Tae Ryong Taekwondo School in Brentwood is a family-friendly, community-minded studio known for martial arts instruction. What most people don’t realize, is they also offer fitness classes and private training. Owned and led by 6th degree black belt (6th Dan in taekwondo terms) Master Nickie Quan, who trained under Tae Ryong founder Grand Master Shin, started the adult High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Fit class for the parents of his youth students to get a good workout without the pressure or commitment of belt advancement. A father of two, his goal was to create a space where the whole family would be part of a community, regardless of age or skill level.
I’ve been taking this class on-and-off for about a year, and I can honestly tell you – the workout is great and the people make it awesome.
Tae Ryong Taekwondo School in Brentwood (TR Brentwood), opened in Summer 2015, when Master Quan’s first child was still under two years of age. There is a well-stocked kid’s playroom with a Chromecast-enabled television that entertains the little ones (and bigger ones, to be honest), while adults work out in the large fitness area. Sometimes, kids enjoy running alongside their parent during warm-up, or just like to watch and eat snacks from the custom bleacher-style seating area. My daughter can’t resist drawing on the dry-erase marker wall!
An Intense, Well-Rounded, Customized Workout
Every class starts with a warm-up. From there, there’s intense cardio to get the heart rate up, then Master Quan changes up the workout to suit the number of people attending the class, as well as the interest of the participants. One class I attended was with some women who were former UCLA cheerleaders. When we started talking about gymnastics, Master Quan tailored the second half of class to tumbling and handstands, which was right up our alley and a lot of fun.
Learn TKD Moves without the commitment of a belt
Taekwondo is characterized by a variety of high kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. It’s one of the more impressive (in my opinion) martial arts to watch, as it resembles the moves seen in a video game I loved to play in the past (Street Fighter). As much as I would love to commit to belt advancement (like many of the students in class are doing), it doesn’t work out for my schedule. This class, however, does work with my schedule and allows me to learn some cool moves that are also effective. Pad-kicking and sparring provide stress relief I cannot get from traditional cardio or gym workouts. It’s especially helpful for moms who need this type of energy release!
Learn Practical Self-Defense
Master Quan has a lot of real-world knowledge in self-defense and is patient and thorough with instruction in this matter. He knows what works, what doesn’t work, when to run, and when to defend yourself. I was a victim of a violent attack a couple years ago in a public space in broad daylight while I was with my daughter, who was a little over one at the time. Taking class at TR Brentwood with Master Quan helped re-build my confidence, make me more aware of my surroundings, and gave me some mental and physical tools to help me overcome that traumatic experience in my life.
Be Part of this Awesome Community
Master Quan and his family are very friendly and make everyone feel welcome. They are the difference between other studios, classes, or gyms that may seem to have similar offerings. What the other places don’t offer is the tight-knit community TR Brentwood has built. In less than two years since opening, the students and their families celebrated holidays, birthdays, belt testing, and even welcomed a new baby to the Quan family together. Master Quan’s wife, Aya, occasionally helps watch the kids during the HIIT Fit class and has been known to bake yummy treats! This coming year, 2017, there is an optional trip to South Korea in the works!
The HIIT Fit Adult Class is currently available at the following times:
9:00am – 9:45am Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00am – 11:45am Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:15am – 12:00pm Fridays
*Check the website or call the studio for current class schedule*
Tae Ryong Taekwondo School, Brentwood (TR Brentwood)
Tae Ryong Taekwondo’s Brentwood location is one of the largest, family centered Martial Arts facilities in Southern California. With approximately 2500 square feet of training space in addition to a toddler’s play room, changing rooms and study hall, you will be able to relax, study and train all in the same serene space. A private parking garage and complimentary valet service are also some of the amenities that our membership enjoys.
11600 San Vicente Boulevard (corner of Mayfield and San Vicente)
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 826-KICK (5425)
Parking in underground garage
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