Our History

In 2004, Master Doug Paik opened his first school of 1,800 sq.ft. in the Township of Washington, NJ as an affiliate of Bai’s Tae Kwon Do Schools, under Grandmaster Won Keun Bai of Ramsey, NJ.  Within only 1 year, he was able to build a school with a unique program for children and adults, and become one of the fastest growing schools in northern NJ.  He was able to combine traditional Tae Kwon Do (“ITF” International TaeKwonDo Federation and “WTF” World TaeKwonDo Federation) with a practical and progressive mix of self-defensefitnessweapons, and kickboxing.  Most modern day martial arts schools have abandoned the use of traditional forms (kata) in their curriculum, but it has remained a core and vital part of this curriculum, which accounts for the school’s reputation and credibility of teaching high quality martial arts and training disciplined and highly technical students.   The school is also known for the high level of positive energy in every class and professional staff with the lowest student-teacher ratio and age-specific, character based programs.  Actual results prove that students, both child and adult, have achieved more and performed better in school, sports, and work through their martial arts training with Master Doug (6th Dan). 

In 2009, the school had totally outgrown the small facility and developed it’s own unique identity for itself, which led to the name change, “DP Martial Arts Academy”.  The school is now located in Westwood, NJ, at a 4,650 sq.ft state of the art facility for all types of martial arts training, self-defense and fitness.  In addition to the core Tae Kwon Do program for children and adults, we are certified experts in KRAV MAGA, the Israeli combative art of self-defense, and we are the official NJ training center for Alpha Krav Maga International, under world-renown founder Sam Sade, one of highest and most reputable Krav Maga black belts in the world who helped revolutionize Krav Maga in the U.S.  To further compliment our MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) programs, we also offer BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU (BJJ) under renown Master black belt and world-champion, Professor Luigi Mondelli and Prof. Julio Rodriguez.  Other programs include fitness KickboxingHaidong Gumdo (Korean Swordmanship), Certified Personal Training, and more.   We strive to provide our students with the best facilities, instructors, curriculum, and training environment because…