Korean Karate in Sun Valley

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Sawtooth Martial Arts was established in 1996 and is a nationally certified school under the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.

Oliver Whitcomb (owner/chief instructor) has trained consistently in the art of Soo Bahk Do since 1979. He is a nationally certified master level instructor and has:

  • Trained extensively in Korea from 1986-1992
  • Run schools in Hawaii (1989 – 1992) and Seattle (1993 – 1995)
  • Taught full time in the Wood River Valley since 1996
  • Has a BA with honors from the University of Washington in Korean Studies

He has had a deep involvement within the community in various capacities:

  • Teaching modified martial arts to children and adults with cognitive disabilities through Higher Ground Sun Valley since 2003
  • Developed Integrated Breathing & Movement (IBAM) which is a therapeutic form of martial arts that has been beneficial for injured veterans and others as a way of optimizing health and performance
  • Worked in many school systems teaching introductory martial arts classes as a tool for bringing discipline, focus and exercise into the class room, as well as promoting conflict resolution

Sawtooth Martial Arts provides classes throughout the year for all ages and abilities at The Gateway (Hailey) and Zenergy (Ketchum).  Benefits from training include:

  • Flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength
  • Discipline and respect
  • Concentration
  • Conflict resolution and improved human relations
  • Practical self defense

Soo Bahk Do teaches the science behind proper breath and movement.  It is predominantly a stand up (striking) art form that employs a wide range of techniques including:

  • Proper stretching
  • Proper conditioning
  • Proper use of hip
  • Proper breathing 
  • Hard/Soft techniques
  • Linear/Circular movements
  • Long/Close quarters combat

Soo Bahk Do is a complete martial art that promotes longevity.  It is the one thing you do in your life that will make everything else better!