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Unlike many martial arts schools today, our training is conducted according to a plan that spans weeks, months, and years. We utilize the latest in fitness research to constantly improve our training methods so that students learn effective Techniques and develop the Physical Fitness to employ them if they need to.
Students learn in levels, with proficiency in lower levels required for training in higher levels. Each subsequent level builds on the one below it. The overall goal at every level is to further develop each student in Nine Key Areas:
- Self Discipline
- Situational Awareness
Tae Kwon Do is perfect for Kids…
We accept children as young as 5 years old into our program, and they see incredible benefits. Here are some of the important ways in which kids benefit with us:
Improve Discipline, Focus, and Concentration
Martial arts focus on mastering the movement of the body through technique and fitness drills. Kids are taught to place their attention on the task at hand, minimizing outside distractions. Not only will this help with their martial arts, but it will directly translate into the rest of their lives in the form of better ability to concentrate on school work and academics, more discipline in their home life, and a greater focus on their own development.
Develop Grace, Balance, and Physical Fitness
Growing up is hard! Our program will help kids adapt to their growing bodies through fitness drills designed to improve balance, strength, speed, and neuro-muscular awareness. This is as important for the budding athlete as it is for a future Nobel Laureate as it helps them become acquainted with good health and fitness early on. Studies show that kids who are taught to make good health choices early in life, have longer and healthier lives as adults.
Increase Confidence, Patience, and Awareness
The mental and emotional aspects of martial arts are as important as the physical. Through practice in the gym and at home, kids learn to be confident in themselves and their abilities, but realistic in assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Since the study of martial arts is a marathon, not a sprint, it instills greater patience in every student, which will directly translate into their lives as a whole. Along with confidence and patience, students also develop better awareness of their body, their own mind, their surroundings, and the actions/attitudes of others around them. This combination of factors teaches kids to react well, and with forethought, to challenging situations.
Learn Practical Self Defense
We train so that we do not have to fight. The mental and physical strengths we teach our students are geared towards avoiding violent conflict whenever possible, to reduce the risk of injury and other negative outcomes. But martial arts were founded in a spirit of self-defense, which we also teach. Through practical training and conditioning we provide effective methods to protect one’s self from attack. The kids’ program lays the ground-work for more advanced self-defense as they get older and as the potential necessity for the techniques increases. Not only technique practice, we also teach the Why and When of using them, steering our students towards responsible use of their skills.
Tae Kwon Do is Great for Adults, too!
Adults have the same need for Discipline, Focus, Concentration, Grace, Balance, Physical Fitness, Confidence, Patience, and Awareness as kids. Our program is designed to be scaled up or down based on any age, fitness level, or amount of experience.
In some drills, kids and adults will work side-by-side, which can be a great benefit to everyone. In others, the groups will work separately so that size, power, and speed similarities allow everyone to practice effectively. The curriculum of Practical Self Defense is expanded for our adult students, covering more techniques and theory than with the kids.
The mature example set by the adults – being attentive to the drill, focusing on their work, and not slacking – shows the kids the good qualities we want them to emulate and master.
At the same time, the example set by the kids – experiencing the novelty of new learning, shaking off failures to try-try-again, and generally enjoying the art – can help the adults escape rigid mindsets which make it difficult to learn and grow.
We foster a cooperative environment for every student, so that everyone sees the most benefit possible.