strength and balance. Because Taekwon-do depends on kicking, practitioners learn to balance their weight on one leg to leave the other one free to strike. This also helps strengthen the muscles of the torso. Taekwondo can also help improve coordination. Arm and leg muscles become stronger as a child or adult practices strikes.


Learning the patterns and sequences of taekwondo requires concentration and attention, and sparring requires focus on both one’s self and one’s opponent. Taekwondo teaches breathing and meditation techniques to assist in learning focus.


As children and adults dedicate themselves to a goal in taekwondo they gain confidence as they observe their own progress and increasing mastery. This self-confidence can then be carried over into other areas of life.


As students train the mind and body in Taekwon-do, focus and discipline increase to meet the goals of advancement in the practice.

Taekwondo has 5 tenets or guiding principles:

Courtesy (Yi Ui) – To be polite and respect one another and one’s surroundings, giving respect to the instructor, elders, and fellow students.

Integrity (Yom Chi) – in Taekwondo, integrity

 means being able to define right from wrong and choose right action with humility.

Perseverance (In Nae) – Taekwondo promotes perseverance, continuing to practice to achieve a goal.

Self Control (Guk Gi) – Working within one’s ability and maintaining control over one’s actions is emphasized in Taekwon-do.

Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool) – A Taekwondo student will at all times be modest and honest. When confronted with injustice, they will deal with the situation without any fear or hesitation, with indomitable spirit.