Patty and Tuoi Le with daughter Talina.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.
by Karen Diefendorf
For Tuoi V. Le, tae kwon do has been an important part of life, but the sport has become much more to him than just learning the correct moves and a means of livelihood.
Owner of the Olympic Tae Kwon Do Center in Woodinville, Le has a strong martial arts background, dating back to his emigration from Vietnam, when he began taking traditional tae kwon do lessons in Tacoma at the age of 12.
It was this early martial arts training that taught Le not only the sport, but the importance of respect, discipline, self confidence and positive mental attitude. And this is a lesson he passes on to his students.
Le, who was the junior Olympic coach in 1994 and '95, is currently training for the '96 Nationals in Houston, Texas.
He has been a member of the Washington State Team since 1987. He was a silver medalist at the 1988 and 1991 Nationals and won a bronze medal at the Olympic Festival in 1991.
The classes at the center teach self-defense and martial arts, both of which are used only as a last resort. Just as important to Le and his wife Patty, both black belt holders, are the improvements in mental attitude, physical fitness, and an increase flexibility, coordination and agility that are the results of their classes.
Ethics and morality, a sense responsibility and a non-violent attitude as well as respect and self-discipline are stressed at the center. Also, school age students at the center soon learn the importance of good grades and hard work in school.
Classes at the Olympic Tae Kwon Do Center include afternoon and evening adult classes, as well as beginning and advanced dragon classes for ages 7 to 11 and a junior adult group for ages 12 and up. Private lessons are by appointment only, and a black belt club is now available. Call 402-6693 for more information.