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Taekwondo is a Korean art, while karate is a Japanese art. Taekwondo is an Olympic sport, while Karate is not. Taekwondo uses most of the same hand techniques as karate but emphasizes the kicks more. Taekwondo is well known for its flashy, high, aerial and/or spinning kicks. However, all martial arts have benefits. We believe that it is more important to be comfortable with the academy’s overall goals, the instructor’s teaching skills, and the learning atmosphere than to choose a school based only on the price.

We teach a practical, responsible self defense program. Children learn that martial arts is not about violence but about developing skills they can use safely in a tough situation. Any aggression the child brings in to the program usually disappears with continued training and increased self-esteem. Also, we recite the Student Oath and Ten articles of mental training at the end of every class and discuss their meanings and applications.

1 Be Loyal to your Country.

2 Be Obedient to your parents

3 Be loving to your family

4 Be cooperative with others

5 Be faithful to friends

6 Be respectful to Master

7 Be honest in personal affairs

8 Show concern for others

9 Never attack without reason

10 Finish what your start

Bowing is a way to show respect. It is comparable to a Western handshake, not worship. There is no religion in taekwondo. However, you must bow to your instructors and to other students to show that you respect them. They will also bow to you to show you the same respect.

We train students as young as 4 years old. You are never too old to start taekwondo, as long as you do not have existing joint or back problems. Properly taught, taekwondo does not usually create injuries, but it can exacerbate existing conditions.

Yes, Uniforms build equality and a Team spirit.

TKO students must pass a test to earn a higher rank. Promotional testing is an exciting event for us! We typically hold a testing every Three months. Parents and friends are invited to come and watch. No classes are held on testing days. After a successful testing, the student is awarded a new rank and given a rank certificate in class. Black Belts are awarded by Kukkiwon in South Korea.

Orange belt level, and yes, you do. To learn how to defend yourself, it is important to practice against a moving opponent, similar to a real confrontation. Students develop enhanced reflexes, quick judgment, timing, and distancing. Our students begin learning to free spar at Orange belt, about 6 months into their training. It’s better to learn to block, punch, and kick without hurting ourselves before trying the techniques on moving targets. Then we learn how to spar using respect and good control. Sparring is always supervised closely by the instructor, and students are required to wear protective gear.

White – Respect

Yellow – Courage

Orange – Self-Control

Green – Self-Discipline

Purple – Integrity

Blue – Courtesy

Brown – Leadership

Pink – Philanthropy

Red – Teamwork

Deputy 1 -Perseverance

Deputy 2- Concentration

Black – Success

Self defense, Honor, Integrity, Respect, Character, Courtesy, Perseverance, Self-Control, Nutrition, Teamwork, Focus, Concentration, Discipline, Confidence, Self-Control, and knowledge, and more.

Yes Grandmaster Hwang also teaches about Korean history as well as current events and the history of Taekwondo.