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Master Chris Himor

Meet Master Chris Himor

Master Himor has twenty solid years of experience in martial arts, self-defense training, competition and teaching. He began competing as a white belt and tried to never miss a local or state tournament, and ultimately led to a U.S. National Junior Olympics black belt gold medal. From the moment he walked into his currently owned, Burien taekwondo dojo “Counterforce Taekwondo” he never left He is a certified master instructor through the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation as well as the Jidokwon school of Korean Martial Arts.

In addition to his commitment to the growth towards the sport and traditional aspects of Taekwondo his passion lies in teaching and mentoring other martial arts enthusiasts from beginner children to advanced adults. His focus in Counterforce Burien is centered around developing well-rounded martial artists, not just athletes. 

Master Himor is a family man. He enjoys living life to its fullest with his wife Elaine and two-year old daughter Cienna his extended family and close friends, which includes many of those who are involved in the greater martial arts community.

Master Chris Himor

MEET MASTER MATTHEW RAY

Master Ray has more than 35 years of experience training in Taekwondo and other martial arts, and owning and operating his own schools. He is a certified master instructor through the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation as well as the International Taekwondo Federation and Jidokwon school of Korean Martial Arts.

Master Ray has trained with several Olympic coaches and competitors throughout his lengthy competition career in WTF and ITF Taekwondo. He has an extensive background in competing as well as coaching at the state, national, and international levels. Despite his comprehensive competition background, his passion lies within developing well-rounded martial artists, not just athletes.

In addition, Master Ray has trained in Hapkido, Judo, boxing, traditional martial arts, demonstration teams, and weapons, and has been a certified Taekwondo referee as well. He loves sharing his passion for Taekwondo with others and many of his former students have become school owners, instructors, elite athletes, and life-long students of Taekwondo.

Master Ray also has a strong interest in nutrition and fitness and greatly enjoys sharing those interests with his students and families.  He and his wife, Lynell aka “Mrs. Ray” have been long-time residents of the Seattle area and actually trained together as black belt students back in 2001 at what was previously Counterforce Taekwondo West.

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    lazaro
    10/05/2018
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    10/10/2017
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    11/18/2016
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    2/07/2017
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    1/27/2019
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It is our goal at Counterforce Taekwondo to assist in the development of responsible, independent, confident, self-sufficient and productive individuals through quality Taekwondo instruction.

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West Seattle Location Moved to BurienEffective Nov 1 2019

We are pleased to announce exciting changes at Counterforce Taekwondo. Our West Seattle studio has moved to Burien, just blocks away from our existing Burien studio. The new spacious studio is now called “Counterforce Taekwondo Burien HQ”. It will be our primary studio for instruction. We will also hold classes in our existing studio around the corner, known as “Counterforce Taekwondo Burien”. Master Ray will continue teaching alongside Master Himor. We look forward to better serving you through state-of-the-art practice facilities and expert instruction.