Bettencourt's Taekwon-Do/Hapkido America

Bettencourt's Taekwon-Do/Hapkido America

5 employees
46 years in business

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We are the oldest and most respected Martial Arts school in the Oregon City area. Grand Master Bettencourt has 47 years of Martial Arts experience, and is an amazing teacher. 

As a Martial Arts Grand Master and as a psychotherapist and former psychology professor, I enjoy helping people to reach their full potential as human beings, to find a healthy balance between body, mind and spirit!

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Oregon City, OR 97045
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How did you get started teaching?

I began my martial training in 1970 and fell in love with the power and excitement of Traditional Martial Arts. I couldn't wait to start sharing this dynamic experience with others. I have been teaching full time for 40 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many types of students over the last 40 years. I teach ages 4-adult. My oldest student was 85. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love attending tournaments so my students can experience the excitement of competition with themselves, their fears and doubts, and meet lifetime friends. A recent black belt test at my school was very exciting as well. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who has enough experience and patience to give the support, patience, knowledge and skill needed to be successful over a period of years. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Any physical, emotional concerns should be discussed since every student will form a unique individualized relationship with the teacher as well as an individualized method of learning.