Martial Arts USA has been established in Petaluma since 1993, but our lineage dates back to the late 60’s, when Grandmaster Soo Woong Lee came to the United States. Throughout the years we have been dedicated to helping the community grow through its teaching of martial arts. Our school is a 4,000 sqft studio consisting of two training spaces. There is a children’s room and a comfortable sitting area for parents to watch.
One of the first Taekwondo Masters to come to the United States in the late sixties, Grandmaster Soo Woong Lee opened up his first school on the east coast. His leadership, along with a few others, helped sparked the popularity of the art in America. Grandmaster S.W. Lee’s students became one of the most talked about competitors during the seventies. During the Eighties, he moved to the West Coast to open up a series of taekwondo schools which placed a direct emphasis on developing a program to help change kids lives. Along with his son Will Yun Lee they developed a kids karate success program that has helped and continues to help tens of thousands of kids to do remarkably better at school, home, and social settings. One of his prize students was a young boy who walked into his Napa Studio, Mr. Scott Sinan. This young man would pave the way for another generation of young champions at home and school through martial arts. These are the accomplishments now, that Grandmaster Lee is most proud of. – Will Yun Lee