Training the Body, Mind, & Spirit Since 1985
ERIC DEVONSHIRE - 6th DAN HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Mr. Devonshire began his Taekwondo training in 1981 in Stillwater Oklahoma while attending Oklahoma State University. After a brief stint playing college football Mr. Devonshire began his training under the guidance of Master instructor Chang Hwa Joung who had relocated to Oklahoma from Korea. While ascending through the belts Mr. Devonshire won numerous trophies and medals in both sparring and forms competition. After earning his first degree black belt in December of 1984 Mr. Devonshire accepted his first job in Tulsa Oklahoma as the sports program director at the Thornton Family YMCA. The first classes taught in February 1985 began his teaching career, and these humble beginnings are what we now know as the Tulsa Taekwondo Academy.
Mr. Devonshire instructs his students to develop the “whole person” body, mind, and spirit. The Academy puts an emphasis on forms and technique training, and boasts several state and national award-winning athletes. The Academy encourages family participation often having parents and even grandparents training alongside their children. This family atmosphere gives the students a secure and productive environment to learn in.
Over his many years of teaching Taekwondo and attaining the level of 5th degree black belt, Mr. Devonshire believes in the benefits of Martial Arts training. His greatest reward is watching his students grow up and become great adults. “ Nothing makes me feel better than to have a student return to the school and tell me that I had a positive influence on them” Mr. Devonshire states. “This is what life is all about- making a lasting difference in someone’s life”.