Welcome to Elite Kicks Taekwondo Academy


We offer general Tae Kwon Do training as well as Olympic Style training for those who are interested in training to be a Tae Kwon Do competitor. Olympic Style training requires self-discipline, motivation and the heart to be your very best and give 110% every time. As a competitor, you will compete against other Tae Kwon Do DoJang's in local Competitions and National Tournaments. Challenge yourself, do you have what it takes to be the next National Champion

How to act in Dojang


There are a few general rules

  • Be on Time. To be late is disrespectful to everyone.
  • Always bow and greet the Grandmaster (Kwan Jang Nim), Master (Sa Bum Nim) and their Assistant Teachers (Bu Jo Gyo Nim) when you first come in and before you leave the studio
  • Never forget your belt or your gear.
  • Always wear a clean Dobok/Uniform.
  • Keep hands and feet clean.
  • Keep nails short.
  • No jewelry allowed.
  • No chewing gum in the Dojang.
  • If class is in session, please show respect to you fellow students and keep the noise to a minimum.

School Creed


The ten codes of Tae Kwon Do

  • 1. Respect all elders, parents, and teachers
  • 2. Respect others the way I want to be respected
  • 3. Respect higher ranks
  • 4. Respect all things in nature
  • 5. Always carry myself with a positive attitude
  • 6. Always be humble
  • 7. Always do my best in everything I do
  • 8. Always train with 200% effort and never give up
  • 9. Always be respectful when asking about the teachings
  • 10. Never misuse Tae Kwon Do. Use what I have learned in a positive way

Instructors


Master | John D'Amario

Master | John D'Amario

Began his Taekwondo training in Rhode Island in 1980 at the age of 18 and achieved the rank of 1st degree black belt in 1985. Master D'Amario's early training was simultaneous with his professional career path in the construction business and owes his success to the constant setting of goals through the discipline of Taekwondo. Currently holding the rank of 5th dan, Master D'Amario has won many medals in tournaments and retired from competition in 1997 after winning a gold medal in a National Championship at the age of 35. Throughout his martial arts life, he has instructed Taekwondo classes at over a dozen gyms in California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island including the Brown University Taekwondo club in Providence.

Master D'Amario feels that his greatest accomplishment is his understanding of the true essence of Taekwondo and having the ability to teach the art in a way that enables the student to seek and discover their own truth rather than simply relying on the word of the instructor. Having over 25 years' experience as an instructor has enabled him to gain a deep understanding of all techniques since teaching requires back-up in the form of sensible explanations.

After over 30 years, Master D'Amario feels privileged to be able to continually train himself and others. He owes his dedication to the mental and physical benefits achieved by proper training and the heightened awareness that has been instilled.


Bu Jo Gyo Nim | Tammi Young–1st Dan

Bu Jo Gyo Nim | Tammi Young–1st Dan

Certified Massage Therapist specialized in Sports Massage (pre and post) Certified in First Aid and CPR I have been training in martial arts since 2001. I obtained my first black belt in a Japanese mixed martial art called Kyokushin from Sensei Shanas in San Francisco, California and was an Assistant Instructor "Senpai". Though I still have a love for Kyokushin my thirst for knowledge of other styles of martial arts has lead me to training in Tae Kwon Do with Grandmaster Lim at Elite Kicks Tae Kwon Do Academy in Alameda, California where I have received another black belt (1st - Dan Kukkiwon certified).

As a black belt, I feel I have a responsibility not only to myself but to my Grandmaster and his student's to pass on all my years of training and knowledge to those that have the determination, dedication, and discipline to learn and challenge themselves. I enjoy seeing the transformation in each student that martial arts brings. It's amazing to see students allowing themselves to be taken out of their comfort zone and to push themselves to the next level. Not just in strength, but in mind, body, and sprit and to see them grow in strength inside and out and I feel honored to be apart of the process.

I believe martial arts isn't something you just do it is a way of life and that all black belts (no matter what style you've earned it in) have a responsibility to give back and carry the teachings forward.

I am also a California Certified Massage Therapist. Though I know all modalities, I specialize in sports massage (pre and post training). I feel massage is a very important part of any sport. It helps with muscle recovery, soreness, flexibility, increases range of motion and prevents a lot of injury.

Hope to see you on the mat soon!


Sa Bum Nim | Masamichi Yoshikawa-3rd Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Masamichi Yoshikawa-3rd Dan

began Tae Kwon Do when I was fourteen years old as an extracurricular activity after school like any other child, but I began to feel the passion for it when I got my first yellow belt. I felt a strong connection with Tae Kwon Do that I did not feel with other martial arts and, so Tae Kwon Do has been my life ever since. I have been doing Tae Kwon Do for nine years now, and have been a certified black belt for eight years.

I have taught many classes with both adults and children, since becoming a black belt. I pride myself in teaching adults and children about discipline, honor and respect; I believe those are the three most important code of conduct that a person should take into heart. It sets a basic foundation for becoming a noble individual, not just in Tae Kwon Do, but also in life. I have gained so many different experiences from teaching and learned quite a lot from my students as well as my peers. As my master would say, "becoming a black belt is only half the journey, there are so much more to learn further down the road."

Sa Bum Nim | Tuan Hoang-3rd Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Tuan Hoang-3rd Dan

I have been training in Taekwondo for 7 years and obtained my 1st Dan when I was 14 years old. I enjoy being a Taekwondo Assistant Instructor and passing on my knowledge as a black belt and feel, the greatest accomplishment in Taekwondo is to teach and give back to younger students. You become a role model to the one's you teach and I have learned that you have more to teach them then just how to defend themselves. In addition to Taekwondo Other, I also studied Judo for three years and earned a brown belt.

Taekwondo has definitely left an imprint on my life. It has affected how I act and how I deal with situations. I am a lot more conscious of my actions and definitely improved my confidence in how I go about life.

What I enjoy most about Taekwondo is that when you walk onto the Dojang mats, you leave all your problems at the door and just focus on training and yourself. It is always challenging me to set new goals, each time I reached one, I keep setting it higher. What has kept me going all these years is to see how far I can push myself.

All martial arts are similar to one another, slight variations exist in them, but the philosophies all teach you how to be a better person and to be more confident. In addition to those things, Taekwondo is heavily based on fast, precise powerful kicks. Taekwondo is just like boxing but with your legs!

My advice to anyone interested; just try it, see how it goes and maybe you'll get hooked!

Sa Bum Nim | Mihn Tran-3rd Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Mihn Tran-3rd Dan

I was first introduced to Tae Kwon Do when I was in 7th grade and 13 years old at the time. My mother was reluctant to let me enroll with the fear I might get into fights and troubles by learning martial arts. I was very fortunate to be accepted into the Vietnamese Tae Kwon Do program in East Oakland. I continued my training through high school and college with different schools along the way. I was crossed trained into Judo and various styles of Tae Kwon Do, e.g., Moo Du Kwon and Chung Do Kwon. I took an extended break from training to raise a family and develop a career; however, my love for the sports never dissipated. I have trained with Grand Master Chris Lim since 2006. It was my 6 years daughter who wanted to learn Tae Kwon Do that reignited my passion and kick start my training again.

Now, I am a proud father of two girls, eight and ten years old. They both received their black belts this past year. I am so grateful my love of Tae Kwon Do has some how passed on to my girls. It is hard to describe what Tae Kwon Do means to me. Tae Kwon Do is embedded in every fabric of my life. I love my life, conduct myself, behave, and treat others with the spirits of Tae Kwon Do. As an assistant instructor for Grandmaster Lim, I often teach the basics and focus on developing a strong foundation for each student. I am a firm believer that correct technique first then speed and power. Come try out Tae Kwon Do with us and you will be hooked for a lifetime of fitness, balance, well being, health and inner peace.

Sa Bum Nim | Rigo Nunez-3rd Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Rigo Nunez-3rd Dan

I have been training in Taekwondo for 27 years. My older brother was great example to me as a martial artist and as he discovered the treasure in TKD he helped me to become more assure of myself as a kid. This helped me to develop an attitude of leadership with my friends, family and develop a disciplined practiced at home. Today as an adult it has help me to achieve a character, which has made me a better man, husband and father.

TKD is my life!! My greatest accomplishment in Taekwondo is having the opportunity to participate in two Pan American Game's winning gold medal in both and also participating in other national and internationals competitions.

As an assistant instructor, I have learned to understand people in their character and lifestyles to help them develop their potential as TKD practitioners and in life.Today I feel honored to be part of a great group of coaches trained by Grandmaster Chris Lim. He has been a great mentor to me who motivates me to continue on the path of TKD.

If you are interested in taking TKD, I would say to you that you won't regret it because it's a lifestyle that will help you to develop your potential. It's a sport that is recognized all around the world, which not only prepares the mind, body and spirit to develop a series of beautiful movements and kicks it's also known as an art of movement with the body.

Sa Bum Nim | Victor Du-2nd Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Victor Du-2nd Dan

I have been training in Taekwondo since April 2007 and I have to say, that it has transformed my physical appearance as well as improved my health. Just to give a brief summary of how Taekwondo has changed my life physically; when I first started training, I weighed 217 pounds (some of that was muscle, but most of it was fat), now in August 2011, I weigh 166 pounds. The funny thing about the weight loss was that, yes, I originally joined the studio to lose weight, but as the years went by, training became to be more important to me, learning Taekwondo is now my first priority, while weight loss was my body's natural automatic response to training.

The one most fundamental and important thing I've learned in becoming successful in Taekwondo is to have fun and enjoy yourself. It's easy to be motivated to train for a week or two, but what happens is that a lot of us create an artificial motivation to push ourselves to start and then that motivation declines and we end up stopping our momentum and eventually giving up altogether. I believe that artificial motivation is sometimes necessary to get ourselves started, but if we don't have fun and enjoy an activity, we will go back to our natural selves. Grandmaster Lim is great at making classes challenging yet fun, and with this attribute combined with my own goals and motivation, the recipe for success is inevitable.

Most martial art schools would not tell you this but, Taekwondo is NOT for everyone. It is for those who enjoy a challenge. Before joining Taekwondo, I used to workout at the gym, but never was able to be consistent for more than a month at a time, because I hated it, and only worked out; because I felt, I needed to. This did not mean that going to the gym is not a good exercise, it just meant that it was not for me, because I did not enjoy it; however, there are thousands of people that are able to go to the gym consistently because they enjoy it. The same goes for Taekwondo. Therefore, if you have not found that one activity that you feel fits you or that doesn't give you the challenge that you need, I recommend adding Taekwondo to your "try out" list.

Sa Bum Nim | Wilson Du-1st Dan

Sa Bum Nim | Wilson Du-1st Dan

I have been studying Tae Kwon Do for 4 years. During that time, I have been able to harness the body, spirit of martial arts, which has helped me to overcoming hardship, loose over 50lbs in weight, and have won over 6 gold medals under the leadership of Grandmaster Lim.

With the determination, dedication and disciple that I have learned through the teachings of Grandmaster Lim and the Elite Kicks Tae Kwon Do Alameda Academy my professional life has been effected as well, by allowing me to make the top 5% of Real Estate professional teams for the franchise Century21.

I'm currently apart of a new Elite Kicks Tae Kwon Do program, which has allowed me to teach and pass on the teachings of Grandmaster Lim by being apart of a Conservatory School Program in Oakland. This program allows students to train in Tae Kwon Do that would probably wouldn't normally have the opportunity to do so.