Martial Arts Tae Kwon
Do Jim Gallegos
Learn self-confidence, self-discipline, mental awareness, personal fitness,
and self-defense through the ancient Korean martial art of Tae Kwon
Do. Classes focus on kicking, blocking, and punching through basic techniques,
forms, and sparring skills in a safe, controlled environment. Instruction
will include conflict-avoidance, stress and anger management, and respect
for one's self and for others. Tuition includes belts. Must be at least
six years old. For your
convenience, you now have the option to sign up for all 12 weeks at
Session 1: January 7 - February
Session 2: February 18 - March
Session 1: January 11 - February
Session 2: February 22 - March
Location: YMCA Wellness Room
Day & Time:
Ages 5 & 6: Saturdays
10:15 - 11:00 a.m
Ages 7 - 14: Tuesdays
6:20 - 7:20 p.m
Ages 15 to Adult:
Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m
Ages 5 & 6: (once per week)
$25 Annual Members
$40 3-Month & Non-Members
Ages 7 - Adult:
$50 Annual Members
$75 3-Month & Non-Members
Mr Jim Gallegos, 2nd
Degree Black Belt
Mr Jim Gallegos originally hails from the great state of Ohio, and is
a 20+ year veteran of Martial Arts. Mr. Gallegos joined the TKD team
about 3 yrs ago and has been a valuable asset. Although his primary
back ground is TKD, he has also studied Judo, and Hapkido under his
The Manchester School
of Tae Kwon Do
It is the opinion of the instructors that it is necessary to seek out
Martial Artists with more knowledge to continue training and to make
sure that the standard of testing remains high. The Waldo County YMCA
School of Tae Kwon Do is very pleased and honored to be associated with
the Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do, Master Richard Higgins, his dedicated
team of Black Belts and Students.
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do (TKD) is a Korean Martial Arts. The name is derived from
a coalition of several south Korean art forms in 1955, but represents
a way of self-defense that is approximately 2,000 years old. Translated
to “The Way of Foot and Hand”, TKD is the most widely practiced
martial art in the world. TKD is a linear style of self-defense with
emphasis on high kicking. The style of TKD practiced at the Waldo County
YMCA belongs to both the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF) the International
Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) governing bodies.
Waldo County YMCA TKD
The Waldo County YMCA School of martial arts program has been in existence
since 2002. Originally started by Mr. George Manlove (3rd Degree Black
Belt, Moo Duk Kwan TKD), the program was taken over in 2003 by Mr. Christopher
Brinn (2nd Degree Black Belt certified by the Manchester School of TKD,
Manchester, NH). With the assistance of Ms. Kachina Miller (1st Degree
Black Belt) and Mr. Jim Gallegos (2nd Degree Black Belt) the program
grew and flourished until present day. Currently, Mr. Jim Gallegos is
the Lead Instructor.
Who Can Benefit from
Persons of all ages can find some part of the TKD class structure to
improve their overall health, lower body flexibility, upper body strength
regardless of body type and gender. Children strive to focus their attention;
control their body, thoughts, actions and follow instructions. Adults
strive to develop their stamina and self-awareness. Class instruction
will emphasize the 5 Tenets of TKD: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance,
Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.
What is the Best Age
For My Child?
Many martial arts schools begin teaching children at the age of 3. However,
at this age, learning TKD concepts can be difficult. The Waldo County
YMCA recommends the child be at least 6-yrs old. Concentration and attentiveness
to instruction are major class elements, and although these traits will
improve with training, some very young children, regardless of gender,
may not be developmentally ready. It is advised to discuss your child’s
particular needs or challenges with the Instructor before beginning
Can High School Teens
Absolutely YES! Teens will be expected to act as adults, follow the
rules of the program and take responsibility for their own actions.
We encourage Teens to bring a friend and share this learning experience
to enhance their friendship.
Are Beginning Adults
Taught with Children?
The simple answer is YES. However, even though adults may be in class
with children, the children will be advanced far enough in their TKD
training to perform all the basic moves and techniques without disruption
to the overall class or the adult learning process. Adults (high school
age teens included) will initially be challenged to learn the TKD class
culture, fundamental body motion, balance and agility – all of
which the children already know.
Can Parents Participate
in class with their Child?
Yes, this currently happens today, but the child has taken and learned
the fundamentals of TKD before the parent joins the class. Once the
child has progressed far enough in his/her TKD studies the parent and
child are better able to learn together as a team. Once the child has
shown an understanding of the fundamentals, the parent may chose to
participate with the child in the Adult/Advanced class. Parent /Child
participation in this class is solely at the discretion of the Instructor.
CLASS STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
In each class, courtesy and respect are shown and demonstrated
by the Instructor and students. All participants bow to the flag(s),
kneel and relax through a brief moment of meditation, greet each other
in a martial arts fashion and then begin the exercises at the direction
of the Instructor. Class then continues in the following manner:
designed to stretch the lower portion of the torso, so as not to cause
muscle/tendon stress in the class or in our lives. This helps loosen
the lower body and strengthen and tone the upper body with twists, bends
and motion. The warm-up is designed to increase the heart rate and get
the body ready for drills.
Drills are exercises
to reinforce all of the previously learned motion, stances, hand and
leg techniques and typically take the form of Blocking, Punching and
Kicking. New techniques may be introduced and performed.
pairs students together to role-play a potential strike and counter-attack
scenario. In this phase of training, one student is assigned the role
of the attacker and one the defender and counter-attacker. The Attacker
may advance and step once, twice or three times (i.e. 1-Step, 2-Step,
or 3-Step fighting) towards his/her partner, while the other student
moves and blocks out of harms way. After a predestinated number of steps,
the defender counter-attacks with simulated strikes and kicks to the
vital parts of the attacker’s body. The “Step fighting”
techniques are choreographed, performed and perfected.
Forms is the
portion of class in which the students are taught stance, motion, direction
and technique in a multi-directional simulated attack/defend mode. This
is much like a dance, but with an expression of agility, full power,
and complete balance in a predetermined pattern of motion. Proper blocking,
kicking and striking is practiced using an invisible assailant as the
object of focus.
Free-Fighting is a “free
form” type of self-defense where students are paired with each
other and follow specific rules of light-touch punching and kicking.
Protection gear is worn, but is optional. There is no pattern of motion
and no prearranged choreography of techniques, control is emphasized.
Children will not participate at this level until the student has
demonstrated an understanding of courtesy and respect for other students
and until the Instructor approves. Children will be told NOT to demonstrate
or participate in this activity outside of the martial arts classroom.
The Instructor signals that all phases have ended,
students will return to their original place in class, flag(s) are bowed
to, meditation occurs, and the Instructor dismisses the class.
Ranking / Advancement
Each student is given a rank of achievement, which is represented in
two forms. As a child, the student will earn an “Achievement Bar”,
or a TKD color belt designation. The Achievement Bar is a small colored
stripe worn on the sleeve of the left arm. Each colored bar represents
a level of accomplishment and proficiency. Once the child has advanced
through the Achievement Bar ranks by showing control and skill, the
belt will be modified with a stripe, or a new color belt will be presented.
For each Achievement Bar, belt stripe and color belt, a test will be
given to show the student’s skill in remembering and performing
a TKD task. The test will be conducted solely at the discretion of the
Instructor and only when the student has: