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We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems

Founded by Dr. Clifford Thomas in 1980, the Ramblers organization reflects the diversity of the community, including persons with various developmental and physical disabilities. All ages are represented in the organization, from children as young as three to senior citizens.


To develop confident, successful leaders by promoting personal safety and security, as well as to build high moral standards that reflect acceptance and respect for all cultures.


--Stalking Prevention

--Bullying Prevention

--Street Smarts and Self-Defense for Seniors, Children, and Adults

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 Very Good
Recommended by 4 of 5 users
Instruction Quality: Very Good
Other Aspects: Very Good

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We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems location Map
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710
United States
Phone: 202-251-1030

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems:

  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Self-Defense and Bullying Prevention
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention
  • Elder Abuse Prevention

Programs & Class Schedule

We Lead by Example, Inc., is a registered 501(c) and a 501(c)3.
--Copy the following URL to view Dr. Clifford Thomas and some of his students in a 2018 episode of The Veronica Harris Show:
--Copy the following URL to view a 2016 video tribute to Dr. Clifford Thomas and his contributions to the community from U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD):
--Go to to view a 2016 ABC News video naming him as Coach of the Week.
--Go to to view a 2012 ABC News video segment about his bullying prevention program.
--See program information and upcoming events, as well as news and photos/slideshows on the webpages at

--Our organization promotes successful and meaningful futures for children, youth, and adults through the teaching of both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts and practical methods of self-defense.
--We strive to inculcate moral strength and integrity through the cultivation of leadership skills, including the development of a positive sense of self-worth and confidence to face life’s challenges.
--We promote a strong academic foundation and work ethic, which assist with the development of career goals.
--We advocate a sense of personal, family, and social responsibility with a respect for all cultures.

No contract is required. Payment each new session for 8-week sessions offered year-round through the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. (Children/Adults - Beginner and Intermediate)
Thursday: 6:30 p.m. (Children/Adults - Advanced)
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. (Children - New Students)
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. (Children - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. (Adults - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)


Recent Awards

 U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer commemorative video honoring Dr. Thomas for over 35 years of service to the community
 Maryland House of Delegates official citations presented to We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems and to Dr. Thomas for outstanding service to the community
 Congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama marking grandmaster status (traditional)
 Citation from State of Maryland (Governor Hogan, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford, and Secretary of State Wobensmith) for high integrity and ability and for outstanding services to the citizens of Maryland
 Proclamation from the Town Council of Bladensburg marking his grandmaster status and his many years of laudable contributions to the community
 Town of Bladensburg proclamation marking grandmaster status (traditional), 50 years continuous practice of martial arts, and over 40 years committed to teaching and working in the community
 World Tukkong Association Certificate of Authority from Professor Bruce Goodwin to practice tukkong moosool as part of the instructional program for Tae Kwon Do Ramblers students
 Distinguished African American award from the Town of Bladensburg
 State of Maryland citation (Governor O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Brown, and Secretary of State McDonough) for outstanding community work in providing education about bullying through his nonprofit, We Lead By Example, Inc.
 Certificates of special recognition for work in bullying prevention from U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara Mikulski
 Named one of the top 125 leaders in Prince George’s County, Maryland by Prince George’s Suite Magazine; certificate of appreciation from the Prince George’s County Education Coalition
 Recognition of achievement in education from Senate of Maryland (Senator Victor R. Ramirez, Prince George’s County)
 Citation from State of Maryland for community work and for creating and teaching a bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp
 Certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of stalking victims and certificate of achievement in education from Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence
 Member of the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect board
 Member of the Prince George’s County Education Coalition created under the auspices of Maryland Senator Joanne C. Benson
 Certificate of appreciation from St. Mary’s County Department of Aging in recognition of his community service
 Member of Maryland Bar Association’s safety board

Recent Media

 “Rally against bullying engages community support” (The Enquirer-Gazette and Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 “Capture the moment” (The Washington Informer newspaper)
 Dr. Clifford Thomas and Rambler Students featured on the Veronica Harris Show, DCTV
 "Martial Arts Grand Master offers free senior safety, self-defense symposium" (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 Dr. Thomas interviewed, Prince George's Community Television (September 14)
 Ramblers' Third Annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month (Renee Green Productions video)
 Dr. Thomas interviewed, Prince George's Community Television (September 27)
 Featured on ABC's (WJLA-7) Robert Burton's July 20 Coach of the Week
 “Bladensburg martial arts school commends elected and law enforcement officials” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 “Free health care and public service festival helps PG community” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 “National Bullying Prevention Month Walk and Rally” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 Online article “We Lead By Example” on Schools Taking Action page (PACER National Bullying Prevention Center website)
 “Teaching seniors to fight back” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 “Native Washingtonian sponsors ‘Protecting the Young and Innocent: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Workshop’ ” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 Prince George’s County Television news interviews about bullying prevention and about child sexual abuse
 “Bladensburg anti-bullying workshop focuses on leadership” (Andrews Gazette newspaper)
 Prince George’s County Television news interview about bullying prevention
 “Landover seminar to teach seniors self-defense” (Prince George’s Gazette newspaper)
 Named one of the top 125 Prince George’s County community leaders in “Who’s Who” edition (Prince George’s Suite Magazine)
 Radio interviews on Lette’s Chat: Real Talk with Real People, The Marketing Pulpit, and on The Brighter Future Anti-Bullying Foundation Radio Show about safety and self-defense programs
 Bullying Prevention and Self-Defense Summer Camp featured on ABC's (WJLA-7) segment of Leon Harris’ Harris’ Heroes
 Prince George’s County Television news interviews about bullying prevention and about stalking and domestic violence prevention
 “Seniors gain skills, confidence to stand against bullying” (Prince George’s Gazette newspaper)
 “Exploration resumes with new Fall season” (Greenbelt News Review newspaper)
 “Explorations Unlimited: Ask the Expert” instructional video for seniors (City of Greenbelt)
 “Explorations visits senior self defense” (Greenbelt News Review newspaper)

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