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WHAT TO WEAR?

Wear loose fitting clothes such as sweat pants or warm-up pants and a T-shirt or sweat shirt.  Shoes don’t matter since we practice barefooted.

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

For ages 4 through 6

When you arrive, you will need to complete a New Student Analysis form (this will take only about 5 minutes).  After that we will escort you to the Class Room where you will take a 30 minute class in our Lil’ Dragon’s Class, structured exclusively for the 4 through 6 year old age group.  The Lil’ Dragons Program is a detailed curriculum that focuses on improving young school age children’s basic motor and listening skills.  The Lil’ Dragons curriculum consists of developing Eight Major Skills that are necessary for participation in any sport or activity: Focus, Teamwork, Control, Balance, Memory, Discipline, Fitness, and Coordination.

 

For 7 year olds and older

When you arrive, you will need to complete a New Student Analysis form (this will take only about 5 minutes).  After that we will escort you to the Introductory Class Room where you will take a 30 minute, private class  (or semi-private class if someone else has made an appointment for that day). You will learn Basic Martial Arts Techniques, including Kicks, Strikes, Blocks, and Stances.  You will also be taught about Martial Art Values such as respect, discipline, patience, confidence, and effort.

 

AFTER CLASS IS OVER

For ages 4 through 6

After class you will be given the opportunity to enroll in a one-month Trial Dragon’s Membership for $129.  This membership includes up to 3 classes a week and a free Lil’ Dragons uniform. 

 

For 7 year olds and older

After class you will be given the opportunity to enroll in a one-month Trial Membership for $149.  This membership includes unlimited classes and a free practice uniform.  We suggest that a student come to class a minimum of 2 days each week.

 

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The Truth About Tae Kwon Do

The Truth About Taekwondo

Tae Kwon Do. What is it? To most, it’s a method of simply learning how to defend one’ self. Many simply think it’s a sport or “activity” their children can do for a few months…until football or soccer season begins again. Some believe it to be violent and heavily influenced by Eastern Religion. Let me tell you what it’s really all about, based on my 37 years of study of the Art of Tae Kwon Do.

Tae Kwon Do translated into English means “Kick-Punch-Way”. But much gets lost in this literal translation. Tae Kwon Do is a multifaceted and deeply profound way of living one’s life. To more accurately describe the depth and complexity of this martial art, the translation needs to be expanded. The power of this martial art is all-encompassing. It is not just about learning how to defend yourself. Tae Kwon Do has many layers that are peeled away and revealed slowly over one’s entire life. That is why anyone of any age can enjoy the benefits of Taekwondo. Unlike most sports that are reserved only for the young, Tae Kwon Do can be practiced well into old-age.

Tae Kwon Do more accurately described is “a way of life that shapes the practitioner’s self-concept in its entirety; one’s physical, mental, and spiritual spheres. It accomplishes this through extremely rigorous training of one’s body which, if practiced over many years, eventually leads to mastery of the many kicking and punching techniques it teaches and, thus, forges the body to levels that are remarkable. A natural consequence of this physical transformation is the extraordinary mental confidence and spiritual enlightenment that is also achieved.”

Tae Kwon Do, taught in a traditional manner, is a holistic method of character development, a personal improvement system that can totally affect one’s way of life and way of thinking. The Art of Tae Kwon Do has a deep philosophy, rich in the traditions of East Asia’s warrior class (i.e. Samurai). A philosophy of necessity to these soldiers. This is known today as the Way of “Budo”, or the Way of the Warrior. Their philosophy cherished life in the highest regard. To take a life was the last resort. These warriors held values such as honor, courage, loyalty, respect, integrity, humility, gratitude, and service in great revere.

Tae Kwon Do, today, emphasizes the same set of values to its practitioners. Unlike what is portrayed in film, its philosophy is based on a peaceful way of life built on freedom and justice. Tae Kwon Do skills should never be used until all other options have expired (i.e., walking away, talking it out). It underscores the importance of honor and respect towards parents, teachers, seniors, fellow students, and of course, one’s self. Tae Kwon Do’s philosophy also places a high priority on the protection of those younger and weaker, and, never to use one’s martial skills unjustly.

Tae Kwon Do is not easy, it’s benefits are not quickly obtained. It takes years to become proficient. But then, think about it. Anything of value requires hard work, patience, discipline, and dedication. Otherwise, it would hold no value. For those who stay the course, the results of their commitment and sacrifice are immeasurable!

In the end, a true practitioner of Tae Kwon Do lives a life striving for mastery of mind, body, and spirit through consistent and committed life-long training. Tae Kwon Do itself is a vehicle to build a more peaceful and harmonious individual and society . . .to build a more peaceful world. In fact, advanced practitioners pledge an oath to “share what I have learned with others” in hopes of achieving this end.

 

Vice Chairman of the WTA to Attend Mid-Atlantic WTA Regional Championship on May 11th!

Dear master instructor, instructor, school owner, fellow black belt,

As you know, I am hosting a tournament May 11th sanctioned by a new organization to our area, the World Taekwon-Do Alliance (WTA).  While most of you know very little about this organization, they are a truly international organization.  The USA chapter is very strong out West and in the South.  They also have an excellent Dan Certification Program. They host  Black Belt Camps/Retreats each summer in the beautiful Ozark Mountains at their lodge.  The WTA host several National Championships each year as well as participate in International Championships abroad (this year in Canada, England, and Russia).   I, too, am still learning about the organization and I like what I’m seeing!  Their Black Belt  athletes are very, very talented.  Some of the best I’ve seen anywhere.

I am excited to announce the Vice Chairman of the WTA Grand Master Scott McNeely, 9th Dan will be attending the May 11th Mid-Atlantic WTA Championship to meet and greet everyone as well as answer questions, concerns comments, etc., about the WTA.  I hope all of you with an interest in finding out more about the WTA get a chance to talk with GM McNeely.  He’s extremely personable and easy going.  Please find time to introduce yourself and chat with GM McNeely while at the Championship on May 11th.

Yours in TKD

Master Roger Cavanaugh

Tournament Director

 

Grand Master Scott McNeely

As a fifteen-year old student of Taekwon-Do, Scott McNeely began his Taekwon-Do career in Hot Springs, Arkansas under Mr. Robert Hardin. Today, with a thirty-three- year teaching career that is ongoing, Grand Master Scott McNeely enjoys status as one of the highest ranked, active practitioners of Taekwon-Do who does not have a Korean heritage. Noted as being the “Youngest Instructor to have achieved the 9th degree Black Belt from the original pioneers of Taekwon-Do”. His communication skills, charisma, and commitment to the martial art are unprecedented and are a source of continuing inspiration to his students and the living pioneers of Taekwon-Do.

 

Some highlights of Grand Master McNeely’s career include the following:

1972 – Earned 1st Degree Black Belt

1973 – Began teaching in Benton, Arkansas

1975 – Founded the first Taekwon-Do training school in Fort Smith, Arkansas

1981 – Assumed the role of Regional Chief of Instructor for the American Taekwon-Do Federation as a 4th Degree Black Belt.

1983 – Assumed the role of Vice-President, United States Taekwon-Do Federation

1986 – Began training with Grand Master Cho, Pung Que

1986 – In Houston, Texas, trained with the Founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi

1986 – Inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame with Bill “Super Foot” Wallace

1987 – Coached and led the first USTF Team to compete internationally at the 5th ITF World Championships in Athens, Greece.

1990 – Assumed the role of President of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation

1990 – Co-founded the Global Taekwon-Do Federation

1990 – Began training with Grand Master Park Jung Tae in Toronto, Canada

1990 – Developed the USTF Instructor Training Manuals.

1994 – Assumed the role of Secretary General of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation

1994 – Demonstrated at the GTF World Championships in Sardinia, Italy, unveiling a new pattern designed by Grand Master Park.

1994 – Along Grand Master Park, served as GTF ambassador throughout Europe and North America.

1994 – Tested under Grand Master Park Jung Tae for 7th Degree Black Belt in Toronto, Canada.

1994 – Led a training excursion comprising fifty-one black belts to Yong In University in Seoul, South Korea to train with the gold medal Olympic Fighting Team

2002 – Tested under Grand Master Park Jung Tae for 8th Degree Black Belt in Hot Springs, Arkansas during the USTF Grand Nationals.

2002 – Formed the World Taekwon-Do Alliance after the death of Grand Master Park Jung Tae.

2004 – Assumed the role of USTF Chairman.

2004 – Assumed the role of President, Legacy Unity Vision Films, LLC, an entity founded to produce a feature length documentary on Taekwon-Do

2005 – Met and began training with Grand Master Kong Young Il.

2005 – Assumed the role of Vice-President, International Chang Hon Taekwon-Do Federation.

2006 – Tested for 9th Degree Black Belt before the Pioneers of Taekwon-Do in Las Vegas, Nevada during the First WTA Tournament.

2006 – Assumed the role of Executive Vice-President of the newly organized World Taekwon-Do Alliance.

2010– Attended the Taekwon-Do World Championships in Teleford, England.

Became involved with Taekwon-Do International as a member country.  (Gold medal won by Mr. Steven Miller in the heavy weight division.  Student of Grand Master Robert Hardin, CTF.)

 

Martial Arts & Middle School!

Martial Arts & Middle Schools!

I am going to make a bold statement, based partly on what I see day in and day out at my martial arts school and also on the behavior I witness of our community’s youth when I am out in public:

I think it should be a requirement that ALL students in Middle School study a martial art!

Not to learn how to defend themselves (although that is one of the many benefits acquired through study), but rather, to be exposed to the fundamental elements of respect, discipline, focus, and confidence that are inherently learned through the structure and function of a martial arts class.

In addition, not only will students learn these fundamental human values through the study of martial arts, they will also gain a profound understanding of what it takes to succeed at a worthwhile goal.  They will learn how to be patient and to persevere, even through failure; life lessons that are not easy, but which are sorely needed in the technologically speedy world in which we live today.

Respect, Discipline, Focus, and Confidence

The martial arts have, through the centuries, been founded on and operate by these basic human elements (respect, discipline, focus, and confidence) which are its underlying foundation.  These are elements which are integral to a warrior’s existence, as well as the existence of the society which he protects.  The warrior’s code, “Bushido”, has always and by necessity must demand of its members respect for authority, discipline to obey orders and superiors, focus on the mission at hand, and confidence to stand strong and fight alongside of your fellow warriors; even when being vastly outnumbered.  This is known simply as the “Way of the Warrior”.  It is a profound way of life.

Today, these elements of “Bushido” are still in use, but have been carried over in a totally different manner, to use as tools by martial arts instructors to build character in our students, especially our youth.  However, today we stress respect for our teachers, parents and our own body.  We stress discipline to do what’s right and not to be a victim of negative peer pressure.  We teach our students to focus on the positive and when trying to accomplish a task they must focus their eyes, their mind, and their body to be successful.  We instill self-confidence in them by believing in them ourselves and by showing them how to develop their own self-confidence by helping others who are younger or weaker than themselves.  The same concepts used centuries ago by the Samurai.  But used in a totally appropriate way for the youth of today.

Patience & Perseverance

Because of the speed that our society now operates, children also need to learn about patience and perseverance.  Patience and perseverance are extremely important elements in realizing any meaningful goal.  Anything of value takes hard work, effort, and time (A.K.A., patience) to accomplish.  If it didn’t, everyone would have it and its value would be worthless.

Furthermore, I believe that “success is composed of 99% failure”.   So perseverance is also essential to succeed at anything worth attaining.  What I mean is that at some point in life, we all fail at something.  We must understand that failure is a part of success and that we must continue past our failure by getting up brushing ourselves off and persevering towards our goal.

Unfortunately, I see that kids today have very little patience and perseverance to accomplish anything worthwhile, anything that takes a great amount of time, effort, or patience.  Furthermore, they are not willing to put out the effort necessary to really be excellent at something.  It seems that “good enough” is the standard among most of our youth.  This worries me.  No goals, no ambition…no future.

Martial Arts, taught properly, can change these negative attitudes.  I’ve seen it happen firsthand.  Again through the structure and function of a martial arts class, it provides the foundation to learn what it takes to accomplish a valuable goal (such as the Black Belt); to strive for excellence; to not be satisfied with mediocrity; and to try and reach for your full potential as a person!  It’s certainly not easy, but, with patience, perseverance, and passion anyone can be a success!  Goals we set are goals we get!

Conclusion

The martial arts are something that is sorely needed in our modern technologically enhanced society; for our youth in particular.  They need the solid moral and ethical foundation that martial arts will provide them:  A foundation that may be structurally a part of the academic school system’s curriculum, but not functionally brought to life as it is in a martial arts classroom; a foundation that may or may not be taught in the home.  We need to instill in our youth a solid foundation of moral and ethical values that will enhance their lives as well as the communities in which they live.  And the martial arts can and will do this, given the opportunity.

So again, I make the bold statement:

I think it should be a requirement that ALL students in Middle School study a martial art!

I hope you agree.

Regards,

Mr C.