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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.

And 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!



Julie Monjanel townsend

I've started Taekwondo when I was a teenager. Experiencing bullying, 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.

Now I want to transfer the knowledge I acquired to our students and share with them the benefits of sparring.

Caitlin  Longmire

I am a 3rd degree black belt who has practiced Taekwondo for over 7 years. I work as an instructor, and have worked as a summer camp counselor for 3 years. I'm also the Co-Captain of our Demo Team.

Outside of Taekwondo , I'm a senior at Wake Forest High School and a member of the National Achievers Society (NAS) and the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). I aspire to be a clinical psychologist and a professional Taekwondo poomsae athlete.

Sarah  wetherell

I've been taking Taekwondo since 2014. I'm  now a 2nd degree black belt, and I joined the demo team in 2017. I enjoy teaching Little Lions and interacting with the kids. My goal is to one day become a master, go to college, and one day to become a nurse. Besides Taekwondo, I enjoy singing, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my family. 

Douglas Townsend

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

Since then I competed at the 2014 Costa Rican and placed third, placed top 16 and qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and finished top 8 in Quarterfinals at the 2016 Pan Am Olympic Games Qualifier in Aguascalientes.

Tony Elias

At age 7, I began training under the teachings of Masters Kim and Hyon. In November, 2014. I became a Taekwondo Master and began teaching alongside Master Douglas. As I continue training in Olympic sparring and Jiu-Jitsu I have medaled multiple times at local competitions, and competed at the National level.

When not teaching, I study Cyber Security at Wake Tech Community College.

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."


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