Friday, November 17, 2017

Waiting to be Uncovered: Lakewood CTI

By Logan Gill, red belt
The front of the Lakewood Colorado Taekwondo Institute martial arts school

If you’re looking for genuine, quality martial arts training with master black-belt instructors, you’ve come to the right place. The Colorado Taekwondo Institute has classes for all ages and offers campuses in Denver and across northern Colorado. Our headquarters near Green Mountain services the Lakewood and the surrounding area. The Lakewood location offers evening classes Monday through Thursday for all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re retired, working, in school, or have children looking for a fun, after-school and rewarding athletic program, the Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers genuine martial arts training for everyone of any age or previous experience.

The Lakewood Campus offers classes almost every day of the week taught by certified Taekwondo Black Belt instructors.  Our classes range for all belt levels and ages. Our Taekwondo classes involve sparring, poomse (patterned moves), and various other techniques. On Mondays and Wednesdays we have 5:00 classes for ages 5 and up and classes at six for adults. Tuesdays and Thursdays provide classes at four, four-thirty, five, and six for all belt levels. The Lakewood campus is located at 12354 W. Alameda Parkway near Green Mountain in Lakewood.

The Taekwondo philosophy has roots in the ancient majesty of Korea thousands of years ago.  Our modern Taekwondo school has five tenets: courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit.  Every one of these is integrated into our practice every class.  Along with martial arts, the students also learn a bit about the history of Taekwondo and how it developed in Korea then spread to the rest of the world as a leading martial arts and education form.  Taekwondo classes also can increase memory and agility for older students and provide a safe energy outlet for younger ones.

Along with martial arts education, the Colorado Taekwondo Institute periodically hosts community service events such as food drives and donations to charity organizations.  Every year, students and instructors from every one of our campuses gather at Lakewood Campus and perform a food drive throughout the surrounding area, collecting thousands of meals worth of food for those less fortunate.  We donate everything to the Food Bank of the Rockies and other nonprofit organizations around Lakewood and Denver.  Anyone is welcome to join us as we give back to our community.

The story of how Taekwondo reached Colorado is long, but we can start with Lee H. Park bringing Taekwondo to the United States in 1969.  Lee H. Park was a ninth-dan black belt in Taekwondo and had black belts in Hapkido and Judo.  About two decades later, CTI’s founder and top instructor, Master Sautel, brought Taekwondo to Colorado and started the Colorado Taekwondo Institute with a mission of educating the community and providing genuine and quality black-belt instruction.

Every few months, our school holds tournaments to encourage friendly competition.  We usually compete in sparring, poomse, and board-breaking.  We also have overnight events, summer camps, instructional expos, private lessons, and many other Taekwondo-related events. All can be found on

Whether you are looking for a safe activity for you energetic children or are looking for good after-work exercise for adults, the Lakewood location of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers genuine, quality martial arts education for all.

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