Village Taekwondo
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Village Taekwondo is a member of Taekwondo America (TA), a national organization with many schools across the United States. All TA schools adhere to the same professional guidelines and procedures ensuring the high standards by which we teach, promote students in rank, and project our image and reputation within the community remain consistent from school to school, even though every TA school is independently owned.

Whether you're a boy or a girl; whether you're a child, teen or adult, you can expect to be treated with respect and courtesy in every Taekwondo America school and at every Taekwondo America event.

At Village Taekwondo, our program includes Forms, Sparring, Wood-Breaking and Non-Sparring Defensive Techniques mixed with fun drills and activities designed to provide a good workout for all age levels. We sometimes hear about schools with instructors who yell at their students, even making them cry. That's just not our style.

Yes, we can be very loud and very enthusiastic when we're teaching class, but we don't believe that humiliation is motivating. Yes, we do expect students to be respectful and courteous in class and we have immediate consequences for misbehavior. We expect every student to try hard every class and to answer up with an enthusiastic "Yes, ma'am!" or "Yes, sir!" anytime an instructor speaks to them. We also believe that using positive reinforcement and having consistent age/rank appropriate consequences, mixed with fun is the best way to encourage and motivate students.

The Little Dragons program is designed to help four- and five-year-old students develop physically and socially, and improve the focus they need for school and when they move up into the Juniors program.

We use games and other fun activities to help develop coordination and to help teach good sportsmanship. Over time, students become more self-confidence and improve self-control, and are less likely to bully others or to be bullied

Little Dragons will test every 2 months for new rank within the Little Dragon program. Based on age/maturity, we may decide to move them into the Juniors program when they are 6 years old or have earned their Little Dragon Red Belt.

Prior to trying a free class, we schedule an evaluation to helps us determine if your child will get the most out of our program at this time or if waiting a few months will allow them to gain a little more focus and maturity.

Our Junior program (ages 6 - 12) teaches self-confidence, focus, self-discipline, courtesy, leadership and teamwork in a fun environment.

Our Junior program is divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes based on rank.

During a typical class students participate in a variety of activities which may include working with an instructor on their Form, practicing sparring or One-Steps, working with a partner on punching and kicking a target, participating in a relay race, learning how to deal with a bully or practicing Stranger Danger techniques, using the rail for support during kicking drills or using boppers to learn good blocking skills. We have serious fun in every class!

TEENS & ADULTS - AGE 13 and up
Our Adult and Teen classes provide an excellent strength training and aerobic workout for wide range of ages and abilities. Every adult class begins with warm up drills and ends with stretching to increase flexibility. Activities are designed to allow each student to workout at their own pace and skill level as strength, flexibility and endurance improve. You’ll increase your self-confidence and feel healthier. In addition to learning your current belt level Form, practicing sparring or One-Steps and learning how to defend yourself, we use targets, slammers, pushups, sit ups and the rail in a variety of fun and challenging activities to increase flexibility, improve muscle strength and build endurance. So, whether you are 13 or 53, Taekwondo may be the best way to achieve your health and exercise goals!

What are "Forms"?

You may also hear Forms referred to as Hyungs or Katas. Forms are patterns of moves designed to teach students increasingly complex marital arts skills and techniques. Each belt level has its own pattern of moves that a student will learn when he or she passes testing and receives that new belt level. For example, the first belt, the white belt, has a pattern of 14 moves that teaches the basic blocks and stances. The next belt level, yellow belt, has a pattern of 21 moves that has new blocks and a different combination of moves. This continues all the way up through all of the black belt levels.

The expectations for how the techniques in each Form are performed increase also. A new student performing their white belt form will not have the same precision of stances and sharpness of technique that a long time black belt student will demonstrate (or SHOULD demonstrate) when they do their form and we don’t expect the white belt and the black belt to perform the same. Our goal is for students to show gradual improvement over time as they progress through the belt levels. We don’t compare one student to another (and we hope you don’t either), but rather work to help each student improve based on their ability and effort. 

A forms and curriculum DVD is available from Taekwondo America.  These are provided for students who want to make sure they are practicing their form correctly and are not intended to be used in place of class attendance. (Parents, please do not use these videos to try to teach your child at home. We want them to enjoy Taekwondo and to look forward to coming to class. Too much “homework” can discourage them. Plus, we have trained for years to learn how to perform and teach proper techniques.)      

What are "One Steps" and "Sparring Combinations"?

White and Yellow Belt students learn One-Steps, combinations of 3-5 moves designed to help them prepare for future free sparring with a partner. Children learn three One-Step combinations and adults learn five combinations. Students first learn and perform the One-Steps without a partner. Once students know the One-Steps, they pair up to practice the One-Steps back and forth. One partner stands still in an attack position, while the other performs a One-Step toward them without making contact. 

Orange and Senior Orange Belt students learn Sparring Combinations, which are similar to One-Steps, but they are not performed in a stationary position. Blocking and moving away from an attack, and making light contact, are introduced. Orange Belt students purchase sparring gear and once they know and have been tested for their Sparring Combinations, they may participate in Free Sparring with instructor supervision. 

What is "Free-Sparring"?

Sparring is using controlled defense and attack techniques with light contact in short bouts with a partner/opponent in a safe environment. At Village Taekwondo we introduce sparring gradually. Once Orange Belts and Senior Orange belts "master" their sparring combinations, we work with them to use the skills from their defined combinations to help them free spar.

You may wonder, “Won’t teaching kids to fight just encourage them to become more violent?” Actually, quite the opposite. Students are reminded regularly that they may not misuse taekwondo and that it’s not okay to start a fight. We teach students ways to avoid a fight and to use their words. Using physical force to protect themselves is a last resort. And, students who learn how to defend themselves tend to be more confident and are less likely to be the target of an attack.

Free sparring allows students to practice defensive and counter-attack techniques in a safe and controlled environment. Students are required to purchase and wear approved Taekwondo America co-branded gear which includes padded helmet, molded mouthpiece, elbow pads, hand pads, shin guards, foot pads, and all males must wear a cup. Students who do not have every piece of gear on are not allowed to participate in free sparring during that class.

Sparring teaches good sportsmanship, manners, self-control, focus and self-confidence. Only light contact is allowed and students practice techniques on targets to learn the difference between punching and kicking targets hard and making light contact with a sparring partner. Students learn a variety of combinations they can use in sparring, but the goal is for them to see open target areas on their partner/opponent and to combine a variety of techniques to score points.

Sparring also prepares students to defend themselves in a real life situation. Most people are not used to being attacked and freeze up if someone comes at them. Sparring teaches students to think quickly, to defend and counter attack. No, classroom sparring is not exactly like a real life fight, but it does allow students to practice blocking punches and to respond quickly without freezing — tactics that will increase the odds of a safe outcome should they ever be attacked.

Why do students have to break boards?

Besides the fact that it's FUN and you feel a great sense of accomplishment? One thing it's important to know is that students are not required to break boards until they are a senior blue belt, which means they will have been through at least 6 two-month testing cycles. By this time they will have had a year of developing the skills necessary to break boards. Every day in every class, those skills are taught and reinforced in target drills, kicking down the rail, and even in the games we play. Being able to break boards in a testing environment demonstrates that a student would be able to exert enough power to defend themselves and fight off an attacker. 

What are "non-sparring defensive techniques"?

These techniques are what most non-martial artists think of when they hear the term “self-defense.” How do you get away if someone grabs you around the neck or by your arm or your hair? What do you do if someone shoves you against a wall? How do you deal with the bully on the playground or the obnoxious co-worker at the holiday party? What if the attacker is a whole lot bigger than you? Rarely does an incident need to be handled by punching or kicking the offender — as martial artists our goal is to try to resolve "situations" peacefully and to avoid a violent confrontation. We teach students how to avoid a grab, to use pressure points and counter grabs and even an attacker’s own body weight to end the attack. We periodically teach women’s self-defense clinics and Stranger Danger/Bully Awareness classes for kids at our school and can bring those classes to the public schools and businesses.

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Village Taekwondo - 8730 Moreland Street - Powell, Ohio - (740) 917-5028

Learn self-defense, build confidence and get in shape in 2012! 
Fun Martial Arts in Powell Ohio, located in the Golf Village Retail Center. 
Providing instruction students in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center, Worthington and 
Southern Delaware County.