The Home of 61 National Champions
Starting the school in 1983, Master Roger Carlon has made West America Tae Kwon Do an institution in Mill Valley and a legend in Tae Kwon Do competitions worldwide.
The judges nationwide have come to expect to see the famous "Carlon kicks" among the WATKD competitors.
With a success rate, measured by the number of national champions he has produced (53!) the school continues to produce winners.
Our school is well known throughout the TKD tournament scene nationwide and certainly within Mill Valley.
Known for its spellbinding demonstration during the annual Memorial Day Parade through the town of Mill Valley, the school is an integral part of the ethos and fabric of this town.
Integrity in Teaching
West America Tae Kwon Do is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind school that provides each and every student with personalized attention.
We are not interested in producing a black belt factory or a McDonald's-type franchise chain, which would jeopardize the integrity of our school.
Our school prides itself on offering an individualized instructor-student relationship, keeping the best interest of the student at heart.
The philosophy of the school is based on creating better citizens within the community who possess integrity, compassion and perseverance.
The lessons that our instructors impart in the dojang, are important "life lessons" that spillover into daily life.
West America provides a values-based education to students, who take that knowledge and go out into the world to create positive change with confidence and commitment.
Some of the benefits of Tae Kwon Do training (for students of all ages) include: creating harmony within the body, mind and spirit, learning self-defense techniques, improving situational awareness, building strength and endurance, gaining confidence, camaraderie through creating friendships with training partners, and learning to channel your energy and improving focus.
One thing that has never lacked focus is Sensei’s commitment to The Kiddo! Foundation. “I was originally asked if I wanted to sponsor a classroom or a school and I said, ‘I want to sponsor the whole thing!’” West America Tae Kwon Do has donated nearly $75,000 to Kiddo! “It makes sense to me to support my community. It’s the right thing to do. The children are the future, and we should help them grow into positive, productive, and creative citizens. Through Kiddo! the students of Mill Valley have the benefit of an incredible art program.” As a District Partner with Kiddo, West America Tae Kwon Do believes in Kiddo!'s mission in providing quality educational programs in the arts for each child in the Mill Valley School District. WATKD has been a supporter of Kiddo! for nearly 20 years!