Taekwon-do is a spectacular martial art known for its incredible techniques and explosive speed, and if you're looking for a way to develop your speed, fitness, and flexibility this is the martial art for you!
At Harper Martial Arts we practice a form of Taekwon-do that incorporates both the traditional and modern methods of training. Taekwon-do training includes a comprehensive system of blocks, punches, open-handed strikes, various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and some joint locks, and our classes involve real technique practice, forms (patterns), partner work, padwork and drills and sparring. We place a large focus on being able to perform the techniques in the correct way, maximising the speed and power generated.
Having two sons who have attended since the ages of 4 and 5, and are now 16 and 19 respectively, they have progressed through each classes from Little Pumas all the way through to the adult classes. Having witnessed this journey, I can say that every lesson is to an excellent standard and that Mr Harper shows great enthusiasm and commitment to the progression of every student.
Like most more traditional martial arts, Taekwon-do is built upon the principles of respect, courtesy, integrity and discipline. This makes our classes especially popular for Children, where we can re-inforce the lessons learnt at home and school in a structured and focussed way. Our Taekwon-do classes are available for everyone aged over 7 (children aged 4-6 can join our Little PUMA's programme).
Taekwon-do came to the form now known across the world in the mid twentieth century, but was developed from ancient Korean martial arts such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop, as well as influences from Japanese and Chinese martial arts. It is an effective weaponless art of self-defence, with the intention to use your feet and hands to defend yourself, and it has a broad syllabus that also combines the traditional techniques and forms with the "sport" element. Indeed, a form of Taekwon-do has been an Olympic sport since the Seoul games in 1988.
Being a traditional form of martial art, Taekwon-do also aims to incorporate an element of moral development, which is especially important in todays times. The training helps to develop self discipline, confidence, respect and humility, which is underpinned by the Taekwon-do tenets:
The study of Taekwon-do has benefits for everyday life too. Some benefits are obvious - fitness, flexibility, etc, but students can find that their concentration increases, their focus improves and their mental wellbeing improves.
Taekwon-do can be learned by anyone. As long as you have the willingness to learn and the attitude to improve, you will get everything you want from this exciting, dynamic martial art. From age 4 to 64, age is no boundary, physical fitness levels are not an issue, and existing injuries and disabilities can be catered for.