The association was founded in the early 1980's by Robert Levy. Originally the schools were called "Pacific Taekwon-do" and the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF) style was taught. Mr. Levy's school, however, was taught in a "relaxed" style. That is, students were encouraged to bring in ideas and questions about other styles of martial arts. Often guest instructors taught classes on arts such as: Karate, Kung-fu, Akido, Escrima, Wing Chun, Kickboxing, Jujitsu, etc. Mr. Levy himself is also an expert in Hung Gar Kung-fu. Mr. Levy currently teaches Tai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) at the Lynnwood Recreation Center.
Because of this relaxed style of teaching, Mr. Levy attracted students and instructors of many interests. Even though the foundation art was Taekwon-do, the schools could not be considered strictly Taekwon-do anymore. Therefore it was decided to rename the association to "Pacific Martial Arts" and the following logo was adopted:
Pacific Martial Arts of Olympia is a member of a small association of schools located in Western Washington State, USA. Other school locations include: Everett, Lynnwood, Anacortes and Lake Stevens. PMA of Olympia is a "family" oriented school. That is, we emphasize the "art" of self-defense which encourages the growth of self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Tournament fighting, combat warrior training, and macho attitudes are not found here.
Pacific Martial Arts of Olympia classes are taught in the performance room of Mariah Collaborative Arts School. The school is located at 1403 Garfield Ave. NW. in West Olympia. Call (360)357-9188 for more information about the school or for driving directions.
Classes are taught on Monday and Wednesday nights. Children's class starts at 6:10 p.m., adult class at 7:00 p.m. and Taijiquan at 8:00 p.m. (Taiji is an ideal exercise to perform right before bed.) Tuition is $40.00 per month.
Instructor Ron Shultz has over twenty-five years experience teaching classes in Taekwon-do, Taijiquan, Kung-fu, and Women's Self-defense. Ron tries to keep the classes light-hearted and stress-free emphasizing the positive as much as possible. "We learn much faster from our successes than we do from our failures."
Taekwon-do: "Tae" means kicking and "Kwon" means punching. So Taekown-do is the art of kicking and punching. It is considered a "hard" style meaning that the classes tend to be aerobic and somewhat strenuous. You can expect a good, sweaty, workout. Concepts include: learning proper technique, hyung or patterns, self-defense, sparring, board breaking, stick and knife fighting (at advanced levels). A uniform is required to advance with colored belts given for each level of competence.
Taijiquan, also known as "Tai Chi," is a "soft" style based on gentle circular movements. Taijiquan is famous for being a healthy anaerobic exercise that anyone can benefit from performing. The Yang Style Long Form is taught here along with Qigong or "energy working" exercises, push-hands, and weapons.