Master Brian McNamara
I am the lucky owner of Hood River Martial Arts, and am a 7th degree black belt with over 30 years of martial arts training. I've had the honor to represent the United States in competition in Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition to competing, I have successfully coached numerous athletes in domestic and international events.
I trained and tested under Grand Master Charles Sereff of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation, and I've had the privilege to train numerous times with the late General Choi Hong Hi. In 2013, I opened this studio and started Original Taekwon-Do Hood River in Hood River, Oregon.
Mrs. Ariella Figueroa
I began my Taekwon-Do journey in 1999, and eventually won the International Taekwon-Do Federation US National Championship three times: 2017- 4-6th dan female patterns, 2017 Pre-arranged sparring & 2018- 4-6th dan female patterns. What's really exciting is that I also became an International Taekwon-Do World Champion 2017- 4-6th dan female patterns ITF World Championships, Dublin Ireland! I strive for perfection and ask a lot from my students, but I also give a lot to my students. My students get detailed world class training that is both effective and powerful.
Mr. Shane Figueroa
I am a Third Dan Black Belt who specializes in teaching Taekwon-Do patterns with ITF world championship perfection. I have trained world champions and enjoy doing so.
In addition to being a Taekwon-Do professional, I've recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from University of Nevada at Las Vegas in Kinesiology, so movement is something I am very perceptive to. I have recently relocated from Las Vegas to the Columbia River Gorge.
Mr. Murray Zenk
I started TaekwonDo in November of 2007 – knowing almost nothing about TaekwonDo. I accepted a standing invite to a class a coworker was teaching and decided to keep on going. My coworker was Scott Saccareccia, now Master Saccareccia of the OTFA. I followed Master Saccareccia through multiple styles and schools, eventually ending up with the ITF and the OTFA. Along the way I switched to studying under Master McNamara as I live in the Gorge and I was also fortunate enough to study with Masters Stewart (husband and wife) before they retired.
While I enjoy all aspects of TaekwonDo, Fundamental Exercises, Self Defense, Sparring and Patterns) my passion is for patterns and self defense techniques.a
Mrs. Sandra Bush
I started Taekwon-Do at age 40 at the YMCA to encourage my kids to get focused and get myself into shape. I received my 1st Dan Black Belt in December, 2018. I enjoy teaching, learning and coaching Taekwon-Do techniques. My other pastimes are landscape engineering, lavender farming and competing in Taekwon-Do tournaments. I have a husband (Mr. Kevin Bush) and two children, all of which have earned a black belt at Hood River Martial Arts.
Mr. James Patterson
I started training jiu-jitsu to learn effective self defense techniques while getting in to shape. I believe that training in jiu-jitsu can help kids – and adults – become the best version of themselves. I enjoy the rewarding experience of teaching kids and guiding them through learning new concepts and gaining confidence.
I am currently a purple belt, teaching kids jiu-jitsu at the Hood River academy.
I have studied Aikido for more than 30 years, and still learn more about this captivating art each time I’m on the mat. For the past 15 years, I have also been studying Jodo and Iaido --both weapons arts that help illuminate the origins of the Aikido techniques. I started my Aikido journey in 1989 at the Baltimore Aikikai while I was in college, and then trained and taught for many years in Portland before opening GorgeBudo in Hood River in 2012. My training and teaching emphasize self-development over self-defense. I aspire to continuously improve my students' and my own understanding of the art through a greater understanding of our own strengths and limitations.
In 2003, I was introduced to Jaff Raji Sensei from Rennes, France by my good friend and sempai, Michael Selin; and I have been following Jaff's teachings ever since. Michael Selin owns the School of Budo in Portland which is a brother dojo to ours here in Hood River, and he is now teaching Jiujitsu classes here as well.
Raji Sensei was a long-time Aikido student and Uchideshi of Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei, and also studied Jodo under Pascal Krieger Sensei and Iaido under Tiki Shewan Sensei. He is the reason that I study those arts as well. Raji Sensei is the founder of the Ecole de Budo RAJI, an international network of dojos on five continents, including Michael’s dojo and ours. He teaches seminars all over the world, and visits our dojo every year in February.