Friday, May 27, 2011

TAEKWONDO AS COMPLETE MARTIAL ART - Phoenix Arizona Taekwondo School


TAEKWONDO can be a fun, educational, and healthy way for children not only to keep physically fit but also to learn respect and how to understand and resolve conflicts peacefully. But this can only happen when Taekwondo is taught as a whole endeavor. Physical self-defense can only properly be taught in the context of self-understanding, which is, helping young people avoid and resolve conflict before it becomes a physical confrontation. These skills, of conflict avoidance and resolution, need to be taught together with conflict management, that is,  mental self-defense together with physical self-defense. This enables young people to use their brains as a first line of defense to cope with being bullied, without having to resort immediately to physical means. Physical self-defense skills give Taekwondo students the confidence not to fight and therefore to use mental skills first. Taught in this manner, Taekwondo can be a valuable way for young people to acquire important social skills, skills that will naturally make for healthier and more peaceful relationships.
Taekwondo is not only kicking and punchingbut more importantly, at the USA MARTIAL ARTS PHOENIX TAEKWONDO ACADEMY, we are committed to teaching our students the life skills that will help them succeed in any endeavor they may choose to do.

Literally translated, the Korean word, "TAE(跆)" means "to kick with the foot." "KWON(拳)" implies "a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike.""DO(道)" means an "art" or a "way". Thus, "Taekwondo" means, "the art of kicking, blocking and punching". However, Taekwondo is not merely a physical fighting skill, it is also a way of thought and life.

Through disciplined training,
Taekwondo improves both the mind and body, placing great emphasis on the development of personal character. Students are taught that self-control, self-discipline, kindness and humility must accompany their increased physical strength and ability.

Families Grow Closer Together
Because of today's hectic schedules, many parents are looking for activities that allow the entire family to spend time together. A unique opportunity at USA Martial Arts Taekwondo Phoenix AZ USA is the chance to attend classes as a family. Special times are reserved for parents and children to learn side by side.

Train Together and Benefit From :
  A common interest that everyone can share and look forward to
 Greater respect between family members
  An exercise program everyone can do together
  Meeting other positive, health-oriented families

Taekwondo is comprised of the following major areas of practice :

Kyukpa (breaking) is done to practice and illustrate the formaidable power,precision and great mental concentration developed through Taekwondotraining. Different materials, but most commonly pine boards, are broken.This area of practice develops internal and external strength, derived froma confidence in one’s ability to overcome normal limitations.

Ilsushik (One step sparring) is a formal way of practicing self-defense against a punch, using a pre-arranged set of defensive skills.
Because ilsushik is choreographed, ilsushik is not permitted in competition, but can be practiced safely. Ilsushik also develops cooperation and teamwork as both partners must help one another to practice effectively.

Poomse (Pattern or Form) is a collection of Taekwondo techniques arranged in a pattern. The combination of movements represents a defensive response to an imaginary opponent. As students progress in belt rank, the poomse they learn become increasingly more difficult and challenging. The performance of poomse develops concentration, balance, coordination, and flexibility as well as toning the muscles. A well-executed poomse is beautiful to watch, demonstrating both grace and power.

Gyoroogi (Sparring) is live action spontaneous practice, with a partner. Protective gear is worn, and strict set of rules and quidelines define acceptable methods of attack and defense. Through sparring, students improve their reflexes, speed, and understanding of how to apply each technique. As a form of sport, Taekwondo sparring is part of athletic competitions around the world, including the Olympic Games.

Ho shin sool (Self-defense) is the practice of escapes and counter moves against an attacker's grab or holds. Self-defense incorporates not only Taekwondo kicks and strikes but pressure points (Areas of the body that when pressed will cause pain) joint locks and throws. As with one-step sparring, self-defense drills require cooperation and communication between training partners to allow safe benefitcial practice.

Mook Yum (Meditation) is performed at the beginning of each class to allow students time to focus on their training and their personal goals for the class. Meditation also improves students' ability to visualize, and to conduct mental practice. Through visualization, Taekwondoists can practice techniques that they are still learning or refining. The ability to stay focused also helps to relieve stress and to reduce some of life's daily pressures.

Advanced students at USA Martial Arts Phoenix learn weaponry, MMA, BJJ, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do and much more.

USA Martial Arts Taekwondo Academy Phoenix Arizona
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
(602) 896-8721

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