Taekwondo isn't just about using feet and fists for self defense. It's a journey of the mind, the body, and especially the spirit at Kingdom Warriors Christian Taekwondo. The school is a ministry of Washington Community Church, and as part of the esteemed United States Chung Do Kwan Association, Kingdom Warriors also has the certified blessing of World Taekwondo Federation. As both a licensed minister and a high ranking black belt, Senior Grandmaster Ed Sell has ministered to thousands of soldiers, carrying on Kingdom Warriors motto: "To give strength to the weak, confidence to the timid, and spiritual guidance to those who seek after God." In addition to their lessons in self-defense, self-discipline, physical fitness, coordination, and spirituality, Kingdom Warriors Christian Taekwondo also counts itself a part of the SPARK after school program series in which youngsters can learn taekwondo, or enjoy tutoring, socializing, and study activities.
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