Palo Alto Martial Arts (PAMA) is a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and KUKKIWON-affiliated Taekwondo studio located in the heart of Silicon Valley and on the doorsteps from the world-renowned Stanford University. Taekwondo is the traditional Korean art of self-defense, influenced by centuries of rich Korean culture and history.
Grand Master Kwangil Bae has devoted his life to the development and promotion of the philosophy, traditions and techniques of Taekwondo. Grand Master Bae prides himself in the active practice, study and teaching of both the deep Korean traditions of Taekwondo, as well as the latest, most advanced techniques of world-class competition Taekwondo. He is currently a WTF-certified International Poomsae and Sparring Referee, serving as the Referee Chairman of numerous local, state competitons as well as Referee for national and international competitions.
At PAMA, we strive to enable all of our students and competitors to achieve a harmonious balance between the physical, mental and technical aspects of Taekwondo. It is our firm belief that a well-balanced combination of these factors is the key to a successful Taekwondo martial artist and a well-rounded individual. Our goal at PAMA is to not only create excellent martial artists, but to also develop excellent people.
We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and strengthening of our minds and bodies through the study and practice of Taekwondo. At Palo Alto Martial Arts, we study the traditional form of Taekwondo in order to help us reach higher levels of achievement in all aspects of our daily lives. With an uncompromising focus on excellence and achievement, we strive for success in accomplishing our mission to build greater self-confidence, be more considerate and humble, be respectful, and to help others in society.