Excel Taekwondo Center

At Excel Taekwondo, we offer a safe and encouraging space for students of all ages. Our classes are fun, energetic, and educational.

The focus of our martial arts school is on physical fitness, character development, and self-defense, rather than fighting. We foster a welcoming environment for all of our students, while they learn self-discipline, develop confidence, and improve their listening and focusing skills. When you become a student, you join a community that works together toward improved physical strength and stamina,

Operating as usual



HAPPY 2024!
We hope that everyone had a restful and wonderful holiday break with their loved ones. Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to work.

We are excited to see everyone this week. What's the best way to kick off the year? With lots of kicking, punching, and energetic yelling!

See you in class!

Our renovation over the holidays went smoothly. This project is 15 years in the making and we are proud and happy that it has finally come to fruition! We are confident that this investment will improve your comfort, convenience, and overall experience.

However, we are not quite done yet.

Due to the limited availability of some materials, the guest restroom remains unfinished. We respectfully ask everyone to plan accordingly and use the restroom before coming to class.

Also, our guest area is not yet complete so seating will be limited.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Wow! Twenty-three years went by just like that. We are grateful for another year to serve our students and families. Most importantly, we are grateful for your continued trust in our school.

ExcelTKD's first location on Topanga Canyon Blvd. We opened our doors on 01/01/2001.


Just do what's best for you and your family... 💜


We're 23! We are extremely grateful for your trust in us.

Here's wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year!


Santa came and took his shoes off … Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! 🎅🎄




And it has begun. We’re excited for the reveal!


Happy Birthday to our beloved Ms. Auryon Duque!


Holiday Sale until 12/22/2023… worth it, worth it, worth it


Happy Birthday Ms. Naqiya Caderbhoy!

We are grateful that we have such an amazing instructor!

Enjoy your day!


Our Grasshoppers and their “SERIOUS face” at the 😠👊


Our BLUE belts at the 111th ! 💙👊


Our RED belts at the 111th ! 👊🔥


Your instructors won't make you strong and fit.

12 Types of Company Culture: Which One Is Yours? 11/29/2023

Coming to America, I didn't plan to open a Taekwondo school. I wanted to climb the corporate ladder and achieve what was called "the American dream".

The company that I worked for was touted at one time as "The Most Admired Company in the US". Admired by whom? Investors. Hmm...

Then there was another list - "The Best Companies to Work For" or something like that. Nowhere was our company on that list.

In working there, I learned a lot about corporate culture, and best practices, and made pretty decent dough, far from the $6.25/hour I made at my first job at some random storage facility in Ventura.

The money couldn't make me stay. One morning, I called Irene (my boss, commander-in-chief, wife, savior, yada yada) and told her that I was going to quit. It's not because we already had Excel lined up. I felt so lost. It was every man/woman for himself in my department. A rudderless ship akin to the Bapor Tabo in Jose Rizal's El Filibusterismo. We were going nowhere. I gotta bail. I was 3 months shy of being fully vested in the company's pension plan. I thought, forget it. It's not worth it. So I wrote my resignation letter that same morning and gave my two weeks' notice. So I left and never looked back.

I would have stayed if they were true and authentic. I didn't care about the money. I was looking for a place where I could belong and grow. That wasn't it. No direction. Just money.

Looking back, I'm grateful for my experiences. I know what not to do. I kinda swore to myself that when I have my own team or company, I will do my best to shield them from what I went through.

I have yet to fully define our team's culture. We have crafted our school's mission and vision although it's not set in stone. It will be a living document that will adapt to change. After all, change is the only constant.

All I know is we aim to arm them with as much knowledge as possible so they can be prepared for the road ahead, regardless of whether they stay with us or venture on. We hope they, too, will learn to plant trees they'll never see.

- Ulysses

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Photos from Excel Taekwondo Center's post 11/23/2023

Thanksgiving dinner for the people who help enrich the lives of our students. We appreciate you!

Photos from Excel Taekwondo Center's post 11/22/2023

After a LONG weekend and a long year of competitions, we have finally reached then end of our 2023 season! 👏👏

Congratulations to our 2023 Lion’s Cup International competitors! We are all so proud of you!! 🥳

Thank you to Ms. Bianca Gheorghe, Mr. Adam Zarovski, and Kenzo David for coming to support the team! 🫶

Thank you to our referees Coach Aline Salzberg, Master Eileen Sandejas, and Ms. Naqiya Caderbhoy for volunteering and keeping the tournament running.

A BIG thank you to our coaches Ms. Catherine Ditan Marcelino, Ms. Eva Marie Ditan, and Coach Aline Salzberg who prepared us for this tournament.

To our parents who are always there to support and guide us, THANK YOU!

Here are our competitors and the final results:

Auryon Duque, Gold 🥇
Benjamin Yadao, Silver 🥈
Santiago Sandejas, Bronze 🥉
Dale Diestro, Bronze 🥉
Faizan Mohiuddin

Dale Diestro and Eleni Marcelino, Pairs Poomsae, Bronze 🥉
Dale Diestro, Individual
Annika Perez, Individual
Rhiya Ramanan, Individual
Eleni Marcelino, Individual
Taryn Ocampo, Individual

We are excited for what the 2024 season has to offer. FIGHTING FIGHTING!! ✊



Consider yourself forewarned!
via The Spicy Disaster Mama



I mean, if they're not too busy or anything, I could use a little help over here... 😂
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Yay! Keeping our fingers crossed.

Thank you Founders First CDC for this wonderful opportunity! We look forward to improving the experience of our members and serving our community better.

Photos from Excel Taekwondo Center's post 11/17/2023

Pizza day for our Black Belt class. THANK YOU, Mr. Maglinao!🍕❤️🙏


We wish a very Happy Birthday to a super duper instructor - Mr. Adam Zarovski!

Have an awesome day!


Join us in celebrating . Even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way.


Struggle is essential for growth.

It's often a little uncomfortable but necessary.

It's up to us to provide both appropriate challenges and the support our students to take the next baby step on their journey.

You don't get stronger by being able to perform something easily.

When learning something for the first time, there will always be uncertainty before certainty.

You don't build resilience if you never fail.


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Our Story

The focus of our martial arts school is on physical fitness, character development and self defense, rather than fighting.

As soon as you become a martial arts student, you join a community that works together toward improved physical strength and stamina, better focus and concentration, greater self discipline, competency in self defense and, increased self confidence.

For us at Excel Taekwondo Center, the practice of martial arts means respecting each other, encouraging and supporting each other and celebrating each other’s successes.

These values are especially important in working with children and families — the primary focus of our martial arts school.

We have martial arts programs for students of all ages. For children, our emphasis is on character development and physical fitness. With adults, our goal is to deliver all of the benefits of martial arts, including improved muscle tone, increased cardiovascular fitness, lower stress levels, increased energy, and greater flexibility.

Self defense is also emphasized, but it’s always tempered with the training on how to seek alternatives to conflict.

Each of our martial arts instructors is committed to teaching the physical skills while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student.

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Santa came and took his shoes off … Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! 🎅🎄 #ettiquette #respect
And it has begun. We’re excited for the reveal!#alwaysimproving #exceltkd #striveforexcellence #tkd #taekwondo
Holiday Sale until 12/22/2023… worth it, worth it, worth it
Our BLUE belts at the 111th #excelCBtest! 💙👊
Our RED belts at the 111th #excelCBtest! 👊🔥
Mr. Zarovski’s bday last night with his momma! #bdayboy #exceltkdleaders #bdaytraditions #exceltkd #kickNcake
Mr. Dale Diestro at the 2023 Tetranacionales Taekwondo Championships. #ATM
Building bridges through training and boba 😄.Team Excel and Team Elite YIC will compete as one (ME-TKD CA Team) at the 2...
Happy Father’s Day to all dads who make us laugh and cringe. Thank you for giving your all to be the best father you can...
let us be the best teachers that we can be, we are developers of people #TKDPRO #ExcelLeadGive
legends at the falls 🤪 #niagarafalls
Finally here … #TKDProfessionals2023 #leadershipteam #exceltkd




21120 Vanowen Street
Los Angeles, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm - 8pm
Tuesday 1pm - 8pm
Wednesday 1pm - 8pm
Thursday 1pm - 8pm
Friday 1pm - 8pm

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