Taekwondo (also known as Tae Kwon Do) is the art of self-defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (art). Taekwondo is one of the most efficient and technical Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind.
Self-defense skills are safety skills. We believe that it's important for everyone to learn these self-defense skills. When a person learns and develops self-defense skills, the chance of sustaining an injury due to an attack is greatly decreased; and the chance of escaping from an assault, a rape or an abduction attempt is greatly increased!
Learning these safety skills does not promote violence; rather, it enables one to avoid becoming a victim of violence and to minimize injury. Class begins with opening exercises; the students are led in a regiment of stretching and assorted exercises.
Time is spent on kicking, and punching techniques, students also work on their next form. Forms are disciplined, choreographed movements of fighting techniques that build uniformity, confidence, and precision.
There is occasional sparring, training for competitions, and preparation for advancement to the next belt. Advancement in Tae Kwon Do is individual and personal. Students are expected to learn and excel in their respective forms, to display proficient techniques, to learn to count in Korean, and understand several other Korean words.
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This method of self-defense draws from Hapkido, but to keep it separate, Kelvin's own style was added to Hapkido to distinguish this system from traditional Hapkido. Hapkido is designed so techniques from other arts can be easily applied. Hapkido borrows many of its core techniques from traditional Hapkido. These core techniques are used as a platform to build upon with additional techniques from styles like Jeet Kune Do, Kung Fu, Jujutsu, and Western Boxing.
Hapkido attempts to provide a clear platform on which the material of other Martial Art Systems can be added or removed while still maintaining the core of Hapkido principles for providing a self-defense system.
Traditional Hapkido and other traditional Martial Arts techniques that prove to be impractical in a real world scenario have been removed from Hapkido.
These Techniques include fluid break falls, jump/spinning kicks, and other low-percentage techniques. The core curriculum has been organized into 10 levels or ranks. Extensive Reference materials, including a complete DVD reference library, are available to students.
Some of the areas covered are "ground survival", throws", "anatomical striking-pressure points", "trapping" and disarming".