The Most Comprehensive Martial Art School in Los Angeles!
"It's hard to accurately portray the quality of this academy without sounding overly effusive. As you would expect from a martial art that strives for perfection in all facets of life; every element is top-notch -- the art itself, how it's taught, the school, and of course the instructors."
- MyFoxLA Review
The West Coast Hwa Rang Do Academy (WCHRDA) is a traditional martial arts school, which teaches and maintains the high values and moral ethics of classic Eastern philosophies. The school opened in 1994 and is headed by Grandmaster Taejoon Lee. Grandmaster Lee is a 8th Degree HRD Black Sash, and is the eldest son of the Founder, Dr. Joo Bang Lee. Though the goals are serious, and the training rigorous, the Academy provides a warm and friendly environment for all - men, women and children.
We are located conveniently in West Los Angeles (map). We are open 6 days a week and have classes for men, women and children of all ages and skill level.
The goal here at our Academy is to understand balance, maximize our human potential, and ultimately achieve harmony with the self, humanity, the world, and the universe. We take our art, our training and our school seriously but we also know how to have fun and enjoy each others company. It is this intensity of spirit within a familial environment that has allowed our school and art to flourish over the years.
Maximize Human Potential
I have known Grandmaster Taejoon Lee for nearly 5 years. He is able to motivate others around him because he is constantly motivating himself. He challenges you to strive for perfection in everything you do not only as a martial artist, but also as a human being. He is hard but fair, he is firm but not unyielding, he is what every martial artist strives to be. We have had conversations that span the spectrum of very light-hearted to those of life, on enlightenment, and what is our ultimate goal of being is. These are not the types of conversations you have in your average martial arts class or with your average martial artist. These types of intersection only occur with someone very special. I am glad to know him not only as a teacher and mentor, but also as a friend.
- Dr. Rick McKenzie
Losing Weight & Positive Life Change
"At the age of 27, I made a life changing decision. I had lived a sedentary, unhealthy life for far too long, and it showed. My outlook on life had been leading me down a path of stagnation and apathy. I let myself get significantly overweight and finally decided to do something about it. And in Hwarangdo I found my answers. Through the philosophy, discipline and training that Hwarangdo has brought to my life. I have been able to transform into a stronger, more progressive version of myself. Beyond the obvious physical benefits, I have developed and harden my leadership skills. Ive found a way of life that is active, physical, and forward thinking. On top of that, Im able to develop all the incredible techniques of a true martial art. My life would be completely different without Hwarangdo, and for that, I wouldnt change it for the world."
- Michael Boggs
Children More Mature & Disciplined than Adults
My son absolutely loves Hwa Rang Do and all that Grandmaster Taejoon Lee stand for. I've never seen him so dedicated to an activity and the children there are the most well behaved kids I"ve ever seen - more mature and disciplined than most adults. Bravo!
- Maria C.
The Only Thing That Stopped My Son From Bullying
I was having a lot of issues with my 9 year old boy who was being verbally and physically aggressive at home and at school. I was very concerned my son would go down a bad path in life. Luckily a very close friend recommended I take my son to Hwa Rang Do, which is a facility that teaches the Korean form of martial arts. This friends son attends Hwa Rang Do and has had positive results. My concern was I didnt want my son to learn the skill of hurting people, however I didnt let my hesitation stop me from trying to get help for my son. I had tried therapy, sports, monitored play dates along with many other angles of parenting, and even some other martial arts schools, but none seemed to be what my son needed and I was reluctant to try another martial art school. However, after attending consistently for many months, amazingly enough my son is now very humble about his physical strength and ability. He has been able to walk away from aggressive situations without letting his anger take over. This is a new positive concept for my son, which I am convinced is a result of him attending Hwa Rang Do. Not only is this institute teaching my son to control and manage his anger but he has also been more respectful towards adults. I am on board with the life lessons my son is learning here because it is a safe, loving and comfortable environment. They give structure and they care about every student there. I look forward to many more years at Hwa Rang Do where I know my son will excel and become a better human being.