The Palo Alto Martial Arts (PAMA) Taekwondo Team is a selective program for capable, dedicated, and experienced students who will compete in tournaments outside of those in the local Bay Area circuit, including the CUTA State Championships, USAT National Championships, and U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. Students may receive membership only if they are given approval from Grand-Master Bae, and all members must be able to adjust their schedules to the team practices. PAMA will be sending its qualified team members to compete in events such as Cadet and World-Class Sparring, and Cadet and World-Class Poomsae. Poomsae competitions include events for individual, pair (co-ed), and team Poomsae. Our black belts have performed well at state, national, and international levels, and have received gold and bronze medals at State Championships, as well as gold, bronze and other rankings at National Championships.
The majority of PAMA members are competitive Poomsae players, and many hours of training are spent practicing and analyzing basic movements and individual approaches to completing a movement. To compete as a sparring athlete, students use an Olympic style of Taekwondo, and drill on techniques beginning at the basic level to incorporate combinations, eventually to give athletes the confidence to truly design their best moves when in the arena.
Competition in Taekwondo requires not only adherence to discipline and humility, but also adaptability to strict training. In order to maintain an acute level of technical accuracy and strong presentation, PAMA sends students to high-caliber seminars hosted by the California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA) and other nationally and internationally-acclaimed instructors. A majority of the PAMA Team actively participate in PAMA’s Leadership and Assistant Instructor Program, dedicating hours to aiding Instructors and Masters while teaching junior belts.