“The history of Ho-Am Taekwondo"

Taekwondo has a deep and rich history formally dating back 4000 years with traces of its roots going back as far as 10,000 years. Historically this includes the migration of the Korean ancestors from Central Asia to the location of modern day Korea. This lengthy time line provides a wealth of opportunities to mold Taekwondo into what it has become today. Early on, historians believe the movements for Taekwondo were a re-enactment of past battles. Through the retelling of the combats, the tribes would continually improve on the techniques, thereby developing a better, faster and more efficient form of fighting. Around 4000 years ago, the formal development of Taekwondo took place and was

Taekwondo essay on stretching

by Kaveen Chandra Stretching is important because when you are going to do an athletic activity you should stretch before so you don’t accidentally pull or hurt a muscle. Before I do an athletic activity I stretch so I don’t pull a muscle. You should do a stretch for your hamstrings, shoulders, torso, quads and arm muscles. Before stretching you should do a few jumping jacks, pushups, or maybe sit-ups. When you are stretching you shouldn’t stretch to the point of pain. If you want to see improvement in flexibility it is definitely necessary to stretch the minimum of 3 times a week. If your muscles got worked too much they will become less elastic. Be considerate to your body and stretc

Taekwondo sparring types and their differences

by Joseph Spainhour Sparring is an essential part of the Taekwondo students training. It teaches speed, accuracy, distance and technique flow. The following paragraphs will discuss the three basic flavors of sparring: Testing, Championship and personal protection. Testing sparring is used to display what the student has learned during the time in their current rank. Light contact should be used during testing sparring and all techniques known to the student should be demonstrated. This allows the instructors to judge if the student has absorbed the proper skills needed to advance to the next rank. Students should work as a team in order to “show what they know” and avoid showboating or goin


by Joseph Spainhour Part of being a martial artist is knowing how your body will perform in a given situation. Most of the time, this involves kicking and punching various parts of your opponents’ body. In order to be effective you should have a wide range of motion. Keeping fit is only part of the solution, one must also stretch daily. Stretching helps keep the muscle fibers elongated and reduces stress. Stretching also helps maintain a good range of motion and should be part of your daily routine. Two types of stretching are dynamic and static. Dynamic stretching involves motion. Neck rotations and shoulder rotations are good examples of dynamic stretching. Static stretching involves hold

Proper Nutrition and its effects on Taekwondo Training

by Joseph Spainhour A car needs fuel to operate, so does the human body. The fuel that we use is called food and the way that food is broken down and used as energy is called nutrition. The following paragraphs will delve into the ideas behind proper nutrition and how it interacts with the students Taekwondo training. Nutrition, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues. Proper Nutrition is the process by which we give our bodies all of the minerals and nutrients that it needs in order to operate at its highest level of

Local Martial Artists Dim The Lights And Lend Support For Earth Hour

On April 22nd, 2010, Johnson's TaeKwonDo & Leadership Academy hosted a glow-in-the-dark escrima seminar for the World Wildlife Federation. All proceeds went to the charity as part of Jessica Stober's Leadership Project. Our martial arts students had a blast at the seminar in Cary. The event was also part of Johnson's TaeKwonDo & Leadership Academy's participation in Earth Hour where for 1 hour, ctizens, communities, businesses, national, and world landmarks cut off the lights each year as they demonstrate awareness for the world's limited resources and the importance of limiting our excess use of energy. Johnson's TaeKwonDo & Leadership Academy TO DIM THE LIGHTS AND LEND SUPPORT FOR

I am shaving my head!

For the 3rd year in a row, the Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy students and instructors are going bald for a cause. Many of us are getting our heads shaved in solidarity with children who are stricken with cancer. We are accepting pledges online at http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/teamid/66712. We have done ok so far. Our goal was $1k, and we have already raised $1418!!! There are still a couple of days left to donate. The martial arts academy in Cary, North Carolina will have its students performing demonstrations at the Hibernian Pub on Kildaire Farm Rd Saturday March 7th, 2010. Afterwards, we will all be cheering on the few brave souls who will be getting their heads shaved. This i

Amazement at Amazing Kids in our Martial Arts Program

I am often very suprised-to say the least-when young students approach me to step up for their communities. Mrs. Johnson, the other instrctors and I consistently challenge students to do good for others while taking their skills out of the dojang and putting them to good use in the world. These young martial arts community activists come in every age, shape, and size. Jessica Stober, though she would not like me calling her a kid, is a 17 year old with a love for animals. Her Cary 5k race and her rainwater barrel project has been a huge undertaking for someone of her age. She not only secured a million dollar insurance policy for the 5k race, but she organized the event and communicated eff

Inspired by my junior students and their incredible response to our new leadership curriculum

How do you teach leadership to young students? At Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy, we take a multi-pronged approach to achieve maximum results. First of all, we hold all of our students accountable-no matter what rank they are. Even white belts in our martial arts school in Cary have tasks that they are given to train new students. Wait a minute! Isn't a white belt a new student. Sure and that's why their tasks are relatively small at first. A white belt student that has been with me for a week, for instance, would know a few things that a NEWER student would not. A newer student does not know the basic stances. The white belt student with only a week of training does. A new student does not kno

Instructor Humility Project 2010

At Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy of Cary, the instructors have chosen to participate in a Humility Project where they truly "Walk the Talk!" Each of Johnson's 18 instructors have decided as a show of humility to their students that they start back at white belt. Each week, the TaeKwonDo instructors will be able to advance from one belt to the next only by practicing the curriculum requirements 100 times for that rank. At Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy of Cary, the instructors have done it all. Most of them have placed consistently at the world championships each year. They have led many of their martial arts students to do the same. Each have participated in Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy of Cary's

Back to White Belt

Johnson's TaeKwonDo & Leadership Academy teaches its students to walk the walk. The ten tenets of TaeKwonDo Honor, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage, Community, Strength, Humility, and Knowledge are taught and stressed in each taekwondo lesson that the academy instructors teach. However, one tenet that is often overlooked in the martial arts industry is Humility. Parents have gotten the wrong idea about martial arts lately as mixed martial arts (The UFC) has become more prevalent. For some reason, parents think that if I am a mixed martial artist, I am laden with tattoos, I fight in a cage, and am extremely arrogant and full of pride. While this may be what you watch o

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