What We Do
Kim’s Taekwondo teaches the non-contact Chang-Hon system of General Choi, Hong Hi, of South Korea. The system is composed of blocking, striking, evasion, escape, and control techniques. It is known world-wide for having elevated its kicking techniques to high art.
Better to carry one sharp knife than one hundred dull ones. From day one of your training, the focus is on rock-solid fundamentals.
Our standard workout is composed of six main elements:
• Fundamental Skills: Essential skill building hand and kicking techniques
• Hyungs: Patterns of execution for conditioning and self-defense application
• 3-step, 2-step, and 1-step sparring: Direct application of hand, kicking, and joint-manipulation techniques
• Kicking technique: Skill- and strength-building fundamentals of kicking
• Free fighting: Creative application of all techniques in a free-form environment
• Board breaking: for advanced students, practice in developing and demonstrating the ability to penetrate a target accurately and with devastating impact.
The class is structured to give students a cardiovascular workout that also builds strength, agility, and flexibility. Nevertheless, each student works at his own appropriate level of exertion.
On the level of individual technique, our training philosophy is an argument for consistent, systematic, fundamental exercise, and a blueprint for how a student can turn technique into practical skill (I refer visitors to the instructional algorithm on our Home Page.)
Even making allowances for the developmental demands that vary with a student’s emotional maturity and baseline physical abilities, this philosophy works for male and female students alike, be they six years of age or sixty.
On the level of weekly exercise, it is an argument for a consistent, comprehensive workout composed of a discrete set of techniques encompassing the spectrum of fundamental skills that will define your repertoire of self-defense technique.
A traditional martial art like the Chang-Hon system professed by Kim’s Taekwon-do School offers every one of its students the opportunity to achieve this level of expertise.
As a physical training regimen, this strategy produces the most efficient development of cardiovascular conditioning, strength, agility, balance, coordination, and flexibility that can be made available in one martial art workout routine.
And yet all of these dimensions result from individual effort, and every student’s progress toward these broad goals remains an individual matter every step of the way. Every student’s achievement is contingent only on his or her own individual effort, and proceeds at his or her own individual pace.
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