Coles martial Arts Academy
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Coles Martial Arts Academy

Why Tae Kwon Do?

In today's pressure-filled world each of us faces a variety of daily challenges. Tae Kwon Do ('TKD') helps us successfully tackle these challenges by relieving stress, enabling us to focus on our goals, and most importantly by building self-esteem.

In addition to improving our emotional well-being, TKD improves our bodies physically by developing flexibility, strength and coordination which carry over into our daily lives. If you are interested in:

  • Developing the ability and confidence to defend yourself
  • Increasing self esteem
  • Improving your fitness level
  • Enhancing your concentration
  • Maintaining a positive mental attitude

Tae Kwon Do is for you!

Why Coles Martial Arts Academy?

Tae Kwon Do is one of the most exciting martial arts to learn and one of the most effective forms of self-defense. At Coles Martial Arts Academy you will be taught combinations, forms, self-defense techniques and sparring from the areas most experienced and respected instructors. We will instill the confidence necessary to build and balance mind, body and spirit. After each class you will feel renewed with energy and vitality. Here at Coles Martial Arts Academy, TKD is more than and extra-curricular activity, it's a way of life.

What your children will learn:

  • Discipline
  • Self-respect
  • Confidence
  • Humility
  • Dedication
  • Perseverance
  • How to pay attention
  • Most of all, an appreciation for life

Practicing Tae Kwon Do will help your child improve his/her grades, enhance performance in other sports, goal setting, promote appropriate social behavior, and learn to pay attention and maintain focus. By going through the belt system, your child will look forward to setting and reaching their goals. Their enthusiasm will carry over into other aspects of their lives. They will face challenges with confidence and build their self-esteem with each accomplishment.


Master Coles' dedication to his students and to the teaching and practice of Martial Arts is unsurpassed. He is extremely reliable, responsible and takes pride in everything he does. He also encourages those qualities in others by helping them accomplish their goals through hard work and with a positive attitude.

By opening his own school, Master Coles will not only fulfill a personal dream but it will also be a boon to the Bethesda/Chevy Chase community. In this case the words "if you build it, they will come" couldn't ring truer.

Eva Fischer Kanupke – Brown Belt

We soon found out that Martial Arts is not just another sport and that Master Coles is not just a Martial Arts teacher; he is a superb role model and mentor to our children in a way that you just don't find with any other sport.

~ John & Laura Elsey – Black Belts

"My four children (now ages 21, 18, 16, 13), my wife, and I all have been martial arts students of Michael Coles for more than a decade, and every interaction has been valuable and impressive."

--Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Neuroscience Bethesda, Maryland

Master Coles has been a great inspiration to my three children. They are more focused and work harder at Tae Kwon Do than they do at any other sport or hobby. They are learning life lessons that they just can not get in any other activity.

Jeff Oosterhout

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