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The J is pleased to offer Taekwondo for all ages. Taekwondo is a non-aggressive, ethical system of self-defense that has become one of the world’s most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as fitness benefits and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means “the way.”

The J is excited to provide a new registration system. If this is your first time using our new system, please visit our help page for more information about setting up your new online account.

Register Online

Call to register! Reach our Registrar at 314-442-3110.


Taekwondo – Beginners, Advanced, Adults

Instructors determine the appropriate class level for students. Training uses a combination of combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, entertainment and philosophy. Students will develop and refine skill and build and acquire strength, self-confidence, knowledge and control.

Taekwondo for Adults (16 years+)

Training continues using a combination of combat technique, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, entertainment and philosophy. Students will further their skill development and acquire strength, self-confidence, knowledge and control.

Yong Shins/Little Ninjas

Ages four to seven. Yong Shins/Little Ninjas is an introductory class into the world of Taekwondo. This nationally-accredited program introduces discipline and respect with a focus on fitness, control and technique. Little ones will have fun learning and training while building confidence and coordination.

Classes in Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex

Joe Barnard, 6th-degree black belt – more than 37 years Taekwondo experience, 17 years as an instructor.
Jason Barnard, 5th-degree black belt and 4th-degree Hapkido

Yong Shins/Little Ninjas

Mondays – 6:30-7:30pm

Taekwondo – Youth, Beginners

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Taekwondo – Youth, Advanced

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm

Taekwondo – Adult

Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm

Classes in Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building

Instructor & Assistant: Philip Hardin, 2nd-degree black belt – more than 21 years of experience, more than five years as an instructor. He is Safe Sport Certified by the United States Olympic Committee, as well as CPR/First Aid certified. Ross Marquart is a 1st Dan (1st-degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Hapkido). He has been training in martial arts for eight years.

Yong Shins/Little Ninjas

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturdays, 2-3pm

Taekwondo Beginner

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Saturdays, 3-4pm

Taekwondo Advanced

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Saturdays, 4-5pm


  • $46 members/monthly
  • $69 public/monthly

Fee Agreement


Mathew DeWinters