We help our community become stronger,
inside and out.

Looking into martial arts?  
Well, you're in the right place.

At The Martial Way, we teach the Korean styles of taekwondo and hapkido. And we are passionate about it. We love to help our students gain the many benefits martial arts has to offer on their journey to black belt.  

People of all ages and walks of life come to our studio for many reasons:

~ to increase focus and self-discipline
~ to gain respect for self and others

~ to feel stronger inside and out
~ to become safer and more secure
~ to try a fun, new way to exercise and get fit 

~ to develop a greater sense of self-confidence

No matter what brings you in, you will get much more out of it than you could ever have imagined.

Master Jodi Harrison-Lee

Listen as Master Lee shares a few of the benefits of martial arts and explains what makes The Martial Way so special. Then watch a clip of our TMW students in action.

Being a black belt in taekwondo has helped me become more fearless ... It is a great discipline for my body and mind. It has impressed upon me the idea that success is in my control.

Ardel Friedman, CEO Nasdaq

OUR MISSION

We believe all people should feel safe and respected. 
No one should be a target of bullying or violence, and no one should be a victim of abuse. In fact, all people should have the confidence in themselves to go after their dreams and realize their fullest potential.
Our mission is to help you on that journey, and we teach martial arts as a tool to do so.

We know that choosing a studio is an important decision. 
Is our studio right for you? Here are some key elements to help you decide.

1. FAMILY-RUN: EAST MEETS WEST

The Martial Way is run by a husband-wife team; one born and raised in South Korea and the other here in America. Two very different cultures coming together, they symbolize balance. And after 25 years, they also have three black belt children, ages 23, 19, and 12, who are an integral part of the business as well. Together, they strive to help their family and their students live a balanced life.

2. EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE

Grandmaster Jung Yul Lee has studied the Korean martial arts and healing techniques for over 50 years. He understands the body like few others. Master Jodi Harrison-Lee studied psychology and communication, earning a Master's degree in special education. She has been training in martial arts for over 25 years. Their adult children began at age four. Together, the Lee family has over 100 years of martial arts experience.

3. EMPHASIs on CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

There are so many benefits to be gained by training at The Martial Way, it's hard to know where to start. But it all comes down to character development. Traits like respect, focus, discipline, perseverance, and indomitable spirit are top of the list. But the ultimate goal is to help our students become strong inside and out. And to build the true confidence necessary to live a safe, happy and successful life.

4. CARING COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT

One of our basic human needs is a sense of belonging. At The Martial Way, we take this need seriously by stressing the importance of courtesy and friendship. We have a common interest, so we help each other, and cheer each other on. Because, yes, sometimes it is difficult. We are very proud of the community we have created.

Our Services

At The Martial Way, we teach the Korean styles of Taekwondo and Hapkido to students of all ages. Our martial arts program is belt driven with the big goal being to persevere until you earn your black belt. But really, black belt is just the beginning.

 We also teach a Strength & Flexibility class that is not belt driven. And we have periodic Self-Defense and Empowerment workshops for teen girls. Our classes are outlined below.

Kids taekwondo classes 4-12

Little Warriors 4-6: Forty-minute classes that teach our youngest students how to follow instructions while learning basic taekwondo skills and agility drills. Our focus is on courtesy AND self-confidence.

Children's Taekwondo 6-12: Hour-long classes where students learn the taekwondo skills that correlate to their belt level. Punching, kicking and blocking techniques, along with forms, rolling, and falling are taught. Students spar once a week beginning at yellow belt. We offer a morning class as another option for homeschooled children. Once students reach black belt, they get to learn weapons and hapkido. Our focus is on building strength, good character and true confidence.

teen/adult taekwondo/hapkido classes 13+

Just like our younger students, teens and adults learn punching, kicking and blocking techniques, along with forms, rolling, and falling. We also do light sparring drills once a week. The main difference is that our teens and adults learn hapkido as well as taekwondo. These skills are more practical in real-life self-defense. Our focus? Well, we may be older, but we can always use a little more strength, character, and confidence-building.

As for teen-agers, this is a critical time in their lives, so we want to give them the internal strength to stand up for themselves and their beliefs. And we want to reduce the likelihood of them ever becoming a target of abuse of any kind.

Self-defense workshops for girls and Young women

Every summer, Master Jodi Harrison-Lee teaches two 3-day workshops to help empower young women before they go off to college or otherwise out on their own. The program is based on her best-selling book "Find Your Strength: The secret to being safe, strong, and able to defend yourself." If you are interested, her book can be purchased on Amazon at:

Master Lee can be booked for private events as well and tailor-makes her talks and/or workshops for parents, women, middle schoolers, and high schoolers. If you are interested, you can email Master Lee at: jodi@find-your-strength.com.

stretch/strengthen classes

Many adults complain of pain in their neck, back, shoulder, or hip. So we created a class to help. We call this class "Forever Young," and it is Grandmaster Lee's own creation. He uses his extensive knowledge of the muscles and joints to help adults increase mobility and live more pain-free lives.

After a busy or stressful work-week, it is both relaxing and invigorating to work out to peaceful music in a class that is a cross between yoga, pilates and chi-gong. This class is run punch-card style and is held most Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am. Try your first class FREE! 

OUR TEAM

Jung Yul Lee

Grandmaster - 8th Dan

Jodi Harrison-Lee

Master - 5th Dan

Jae Lee

Sr. Instructor - 3rd Dan

Jaemi Lee

Jr. Instructor - 2nd Dan

Alex Lizarraga

Jr.  Instructor - 2nd Dan

Jaesun Lee

Student Leader - 1st Poom

Our FANS

"I trained at The Martial Way for over 5 years and I loved it. What really makes this place special is the community that it fosters. It is a supportive and caring community that is simultaneously committed to the quality of its students. Grandmaster and Master Lee not only focus on training your physical body but also teaching good character and mental strength as well. If you are serious about getting in shape or learning to defend yourself this place will not disappoint you."

Ben Snodgrass
Teen/Adult Student who trained in his high school and college years

 "We tried a couple of different places, and this has been our favorite. Very impressed with the instruction, and  not just the time on the mat. The Lee Family encourages the students to apply the lessons to the lives they lead outside of the studio. Highly recommended!"

Gerard Duggan 
Father of a 10yr old, yellow belt student

"The Martial Way is the best place to be. I trained here for 13 years, beginning at age 5. It was my second home. This studio shaped me into the confident and strong young lady that I am today. Master Lee and Grandmaster Lee are both amazing martial artists with big hearts and the desire for everyone to succeed in life through martial arts. The Martial Way teaches you confidence, respect, and promotes good morals while teaching you how to protect yourself (self-defense)!
I personally love this place, and I would encourage anyone who is curious to just try it out and fall in love with the community and discipline it provides. Plus its a good workout!"

Yuri Walsh 
Child/Teen Student who trained from age 5-18

our contact info

ADDRESS
3706 Foothill Blvd. 
La Crescenta, Ca  
91214
(Between Boston and Lauderdale)

EMAIL/PHONE
info@themartialwaykicks.com
818-542-6676

HOURS

Monday/Wednesday -
3.30 PM - 9.30 PM
Tuesday/Thursday -
8.30 AM - 11.30 AM  AND  3.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Friday -
3.30 PM - 7.30 PM
Saturday - 
8.30 AM - 1.00 PM
Sunday - 
Closed