I started planning our Spring Break Camp this week. As I was working on a theme for the camp, I thought about what I could do that would be fun for the kids. Board breaking is one of the most fun aspects of Martial Arts.
I remember when I first started training, I watched as the higher ranks broke boards in preparation for their upcoming belt test or at public demonstrations and was amazed at their prowess and thought, I can’t wait to do that!
When I finally achieved the minimum rank to be allowed to break, I thought, this is going to be easy because I’ve been doing everything the right way for a long time, I’ve won many trophies and passed all of my testings. As a result, I struggled with board breaking because I underestimated the accuracy, speed and penetration needed to excel. I failed to practice as much as I should throughout the cycle and didn’t break my boards at testing. During the next 8 weeks I broke boards on a daily basis and honed my skills to the point it became easy. To this day, I see the results of that practice. I am glad I put in the time and effort to make it happen.
Martial artists break boards for several reasons, most of which are practical for self defense training. First, no one likes to be hit with the full force of an accurate, technically correct hand strike or kick, as it can cause severe injury to the participants, so boards are used instead. Your sparring partner will be thankful that you perform that technique on the board instead of them!
Additionally, it's a great way to see the amazing power that can be generated by correct technique. There’s not much that compares to the satisfaction of hearing and feeling the board breaking under the force of your technique. You know when you hear that sound, that you have done it correctly.
Also, accuracy is everything in tournament competition and especially a real self defense situation. Boards are almost impossible to break with an inaccurate technique, so, it is a great way to test your skill with full speed and full power. If it doesn’t smash, then you know you need to go back to the bag, and work on your technique a little more.
There are many other benefits to breaking boards, but most of them do it simply because they can! So, that will be our theme for this year’s Spring Break Camp. We will break lots of boards and have lots fun doing it! We will have something for all ages and levels. If you are working the week of spring break, give your kids something to do where they will improve their TaeKwonDo skills, increase their self-defense ability, build their confidence and have a blast doing it! http://www.southaustintkd.com/spring-break-camp.html
Do you live in South Austin? Are your kids asking to "Do Karate", "Try Martial Arts", "Kick in TaeKwonDo", or "Train in MMA"? Like most parents, you are probably concerned about the safety of these activities, and not sure where to begin in researching. The article below discusses what to look for in a Martial Arts Program and will give you some ideas of things to look for. Feel free to call or email with any questions you have after reading it. I hope that you and your child will come in for a FREE Trial Class.
10 Things to Look For in a Kids Martial Arts Program
This free resource can help you discover important aspects of starting a Self Defense Program that you may never have considered.
I) Safety An important aspect of a Kids Martial Arts Program is safety. From the training in class, to the practice sessions that are encouraged at home, we know the welfare of your children is of utmost importance. We realize your children are your highest priority. We want to teach them the safest way to train. Statistically, Martial Arts is one of the safest activities children can participate in.
II) Beginning Stages The Kids Martial Arts program you choose must give new students a chance to try out the program. Our kids White and Yellow Belt class is specifically designed for beginner students age 6-12. In this class all students are taught basic and fundamental kicks, blocks, and punches which are an essential foundation to excel in TaeKwonDo.
III) Fitness While searching for a great Martial Arts program, notice how much activity is going on in class. The kids should be learning detailed technique while having fun. You will notice at our academy, kids will be having a blast while working through drills that constantly challenge them to use muscles that may not be triggered in other activities.
IV) Understanding Children Our Instructors understand that children and adults do not learn the same way. While the curriculum is similar, the approach should be different. Be aware that not all programs make this separation. We have been working with students and instructors since 1992. Over these many years of training, we have developed a system that works.
V) Respect is vital in Martial Arts Training. When you visit our Academy, you will notice an atmosphere of respect in all of our staff. The instructors treat the students with respect and dignity. The students respect the instructors because they want to emulate the instructor and the higher ranking students.
VI) Structured Curriculum Expect an Academy to have a curriculum that focuses on the art of TaeKwonDo while also using a modern approach. At TaeKwonDo Plus, we use a state of the art, documented curriculum while adhering to the ancient principles practiced by Martial Artists for centuries. Our curriculum is designed to be delivered in 8 week cycles with specific skill sets being the focus of each week. Promotional testings are held at the end of each cycle for students to experience the satisfaction of achieving a short term goal and for parents to enjoy watching their children progress.
VII) Great Facility When you are considering registering your child for Martial Arts, notice the cleanliness, and upkeep of the facility. We ask our staff to walk through our locations periodically to ensure that things are in clean, working order. We work hard to ensure your work out is safe, fun, and clean. We realize it is a “gym”, but it doesn’t need to have a “warehouse” feel.
VIII) A Friendly Atmosphere #8 on the list can make all the difference in your child’s Martial Arts Career. A friendly staff and members can keep them motivated to continually reach for more goals. Ideally, the other students should welcome them to the group. Notice how they speak to each other. Do the instructors recognize a new student? At TaeKwonDo Plus, we have chosen this career because we love what we do and we believe it can positively impact our society. When you come in for a Trial Class, you will see many smiles.
IX) Knowledgeable Instructors The Instructors you trust your child to spend hours per week with should be well trained. They should attend classes throughout the year that help them to stay fresh on the curriculum and techniques they are teaching. They should be educated in not only how to do martial arts, but also in how to teach and motivate students of all ages and ability levels. Our Instructors are monitored regularly to ensure they are knowledgeable, professional, safe, and motivating.
X) Fun! If kids are going to stick with anything, it has to be fun. We’ve been working with children in martial arts for over 20 years. In that span of time, we’ve developed multiple drills and activities that help kids learn, while staying focused and having fun. From our Tiger Cubs Program for 4 & 5 year olds, to our Youth all the way through our Adult program, we keep the students moving and learning. You will see them smiling and having a blast while developing life skills and physical techniques that will help them in every aspect of their lives. In fact, you will see many adults in our program who started out as children.
If you are ready to get started with a free trial class or a $39 week long starter course visit our website, send us an email, or give us a call.
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South Austin TaeKwonDo Plus competes for trophies at Karate Tournament
The next tournament in the Austin Area is October 26 at Hutto Middle School. Our South Austin TaeKwonDo team is the 2 time defending champion and if we win one more time, the team trophy is ours to keep.
We have divisions for all ages and ability levels from tiger cubs through black belt. You will have the opportunity to win as many as 4 trophies depending on which division you participate in. Competition is a vital part of not only your TaeKwonDo career, but life in general. Learning to perform under pressure is an invaluable life skill, important in school and the workplace. The necessity of competition is downplayed in today's society, but the most successful people in nearly every walk of life are very competitive. Invest in this opportunity to challenge and expand your boundaries. Whether you win or lose, you will come away from this event a much better martial artist than if you choose to not participate. Our belief in the importance of this event is reinforced by our 100% money back guarantee.
Register today at southaustintkd.com!
What Our Customers Have To Say
Where I started my "new" beginning in martial Arts 21+ years ago. Thank You SM Richard Johnson and South Austin TKD Plus for the life as I live today!!! Would recommend this place to anyone who wants the best in Martial Arts!
Owner, Tiger Rock Martial Arts
Colorado Springs, CO
Tony and I are so happy for Aidan! And we’re so incredibly proud of him. He has worked very hard and the hard work has paid off. He’s earned his Black Belt……an awesome accomplishment for him, or any other child for that matter.
It’s been a joy watching Aidan learn and grow in his confidence, skills and knowledge. And to witness Aidan demonstrate the tenets of Taekwondo in his daily life, now that’s a plus! In this day and age it’s hard enough for parents to instill the principles and values you want your children to live by. Having a team at the TKD school that supports and teaches valuable principles helps tremendously.
Aidan is here today accepting his black belt because of his perseverance. Perseverance, one of the most profound tenets of TKD in my opinion, is essential to succeed in anything you do in life that really matters to you. It means determination, persistence, never giving up.
Aidan didn’t give up…… and so here he stands today. It wasn’t easy though. There were some days when Aidan didn’t want to come to class - he was tired, was feeling unmotivated or would rather be doing something else on a particular day. Other day’s Tony and I had work schedule conflicts or WE ourselves were too tired to bring Aidan to class. We ALMOST quit once or twice because of these challenges. I think it would be safe to say that most of you have experienced what I just described, at one time or another. Don’t get discouraged, there’s hope. We’ve come to learn that it’s a normal part of the process, but it passes (as it did in our case and for many other families we’ve talked to). Thank God for giving us the hope and encouragement we needed to keep going.
Last but not least, we want to take the time to thank Mr. Johnson and his team of instructors for the countless hours and energy they put into the program for our children. Thank you for all you do…….every single one of you. We need more people like you in this world to be mentors for our children.
We’re so proud of you Aidan! Congratulations son!! We love you!!
I wanted to let you know how much my wife and I appreciate Mr. Davis' help after class this past Saturday.
As you may know our oldest son Alan has been having problems breaking his green board. Before class Saturday I asked Mr. Davis if it would be possible to have Alan attempt to break the orange board, which he has done successfully in the past, as a confidence booster. He said that would be no problem. (I should also point out I spoke to Ms. English about this approach after Friday night's class and she felt like it would be no problem to try this approach.) True to his word, as class ended, he took Alan aside and worked with him for about 10 minutes. Not only did he have him break his orange board, he focused on Alan's technique and identified a couple of areas Alan needed to work on, e.g., keeping his eyes on the target & relaxing his arm. During that time Alan not only broke the orange board, but was able to break the green board with both of his techniques.
I'm sure this approach...breaking a previous board to boost one's confidence...is not a novel one, but it was great to hear from two of your staff their willingness to accommodate such a request and to see it in-play. Time and time again your staff as shown how much they do care about the kids and their success.
David & Mae Carter
Tae Kwon Do Plus