Owner and Head Instructor Randy Reason is currently working on his 4th degree black belt. He began his taekwondo training in 2007 under Grand Master Soon J. Hwang of the World Martial Arts Center in Fountain Valley, California, and received his 1st Dan (first degree black belt) in 2010. After taking some time off due to a knee injury and returning to Salem where he grew up, he then began training again in 2017 for his 2nd Dan under Master Galindo of Galindo's Taekwondo and received it in 2019. In January 2021 he received his 3rd Dan under the training of Master Karl Ott of Integrity Martial Arts in Albany.
Mr. Reason worked in the public school system as a PE, Health, and Math teacher, and coach of multiple sports for the past 41 years at the elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. Mr. Reason recently retired from full time teaching and coaching to focus on taekwondo and his private hurdle coaching business. He is married and has one son.
Assistant Instructor Preston Reason is currently working on his 3rd degree black belt. He also began his taekwondo training in 2007 under Grand Master Soon J. Hwang of the World Martial Arts Center in Fountain Valley, California, and received his 1st Dan (first degree black belt) in 2010. After taking some time off to concentrate on other sports through middle school and high school, he started training again in 2020 and recently passed his 2nd Dan test in December 2021.
Preston graduated high school in 2020. He is a lead counselor for the KROC Center summer and winter youth camps, and is on staff full-time with the Northwest Outdoor Science School during the school year.
We opened on January 7th, 2020 out of Mr. Reason's garage (photo left).
On March 2nd, 2021 we moved to the Salem Gymnastics Center! (See updated 2021 photos on "Photos and Videos" page).
On October 17, 2022 we moved into our current location at the Starr Studios, Salem School of Dance in south Salem, giving us three different studios to be able to continue growing.
On June 14, 2023 we opened a second studio in Keizer at the luxurious Prosper Athletic Club, allowing us to offer taekwondo/karate/fitness classes to students in north Salem and Keizer! Go to www.ProsperAthleticClub.com for photos.
At Reason's WTA our goal is to develop people with black belt attitudes, black belt hearts, and black belt abilities. We emphasize character qualities like respect, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, leadership, self-confidence, goal-setting, and serving others by participating in various community service projects.
We also work on developing muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, agility, balance, and coordination.
And of course we train people in self-defense by teaching the Korean martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido.
We also train with offensive weapons like nunchucks, combat sticks, and
bo staff, as well as learn defensive strategies against weapons like knives and guns.
To help others, a percentage of our profits every month is donated to Feeding America, and local food banks, to help feed those in need, and to children's hospitals to help families with special-needs children.
We train in accordance with the rules and regulations of World Taekwondo, (formerly World Taekwondo Federation, or WTF)......
.....and the Kukkiwon which is the official governing body established by the South Korean government for taekwondo. A Kukkiwon certificate is widely regarded as the most prestigious of all the black belt certificates within the art of Taekwondo.
December schedule will vary slightly due to Christmas and New Years. Stay tuned for details.
You may come extra days over the next several weeks, or in January, to makeup the days we will miss around Christmas and New Years.
See "Weekly Class Schedule" for exact days & times each week. Make sure to click on the correct Schedule for either Salem, or Keizer.
New students, wear comfortable workout clothes and bring a water bottle. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to fill out a Student Information sheet and a Health Waiver.