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Welcome to
High Desert Martial Arts

High Desert Martial Arts is located in Bend, Oregon and is the dream of Chief Instructor, Master Daniel Graff.  HDMA will offer a place for individuals to train in the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

Mission Statement

Using the Martial Arts to promote happiness and better the human experience by combining body and mind to improve fitness, esteem and confidence; thus making a better community and world.

High Desert Martial Arts provides services to improve fitness and the capacity for self-defense. Martial Arts is not just a physical activity, it also trains people mentally and promotes discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty. HDMA specializes in teaching ages 4 and up. When students join they will not only be improving their fitness and learning to defend themselves, they will be embarking on a path to improve many important aspects of their lives. And the truly wonderful thing is they get to have fun while doing it!

Affiliations

In order to maintain the highest standardization of training in both traditional and sport Taekwondo, our school is affiliated with the following organizations:

World Taekwondo Federation

Headquartered in Seoul, Korea. This is the world's largest Taekwondo organization which governs 180 countries around the globe.

Ji Do Kwon

Original Taekwondo organization established March 6, 1946. Principals are knowledge, determination, and perseverance

USA-Taekwondo

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the governing organization for the World Taekwondo Federation in America and representing the US-Olympic Organization

Northwest Black Belt Association

Headed by Grand Master Hung Choi, located in Portland, Oregon. Choi's Taekwondo is the oldest Taekwondo school in Portland, starting in 1973.

MABJJ - Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The MARCELO ALONSO ACADEMY ranks as one of the foremost Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in the State of Washington.

Benefits of Training in Martial Arts

  • Fitness:

    The principles of Taekwondo techniques are based on the design of the human body. For power the body develops the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As students progress in Taekwondo, they learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of their body's strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot.

  • Self-defense:

    When speed and power developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attacker's body, the results can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a person to emphasize many of their natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing they can defend themselves, the student's confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against bigger, stronger assailants by using leverage and proper technique.

  • Self-confidence:

    This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Martial Arts, as students accomplish new goals, their confidence level increases. Martial Arts instill a sense of discipline and self confidence that can carry over to all aspects of life.