Learn About Our Professional Martial Arts Staff
All martial arts instructors at U.S. Martial Arts Center in Olympia, WA are trained to ensure that our martial arts classes are safe, effective and fun.
Our instructors and instructor assistants are trained to focus on more than just teaching martial arts skills. Instructors also learn how to work with all students, tailoring their martial arts teaching methods to fit the individual child. Emphasis is put on encouragement and positive correction.
We are committed to teaching the physical skills of martial arts while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student. Through weekly martial arts training, instructors advance their own martial art and educational knowledge to become even more effective martial arts teachers.
The U.S. Martial Arts Center instructors are required to maintain their personal level of martial arts knowledge and a high level of personal growth. They are expected to take classes on a regular basis and test at least once per year.
Our Olympia Martial Arts staff at U.S. Martial Arts Center looks forward to working with you.
Grand Master Young-Hak Lee
The founder and owner of the USMAC, Grandmaster Lee is a pioneer in Washington State Taekwondo. He was born in Korea and began his taekwondo training at an early age and further developed his skills as a member of the Korean Army Special Force’s Taekwondo Team. He moved to California in 1978 to share his knowledge of taekwondo, and in 1983, he, his wife, and their two children moved to the Olympia, Washington, area to bring martial arts to the South Puget Sound region. Grandmaster Lee has trained thousands of families and has awarded hundreds of black belts to a wide range of members, including fellow masters, instructors, local police officers, state patrol, military personnel and national team members. Grandmaster Lee holds the rank of 9th degree black belt in taekwondo; he is a six-time Korean Champion, 1993 Leader of the USA Collegiate Taekwondo Team, founder of the Washington State Taekwondo Day, former United States Taekwondo Union Washington State Taekwondo President, and the Washington State Taekwondo Association President.
Master Jason Lee
Master Lee is the son of Grandmaster Lee and currently holds the rank of 5th degree black belt; he also has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington. Master Lee started his taekwondo training at the age of three, competed in various tournaments, participates in the tournament team program as one of the head coaches and is the USMAC Tiger Demo Team leader. He is the head master instructor at our West Olympia location. Master Lee is a certified Level I coach with the USAT, tournament director of Washington State Governor’s Cup, member of the USTC Tournament Committee and certified Verbal Judo for Youth Instructor. He is currently the USAT Washington State President for the official USA Taekwondo State Assocation.
Master Angie Lee
Master Angie Lee is the daughter of Grandmaster Lee and holds the rank of 5th degree black belt; she has a background in the information technology industry. Master Angie Lee started her taekwondo training at the age of three, competed in various tournaments when she was younger and has coached our students at both national, regional and local levels. She is team leader of the USMAC’s tournament team, Vice President of USAT Washington, USFS certified instructor, certified Verbal Judo for Youth Instructor and tournament director of Washington State Governor’s Cup and member of the USTC Tournament Committee. She is the head master instructor out of the South Lacey Dojang.
Instructors and Staff at the U.S. Martial Arts Center
U.S. Martial Arts Center staff and instructors are professional, knowledgeable and hand picked by Grand Master Lee to be part of the award winning program at the U.S. Martial Arts Center. Each of our instructors are Kukkiwon Certified Black Belts, CPR and first aid certified, passed background check and have many years experience at the U.S. Martial Arts Center both as a student and black belt leader. Safety, student success and providing the best martial arts instruction and experience are key goals for the staff at the U.S. Martial Arts Center. To ensure these goals are met our instructors must continue their martial arts training and develop their skills in traditional and modern teaching methods for bully awareness, family self defense, real world self defense, coaching, competition style sparring and go through yearly training programs to keep their skills up-to-date. We welcome you to visit our school so one of our friendly staff members can introduce you to one of the best martial arts programs in Washington State!