Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.
The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot."
While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms.
Taekwondo is an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques. The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATAŽ is known as Songahm Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee to make taekwondo accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.
At Yee's ATA Black Belt Academy we train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others do not. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Some adults in the ATAŽ have started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our qualified instructors will be there every step of the way - teaching, guiding, and encouraging you on your journey to black belt. All that is expected is a willingness to try.
Our unique program results in the positive shaping of lives, not only by providing life-saving Taekwondo skills, but by developing valuable life skills that will carry over into the areas of school, work, and family life. We are committed to bringing out the very best in every child and adult that walks through our doors. With classes for ages 3 through adult, our program is also the perfect choice for families looking for a fun and healthy way to spend time together. Come experience what our exceptional program can do for you! Call 522-2497 today and schedule your free trial class.
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