Team training

The Team training program  is a separate Taekwondo program with the main focus being competition. Our athletes are successful against all the odds of living in the middle of the Pacific. They are competing and winning against athletes who are able to attend more tournaments in a month than our kids can in a year.


Over the past 23 years the Kiffmann Dojang has been the most successful Maui school in officially recognized national or international martial arts competition of any kind. The school has produced over a hundred U.S. National and many international Taekwondo Medalists.


  • Becoming a Kukkiwon certified Black Belt
  • Qualifying for Nationals by placing top 3 in black belt world class division at States
  • Placing top 3 in black belt world class division  at USAT Nationals
  • Gaining Ranking points in international WTF- Qualification events
  • Winning Team Trials

The path to becoming an Olympic/ World Taekwondo Champion is long and very, very, very competitive. Once competing in the black belt divisions most athletes that were used to winning tournaments as a color belt will realize that medaling every time they compete is a thing of the past and will quit if their only goal was to get a medal. Let’s not forget, in reality there is only a black belt national champion.

Performance over Results

There are schools that strategically place their students in divisions with the fewest opponents. They will let red belts or even Black belts compete in green belt divisions just to get that medal. This is commonly referred to as “sandbagging”. As a result most of the sandbagging schools never produce quality athletes but instead their players quit before ever competing as a black belt.  Our goal is to develop grass roots color belts into competitive black belts, that are able to take on the best taekwondo players in the world. This cannot be accomplished by handing them easy draws. Taekwondo competition is not entirely objective, because of the judging criteria involved. As such, it is important not to attach oneself to the outcome of a match or the final results of a tournament. We have all seen champions lose their first fight to unknowns or unknowns beating champions but losing on the scoreboard because of bias or other factors. The point is that if you lose a match on the scoreboard but YOU know you performed well or even better than your opponent YOU, your parents, your coach and all your friends should be proud of you.

Embrace your training in taekwondo as training for life. Nobody has ever achieved anything of value without failing many times. 

The Olympic Dream Starts Here