About Us

About Us

About Our School

Welcome to our United States Taekwondo website. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your family. We are standing by to assist you on enrolling into a program that is the perfect fit! United States Taekwondo is located in beautiful Buda, Texas, just minutes from Austin. United States Taekwondo offers pre-school karate kid classes, elementary aged karate kid programs, family martial art classes, and teen and adult martial arts classes. United States Taekwondo founder Master James Lockett opened United States Taekwondo in Buda, Texas in 2017 after returning to the United States following a decade teaching in Korea. As a 7th Degree Black Belt, Master Lockett has worked with students from all over the world, from complete beginners to world class athletes. Master Lockett is a former classroom teacher and holds a master’s degree in education. At United States Taekwondo, it is our mission to build confident people through martial arts. Thank you for visiting the USTKD website and we hope to see you soon!

Instructor/Owner Master James Lockett

James Lockett

Martial artists throw the title “master” around a lot but United States Taekwondo has a real master instructor. USTKD is the only martial arts school in the Buda area whose Master Instructor also has a Masters Degree in Education. James Lockett brings the rare combination of 10-years of teaching in the school system with 20-years of teaching taekwondo.

Why Choose United States Taekwondo?

Gain Self-Descipline

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses. Students learn to master their emotions so that they can apply themselves to whatever goal they seek to achieve. Students develop discipline on the mat by learning to give full effort even when they are tired, and continuing to work on a technique even when it is difficult. The development of self-discipline also improves the students’ ability to focus. This is learned by the routines in place in the Taekwondo school, such as standing at attention, looking at instructors or classmates while they are talking to you, and following directions. Students learn how to apply these lessons in all areas of their life. This allows students to accomplish tasks at school or at work, drastically improving the chance for success.

Build Self-Confidence

Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” Confidence in oneself is potentially the most important ability a person can develop. Our program is structured so that students are able to quickly experience success on short term goals. These early successes begin to build confidence so that students are able to go after higher and higher goals with enthusiasm, knowing that they need only to follow a plan in order to achieve them. Added to this is the inherent confidence one attains when they acquire the ability to protect oneself.

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  • Great instructor, keeps classes fun, relevant and challenging. I'd recommend this school and instructor to anyone.

  • Master James Lockett’s past experience teaching middle school and his professionalism really stands out. This is an A+ Taekwondo school for my nephew.

    Side note from me, a family med physician that is diagnosing and treating COVID patients: all students (and parents) are wearing a mask and well distanced during class. Temperature screens for all students before they are allowed to enter and start class. Plus there are also online classes and I like knowing that if my family gets exposed to COVID, we can continue with classes and do the right thing and stay home. This is a great example of how to safely operate during the pandemic. Kudos!

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are grateful to have you guys as a part of our martial arts family.

  • Mr. Lockett is a natural teacher. He is very good at what he does, and really, really wants everyone else to get it too. He was a guest instructor at the Mobile Arc Martial Arts Club, teaching people with developmental disabilities, and many years later we still benefit from his insight

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