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YB World has been teaching students the art of Taekwondo for over 28 years; basing ourselves out of Stamford, CT. Our programs are specifically designed to improve the functions of the body and mind, as well as instill within our students the longstanding principles of Taekwondo: respectcompassionself-discipline, and self-control. Everything that students learn inside our Dojang will have application outside of the studio.

Whether you are looking for an after school/work activity or Olympic Level Training, YB World can accommodate all of your needs. Our instructors have been personally trained by our founder, Grand Master Yong Beom Kim, Ph.D., Chairman of the Martial Arts Undergraduate Program at the University of Bridgeport & former Korean National Taekwondo Olympic Team Coach. Each teacher has over ten years of experience teaching Taekwondo and will provide a safe and encouraging environment to help you achieve your goals.

Traditional Martial Arts of Korea

28 Years of Excellence

At YB World Taekwondo Academy in Stamford, we believe that teaching students World Taekwondo Federation certified Taekwondo can help every child and adult develop the mental and physical skills they need to succeed in life. Martial Arts isn’t just about self-defense like so many believe. At YB World Taekwondo Academy, it’s all about self-confidence, improved focus, physical strength, and positive social interaction. YB World Taekwondo Academy teaches our members to set goals, work hard, and follow-through, all the while having fun and making friends.

We have been teaching students World Taekwondo Federation certified Taekwondo for over 28 years! Our school system is focused on the traditional and cultural elements of Taekwondo, as well as providing students with the necessary self defense knowledge to protect themselves.

Members receive traditional Taekwondo instruction as well as building concentration, self-confidence and self-discipline.

The YB Family

Even though we observe the ancient traditions of Taekwondo education, we offer an online curriculum where students can watch videos of our instructors performing the forms and techniques they learn in class. Whether you want to practice at home or just quickly review while on your phone or tablet, the online curriculum is a great resource that most other martial arts schools do not offer.

We encourage you to review our programs and schedule to find the one that works best for you and your family. Please send an inquiry through our website for a free trial class and get started today!

Founder and Grand Master/ 8th Dan
Founder/ Physical Education. M.P.Ed and MBA
HeadMaster/ 7th Dan

Carlos Gomez

Master/ 3rd Dan
Master/ 4th Dan

Ryan Reed

Assistant Instructor, Office Assistant
Assistant Instructor/ 2nd Dan

Samuel Kim

Assistant Director
Junior Instructor/ Office Manager Assistant/ 3rd Dan
Junior Instructor/ 2nd Dan


Junior Instructor/ 4th Dan

P. J. Galvin

Assistant Instructor Candidate/ 1st Degree Black Belt


How are you different from other martial art schools?
We pride ourselves in providing more than physical activity for more than 28 years. Therefore we distinguish ourselves as an academy before a business. We stick to our traditional roots and select our students based upon their interest level, learning ability, and behavior. With our experience, you’ll learn Martial Arts curriculum, culture, and self-cultivation by our instructors, trained by Grand Master Kim PhD.
How do I know you’re the right school for me?
We recommend looking for several things when searching for the right Martial Arts School:

  1. Instructors: How qualified are they? How much experience and credibility do they have?
  2. Curriculum: Is it well established? Does it show education value? Proper instruction at each level?
  3. Transparency: The school provides open communication in all aspects of the organization.
  4. Facility: Clean? Professional?
  5. Service: How well does the staff treat its Martial Arts family?
  6. Governing Body: Is the school part of a world wide organization? Does it attempt to stay on top of it’s industry?
  7. History: How much experience and culture does the school have?
I’m not in the best physical condition, and I have a past injury that prohibits me from certain activities. Can I still join?
Safety is heavily integrated into our classes as our instructors build relationships with each and every student. They are heavily trained to communicate with you and understand your limits as well as how we can improve them.
What’s your price?
The price is dependent on which program the student signs up for.  Each program is designed for each level of commitment the students wishes to engage in.
How is Taekwondo different from Karate?
Taekwondo originates from Korea, while Karate is originated from Japan. While there are similarities, the core difference in Taekwondo is more usage of the core body and kicking techniques. You can find out more information about the Martial Art here.
What is the youngest/oldest student you will accept?
We offer Little Dragons and Ninjas program for 3-4 year olds who have the physical and cognitive ability for practicing Martial Arts. Our adult class has no limits of age just as long as the student can practice Martial Arts safely under our professional instruction.
Do you teach sparring? What about weapons?
One must learn how to walk before running. We teach Olympic style sparring to students who reach a certain level which usually takes about 6 months of training. As for weapons, Black Belts are required to learn the bow staff and sword.

YB World Taekwondo High Ridge
YB World Taekwondo Hope Street

Let us know which location you are interested in and get your FIRST CLASS FREE.

Don’t hesitate to call. We want to meet you and hear your goals.

YB World TKD Academy of Stamford will positively change you and your child. Are you ready to take the next step towards a more healthier, confident, dedicated life?


At YB World Taekwondo Academy in Stamford

Our Martial Arts Instructors Promise To

Be Dedicated
Be leaders of love, not fear
Treat each child with respect
Empower our members
Help members reach their goals