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.
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
I began my Taekwon-Do journey when I was 42 years old with my family in 2010 through the YMCA in Seattle, Washington. Aside from Taekwon-Do-Do, I specialize in conflict resolution and team building/executive coaching. I earned my 1st Dan Black Belt right here at Hood River Martial Arts in December 2018.
In my spare time I enjoy coaching Taekwon-Do, kiteboarding, snow skiing and hiking around in the Columbia Gorge wilderness.
Mr Kevin Bush
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 started my Aikido journey in 1989 at the Baltimore Aikikai
while I was in college. Since then, I have benefitted from the
amazing instruction of many students of O Sensei, including
seminars with Saotome, Yamada, Sugano, Kanai, Tohei and
Chiba Shihan, and direct study with their students. After more
than 30 years, I still learn more about this captivating art each
time I’m on the mat.
In 2002, I was introduced to Jaff Raji Sensei from Rennes, France, by my good friend and sempai, Michael Selin. Michael is our head Jiu-Jitsu instructor, and also owns the School of Budo, our brother dojo in Portland. Since then, I have been following Jaff's teachings in Aikido, and also in Jodo and Iaido –both weapons arts that help illuminate the origins of the Aikido techniques.
Jaff Raji Sensei is the former National Technical Manager for the French Federation of Aikido and Budo (F.F.A.B). He is ranked Godan in Aikido, and studied with Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei for many years as his assistant. Jaff studies Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido with M Tiki Shewan Sensei and Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo with Pascal Krieger Sensei, and is an instructor of the European Federations of JODO and IAIDO. He has been a fulltime Budo instructor for more than 20 years, and is the founder of the Ecole de Budo RAJI, an international network of dojos on five continents including our dojos in Portland and Hood River. Jaff teaches seminars all over the world, and visits our dojo every year in February.