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About First Taekwondo in Chandler

Welcome to First Taekwondo, nestled in the vibrant heart of Chandler, Arizona—a place where the timeless heritage of Taekwondo and the pursuit of excellence converge. Our dedicated instructors guide you through a transformative journey of physical, mental, and spiritual growth, empowering you to surpass your goals and tap into your inner strength. In our supportive community, every kick, every punch, and every stance is a step towards personal greatness, uniting discipline and tradition in your quest to become the best version of yourself. Join us at our martial arts studio and embrace the journey of self-discovery and continuous improvement with First Taekwondo.



First Taekwondo – Simply the Best

Begin a journey with First Taekwondo, where our world-class martial arts instructors are your partners on a transformative path of growth and excellence. At First Taekwondo, we pride ourselves in being rich in the heritage of taekwondo. We teach modern taekwondo and are proud of the life champions our experienced masters help cerate. Get started on your taekwondo journey in a community that celebrates each milestone towards your personal best.


Our Instructors

Our instructors are more than teachers—they are mentors who provide world-class guidance and support in your martial arts journey. With a wealth of experience and a passion for Taekwondo, they inspire, challenge, and empower their students to achieve new heights of excellence. They’re not just part of our community; they’re the heart of our martial arts family, dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential.


Grand Master Rubben Lolly

Grand Master Rubben Lolly stands as a beacon of excellence in the martial arts community, serving as the esteemed owner and Headmaster Instructor of First Taekwondo in Arizona. With unwavering dedication, he extends the transformative benefits of martial arts training to individuals of all ages, fostering a sense of empowerment and discipline within Kid Adults and Families alike.

For over 45 years, Grand Master Lolly has immersed himself in the art of Taekwondo, exemplifying unparalleled expertise as an 8th degree Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt. Revered among Taekwondo Masters and coaches worldwide, he holds the distinguished title of level 1 International Master and Poom-Dan Examiner, bestowed by the esteemed World Tae Kwon Do academy in Kukkiwon, Korea. Furthermore, his prowess extends to the arena as a World Taekwondo (WT) International Referee (IR) in both poomsae and sparring, showcasing his profound understanding of the sport’s intricacies.

With a teaching tenure spanning over 38 years, Grand Master Lolly has been a guiding force in the Arizona Taekwondo community since 2001. His passion for nurturing the potential of his students knows no bounds, as he instills a sense of confidence and excellence in both mind and body at every level of Taekwondo practice. From budding practitioners to national and international champions, Grand Master Lolly has coached countless individuals to reach their fullest potential.

A consummate practitioner of both Traditional and Sports Taekwondo, Grand Master Lolly’s expertise is matched only by his unwavering commitment to fostering growth and success in others. His teaching philosophy revolves around the principles of continuous improvement, celebration of achievements, and the cultivation of empathy among students and peers alike. In every interaction, Grand Master Rubben Lolly epitomizes the essence of martial arts, inspiring all who cross his path to strive for excellence and embody the spirit of Taekwondo.


Master Aaron Lolly

Master Aaron Lolli has been practicing Tae Kwon Do since he was 9 years old and is currently a 6th degree Black Belt. Master Aaron has been a master instructor since First Taekwondo’s inception. From our Little Warriors to our Adult classes, Master Aaron’s gentle nature and joyous personality brings a positive experience to all our students. He has over 35 years of teaching experience and taekwondo knowledge encouraging today’s youth to achieve their goals through Taekwondo. He is also a coach of our competition teams. He was a four-time National team member for Ghana, a two-time Korean Cup gold medalist and a two-time assistant captain for the All-African Games. He was the Head Coach for the Accra Poly-tech College team which went on to medal at the All-African Games. Master Aaron brings his vast competitive experiences to the Arizona State Taekeondo team as a coach and mentor.


Master Dr. Mara Baier

Master Dr. Mara Baier is a 6th degree black belt and has been doing taekwondo for over 25 years. She has been a Master at First Taekwondo since its inception and heads up the operations of First Taekwondo. She joins our instructor and coaching teams with years of competitions experience and is also an International Referee. In 2023 she placed gold at the US Open in team poomsae. In 2009 she placed gold in both poomsae and sparring. She placed silver in sparring at the USA Nationals proving longevity in competition. Emphasizing safety and safe play, Dr. Baier believes in empowering children and adults through Taekwondo and creating a safe nurturing family-oriented taekwondo community.

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Master Christine Hislop

Master Christine has almost 20 years of participation in Taekwondo.  She has been at First Taekwondo since 2018, and love this studio for the way the school backs every student’s individual goal, while encouraging all students to reach their potential. Her focus is on forms(poomsae) because of the strength, balance, and precision required to perform them correctly.  She has represented the United States as part of the National Team in Poomsae and has competed in over 50 tournaments.

“First TKD had an incredible impact on my kids. They had a chance to be trained and guided by powerful masters who not only set an example on the mat, but who are also role models off the mat. The sport has given my kids self confidence, self control. Responsibility, sportsmanship, leadership, and the ability to accept critique and feedback from the masters, as well as team members. These are skills that are highly sought after in the workplace and in their everyday lives. I watch as my kids grow with these skills and find comfort in knowing that they will be integral members of their community as well as independent individuals with no fear of self efficacy and tremendous grit. Thank you First TKD!”

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