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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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Kristin and Noah Bassett

 Blue belt and yellow belt

basset1For years I thought I’d try a martial art, as one imagines, right? But it was never taekwon-do because that seemed too hard with all the jumping. I went for it anyway because my son wanted to and, (This is deep.) it looked really cool.

Turns out it’s hard. But the instruction, atmosphere, and students here are great–nice, smart, positive attitudes, beautiful taekwon-do. People are so helpful and gracious they make it an easy place to be a beginner, but not as easy as it was for Keanu when he turned his head and said, “I know kung fu.” But really, what fun is that?

I think my point was going to be that this is  totally doable and fun.

After just a few months I’m calmer and stronger than I could have  imagined. It’s also nice to watch my son having fun and learning resilience and persistence so early in life. And there is some intangible thing about taekwon-do that I can’t explain. I want to say I’m just happier, but even that doesn’t quite cover it.

Everything in “about this business” is right on, and check out the board breaking video on the website, because it looks really cool.

 

The O’Loughlin Family

Three black belts, one brown belt, one purple belt

o'loughlins “We have seen so many changes in all of the kids it is an amazing thing to watch. It is also nice to have friendships with kids all over the city that have their sport in common but all different backgrounds. Whenever they have problems at school I tell them how nice it is to have their taekwon-do friends as well to get away from some of those growing up pains and just be themselves around kids who accept them for themselves.”

“In our family, Jessica was the first to start taekwon-do.  It was a choice between gymnastics and a martial art. She was painfully shy. We thought she would gain self confidence and be really talented because of her athletic ability. After starting she obviously has gained in confidence, she also had some anger issues and the control she learned helped with that as well. She learned to let it out in a different way. She is so strong now for one so little. We think it will help her all through life and it has given her goals that she has set for herself and followed through on.I think the changes in her have been physical, mental, and emotional.

“We started the other kids for different reasons. Emily played basketball and softball we thought the taekwon-do would help her in those sports and give her conditioning all year around. She also tends to be lazy so it was something to get her moving. Also to help with her coordination. She tends to have issues with being in front of a crowd and speaking or performing. Having to do promotion tests and tournaments is helping her be more comfortable in those situations.

“Zoe we brought in just to have her try a sport. We know she is the least athletic of our family.Also she had such bad eye sight as a little girl it was making her gross motor skills suffer. We didn’t know until 1 grade. That is why she doesn’t pick up her feet much she has almost no depth perception She never has run good or picked up her feet well and we are trying to get her to realize she can. She also needs to be just a little tougher and stand up for herself. She is so soft we think the life skills from doing taekwon-do will help her later in life. She is getting in better shape as well.

Last but not least is Simon. For him it is learning to listen to someone else take directions and expend his energy. He is as athletically endowed as Jessica if not more. It is harnessing all of that into a sport. I am sure he will be a 3 or 4 sport kid as he gets older but we think that doing the taekwon-do will help him with flexibility and focus and following through with his sport. Also to support other people and a team.

” We have seen so many changes in all of the kids it is an amazing thing to watch. It is also nice to have friendships with kids all over the city that have their sport in common but all different backgrounds. Whenever they have problems at school I tell them how nice it is to have their taekwon-do friends as well to get away from some of those growing up pains and just be themselves around kids who accept them for themselves.

“As for myself I always wanted to try a martial art since I was younger. I just never found the time. Well after watching Jessica for almost two years it was time. I started for the work out. I hadn’t done anything  on a regular basis since I had all the kids. I had just healed from some major surgery and was thinking about starting and another mom had decided to start. So we did it together. I feel that the rewards are that I am in better shape than I have been since before I had children. Also I feel better and I miss it if I can’t work out.

“I love the atmosphere at our do-jang. Every one is helpful and supportive of everyone. I feel more relaxed and more level when I work out on a constant basis. Doing taekwon-do makes me feel more rounded as a person. I feel more grounded and balanced in life. I feel that it helps me be a better mom and wife I have a release for stress and my patience is better. I feel like I take better care of myself.I just enjoy the release of a great work out and it shows in all of my life.”


Vance Perry

2nd degree black belt

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“I have a busy job with a lot going on. To be able to put all that out of my mind to concentrate on Taekwon-do is a means of stress relief better than any other I have found.

“I started taekwon-do at the age of 49 and change. My son was interested and then my wife joined, so I said more the merrier. My expectations were that we would give it a try and see what happened. What happened was that we all stayed with the classes for quite a while, with the both success and disappointment  Personally taekwon-do supplied me with all of the things I had been looking for and never found. I say this in regards to several things.

“First great exorcise. I had never been able to stick to anything up to that point. Secondly a way to measure progress, This of course is not the most important thing , but for me motivation is much higher when I have a goal to shoot for. Stress relief, I have a busy job with a lot going on. To be able to put  all that out of mind to concentrate on taekwon-do is a benefit better than any other I have found. Emotional benefits are the sense of accomplishment one can get from simply doing better at the essentials of taekwon-do as you stick with it and practice.The other big emotional benefit is the sense of community that develops with your taekwon-do peers. To me a total different type of comraderie from work or family that I would never experienced had I not found this art form. Spiritualy taekwon-do provides me with a constant base to try and be a better person. In all aspects of life you can fall back to the tenants to form your action or reaction to daily occurances at home at work and simply driving down the street. It helps with all of life in general.

“My favorite part of taekwon-do is doing the forms. For a long time, I felt I wasn’t very good at them. After getting to black belt, I learned to refine and tune them, finding subtleties that I didn’t realize were within my ability. It has made every move in every form that I have learned take on new meaning.”


Ron Milligan

2nd degree black belt

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“Taekwon-do is a way for me to help keep the weight off as I get older, and it is a way that I find is much more engaging than going to the gym or running. I find that it’s easier for me to come to class regularly because the challenges are always different and every class is unique. Also, at the end of each benchmark in Taekwon-do, I have a new valuable skills and abilities, which I don’t get with spending weeks on the elliptical trainer or running.

“I started taking Taekwon-do as a way to reward myself with something that I’ve always wanted to do (from a very young age) but never felt like I had the time or money to spend.  I was surprised to find out how affordable the monthly tuition is, and I was surprised at the flexibility in attendance.  I always imagined that there was a rigid class schedule and that as a student I would have to make it to every class or fall behind.  I didn’t expect the independence I have in being able to come to classes when it suited me and my schedule. 

“Taekwon-do is a way for me to help keep the weight off as I get older, and it is a way that I find is much more engaging than going to the gym or running.  I find that it’s easier for me to come to class regularly because the challenges are always different and every class is unique.  Also, at the end of each benchmark in Taekwon-do, I have a new valuable skills and abilities, which I don’t get with spending weeks on the elliptical trainer or running. 

“My favorite parts of class are forms (especially when I’m learning a brand new one) and kicking (especially when they’re jumping kicks). 
Initially I found sparring intimidating, but I’m coming around to that part of the class.  I’m also taking a liking to board breaking, and I’m looking forward to being able to break 2 boards. 

“The most rewarding to me is the sense of accomplishment that I receive from progressing in mastery of a complex and multi-faceted art.”


Irina Alonso

2nd degree black belt

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“I’ve been at Traditional Taekwon-do for over five years and I got to say it’s great. Mr.Johnson is a cool instructor and he’s funny. He’s a really good teacher, as well as a mentor. You learn a lot, and you actually apply what you learn, through demonstrations and sparring. I’m a teenager, so for me having a sport that allows me to be myself and learn is cool. It’s a great place to grow, you not only develop your skills, but you also grow as a person and the lessons that you learn can be applied to everyday life. Honestly, you feel as though you have a second family there.”


Rockne and Morgan Helms

Purple belts

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“After 2 years of taking Taekwon-do here with my son I can easily say there isn’t enough space to adequately talk about the benefits we’ve both gotten. It’s been more than a great bonding experience, and more than physical exercise and more than acquiring valuable defensive skills. It transcends all of those and all I could write about it. For my son it’s been building confidence without arrogance and having a purpose behind his effort that stimulates his growth. It’s being surrounded by a diverse group of people that work together to achieve something within themselves that reaches beyond themselves. It’s been fun and rewarding and hopefully it’s just begun. I’d certainly like to see my son make this an integral part of his life because it certainly become so in mine.” — Rockne Helms