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What exactly is Taekwon-do?

Taekwondo is a modern Korean martial art, known for dynamic kicks, and quick footwork.
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You pile up a lot of expenses over the holidays.  Yet you can start up taekwon-do now and not pay tuition until the following month.

Here is how:

Sign up for our Directed Dollars automated withdrawal program and you will not pay tuition ($90 per month for electronic fund transfers) for the first month. In addition, our initiation fee, which provides a uniform to wear, insurance and association membership, will be $40 instead of the regular $50.

If you prefer to pay tuition by cash, check or credit card instead, you can pay $120 when you sign up and get your second month free.  The $120 will cover the first month and your application fee.

In either case, you can attend as many beginners classes as you want.  Once you have passed through the beginners program–typically a few weeks– you can participate in any and all classes appropriate for your age.  (See our schedule.)  We also will give you an one-on-one orientation class once you sign up.

Here are some of the things taekwon-do training can help you with:

Weight management – You don’t have to be in super shape to start taekwon-do.  Our classes are aerobic, but each student works out at their own pace.  After a few weeks, you should notice a difference in how your feel.  You will either be losing some unwanted pounds or shifting them from fat to muscle.

General cardiovascular fitness –  Our aerobic workouts employ virtually every muscle group.  We explain what you are doing and why, but we also keep you moving.

Quit smoking —  This may take longer than a few months, but the self-discipline you achieve through taekwon-do, along with the daily exercise, can give you what it takes to stop smoking.

Grace, agility and flexibility —  You learn how to move efficiently in taekwon-do and our training program emphasizes flexibility.

Time and stress management —  When you immerse yourself in a martial art such as taekwon-do, you begin to apply its techniques and strategies to daily life.  This leads to greater effectiveness at work or school and a means of putting things into their proper perspective.

When you sign up, you go through a series of beginner’s orientation classes—as many as you need in order to be able to work out in our regular classes.  We keep these classes small, so there is always plenty of attention paid to each student. 

In our regular adult and children’s classes, we strive to make sure all new students feel welcome and belong in our school.  And as long as you approach our training with good humor and yet serious intent, you will belong.

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Head instructor Gil Johnson started taekwon-do at age 35 and is still training more than 30 years later.

 

 

Taekwon-do: fitness for both body & brain

On a busy schedule, it’s often difficult to find time to do anything for yourself on a regular basis. Taekwon-do, however, offers a very efficient means of prolonging your physical and mental health, and you can do it your entire life. (At  Traditional Taekwon-do, we have had a student in his 70s, a fw in their 60s and many in their 50s.)

A typical hour-long taekwon-do class gives you a vigorous aerobic workout. Since strikes with both hands and feet are practiced, virtually every muscle group in the body is employed. Workouts are safe; as taekwon-do is a relatively modern martial art, the positioning for executing kicks is physiologically sound. You need not fear stressing joints or muscles.

Mental conditioning is equally important in taekwon-do. Students must memorize–and then master–patterns of movement, each one more complex than the last. Your senses become more acute and you train to become aware of your surroundings. You not only develop quick reflexes, but also learn to control your responses to stimuli, so that each reaction is the appropriate one.

Three to five taekwon-do workouts a week are enough to keep the body fit and the mind sharp. That’s as little as three hours a week, although once you get into taekwon-do, you will want to do more. And you will be able to.

Still think you don’t have enough time? Taekwon-do will help you make time. The mental conditioning you get inside class carries over into your work and everyday life and you mind becomes quicker. Because of the strenuous workout, you will get to sleep easier and sleep deeper–which means you may be able to get by on fewer hours of sleep. So in helping you live longer, taekwon-do will also help you enjoy getting there.