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A School of Tradition

Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial art practiced by more people, in more countries, than any other martial art. Through the concepts of justice, humanity, morality, wisdom, and faith, the objective of practicing Taekwondo is to create a more peaceful world. Designed for practice by students of all ages, Taekwondo builds strong bodies through physical exercise, strong minds through discipline and focus, and provides a basis of self-defense through traditional martial art techniques.

Northeast Taekwondo D.C. was founded by Grand Master Jon O'Kelly in 2002. For the years that it has been there, the family-based Tae Kwon Do school has been a staple in its Brookland community. At Northeast Taekwondo CT, we have adopted the same principles and philosophies. We believe that being part of our community is much more than just existing in it. It is our mission to actively participate in our community, and also make efforts to better it. We take an inclusive approach to education, believing that all students can learn and succeed, no matter what limitations present themselves. We adhere to and teach the five tenets of Taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit. And we foster camaraderie, support, and good sportsmanship among our students.

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Meet Your Instructor

Master Donte J. Branch

Master Donte Branch is the proud owner and Master instructor at Northeast Taekwondo CT. He has eighteen years of experience studying and practicing Taekwondo. He began at NETKD in 2003, and under the guidance of Master O'Kelly, earned his 1st dan Black Belt in 2007, and earned his 4th dan Black Belt in 2019. Additionally, he has thirteen years of Taekwondo instructing experience, and three years of experience working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. He teaches all ages and belt levels, and has coached multiple competition teams to regional championship victories and national championship qualifiers. He has a B.A in Sociology and is a Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionist, and Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist.

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