Tae Kwon Do

Ages 8 to Adult

Class meets 3 times weekly:
Tuesday, Thursday, from 6-7 PM and Saturday from 9-10 AM

Tae Kwon Do is one of two Asian martial arts that is recognized as an Olympic sport and is the most widely practiced martial art in the United States. This dynamic art is known for its powerful and spectacular kicks as well as its devastating efficiency.

A student will develop physically and morally. This class is guided by 5 tenets that the student is expected to bring into his or her daily life. These tenets, or Jung Shin, are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable Spirit. This moral compass separates TKD from western martial arts.

The normal curriculum is three classes weekly. Each hour-long class emphasizes different aspects of this art. Tuesday classes consists of kicking and blocking drills. These help develop strength and flexibility. Thursday classes consists of self-defense techniques and sparring with a partner. Saturday classes will train a student in the forms that are needed to promote within the art.

The head instructor, John Mahoney is an AAU Tae Kwon Do coach who has been certified by both the WTF (World Tae Kwon do Federation) and the ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation). A team of Black Belt instructors round out the class experience.

Only those students that can be expected to pass are allowed to participate in a promotion test. These tests are scheduled approximately every four months. A candidate will demonstrate technique and control. The early promotion tests are relatively easy, but the upper level test push a candidate to his or her limits or beyond. As the student rises in rank, he or she begins to take some responsibilities that develop self-confidence and leadership qualities.

Location: O'Brien Center