What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is an ancient Korean art of self-defense. Translated; Tae
means foot,Kwon means hand, and Do means way, art, or method.
Tae Kwon Do is more than kicking and punching. It is a continuous
learning and growing process. One may learn to kick and punch in a few
months, but someone spends a lifetime learning the way of TaeKwonDo. It is
designed as a complete non-violent discipline of the entire body training and
Tae Kyon is the ancient name of TaeKwonDo, and is as old as the Hwarang
Do. It was a primitive activity known as TaeKyon in the Silla Dynasty over
1300 years ago. The history of Korean martial arts is tightly intertwined
with the country's struggle for unity and independence . The country was
torn apart by feuds and insurrection. The three main kingdoms that
struggled for the control of the land now known as Korea was, Koguryo (37
BC to 668 AD),Paekje (18 BC to 600 AD) and Silla (57 BC to 936AD).
The Silla dynasty prevailed with a young group of nobles known as the
HwaRang Do warriors. The HwaRangDo (way of flowering manhood) was
not only a Martial Art, but a very strict code by which its members lived,
much like the Samurai of Japan, and the Knights of King Arthur. They truly
represented the royalty, honor, and spirit of the warrior. General Kim Yu
Sin,leader of the HwaRangDo, unified the territories in 668AD.Then,
during the Yi Dynasty-1393-1910, Tae Kyon began really taking shape but
made little progress beyond the foot techniques, until the Japanese
occupation. Hand techniques were introduced from both China and Japan
to the traditional art of Tae Kyon. Over time, the hand and foot techniques
were called various names like, Tang Su, Kong Su, Karate, Tae Su and
several others. In 1955, a special board of many masters and prominent
leaders was formed for the purpose of unifying the arts under one name and
they unanimously chose Tae Kwon Do. Still to this day, Tae Kwon Do
Masters live by the tenets of Courtesy, Integrity, Self Control, Perseverance
and Indomitable Spirit.
Tae Kwon Do is the only punch-kick martial art that is an actual Olympic
What is Hapkido?
Hapkido is a Korean contemporary art with ancient roots. Hapkido means "
The Way of Harmonious Energy " or "The Way of Coordinated Power". Along
the way, Hapkido also was influenced by the Japanese and Chinese Arts and
Thoughts. Hapkido is a multi-faceted art which blends hard and soft
techniques and effectively uses the attacker's power and energy to ones own
advantage. Hapkido uses linear hard techniques such as strikes and kicks
and also circular soft techniques such as off balancing, throwing, or
re-directing an attackers energy.
Our Grandmaster, Kwang Sik Myung(WorldHapkidoFederation)became a
student in 1957, directly under the founder of Hapkido, Grandmaster Young
Sul Choi, before coming to the United states and teaching and passing on his
Art here. Grandmaster Myung became president of the WHF in 1974 and
was the rank of 10th Dan founder. Grandmaster Myung sadly passed away
in July, 2009, and will greatly be missed. He was instrumental in spreading
the Art of Hapkido worldwide!
Grandmaster Myung always said that each technique must be practiced at
least 1000 times before one can become proficient! Grandmaster also
includes Danjon breathing techniques which he felt is the first step to
learning proper Hapkido. GM Myung was the only practitioner that also
includes Forms(Hyungs), as an important part of his Hapkido training. The
World Hapkido Federation alone, has more than 480 affiliated schools over
85 countries. Our school being one of them! Sr. Master Everetts was the first
5th Dan International Instructor promoted by GM Myung .
Grandmaster Young Sul Choi named and founded Hapkido around 1958.
Grandmaster Myung was awarded 9th Dan in 1986 and became 10th Dan
founder of the WHF. GM Choi incorporated cane techniques, long and
short stick techniques, the sword techniques, and knife defense, as well as
developed the art further, from the techniques he learned from Daito-Ryu
Aikijujutsu. There are currently more than 3,864 attack and defense
techniques, with over 10,000 variations that make up Hapkido!
|Our Goal is to help students of "All" ages to achieve their fullest potential and
develop physical and mental strength through out harmony of mind and body
while learning skills of self defense.
We will challenge you to excel and to learn the highest quality and accuracy of
martial arts training in the world. Through diligent practice, you will gain
knowledge, discipline, and confidence to ensure that you will be a successful
individual! Everyone can join, learn and benefit. Students progress at a
different pace, each according to their desire, ability and effort.
The harder you practice-The greater the reward!
What is Kun Tao?
Kun Tao from the Liu Seong(Willem Reeders) system involves an
introduction to a serious study in self defense. Liu Seong was half Chinese
and half Dutch royalty and began learning Kun Tao Gung Fu at the age of 4,
from his Chinese Great Uncle Liu Seong Sr.. His uncle was already 80yrs.
old when he began teaching young Willem Reeders,(his Dutch name). Uncle
Liu Seong of the royal Weiling family taught his family's system to the family's
royal guards and also was a priest of the Shao-Lin Temple, so he saw to it
that his nephew, Liu Seong received training there.
At age 12, in the 1930's, Willem Reeders(Liu Seong) began yearly trips to
Peking where he learned martial arts, anatomy, philosophy, meditation, mind
control the use of fire, water,wind, earth, acupuncture, Buddhism, and
Tibetan Tai Chi. He came to the United States and settled in the Jamestown,
and Dunkirk, NY area sometime after 1955, when the Dutch quit Indonesia
after losing the revolution. He supported himself here by teaching Kung Fu.
While in New York, Liu Seong became advisor for the television series Kung
Fu. The program ran on ABC from 1972-1975. The blind temple teacher was
based on Liu Seong Sr. and the young boy was based on Liu Seong(Willem
Liu Seong(Willem Reeders) passed away in 1990, and since then, his long
time student Grandmaster Arthur Sikes, who was the highest ranking student
under Liu Seong, had continued on with his system, until his recent passing
last July, 2008. GM Arthur Sikes will be sadly missed by all.
It truly blends one's physical, mental and spiritual existence. Kun Tao is the
Chinese word for street fighting and the Kun Taoists hands are often referred
to as "Fire Hands". Kun Tao was originally developed to protect the royal
family and therefore developed as a very effective and deadly art. Kun Tao is
not a sport art. The study of Kun Tao will help the student to see and think
more clearly while defending ones self physically.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai means -exercise, Chi means- life force or power. This unique Asian system
of health is based on scientific and symmetrical movements. These movements
deal with balance of body movements in coordination with breathing methods.
Tai Chi strives to create a balance between the inner and outer self. Tai Chi is
truly relaxing motion but still is a complete self defense art.
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What is Modern Arnis?
Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino martial arts founded by the late Remy
Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training
method and effective self- defense system and to preserve the older Arnis
Arnis is the Phillipines' national martial art and sport. One of the
characteristics of this Filipino art is the use of weapons. The primary weapon
is the rattan stick, called a baston, used both as a single stick or double.
Training in this system covers, empty-hand defense, stick techniques,
daga-(sword, and daggar fighting), sinawali- ( double stick weaving ),
tapi-tapi-(locking drills with the stick), and anyo-( forms,both with and
without the stick.)