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Testing to achieve the next highest level
Jim Gallegos, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do
is Tae Kwon Do?
County YMCA TKD
Can Benefit from TKD
is the Best Age For My Child?
High School Teens Participate?
Beginning Adults Taught with Children?
Parents Participate in class with their Child?
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:
Warm-ups are 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.
Step-Fighting 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.
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.
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.
/ Advancement System
All students in uniform begin at the 10th level, or rank. In the Korean system this is referred to as Gup (sometimes expressed as Kup). There are 10 student levels (Gups). Once the student has demonstrated the skills of a given level and advanced through the Achievement Bar testing process, the belt will be altered to reflect the Gup achieved rank. Gup levels will progress from 10 to 1. Only 1st Gup students may be a candidate and eligible to take their Black Belt test and only at the discretion of Instructor.
SEE YOU IN CLASS!!!
Try A Class and Have Fun
To anyone interested in Tae Kwon Do or any Martial Art, the only way for you to find out if it’s for you is to try it. This is the best way to learn about an instructor, their teaching style and method, and if the school is right for you. Martial Arts are not only practical, but are also fun. It’s a great way to maintain you fitness level or get back in shape. For kids, TKD can help with concentration in school, making new friends, and just having fun.
Please consult with a physician concerning your ability to participate in Tae Kwon Do. The physicality of some Martial Arts may not suit some people.
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