At Croft Taekwondo, we are a family oriented Martial Arts school. We teach focus, self-control, respect and develop self-confidence in our students. Our school teaches the Korean Martial Arts of Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art).
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Our classes at Croft Takewondo teach Traditional and Olympic Sport Taekwondo. The traditional aspect focuses on Forms, Kicking Technique, Punching/Striking Technique and Self Defense. Our Sport Taekwondo teaches WTF Olympic Style Sparring.
All of our Black Belts are certified through the Kukkiwon(World Takewondo Headquarters) in Seoul Korea.
We believe Taekwondo is a way of life. We teach students how to exercise and combine both mind and body together as one. With the strict discipline incorporated in our program, the student will learn how to manage their stress, anger, and channel those emotions into positive results through sweat and dedication. What students learn during class reflects in their daily lives.
There are many reasons why people are interested in taking martial arts classes like Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu etc.. Such as overall physical fitness, learning how to defend yourself, or seeking a disciplined structured environment. All of these and more are covered in our Taekwondo Program.
Brief History of Taekwondo
Early Koreans developed unique martial art forms for unarmed self defense to complement their skills with weapons. The first recorded evidence of what was to become modern Tae Kwon Do is found about two thousand years ago in Korean history. A mural painting from the Koguryu kingdom (37 B.C to 66 A.D.) was found in a tomb believed to have been built sometime during the period 3 to 427 A.D . This mural depicts figures practicing martial arts techniques. Historical records from this Koguryu period also mention the practice of martial arts techniques and tournaments. The early forms had different names, such as Kwonbak, Bakhi, Dangsoo, Taesoo and Kongsoo. From about 600 A.D. to about 1400, the main stream dominant form was Soobak, which further evolved into Taekyon beginning in the late 1300s. Taekyon was the dominant Korean martial art form until the Japanese invasion and occupation of Korea in 1909. From 1909 to 1945, the Japanese suppressed Korean culture and martial arts, and introduced Japanese culture and Karate martial arts.
The modern period of Taekwondo began with the defeat of the Japanese and the liberation of Korea in 1945. Korean martial arts masters wanted to eliminate Japanese Karate influences. They began discussions on how to return to the traditional Taekyon based Korean martial arts and on how to unite the various martial arts schools (or Kwans) and styles into a single style and national sport. After several years of discussions, the name “Taekwondo” was chosen in April 1955 by the board of masters of the various Kwans, and the kwans started to unify through the late 1950s.(More here)
BENEFITS OF TAEKWONDO
- Improve mind and body coordination
- Increase stamina, strength, and overall well-being
- Manage the stress we encounter daily in a positive manner
- Knowledge and understanding on the concepts of modern self-defense
- Improvement in self-confidence, leadership skills, and having a positive attitude towards life
BENEFITS OF TAEKWONDO FOR CHILDREN
- Increase all aspects of physical fitness
- Improving self-esteem. Creating a “Can Do” attitude
- A positive community for children to make friends and enjoy activities with others
- Improving responsibility in children
- Creating leadership skills
- Knowledge of real world self-defense
- Principles of Taekwondo
- Courtesy – The simplest part of Taekwondo foundation to utilize. Courtesy can be anything from properly bowing to your instructors, to keeping your promise to your parents to clean your room, or even correctly addressing your instructors. Courtesy is an important part of social interactions inside and outside of the school. Utilizing the tenet of courtesy is a great asset just about anywhere in society, like school, home and the work place for just a few examples.
- Integrity – It plays a key role in your life. It allows you to accomplish your goals. It is an absolute necessity for just to get your black belt you must constantly keep the mind and body focused. It requires that you continue to employ your integrity in order to reach your goals.
- Self-Control – Particularly important when you consider the type of material that you learn in Taekwondo, you posses a certain amount of power and potentially dangerous knowledge when you become a seasoned martial artist. However, to be considered a true master of the sport you must be able to combine your skills with self control. It is necessary to Taekwondo as it is in many life situations. You must use many skills blended together to carry out the primary purpose.
- Perseverance – It’s a very powerful character trait. It is the journey to take to earn your black belt. The path to your black belt is a long and arduous one. It requires much time, focus, learning and most importantly perseverance. You could say it overcoming your obstacles.
- Indomitable spirit – This is very close to perseverance, except the difference is that indomitable spirit is the fuel that keeps perseverance going. Having indomitable spirit, you must have a positive and focused state of mind that nothing is going to get in the way of your goals. If you apply indomitable spirit properly, it would affect every part of your life.