Benefits of Martial Arts Training
Peace of mind
and much more
Improved Focus and Discipline
Respect for self and others
An enhanced confidence which leads to self-esteem
Coordination and Agility
Strength and Speed
Better grades in school
Origin of Word: South Korea
Ancient Definition: A form of martial arts that dates back to 37 years before the birth of Christ, using the bare hands and feet as weapons against enemies, with emphasis on kicking techniques. A forerunner of modern-day Korean Karate.
Modern-Day Definition: After 2,000 years of research, beginning with the warriors of ancient orient(Korea); passed down from father to son; from Master to Korean student; from Korean Master to American student; from American Master to American Student. All practitioners have found ways to improve and apply many benefits of becoming proficient in one of the world’s most effective forms of hand and foot fighting, and at the same time, have discovered many ways to improve one’s character, self confidence, self esteem and physical fitness.
Breaking the word into three parts:
1. TAE refers to the kicking in the vulnerable areas of an assailant;
2. KWON refers to striking with the hand into vulnerable areas of an assailant;
3. DO refers to “the way,” a method through which one can find self-confidence and “peace of mind.”
As a World Sport: Through the formation of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF), founded in 1973, World Masters have created a unique competitive sport with a surprisingly limited incidence of bodily injury. Protective body armor, such as chest protectors and groin protectors, plus strict rules, have made the World’s most powerful and effective Martial Arts into a “Modern-Day Gladiator’s Sports Spectacular Event.” One must witness a World Championship event in order to experience the impact not experienced by any other body contact sport.
Chung-Do Kids™ (Ages 4-6)
The Chung-Do Kids™ program is the official program of the USCDKA for 4-6 year old students. This program is designed so that the children are learning USCDKA curriculum that will transfer into the traditional program when they are physically, mentally and emotionally capable, have reached the age of 7, or have successfully completed the course through orange belt. Chung-Do Kids™ are registered Taekwondo students. Therefore, the program is set up to provide national certification equivalent to certification for all USCDKA students.
Hapkido is a dynamic and somewhat eclectic Korean martial art. In the Korean language, hap means “harmony”, “coordinated”, or “joining”; ki describes internal energy, spirit, strength, or power; and do means “way” or “art”. Thus, hapkido, which shares the same Chinese characters with aikido, translates literally to “joining-energy-way”, but it is most often rendered as “the way of coordinating energy” or “the way of coordinated power.”
Judo, meaning “gentle way”, is a modern Japanese martial art and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking the elbow or applying a choke.
Weapons (Green Belt and Above)
Once the student attains the rank of green belt they are permitted to begin weapons training. Weapons are taught as an extension of your body in which you learn to control the weapons just as you control your own arm. Weapons taught include: Bo Staff, Nunchaku, Kama, Sword, Escrima, and more.