Songahm Taekwondo is a "martial art," a system of teaching and training, unequaled in the martial arts community. Songahm Taekwondo focuses on personal development of the mind and the body.
Heightened capacity for self-defense resulting from our Taekwondo is a fringe benefit gained by dedicating one's self to the values, philosophy and training of Songahm Taekwondo. When learning, a student is in a true, traditional Taekwondo class, focusing not just on the physical but also on discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty. The curriculum facilitates a smooth progression from one rank to the next.
The concept of belts and rank is associated with Taekwondo and martial arts in general.
In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence, and the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring, and Forms.
We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected is a willingness to try.
You can enroll your child at 4 years of age. The Tiny Tigers Taekwondo program was developed specifically for preschool age children. This program offers a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children’s motor skills and enhance their ability to listen, pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun and exciting instruction methods available for this age group.
Training in Taekwondo includes building physical and mental fitness. As you progress in Taekwondo, you will learn to coordinate speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your body's strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot. Speed and power developed through Taekwondo can be used when self-defense is needed. It is also a way to develop your self confidence. You build a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.
Tournaments are a vital part of Songahm Taekwondo, and one of the most dynamic, fun aspects of our art. Our tournaments
are controlled competitive environments that allow practitioners to display and improve their skills in a safe environment. They are a great opportunity for increasing skills as well as boosting confidence. Tournaments allow our members to meet new people, make new friends, put nerves to the test, and display skills.
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