Taekwondo is a Korean martial art of kicking, blocking, and striking that has also become a full-fledged Olympic sport. It is the world's most popular martial art, with over 20 million practitioners in over 140 countries. That popularity is nice but also means that most schools are focused on competition or on socialization of children. There's nothing wrong with that, but TKD is also an excellent martial art and a fun way to stay fit for adults and teens who can sometimes get lost in the sea of kids at some schools. The intent and idea of the Taekwondo classes at Beck Martial Arts is a fun informal setting (uniforms optional) to get you in great shape while developing fundamental kicking, punching, striking, and sparring skills in a safe supportive environment. Study of Taekwondo can benefit you in many ways:
- weight loss
- cardiovascular health
- strength and endurance
- stress relief
- concentration and focus
Children and Teens
Taekwondo is the best fit out of BMA classes for children and teens; the joint locks of Hapkido and the weapons training of Arnis require a certain maturity level. Taekwondo is an excellent martial art for adults too, it just works very well for children, especially for commercial schools: kids are open minded and tend to try hard, they are less busy with extracurricular school activities, and parents will pay high prices and sacrifice for their kids. Schools can make a great deal of additional income with birthday parties and parent night outs, etc.
BMA is NOT a kid-focused school. Master Beck prefers to teach adults and teens, as BMA is about teaching selfdefense arts rather than competition or socialization imposing discipline on little Johnny by making him saying yes sir/no sir. However, the current BMA location is in an isolated room that reduces distractions, so Master Beck is willing to accept students 6 years and older.