Best Taekwondo Schools

July 13, 2012

Why you should learn Taekwondo from a USNTA certified Instructor

Taekwondo classes are very popular. With more and more Taekwondo schools popping up every day, choosing the Taekwondo teachers that will do the best job can prove to be quite difficult. When looking for Taekwondo instructors it is important to have certain criteria in mind and stick to those requirements. Besides trying to find the Taekwondo schools that are the closest in your area or that have the best price it is also important to look at the reputation and qualifications of the Taekwondo instructors.

Many Taekwondo teachers have trophies and other honors that they can show, this only serves to make the decision that much more difficult for potential students. In fact, just because some Taekwondo instructors are award winning, that does not mean that they are right for you. One way you can be sure that the Taekwondo instructor you choose is the right one is by making sure that they are USNTA certified.

USNTA is the US National Taekwondo Association. They work to preserve Taekwondo as a martial arts by upholding and promoting its philosophies. If an instructor is certified with this organization it means that they have a love of the art, respect for it, and are passionate about what they do. With this you can be sure that teaching Taekwondo is not just a job to your instructor but it really means something to them. Taekwondo instructors with passion for the martial art and that have proper training are more equipped to give you the best possible learning experience.

The practice of Taekwondo is very good for your health. The fitness industry has made certain disciplines like Taekwondo and Tai-chi very popular in order to help people and capitalize off of them. This has resulted in many so called experts giving a lot of watered down training in Taekwondo to their students. However, there is so much more to Taekwondo then just the physical benefits that its practice brings. The philosophies and principals behind the physical techniques grant greater benefits to students that can assist them in all aspects of their lives.

Students who take the time to ensure that their Taekwondo instructors are USNTA certified reap the benefits of their precautions by receiving tools that they can use to properly handle the various challenging issues of life. If you are going to invest your time, money, and energy into learning something it is wise to make sure that you are getting the best possible return on investment. Making sure that the instructors of your Taekwondo classes are USNTA certified.

Learning Taekwondo is a great way of establishing and promoting health that is physical, emotional, and spiritual. The benefits of studying this martial art are very great. Do all that you can to get the most out of the time that you spend training. Get a USNTA certified instructor who can give you all the tools that martial art offers. You will be surprised at how much positive impact these tools bring to your everyday life.


Tae Kwon Do and Cowboys

October 8, 2011

There are many similar lessons learned in Taekwondo schools and Cowboy movies. Below we explore some of them through the eyes of a Cowboy who learned Taekwondo.

In American culture the image of the western cowboy has always been awarded a very special place. The theme of the Cowboy both in literature and film usually describes a common man who is willing to stand against great odds to do that which is right and who does so even if it means great risk or personal sacrifice. To many it seems that in today’s world (with the exception of the military) the younger generations have forgotten that greater aspect of life.

Being willing to make such sacrifices or to take such risks even in the face of public ridicule or the threat of physical harm is something that we, as martial artists, also believe in when it is the right thing to do right. One only has to consider the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self control and Indomitable Spirit to realize they are exactly the same words Louis L’Amour might have used to describe one of his western heroes.

Imagine trying to describe Gary Cooper’s character in High Noon. Would words such as Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit be accurate when describing a sheriff willing to stay to defend his town against a gang of ruthless outlaws even when the townsfolk themselves refuse to help? Of course it would.

Would Self Control and Humility describe for example Alan Ladd’s portrayal of Shane? Remember when Shane first enters the town bar in order to retrieve a soda pop for the young boy and is then accosted by one of the cattlemen? Shane had previously been introduced as a gunfighter who knew how to handle himself but then he allows himself to be insulted in order to avoid a conflict. Who could forget Ben Johnson’s bullying and the ensuing laughter from the other patrons as he throws a drink on Shane? The hero’s reaction is the very definition of self control.

The guiding principles of the martial arts like Taekwondo might seem to have been taken directly from western folklore, yet in reality that is not the case. In fact, on several occasions the reverse is true. Many for example consider the movie The Magnificent Seven to be the consummate western. It typifies the varios different and classical types of western heroes. The Man in Black (Yul Bryner) is the strong silent leader. There is a strong sidekick (Steve McQueen), a young overeager kid, a veteran gunslinger, and an outlaw on the run. They’re all here. The Magnificent Seven was so influential in fact there were several sequels made and the characters have become almost stereotypical. In reality however the movie is an almost exact remake of the Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.

Perhaps we should consider that like cowboys Tae Kwon Do students and other martial artists also strive to achieve their goals by following a sort of code of conduct. Whether it be it the Code of the West or the Tenets of Tae Kwon Do, such traits as respect, courtesy integrity, self effacing pride while still remaining humble, and the courage to uphold one’s convictions seem to be universal principles common to all hero types whether they be packing a .45 Peacemaker or a Japanese Katana.

Consider John Wayne’s words in his last great movie the Shootist:

I won’t be wronged,

I won’t be insulted,

I won’t be laid a hand on.

I don’t do these things to other people

I require the same from them.

Perhaps more of us should have a little Cowboy in our souls

By Master Ronald Stone, Instructor at the American Dragon Martial Arts Schools in Winter Garden, Florida. Master Stone is also a veterinarian and owner of the Veterinary Trauma Center near Clermont, Florida and an Amazon best selling author in the Western Novel category.

Learn Taekwondo in Korea with the US National Taekwondo Association

October 21, 2010

Taekwondo Can Stir Your Soul!

Many sports and exercise activities are one dimensional. Aerobics is a nice way to stretch and tone your muscles. Jogging offers cardiovascular benefits.  Swimming offers more.  But Taekwondo offers you a way to bring your entire life into harmony through the physical, mental, and philosophical exercise of your mind and body.  Taekwondo challenges you physically, exercising virtually every muscle in your body. Your training helps you develop a healthier cardiovascular system, greater strength, better coordination, increased flexibility and, of course, the ability to defend yourself in dangerous situations.  Taekwondo training also helps you develop a keener ability to confidently make decisions, a higher degree of self respect, and an ability to deal with stress effectively.

Members of the US National Taekwondo Association get an opportunity to learn Taekwondo in Korea during their annual training tour of Korea. To join the US National Taekwondo Association click here.

To find out more about the specific rewards of Taekwondo training, please visit American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Clermont and Winter Garden, Florida. Read our magazine at World Martial Arts Magazine, Listen to our radio show on the World Martial Arts Radio Network, watch our TV show at World Martial Arts TV.