LIMA TAEKWONDO ACADEMY
Over the past sixteen years, Lima Taekwondo and Martial Arts Academy (Culver
City and Torrance locations) has established itself as one of the premiere martial arts
studios in the state of California providing high quality instruction and attracting a large
number of students from all over the great Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and the
South Bay area. It is a tradition of excellence that has kept students coming back to
study and experience the enthusiasm inside the classes.
Lima Academy has a flexible schedule of classes and at least three instructors
per group to assist the student. The Academy offer “round the clock” instruction since
is open seven days a week. Private, one on one coaching is accessible at any time,
even weekends. Besides learning discipline and self-defense, students find themselves
making new friends and having fun besides getting in shape. In Taekwondo there are
classes for all ages (starting at 3 years old) and in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there are adults
program only. Master John Machado is responsible for the BJJ course.
Both locations are equally well situated in first-class spots providing easy access
and good environment for their members. The Culver City location is a 3.500 s/f facility
across the street from the Westfield Mall, the premises is surrounded by three parking
lots. The Torrance location is a stunning 8.000 s/f facility (one of the biggest in the
State) the building is next door to a number of well-known restaurants. Besides Martial
Arts the Torrance location also has a Full Gym with modern exercise room equipment
and private training available.
The Academy originally was founded in middle 90s by Grandmaster Andre Lima
and today it’s commanded for by its (CEO) Master Christianny Lima.
There are three age groups of instruction, LITTLE NINJAS (ages 3-5), JUNIORS
(ages 6-12) and PRE-TEENS & TEENS classes (ages 10-14). Each class is subdivided
into smaller groups according to belt color, or level (beginner, intermediate and
advanced) so each group gets instruction tailored to their specific needs. With a
multicultural and fairly even mix of boys and girls at all levels, any child find easy to fit
right in. By studying Martial Arts children learn not only self defense skills and discipline,
but mental training as well, skills they will need to be successful at school and in life.
Lima Academy instructors request students to bring in a report card before belt tests to
check if they are making satisfactory progress in school.
If you decide you do want to compete, you will be joining “Competition Classes” and the
training will become a lot more demanding than regular classes. Competing is one way
to evaluate your developing skills as a martial artist, by facing an opponent of similar
ability, age and weight. It is also good motivation to improve your skills. Meeting up
with another competitor in front of a large crowd of spectators is not only a great thrill,
it gives you the opportunity to push the boundaries of your potential. And competition
is an unforgettable experience. It’s like summing up your whole life as a martial artist in
those few minutes in the ring. When you win, your pride and confidence increase. When
you lose, you learn how to analyze your strengths and weakness, so that you’ll do better
the next time. Competition isn’t really about winning or losing, it’s about pushing your
limits, about learning and striving to become better. If you do this, then you’re already
a success. Lima Academy competition teams have collected several hundreds of gold
medals in Local and State competitions since the middle 90s in Sparring and Forms.
Our Junior, Adult and Senior teams represented the state of California numerous times
in the Junior Olympics, US National Competitions, and the US Team Trials and also
internationally at the US Open.
GRANDMASTER ANDRE LIMA
Grandmaster Andre Lima is the “founder” of Lima Academy. He’s officially certified by
the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as a 7th Degree Black Belt and one of few
worldwide to obtain the internationally recognized diploma of the Kukkiwon. He began
studying Taekwondo in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, 30 years ago when his father signed
him up for lessons as a present for his birthday. Young Andre began studying and
competing under the guidance of Masters Soo Myung Choi and Carlos Eduardo Loddo.
Eventually Master Loddo, became his mentor.
At 17, his family moved to the Oceanside resort city of Fortaleza, in the north of Brazil.
Because there were no Taekwondo schools in the city, he decided to start the first
Lima Taekwondo Academy in middle 80s. Today he is recognized by the Brazilian
Federation as a pioneer of this art in the north of the country. Currently, there are
several Taekwondo schools in and around Fortaleza and some of those schools are
actually owned by his former students, including former Brazilian national champions.
During his time in Fortaleza, he attended medical school for a year before deciding that
he’d rather focus on a career as a martial artist.
At 22 he left Brazil, moved to Europe and started to fight in the International
Tournament circuit. He competed all over Europe winning numerous medals and
expanding his experience and knowledge. During those years he began to be featured
in a variety of internationally renowned Martial Arts magazines from: England, Germany,
Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy. In most of his two years stay in Europe he lived
in France where he worked for French Grandmaster Edouard Branco, teaching
Taekwondo in his two schools in Paris. Besides Martial Arts he devoted some of
his time in France studying and enhancing his skills of speaking four languages:
Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
In addition to his expertise in Taekwondo, Grandmaster Lima is also an avid participant
and former competitor in other martial arts, holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,
style that he began training in Brazil under Grandmaster Francisco Sa in 1986 and
got his black belt from Master Rigan Machado in Los Angeles. Grandmaster Lima
as well holds a black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate. Although he officially retired
from formal competition in 1993, Grandmaster Lima competed few times pitting his
skill and experience against players in the younger division, just for fun of it. In early
90s, he participated in a few Point Fight Karate tournaments in New York City and
in 2001 Grandmaster Lima took 2nd place at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American
Championships in Florida.
In the course of the past three decades Grandmaster Lima has put his knowledge
and skills to good use as a fight choreographer and actor in Hollywood movies as
well as a writer of best selling Martial Arts books. He was featured on the cover of the
top Fighting magazines in the US, Europe, South America and Australia, made TV
appearances, competed, taught and studied Martial Arts in 30 countries, including
Korea, the birthplace of Taekwondo. His vast work is internationally recognized by the
Martial Arts community in newspapers, movies, the Internet and etc…
MASTER CHRISTIANNY LIMA
Master Christianny Paiva Lima is the “CEO” of Lima Academy; she is a 5th degree
black belt by the World Taekwondo Federation (Kukkiwon). Master Christianny Lima
first heard of Taekwondo in 1988 while on a three-month vacation in Italy visiting family
members. Having been absolutely fascinated by all the spinning kicks, when she got
back to her home in Brazil, she immediately found a local Taekwondo school and
signed up. She studied with two Brazilian Masters: Adalberto Benevides and Halder
Gomes and by the time she was 15 Taekwondo had became a strong influence on her
Before starting Taekwondo, “Master Chris,” as she is called, had studied
ballet for nine years. Her initial progress was fast, aided by the strength, flexibility, and
agility she had developed as a dancer. Although Master Chris had enjoyed ballet, the
more she studied Taekwondo, the more she grew to love this Korean martial art, for
several different reasons. First, she felt that there was something exotic, to some extent
special about Taekwondo. Ballet is a beautiful, graceful art that tends to be somewhat
aesthetically motivated. Taekwondo, however, blends grace and artistry with the
more practical application of self-defense, which made it much more appealing to her.
Second, she loved the idea of the belt system of advancement. To her it meant concrete
goals and challenges to be met and conquered. Lastly, competition in Taekwondo
would allow her to compete in an individual sport where her success depended only on
her and how well she had prepared for the challenge.
After completing her first year of study, Master Chris decided to begin competing. At
that time she was the only female at her school competition team, her training partners
were the boys, and they made it very clear to her that they would not be losing to “a girl”
any time soon. Because of that, training was practically demanding, but she never let
someone else stop her from achieving her goals as a teen, Master Chris met the boys’
challenge head-on and trained even harder, determined to succeed. And succeed she
did. Though her training was not easy, she worked so hard that by the time she was
actually competing, winning came easily for her. She found that she was having fun and
taking home a lot of medals, too!
Her successes were not limited to the competition ring, however. In 1994, Master Chris
took part in a rigorous national test in order to become a Federal Agent for the Brazilian
Police. She passed the test, but by then she had already met her future husband,
Master Andre Lima, and she decided to move to Los Angeles to marry him in 1995.
Soon after, they opened LIMA TKD ACADEMY. Besides her life in Taekwondo, Master
Chris enjoys two rather interesting hobbies: scuba diving; and handgun shooting, which
she learned from her father, an avid gun collector.
In addition to her 5th Dan in Taekwondo, Master Chris also holds a purple belt in
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Currently Master Chris dedicates her time administrating both studios
and caring for her teenage daughter, also a 3rd Degree Black Belt, Aycka Lima
LIMA TAEKWONDO ACADEMY (Culver City)
5903 Sepulveda Blvd. (Suite A)
Culver City, CA 90230
Tel: (310) 391 4950
LIMA TAEKWONDO ACADEMY (Torrance)
23377 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Tel: (310) 375 0777