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EDGE TAEKWONDO

Ages 4+

Children need a structured program to channel their energy sometimes, improve their focus and listening skills, and aid their physical development. YOU need a program that’s going to reinforce the discipline and life skills you’re trying to teach at home.

Register your child for our action-packed 55 minute Tiny Tigers / white belt class once per week. Our certified Black Belt instructors guarantee improvements in focus, active-listening, self-control, and physical abilities in as little as 45 days or 6 classes.

Children advance in rank as well as develop a sense of accomplishment. Nothing prepares children better for the long road to becoming a black belt!

Tiny Tiger Beginners

Developing focus and self-control is paramount for young children. Tiny-Tigers practice taking directions from their adult instructors, and concentrating on simple tasks for progressively greater lengths of time. This class will reinforce life-skills such as listening, working cooperatively, and picking up after ourselves. Entry level Taekwondo routines are broken down into ‘bite-sized’ increments so that students may progress steadily and confidently! Coaches keep all techniques and skills limited to simple gross-motor movements designed to improve attributes such as balance and coordination. Kids will quickly discover the joy of training through
super fun play-based learning in every lesson!

This class is 55 Minutes Long. Ages 4+

Monthly Tuition:
1 class per week = $92
2 classes per week = $138

White Belts

Elementary Taekwondo Techniques (based upon universal principles of motion) are used as a vehicle in which to impart our core values to new students. This means that ideas such as teamwork, integrity, humility, and respect of self and others are intrinsically woven into our process. Taekwondo training is just as much mental as it is physical. Students will gain confidence and self-esteem through their new found abilities, acclimate to the structure of class, and be encouraged to express themselves in a fun and exciting fashion! This class will teach them the positive and respectful attitude, self-discipline, and power of focus needed to succeed.
This is their first step in their journey to Black-Belt excellence!

This class is 55 Minutes Long.

Yellow, Orange & Green Belts (testing required)

The basic concepts, principles, and patterns introduced at White-Belt are now further refined into the beginning of a full-fledged system of fitness and self-defense. Starting from this strong foundation, students will learn to move powerfully and aesthetically by building-out their first choreographed routines. These “Traditional Forms” represent the root of our art. Exercises like this embody the careful balance of spirit and process; which is the very definition of Martial Arts.
Memorizing these Traditional Forms will build their sense of self-efficacy in a way few other things can! This is the beginning of their Taekwondo journey in earnest. Through their efforts, students will quickly learn to appreciate the value of hard work and perseverance!

This class is 55 Minutes Long. Orange + belts are asked to practice 2 core belt classes per week, while Green is asked to practice 3x per week with a minimum of 2 core belt classes.

Blue & Purple Belts (testing required)

This next phase of training will follow up on their previous introduction to basic patterns and Traditional Forms, massively expanding their repertoire of the solo-routines; which constitute the true building-blocks of the Martial Arts. Like any calistentic, these solo-routines—consisting of a collection of time-honored best practices—help condition and shape us into the best version of ourselves! Serious training for free-sparring also begins now! The sport-specific training involved in competitive-style Taekwondo practice works wonders to increase flexibility, develop quickness, and build strength and stamina. Done right, sparring exercises reduce
aggressiveness, heighten self-control, and instill a healthy sense of assertiveness!

Brown – Black Belts (testing required)

Our high tier Color-Belt curriculum KICKS training all the way up into high-gear! At this level students will complete their catalogue of essential Taekwondo techniques. By the conclusion of this level, students will be well versed in the correct mechanical execution of all of the fundamental kicks, blocks, punches, etcetera, which comprise the art as a whole. Having now learned all the basics necessary to perform Taekwondo with both poise and power, students can get serious about translating ALL of their awesome techniques into applicable skills! The penultimate level of Deputy-Black is the final cumulative review of everything they have learned. At this level the basic training ends, and now leadership training begins!

These classes are 55 Minutes Long. Black belts are asked to practice 3x per week with a minimum of 2 core belt classes.

NINJA SKILLS

Handling traditional martial arts tools, executing rolls and other maneuvers, this is a fun class to further build coordination, improve focus and refine martial art techniques! Lightweight padded nunchucks are safe, simple and amazing tools for cultivating concentration, honing self-control, and building confidence as this has WOW factor to peers.

These classes are 60 Minutes Long. Open to all Green + belts

SPARRING

This class is 90 Minutes Long and uses state of the art equipment. Open to all Blue + belts

Program Curriculum

Children will work on Gross/Fine Motor Coordination, Strength / Flexibility, How to Stand Still, How to Form Lines, How to Share, Take Turns, How to Get Along with Others, Teamwork, How to Listen and Watch Instructors and How to Talk to Strangers

Life SkillsKicksStrikesBlocksStances
RespectFrontHeelpalmUpperReady
CourtesyAxeKnifehand (to the neck and to the solarplexes)LowerLong
HonestySidePunches (single, double and triple)OutsideShort
CommunicationRoundhouseElbow strikesScoop & Across the bodyHorse
Backfist

Our Program Leader

masterdanMaster Dan is the program director of EDGE Martial Arts, and is both a Classically Trained Black-Belt, and Traditional Sah-bu-nim [Master-level Instructor]. He has a history of passionate dedication; with over 15 years of experience in the martial arts.

He leads the curriculum of the EDGE Martial Arts program; and sets the standard high with each and every class in order to assure the best progressions for his students. Having trained in Korean Tae Kwon Do, his abilities are as versatile as they are precise.

Master Dan began his teaching career in East Longmeadow; instructing students in the art of Tae Kwon Do at the very same school he was taught in. After working and training in multiple schools–under the influences of various Masters–he eventually had a vision to create a special and unique program. One geared towards inspiring kids to excel in all aspects of the martial arts– ultimately, helping to launch the EDGE program.

FAQ’s

The different martial arts all originated in different countries thousands of years ago, as forms of self-defense. Karate comes from Japan and Kung Fu from China. TaeKwonDo is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, TaeKwonDo is known as the kicking art and emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts. it is ideal for improving balance, flexibility, coordination and endurance. Besides the physical benefits many people practice TaeKwonDo to improve self-confidence and to gain valuable discipline. In addition, TaeKwonDo is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is the only of these martial arts that is a sport in the Olympic Games. Currently more people study the art of TaeKwonDo than all other forms of martial arts combined.

Throughout their training, students are reminded that being physically and mentally tough doesn’t allow one to be tough with others. Instead, Taekwondo students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. The instructors continuously remind students that Taekwondo is about self improvement and not a tool for bullying.

Yes. It is a requirement of our program. Please let the office know if you need a uniform. During the summer we allow shorts and an EDGE t-shirt.

Each belt has a set of curriculum, after successfully practicing that curriculum our instructors will invite students to a belt test.

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