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Our programs


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CORE Taekwondo Performance Center offers excellence in training through impeccable fundamentals, beautiful forms (poomsaes), and championship sparring.

Our training builds strong bodies and strong minds and inevitably leads to assets in other aspects of life; at school, at work, in other sports. This heightened confidence and internal peace foster improved relationships with all those around you.

Our Dojhang (school) is built around the family. Young children often play while we train. At age 3, they start their own training with the Little Lions, learning respect, discipline, teamwork, and focus.

As the kids grow, so does the intensity of our training. We tailor our offerings to each individual, providing just the right teaching at just the right time.

Also, we do offer classes to adults who would like to learn a new discipline and philosophy. We make sure to always adapt our exercises to all levels and bring our support to push our students to their best performances.

We build black belts! You will learn fundamentals and forms, and you will learn to fight. Come and bring it on!

Meet the team


Julie Townsend Program Director

Julie  Townsend

Program Director

I've started Taekwondo when I was a teenager. My parents registered me at a nearby Taekwondo school. I've never stopped since then, and I've mostly focused my abilities on sparring. I competed in the -67kg weight division where I've medalled at the Taekwondo National Championships in France, and also the USA Taekwondo AAU National Championships, and several international opens.

I want to transfer the knowledge I acquired to our students and share with them the benefits of sparring. I also teach French in universities around the area.


Douglas Townsend Head Master

Douglas  Townsend

Head Master

I'm a 4th Dan Black Belt, and I have studied Taekwondo since the age of 8 years old. In 2013, I became the +80 kg Weight Division Fighter for the US Virgin Islands Taekwondo National Team as well as one of the Olympic Hopefuls to represent my country in 2016 for the Rio Olympic Games.

Since then I competed in 2014, at the Costa Rica Open and placed third, placed top 16 and qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and finished Quarterfinals at the 2016 Pan Am Olympic Games Qualifier in Aguascalientes.

Shaun Townsend Instructor

Shaun  Townsend


I have competed and won multiple medals in local Taekwondo tournaments. Simultaneously, I trained in capoeira, and I am currently competing at the National level with our demo team while training for my 3rd degree black belt. In my spare time, I write and produce music in a band I started called "Homies Collective". Also, I am a stunt coordinator for an upcoming local film company called Street Nerds Productions. 


Ariana christensen


I am a 3rd degree black belt testing for my 4th degree black belt in November of 2023. I have been in Taekwondo since 2014. I have trained with great coaches and met a lot of amazing athletes along the way of my sparring journey. I have traveled across the nation sparring at local tournaments and across the country. In 2019, I placed 3rd in the USA TKD Nationals. I have also medalled at international tournaments and soon to be more. I love when students take interest in competing and sparring. In my spare time I love playing with animals of every kind and relaxing in the sun hoping not to get sunburnt. 





After only two years of participating in Olympic sparring, I have reached the astounding rank of number one (currently ranked number four) in the -52kg Junior weight division. Additionally, winning various International and USA medals, in the span of these years. In the near future— I intend to expand on my Taekwondo abilities, and achieve the title of an olympian gold medalist someday. Some attributes I would like my students to develop from my classes are: self-confidence, respect for others, and communication skills. Adding to this, your child will also improve the quality of their physical fitness, and mental discipline in the sport of Taekwondo.

As an instructor, my duty is to insure the best and nothing less, for each and every one of my students. The road to success is always under construction. So, take your dream, start taking action, and before you know it— your dream will be a reality.

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