MasterJoe Whitworth was born in South Korea. He lived in an orphanage until the age of 10, when he was adopted by his American English-speaking family. When he started elementary school, as a foreigner he was taunted and bullied by other kids, so shortly after he arrived in the United States he started learning tae kwon do at a local school. Martial arts gave him the confidence he needed to assert himself.
At present Master Joe is a 5th degree black belt and has 25 years of experience in teaching martial arts. Master Joe expects a lot from his students. He encourages his students to work hard at martial arts and in school. He is well respected by others in the martial arts community.
Learning the skill of martial arts has helped Master Joe grow into a successful and confident man. He wants to pass on and instill these skills in his students.
Judi began training in tae kwon do in her late 20’s. She spent 4 years working towards her black belt. In 1996 she took a 10 year hiatus from tae kwon do to start her family.
She returned to tae kwon do when her children started their instruction with Master Joe. Since returning to tae kwon do she has worked diligently under the teachings of Master Joe and received her 1st degree black belt in 2010. Her husband and children study tae kwon do and are also 1st degree black belts.
Judi is currently working towards her 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Grand Master Lee has been overseeing Lee’s Martial Arts for the last 40 years. He has tested and promoted over 5,000 black belts in the greater northwest, which includes 15 LMA schools right here in Washington State.
Grand Master Lee’s philosophy in life and in martial arts has always been that his students serve, give back, and pay forward everything that they’ve learned in martial arts training. He is a believer in helping the less fortunate and has donated his time and money to our communities throughout Washington State. Many of his instructors and students have followed his example and raised much-needed funds for Communities in Schools through break-a-thons, kick-a-thons, and serving as mentors to children throughout our school systems.
He is an 8th degree black belt in tae kwon do and also teaches hapkido and kickboxing. He is the only tae kwon do master to own and operate a boxing-only gym in Washington State. Grandmaster Lee is the founder of The World Tae Moo Do Federation. Many of his students have won several titles in Mixed Martial Arts and become national champions in Olympic-style tae kwon do.
Samantha began learning tae kwon do under the instruction of Master Joe Whitworth at age 10, and with great effort and determination, she earned her first degree black belt at age 14. Since starting tae kwon do, she has competed and placed in local tournaments, and has done well academically, earning a spot on her school's honor roll list for two years in a row.
In addition to her training, Samantha also helps out in classes teaching other students. Samantha is a determined martial arts athlete, and has blossomed from a shy little girl to confident young lady through her training in tae kwon do. She is an excellent example to our little kickers.
Maria started her journey in tae kwon do watching from the stands at the local dojang her children attended.
Years later she started to attend classes and loved the time she spent with her children training towards a common goal. She is currently a blue belt and on the mission towards her black belt under the instruction of Master Joe.
Isaak began his tae kwon do training at 3 years old, under the instruction of his father, Master Joe Whitworth.
He has spent the last 11 years mastering skills, and putting into practice the tenets of tae kwon do: courtesy, courage, respect, humility, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.
Isaak has competed and medalled in many local tae kwon do tournaments, and has competed nationally. He is also a great role model for the younger children and can often be seen assisting in class.