Tae Kwon Do
Tae = To strike or break with foot
Kwon = To strike or break with fist
Do = Art of, the way of
Tae Kwon Do is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics. We offer Tae Kwon Do classes for ages 5 and older.
Hap = Harmony
Ki = Inner strength
Do = Art of, the way of
Hapkido is an eclectic art centered around inner strength. Hapkido is well known throughout the world for it’s outstanding self-defense techniques. It uses the striking & kicking skills popular in styles like Tae Kwon Do and blends them with the ease and flow of arts like Aikido, using the opponent’s energy for personal power.
It is a blend of offensive hand and foot techniques, defensive throwing, rolling and restraining maneuvers, with the underlying theme of obtaining physical and mental balance and confidence in oneself. Breathing exercises are incorporated as a means to relieve stress and become more “centered” in both mind and body. Hapkido does not require vigorous strength since movements originate from a relaxed and natural position from where opposing energy is controlled and redirected. Men and women from ages 9 to 70+ participate in classes.
Hapkido is an excellent vehicle to acquire self and family protection skills, self-confidence, discipline, fitness, focus and self-esteem while enhancing nonviolent conflict resolution, goal setting abilities and strength of character — creating productive, healthy people.
Our style of kickboxing is one of the best workouts available. It is a combination of kickboxing (yes, with heavy bags), variable resistance strength training, suspension training, calisthenics, plyometrics, and Pilates all rolled into one. We also offer fitness testing and individualized support. Available to ages 12+.
Kali is a martial arts style that focuses on the ability to transition from fighting with weapons, to empty hands fluidly, as there is always the possibility of losing or being without a weapon. Though there are several systems of Eskrima/Kali in use today, most teach elements of weapons fighting, striking, grappling, and throwing/takedowns. Further, more aggressive maneuvers like biting are also taught.
Kali practitioners believe that hand-to-hand combat moves are similar to those with weapons; thus, these skills are developed concurrently. Some of the popular combinations of weapons used are the single stick (solo baston), double stick (double baston), and sword/stick and dagger (espada). Along with this, the most frequently used training weapon is the rattan, a stick about the length of its wielder’s arm. In the end, Kali practitioners are known for their lightning-fast movements and efficient footwork in wielding weapons.