At Asheville Academy of TaeKwonDo we offer martial arts classes for women, men, and children of all ages. Martial arts practice is a great way to get in shape while learning self defense, self discipline and building confidence.

We have been Asheville’s premier martial arts school since 1991. We teach TaeKwondo, Hapkido (self-defense), Tai Chi, Qigong and boxing basics in a supportive and encouraging environment.

We are conveniently located in Asheville at 237 Sardis Road and offer classes in the afternoon, evenings, and weekends.

Please contact us and come in for a free class.

Are you ready to learn Taekwondo? Contact us today for your free trial class!



At the Asheville Academy of Taekwondo we offer classes 5 days per week to accommodate all ages and stages of life. Our classes are for children ages 5-12, teens, and adults. Every class is planned to include aspects of traditional martial arts training, self defense, physical fitness, and fun!

We can help you improve your mental, emotional, and physical health!

The Tenets of Taekwondo


Everything we do at the Asheville Academy of Taekwondo is in relation to the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo.

We incorporate the tenets into each of our classes and work hard to instill these core values into each and every student.  


COURTESY:  Courtesy is the behavior that comes from a respectful attitude. Courtesy and respect are sprinkled throughout every single martial arts class. It is why we bow upon entering the dojang and why we bow to our instructors.  

Our students show courtesy through respectful interactions with other students and instructors, distinguishing between youth and elders and junior and senior ranks, as well as respecting the belongings of others during, and outside of, their martial classes.


INTEGRITY: Integrity is being able to define right from wrong. It is living with values such as sincerity, honesty, and loyalty.

Our students are given ample opportunities to show their integrity through interactions with their instructors and are encouraged to hold themselves to the highest of standards.


PERSEVERANCE: Perseverance means that you have learned the art of living with adversity while still keeping an eye on your goals.

Martial arts in a lifelong venture, one that can be met with challenges along the way. At the Asheville Academy of Taekwondo our students perseverance is put to the test when learning new techniques and during our belt rank promotional testing.


SELF-CONTROL: Self control is the mastery of your own behavior and it is an important part of the maturity process we all go through.

Self control is used in all aspects of life- from sparring in your martial arts classes, keeping your grades up in school, or maintain your temper in the face of adversity.


INDOMITABLE SPIRIT:  Indomitable spirit is the will to do your best, even against the most insurmountable odds.

A true martial artist will persevere through even the most unbeatable odds, both in the dojang and in life. We encourage our students to keep going even through extreme illness, disability, or hardship.

At the Asheville Academy of Taekwondo we strive to develop all 5 of these qualities and to practice them well. These 5 tenets will enable any martial artist to face anything that life may throw at them, and thrive, regardless of physical, emotional, or mental limitations.


After studying Taekwondo as a teenager through college, I took about a 20-year break. Both of my boys had been taking classes with Master Tener, and he encouraged me to give the adult class a try. I enjoy the classes because they are a great form of exercise that I look forward to. The time flies by, unlike when I am watching the clock at the gym while on a stationary bike or cross trainer. I have lost weight and found Taekwondo to be a great form of stress relief. Working in the investment business, with 2008 the second worst year in stock-market history, I needed all the stress relief that I could get. I feel better both physically and mentally, and look forward to training for many more years. I wish that I had never stopped! It has also been a good experience for my sons to improve their discipline and self-control, and rewarding for my wife and I to see them progress to different ranks. Our older son Jack is 6 and recently earned his light green belt. Our younger boy, Ian, is in the Little Dragons class and just earned his yellow belt at age 4.

My husband started Taekwondo about 1 year ago and I am amazed at the changes in his health. He has a very stressful job, so I was always concerned about his health. He just had his annual physical and his weight and blood pressure are both down. I know that Tae Kwon Do has done this for him!

Bill and Danelle Hansen

My name is Frank Bradshaw and I started taking classes at the Asheville Academy of Taekwondo in May of 2008. At age 57, I was concerned about this due to my age and health conditions. In 1985, I had a spinal fusion of my 3rd,4th and 5th vertebrae, due to a work accident. A tumor in my right lung was removed in 2002 which was non-cancerous; however, my thyroid was removed in 2004 due to thyroid cancer. I have been cancer free since my radioactive iodine treatments. A stroke in 2006 affected my left side.  All this history was explained to Master Tener. He listened carefully, suggested that I give Taekwondo a try and assured me that he and the staff would watch me carefully.

They have kept their word. They have been helpful and supportive, always encouraging me to try to do just a little more. Since starting Taekwondo my balance, flexibility and strength have improved dramatic- ally, including my emotional health, feeling and living better. I would encourage anyone to try Taekwondo. It is never too late or too early to start improving your life.

Frank Bradshaw

Executive Men ATF National Champion