of Practicing TaeKwonDo
is an excellent workout. In every class, you will punch
with both arms, kick with both feet, and bounce on your
toes as you practice sparring moves. The positive effect
on your physical health will be seen right away.
After practicing TaeKwonDo for just a few weeks,
many people feel calmer and better able to handle matters
in their lives with greater clarity and focus.
In Master Kim's dojang,
there is also a sense of belonging; our students of all
ages care for each other as friends.
For those who enjoy competition, there are many local
tournaments that provide the opportunity for all belt
levels to test their prowess against other athletes and
schools. There are also tournaments
in many states across the country.
of all ages will experience:
muscle tone and appearance
strength and stamina
Improved agility and reflexes
Improved concentration and self-esteem
The ability to achieve goals
for other class members
school has a great group of students and a friendly environment;
we use encouragement and coaching rather than "drill sergeant"
Tournament competition is
optional. Come observe a class and see for yourself!
Children can start classes as early as 4
or 5 years old. In terms of physical fitness, coordination
is developed as TaeKwonDo helps strenghten both sides
of the body as the child learns to kick with both legs and
block/punch with both arms. Class workouts start with warm-up
runs around the dojang and
stretching, followed by physical training to improve techniques.
Concentration and focus is improved by studying TaeKwonDo
forms, defined sets of body movements.
Local tournaments are an opportunity
to meet others in the TaeKwonDo community. Although students
are not required to participate, many of Master Kim's students
attend these tournaments to cheer for those who compete
in forms, sparring, and breaking events. Our dojang
is unique in the level of friendship and belonging that
develops among our students. Children also benefit from
being with others who value education and live by our class
Master Kim's Class Morals
1. Obey and respect your parents.
2. Do your homework.
4. Do your best.
5. Practice Self-control.
Many parents worry that their children may become more
aggressive if they study a martial art. Our parents have
found the opposite result.
parent of two boys who have taken TaeKwonDo with Master
Kim for 4 years says, "I can honestly say that my
sons are not aggressive. They began with Master Kim
at the ages of 10 and 11; while they enjoy TaeKwonDo
very much, they have never 'shown off' at school or
used their knowledge to hurt another. I am certain
that they would never use their skill except as needed
Self-defense is another excellent reason for children
to learn TaeKwonDo. There are many girls at our school,
and in addition to getting good exercise, they are learning
techniques that can help keep them safe, which of course
applies to the boys as well.
Promotion through the belt levels gives each student
a sense of accomplishment. As they achieve new goals,
they learn that perseverance and dedication pays off.
And as students progress in belt levels, they are given
the opportunity to lead the class in warm-up exercises
and stretching. Ultimately, they can become assistant
instructors for forms and training, another way in which
TaeKwonDo helps to increase confidence, self-assurance,
child with a sense of pride in his or her abilities,
self-respect, and self-esteem earned through the discipline
of TaeKwonDo is a child who is fully prepared to get
the most out of life.