Rainier Martial Arts Teaches Tang Soo Do to Members of All Ages

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/24/22

Rainier Martial Arts has been a staple in the community of Rainier, and previously Yelm, since 1995.

Instructor Bob Aubrey teaches Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art. The veteran-owned business …

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Rainier Martial Arts Teaches Tang Soo Do to Members of All Ages

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Rainier Martial Arts has been a staple in the community of Rainier, and previously Yelm, since 1995.

Instructor Bob Aubrey teaches Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art. The veteran-owned business offers classes three days a week to people of all skill levels.

Aubrey’s dojo in Rainier creates a unique environment for those training there, as some train independently and others train with their children. This helps to create a family-like environment, Aubrey said.

“We have some talented and dedicated students here at the dojo. They invest their time and energy into it, and the results show,” Aubrey said. “We teach a fit lifestyle here. We’re proud to be out here and be able to do what we do. I still have members here that have been with me since 2003. Hopefully, that says something about what we have to offer.”

Tang Soo Do is a style of martial arts that was made popular in Korea over 2,000 years ago. The combat sport primarily focuses on self-defense and has similarities to taekwondo and karate. Aubrey finds that Tang Soo Do helps bring what he calls a complete balance to a person’s life, as it helps them learn determination and hard work.

Aubrey said members of Rainier Martial Arts who choose to compete are classified in the Kaizen League, which is relatively new. The league, however, has grown over the last several years, which Aubrey said is a big opportunity for his students.

“The Kaizen League has taken off faster than anything I’ve ever seen. It started here in the Pacific Northwest and has expanded its way eastward, and that’s exciting,” he said. “It replaced the Northwest Blackbelt League after they went away. And it’s great for our students to be a part of a league with competition levels consistently rising.”

Aubrey noted that one of the bigger events members of the dojo will participate in will occur in September. The City of Destiny Classic will be held at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The event will feature full contact fighting, point fighting, and weapons competition among other various competitions.

Felicha Isborn, who has a toddler named Griffin, takes classes with her child. Isborn said it has allowed her to create a unique bond with her son.

“I’ve learned a lot of patience in my time here at Rainier Martial Arts, especially since I have my son in the class with me,” Isborn said.



Griffin said his favorite part about martial arts is the running.

Lilly Webster, 11, has trained in Tang Soo Do for five months.

“The experience is very fun. We’ve spent a lot of time here,” Webster said. “If you’re looking to commit to something, you should commit to Martial Arts.”

Webster said she has made a plethora of new friends at Rainier Martial Arts during her time there.

The dojo, located at 307 Center St. in Rainier, offers classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at three different times.

In the first class of the evening at 5 p.m., the youngest members have the opportunity to take the floor and oftentimes their parents join as members and train with their child.

The next class is at 6 p.m. and is typically aimed for the intermediate audience, which include those who have outgrown the beginner class, but aren’t quite ready for the 7 p.m. class.

The 7 p.m. class is the final class of the evening, and sometimes features an open floor for sparring.

To learn more about Rainier Martial Arts Center or Tang Soo Do, visit www.nwtangsoodo.com.

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