Classes are kept small & semi-formal in nature, with a learning structure similar to a conventional martial arts school, but in a much more fluid & personal format.
Open to beginners & previous/experienced practitioners alike.
The curriculum is centered around fitness & personal development. The focus will vary from class to class, & is dependent on the progress of the students in attendance. Generally, we’ll cover a mixture of basic techniques, forms, physical endurance & conditioning, self-defense, & sparring.
Why should I train in TKD? — Taekwondo is a sport that exercises the entire body, but also balances the mind, body, & spirit together through physical challenge. I take a holistic approach to integrating the training into your real life. We use it to better ourselves, stay fit, build confidence, & learn useful self-defense capabilities.
What’s the benefit of joining this group VS a traditional school? — I’m offering a level of personal attention & guidance that full fledged schools simply can’t match. The format is also more relaxed than a traditional school. I like to keep it fun, & more social. My goal is not making money, it’s about the training.
What constitutes a ‘small’ class? — There will never be more than 10 students at one time.
Is it for women? — I know, that sounds like a sexist question. Martial arts are something many women have never seriously considered, either due to the intimidation factor or because it seems to be an activity best suited for guys that want to beat each other up. But the truth is, Taekwondo is an excellent choice for the ladies… you get the flexibility, relaxation, & core strength of Yoga, the intensity of cross-fit/cross-training regiments, the cardio & endurance of distance running or spin classes, coupled with a purposeful mental attitude & security of knowing how to defend yourself. And, there’s always room to grow & new things to learn, so you’ll never get bored… which means consistency.
Is there a contract/length of time commitment? — Nope. Aside from signing a liability waiver, there is no commitment, & you are welcome to join/pay month to month.
Can I try a class or two for free? — Sure, absolutely. The best way to see if this is for you is to try. The way you’ll feel after a workout is a better advocate than any words or marketing I can do.
Do I need prior experience? — Nope. Beginners are welcome.
What is the tuition fee? — $80/month
What do I need to participate? — You will need a uniform. New students will be provided with one for $50. You are also welcome to use uniforms from previous schools.
I am offering these classes for several reasons…
One, I have the experience. I have trained in martial arts (TKD primarily) since I was a toddler. By age 8 I had my black belt, by age 11 I was teaching kids younger than myself, by age 14 I was teaching adults, & by age 16 I was teaching full classes & running a school. In college, I founded, taught, coached, & managed a TKD program & intercollegiate competitive team. I have similar training & teaching experience in Hapkido. I have trained in several other styles over the years, including kickboxing, Aikido, Judo, & Kendo. I fell out of aggressive training after college in 2005, & almost completely stopped over the following several years. However, the experience & knowledge remains, & it’s time to put it back to use!
Two, I have the space. I have been in my live/work photography studio for the last two years, located in the Bemis Building of Seattle’s Sodo district. It’s a fairly large space with ample room for small-group training sessions. It’s always been a goal & desire of mine to have a space in which I could do both martial arts & photography. Neither one need the space full time, both utilize the wide-openness, & it’s a perfect way to split my time between two passions.
Three, I have the desire. I’ve never poured more of my soul into anything as I have martial arts. I’m also extremely passionate about teaching. Sharing the life-empowering skills, discipline, & fitness of martial arts with others is incredibly fulfilling, not to mention practical. There were many personal reasons for my absence from the field the last 6 years, but the time has come to begin anew.
Please send me an email or give me a call if you have any other questions about the classes.
email@example.com – 206.713.7333
55 S Atlantic St
Seattle WA 98134