Master Frenel Ostin
Chief Master of One Taekwondo Academy
5th Dan Black Belt
I was born and raised in a little town named Mòn Toro in the south side of Haiti. I am the youngest child out of seven. I immigrated to the U.S. in May 16, 1994, leaving behind the overheated political realm in Haiti. My dad’s decision to come to the United States was a blessing for all us in the family. Here in the U.S. I got the opportunity to learn, educate, and continue to maximize my full potential. I graduated from Portland State University with a Talent Management & Human Resource degree. I have also received my Masters in Business from George Fox University.
While I was pursuing my undergrad at Portland State University, I owned and managed a very successful Taekwondo Dojang (school). For my philanthropy works, I volunteer as President and Co-Founder of Association of Portland Haitian-American for Services and Education (APHASE) since 2005 to present. APHASE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate the richness of the Haitian culture, to contribute to the socio-economic integration of Haitian-American living in Oregon and the neighboring states, and to support any initiative or cause focusing on helping the less fortunate.
Master Niranjan Shresta
Head Master at OTA Portland School
4th Dan Black Belt
Being a student, competitor and teacher of Taekwondo for over 20 years has changed my life. I began studying Taekwondo at the age of 13, in my home country of Nepal. I earned the title of Nepal National Champion in 2000 while studying Business Management in college. My brothers Nirmal, Nabin and I have the honor of being the first three brothers to participate in the Asian Games. Nirmal and I competed in the 2002 games. Nabin competed in the 1994 games.
I first visited the Pacific Northwest in 2003 as a competitor in the International Friendship Taekwondo Championship in Portland, OR. Before settling in Oregon, I spent some time in with family in Virginia where I continued to teach and practice Taekwondo. In the spring of 2004 I chose to become a US citizen, return to Oregon and pursue a career as a Taekwondo instructor. On November 5, 2010, I became a Taekwondo Master.
I am proud of the life I have made for myself. The characteristics that define me are based on the principles I have learned through my martial arts education. My decisions continue to be guided by those principles.