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Brazilian Jiu JitsuLIMA TAEKWONDO ACADEMY was the first martial arts center in the Culver City area to offer BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU (BJJ) 13 years ago. Today the program is extremely successful and the responsible for its success is Master JOHN MACHADO, a 5th degree black belt with 30 years of experience in this Brazilian art. JOHN MACHADO and his 4 brothers (JEAN JACQUES, RIGAN, CARLOS and ROGER) are pioneers of this art in the US, they had been teaching in California and Texas since 1989.

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LIMA TKD is available 7 days a week. Private lessons also are available by appointment at regular class hours. Check our class schedule for the days and times that work for you.

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Lima Tae kwon do & Martial Arts Academy
5903 Sepulveda Blvd Suite A -
Culver City, CA 90230
Tel: 310-391-4950
1513 W. Sepulveda Blvd Suite A
Torrance, CA 90501
Tel: 310-530-0777

Taekwondo Classes

For The Whole Family
Andre LimaOver the past sixteen years, LIMA TAEKWONDO & MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY (Culver City and Torrance locations) has established itself as one of the premiere martial arts studios in the state of California. LIMA TKD has prided itself on providing high quality instruction, attracting a large number of students not only from the neighborhoods, but from all over the great Los Angeles area, routinely driving in from the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, Long Beach and the South Bay area. It is this tradition of excellence that has kept students coming back routinely to study at Lima Academy.

Walk into the Academy and you’ll immediately feel the energy and enthusiasm! We offer a very flexible schedule, with at least three instructors to assist you in any class. And there are classes scheduled seven days a week, making us one of a very few martial arts schools in all of California to offer such “round the clock” instruction. Can’t find the time in your hectic day to fit in one of the regular one-hour classes? We also offer PRIVATE, one on one instruction available any time, even weekends. Just call to schedule your personal lesson.

Christianny LimaAt our studio you can expect to get more than just physical training, discipline and self-defense, though. You’ll also find yourself making many new friends. Business professionals, teachers, students, moms, dads, even entire families all train together in a healthy and positive environment. In many of the adult classes, there is usually equal number of women and men. In fact, many of the parents who train at LIMA TKD never intended to study martial arts at all. They came to watch their children. But, after making friends with some of the other parents (including some who were already students) they got caught up in the excitement and soon found themselves out on the mat kicking, along with everyone else.

LIMA TKD offers two different programs to meet your training needs. The BASIC program for those how want to come up to two or three classes a week or the UNLIMITED program (also called the BLACK BELT CLUB) for an unlimited number of classes each week. Most students come to two or three classes a week. That’s enough to get and keep you in good shape, or in three or four years, to get you that black belt you’ve always dreamed about. With an authentic martial arts program that is fun, safe and educational, LIMA TKD is a good choice for the whole family!

Color Belt System
LIMA TKD course has 3 levels of instruction: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level is divided and represented by color belts in a total of 10 belts. Beginner’s belt colors are: White, Yellow, Orange; Intermediate belt colors are: Green, Purple, Blue and Red. Advanced colors are: Red w/ a stripe, Brown and Brown w/ a stripe. Each one of the 10 belts has a distinctive curriculum and in order to move up from one belt to another the student has to take part in a Belt Test. Generally there are 6 Belt Tests a year and the approximate time expended in each belt depends of how fast the student improves. The evaluation in a Belt Test is done according with each individual potential. The “minimum” time spends in each belt is: Beginners (2 to 4 months), Intermediate (4 to 6 months) and Advanced (6 months). For toddlers (Ninjas) extra time is usually necessary. For some people Martial Arts became a lifetime discipline. After you reach the Black Belt level you can reevaluate your goals and follow different directions such as: become an Assistant Instructor, Instructor or a High Level competitor in Sparring or Forms, since TKD is an Olympic Sport. The Black Belt is divided in 10 Degrees (Dans). Achieving the 4th Degree you receive the title of Master and by the 7th Degree you become a Grandmaster.

Graduation System

Belt Color Rank Minimum time
WHITE 10th Gub 2 to 4 months
YELLOW 9th Gub 2 to 4 months
ORANGE 8th Gub 2 to 4 months
GREEN 7th Gub 4 months
PURPLE 6th Gub 4 months
BLUE 5th Gub 4 months
RED 4th Gub 6 months
RED STRIPE 3rd Gub 6 months
BROWN 2nd Gub 6 months
BROWN STRIPE 1st Gub 6 months
Black Belt Minimum Time Required
1st Dan / Poom 1 year
2nd Dan / Poom 2 years
3rd Dan / Poom 3 years
4th Dan (MASTER) 4 years
5th Dan 5 years
6th Dan 6 years
7th Dan (GRANDMASTER) 8 years
8th Dan 9 years
9th Dan Not stipulated
10th Dan President of WTF

Childrens Karate ClassesChildren
Children classes make up about two-thirds of LIMA TKD. We offer tree age groups of instruction, NINJAS (ages 3-5), JUNIORS (ages 6-12) and PRE-TEENS &TEENS classes (purple belt up ages 10-16). Each class is subdivided into smaller groups according to belt color, or level (beginner, intermediate and advanced) so each group gets instruction tailored to their specific needs. With a multicultural and fairly even mix of boys and girls at all levels, your child will find it easy to fit right in.

By studying Taekwondo, your child will learn not only physical training and discipline, but mental training as well, skills they will need to be successful in school and in life. LIMA TKD are committed to fostering excellence in education, they will ask your child to bring in a report card before any belt test. Instructors will check to see if your child is making satisfactory progress in school, as well as in the Academy before they will be allowed to test for the next belt level. This promotes strong bodies and minds.

You can sign up or schedule a free trial class for your child at any time of the year. To make arrangements, call 310-391-4950 (Culver City) or 310-530-0777 (Torrance) or contact us by email

We are also available for BIRTHDAY PARTIES.

What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art established in the 1950s; its roots are from Japanese Karate (mostly Shotokan) with some influence of a Korean folkloric game called Taekyon. The accurate translation of the word Taekwondo is: “The way of kicking and punching” and the Art have evolved over the years into a modern and popular Olympic Sport and it is the most practiced martial art in the world today. Of all the children in the United States who study a martial art, about 60% study Taekwondo. The remaining 40% are split between other martial arts, such as Karate, Judo, or Kung Fu. At LIMA TKD the primarily focuses of teaching is education, which is one of the reasons of its success.

Competition Team
Andre LimaAt LIMA TKD, you will not be asked to take part in any competition. That’s your decision. But, if you decide you do want to compete, you will be joining “Competition Classes” and the training will become a lot more demanding than regular classes. Competing is one way to evaluate your developing skills as a martial artist, by facing an opponent of similar ability, age and weight. It is also good motivation to improve your skills. Meeting up with another competitor in front of a large crowd of spectators is not only a great thrill, it gives you the opportunity to push the boundaries of your potential. And competition is an unforgettable experience. It’s like summing up your whole life as a martial artist in those few minutes in the ring. When you win, your pride and confidence increase. When you lose, you learn how to analyze your strengths and weakness, so that you’ll do better the next time. Competition isn’t really about winning or losing, it’s about pushing you, about learning and striving to become better. If you do this, then you’re already a success.

LIMA TKD competition teams are well rounded in tournament circles. We have collected several hundreds of gold medals in Local and State competitions since the middle 90s. Our Junior, Adult and Senior teams represented the state of California numerous times in the Junior Olympics, US National Competitions, and the US Team Trials and also internationally at the US Open. We are proud to have formed several National Champions in Sparring and Forms!

The competition season is for the most part in the summer. In addition to our regular sparring classes, we offer specialized competition training to help prepare you for the tournament experience. If you’re serious about joining one of our teams, a lot of hard, intense training will be waiting for you, but it will definitely be worth the effort.

Culver City Tae kwon do Academy    Torrance Tae Kwon Do Academy

Lima Taekwondo & Martial Arts Academy was founded in middle 90s by Grandmaster Andre Lima and today it’s commanded by its (CEO) Master Christianny Lima.

LIMA TKD has two locations in California and both are equally situated in first-class spots providing their members with easy access and high-quality environment. The Culver City location is a 3.500 sq/f facility across the street from the Westfield Mall. The premises are surrounded by three parking lots. The Torrance location is a stunning 8.000 s/f facility (one of the biggest in the State) the building is next door to a number of well-known restaurants. Besides Martial Arts the Torrance location also has a Full Gym with modern exercise room equipment and a private trainer available. LIMA TKD has a very professional staff of instructors; including some National Champions and former students from the Academy.

The Academies are official members of: The California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA), The USA Taekwondo Federation (USAT), and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). All Instructors and Masters are officially certified by the (WTF) Kukkiwon.

Culver City: 5903 Sepulveda Blvd Suite A - Culver City, CA 90230 Tel: 310.391.4950
Torrance: 1513 W. Sepulveda Blvd Suite A Torrance, CA 90501 Tel: 310.530.0777

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