Building Confidence

About TaeKwon-Do                                                                                      TaeKwon-Do History
 TaeKwon-Do is a Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.  TaeKwon-Do is one of the most popular martial arts in the world; it is accessible to men, women and children of any age and ability.  


TaeKwon-Do helps students in multiple aspects of daily life.  Students are challenged physically, mentally and philosophically.  In addition to improving a student's coordination, strength, flexibility, TaeKwon-Do also increases astudent's confidence and self-control.  Through the practice of the Tenets of TaeKwon-Do, a student learns philosophical tools that will improve their everyday life.

  Although TaeKwon-Do is a relatively "young" martial art, TaeKwon-Do can trace its roots back 2,000 years through Korean history.  TaeKwon-Do was established in 1955 by General Hong Hi Choi.  TaeKwon-Do means "the way of the feet and hands".  


The patterns (Hyungs) of TaeKwon-Do relate to significant events and figures in Korean history.





Master Dawn Gorham

Began TaeKwon-Do career in 1991

Promoted to 1st Dan in 1995

Promoted to 2nd Dan in 1997

Promoted to 3rd Dan in 1999

Promoted to 4th Dan in 2004

Promoted to 5th Dan in 2011

Promoted to 6th Dan in 2016                


Master Scott Gorham  

Began TaeKwon-Do career in 1985

Promoted to 1st Dan in 1992

Promoted to 2nd Dan in 1994

Promoted to 3rd Dan in 1997

Promoted to 4th Dan in 1999

Promoted to 5th Dan in 2004

Promoted to 6th Dan in 2011

Promoted to 7th Dan in 2015 

     Master Gorham at 6th Dan Promotion

(presented by Grandmaster Yu) 





                                                   Master Gorham at 5th Dan Promotion (presented by Grandmaster Yu)

We are a family oriented martial arts school, teaching traditional ITF style TaeKwon-Do.  We have been teaching to the Waterford community since 1991.   Our main school is located in Waterford, MI (Waterford TaeKwon-Do).  We also have an affiliate schools in Oxford, MI (North Oakland -Do) and Pontiac, MI (Master Walker's TaeKwon-Do)


We are the proud sponsor of a AAA rated MSKC (Michigan Sport Karate Circuit) Tournament - The Arctic Challenge.   We have been holding our tournament for the past 8 years, currently in the month of January.  All of our students are encouraged to participate in our schools's tournament which leads to many joining our competitive tournament team.


                                                                                                           Master Gorham coaching during MSKC Tournament                                                                                     2013 13-15 year old Black Belt State Champion Christopher Gorham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sparring during MSKC Tournament




                                                                                                                                                                                  2013 Waterford TaeKwon-Do MSKC Tournament Team




In addition to the MSKC Tournament Circuit, we also participate in the WKC (World Karate & Kickboxing Commission).   We have traveled across the world and have had several students attend the world championships for the past 7 years.



2012 Waterford TaeKwon-Do WKC competitors with Coach Master Richard Plowden


Welcome to Waterford TaeKwon-Do.  This web-site contains the school curriculum, which details the requirements necessary to advance in rank.  Each student will be expected to understand and demonstrate these requirements to the best of their ability.  This site serves only as a guideline.   Student advancement is determined solely by the instructor, based upon the student's individual capabilities and skills.