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April- Nov 2020

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We are currently closed due to Covid 19 restrictions in place for counties at "Extreme Risk." When our county is downgraded to "High Risk," we will be  holding small, masked classes with social distancing. If you don't wish to risk in person learning, email me at carotha at gmail.com in order to find out where to participate in virtual classes with other instructors. If you want to practice your form but need a brush-up, most of the forms are under the tab "Practice Your Form." TIP: click "watch on YouTube." Next, click on the settings (gear) icon, and select playback speed.  Regardless of whether you can come to class, it's so very important to keep exercising in any way that you can, even if it's just walking and stretching. My workout at home: a little yoga, ten minute run on the treadmill, more yoga, more running later, hand weights. I look for ways to get alternate work-outs like riding my bike or gardening. Gardening can be p

News, November 2020

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Master Instruction at Affordable Prices Focus, fitness, self-control  Set and reach goals with new friends: all shapes and sizes welcome!  The five tenets of Taekwondo— courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit—teach students to follow a path that will lead to developing those qualities that help us reach our best potential. If you stick with it, if you push through, face your fears, test your limits, you will find that Taekwondo has the power to change your life. It changed mine, and I see it change the lives of our students. If you have an injury or another obstacle that has set you back, try talking with your instructors. They can offer guidance. Whatever goals you have set for yourself, don’t give up! Martial Arts:  Trio of Life Skills According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness , martial arts offer the "trio of life skills": through the study of formal martial arts, students can be healthier phy

Choong-Jang

Gae Baek Hyung

Second Dan hyung Gae Baek performed by Fifth Dan Master April Carothers 00000

Sine Wave

One day I noticed a comment on one of our videos which asked, “Where’s the sine wave?” I had no idea what the person was talking about. Recently, I stumbled across a video of General Choi demonstrating the sine wave technique, and my question was partially answered. I felt it would be beneficial for our students to know what this movement is, what its driving philosophy is, and why we don’t practice it. According to a few different sources, in the 1980’s General Choi introduced the sine wave movement, a slight up-down-up motion as one steps or throws a technique. The official ITF site, www.tkd-itf.org , states that the sine wave can be executed in two phases: Phase 1: Relaxing arms, legs, and shoulders to recover your energy after the previous movement. Phase 2: Increase both external and internal energy with the hip motion (gain mass) and the acceleration from the top of the wave, in combination with exhaling at the impact of the movement. Grandmaster Hong Sik Kim,

General Choi Hong Hi (9 November 1918 – 15 June 2002)

A tribute on youtube to General Choi Hong Hi, the man who is credited with developing Taekwondo and the forms we practice: a glimpse into the history of our martial art. General Choi came to stay at one time with Grandmaster Kim here in the U.S. Master Kim got up before dawn to begin working out before General Choi woke, only to find the General already well into his own work-out.

Class Times

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Tuesday, and Thursday: 6:10 - 7:30 pm approximately.