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Master Ostin brings family approach to martial arts

One Taekwondo Academy opens doors in West Linn Central Village


by: VERN UYETAKE - Master Frenel Ostin displays his black belt form right in front of his new One Taekwondo Academy in West Linn. Master Frenel Ostin says taekwondo can make happy families.

That is the main reason why he has brought his One Taekwondo Academy to West Linn. Why should family members fight each other when they can do martial arts together?

“My academy is based on a family oriented environment,” Ostin said. “Everyone can appreciate you as a whole and you learn side by side. You learn respect, discipline and focus.

“I’m very excited to be in this community. I want to contribute in a positive way for children in this area. I hope what I can offer will have impact on their lives for years to come.”

It was Ostin’s unquenchable desire to learn taekwondo that transformed his life. After emigrating with his family from Haiti to the U.S. at age 12, Ostin was at first frustrated because his parents lacked money to pay for his lessons. However, Taekwondo Master Dan Mahargan couldn’t help but notice the boy’s enthusiasm when he walked into his studio in the Hollywood District in Portland.

Ostin ended up studying under Mahargan for 12 years and earning his black belt. Ultimately, the student was able to buy the school from his master, and he also pursued a distinguished career as a taekwondo competitor. One of his greatest moments came in 2000 when he competed before the Royal Prince of Nepal.

Now, Ostin is teaching more dads, moms and kids how to protect themselves by opening his second school in West Linn.

Ostin has a lot of people who endorse his teaching, none more so than Sam Freshner, who is building a wonderful life in Portland after being injured as an international police trainer in Iraq. by: VERN UYETAKE - Master Frenel Ostin displays his black belt form right in front of his new One Taekwondo Academy in West Linn.

“Before this, my daughter and I had never been able to belong to anything together,” Freshner said. “It’s wonderful.”

Freshner has been able to easily combine his love for taekwondo with his profession as an instructor for the Sabin Schellenberg Law Enforcement Program for the Clackamas County School District.

He is one of the five-student contingent that Ostin will be sending to the Taekwondo Nationals on July 4-9 in Chicago. The other four students are aged 6, 11, 12 and 18. Freshner is 46.

“Taekwondo is not just a young person’s sport,” Freshner said. “Master Ostin tailors a program for a learner. You don’t have to be a super ninja.”

For more about the new One Taekwondo Academy in West Linn, call 503-758-0318 or go to the website one-taekwondo.com. It is located at 5656 Hood St., suite 111.



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