Martial Arts in Gilpin County

The gift you give yourself to unlock your true potential.

Get in shape & live healthy
Relieve stress
Build self-confidence
Learn self-defense

Bring the whole family! We have enough instructors at each class to divide by age group and skill level as needed.

Join us for a total workout of body and mind.

       Serving Gilpin County, Black Hawk, Central City, Nederland, and Idaho Springs

Taekwondo (Korean Karate)

Our Path To...



Build and maintain a healthy lifestyle that focuses on flexibility, balance, and whole-body lean muscle development. You don't need to be in great shape to start, but we will get you there! We also make modifications for those with restrictions.


Self Defense

Begin by learning how to recognize and escape dangerous situations. As you advance, you will learn to take control of an attacker. You will develop hand to hand self-defense as well as defense against weapons.


Character Development

Kids and teens hone their leadership skills, self-confidence, and respect for others, all while learning cool moves!

Ages Four Through Adults
Monday and Wednesday

6pm to 7pm.

Private Sessions Available

If you can’t make it to our group lessons, or prefer the privacy of an individual setting, we can arrange private one-on-one or small group sessions that fit your schedule. Contact us now to schedule your private sessions. Focus areas can include:

        • Self-Defense: for yourself or your child / teen.
        • Strengthening Muscle Groups.
        • Stretching and Flexibility.
        • Cardio Conditioning.
        • Special Event or Tournament Preparation.

Children & Teens

          • Attention Span & Focus
          • Conflict Resolution
          • Anti-Bullying
          • Self-Confidence
          • Self-Discipline & Respect for Others
          • Develop Lifelong Fitness Habits
          • Leadership Skills & Overcoming Shyness
          • Have Fun & Learn Cool Moves!


            • Flexibility & Balance
            • Cardio,  Weight Loss, & Lean Muscle
            • Hand to Hand Self-defense
            • Self-defense Against Weapons
            • Stress Relief
            • Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
            • Confidence Building
            • Focus Building

Advanced Students

  • Weapons Training
  • Pressure Point Strikes
  • Joint Manipulations
  • Takedowns
  • Advanced and Aerial Kicks
  • Participate in Regional Seminars
  • Compete and Earn Medals in AAU National Taekwondo Championships

Areas of Taekwondo Class Study

  • Warmup, stretching, & balance
  • Basics: Blocks, upper body attacks, level one kicks, stances, breaking techniques
  • Advanced kicks including aerial kicks
  • Traditional forms
  • Step-sparring
  • Self-defense fundamentals: defense against basic grabs, holds, & other aggression. Applying fundamentals to dynamic scenarios
  • Specialized Self-Defense: wrist technicals,clothing technicals, self-defense against weapons
  • Vital points and pressure point strikes
  • Weapons Forms
  • Groundwork: Falls, throws, sweeps, and rolls
  • Sparring
  • Breaking
  • Martial arts knowledge and history
  • All students take turns leading class and teaching



Taekwondo     |   Korean Karate   |   Tang Soo Do

Whether you are looking for a traditional Karate or Taekwondo program, a place to practice modern combative technique, or an exercise routine that builds whole-body strength and flexibility, we can get you there. Our Taekwondo program is based on the traditional martial art of Tang Soo Do, also known as Korean Karate. We tailor our classes to the individual needs of our students, considering such factors as age and physical restrictions. Using traditional martial arts principles, we achieve modern practical benefits tailored to a student’s desired outcomes.


We’re in the Gilpin County Community Center gymnasium every Monday and Wednesday starting at 6pm. If you’re in the Black Hawk, Central City, Idaho Springs, or Gilpin County areas, come check out a class and meet our instructors.


Select any instructor to view their Bio.

1st Dan

Elizabeth Schwettman

Volunteer Instructor

5th Dan

Master Imy Rich

Volunteer Instructor

Master Jim Beasley

Volunteer Instructor

6th Dan

Master Doug Ohara

Association Director

Master Bruce Bishop

Association Director

8th Dan

Kwan Jang Nim John Rankin

Association Senior Director