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Our school in Bucksport will close
effective September 1, 2013.
Welcome to our website. We hope you can find everything you need. We are an American Taekwondo Association school. Our schools are based on the belief that our students' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust andeliver you the best martial arts training in the area.
Martial Arts isn't about just fighting or even about building self confidence or self discipline. It's about making ourselves better; about creating the best person we can become. That starts at White Belt! The most important day in a member of the ATA family. Founded over 35 years ago, and having trained more than 150,000 men, women, and children, the ATA is the parent company to more than 1000 schools in the United States alone. One of the many advantages of the ATA is that all of its member schools teach the Songahm style of Taekwondo uniformly throughout the organization. Therefore, if you are taking classes in one state and move to another, you can retain your rank and continue on taking classes where you left off.
WHAT IS TAEKWONDO?
Translated, Taekwondo means "The Art of the Hand and Foot," and originally comes from Korea, where it is still practiced as a national sport. Taekwondo is an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques. Taekwondo is also one of the world's newest martial arts, formally getting its name in 1953. Its roots, however, are based on techniques tested for thousands of years. Martial arts techniques provide training of both the body and the mind toward the goals of physical fitness, self-defense, self-control, and self-realization.
The focus has remained the same throughout the years -- to provide students the highest quality martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy. Our instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art training facilities and methods.
Today there are hundreds of thousands of Americans studying Taekwondo. The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the heart of this martial art. The ATA is Taekwondo's quality control, providing instructor training, belt rank testing, and supervision of competitive contests. We are proud to be an accredited member of the ATA family. Founded over 35 years ago, and having trained more than 150,000 men, women, and children, the ATA is the parent company to more than 1000 schools in the United States alone. One of the many advantages of the ATA is that all of its member schools teach the Songahm style of Taekwondo uniformly throughout the organization. Therefore, if you are taking classes in one state and then move to another, you can retain your rank and continue your training from where you left off.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM TAEKWONDO?
Who can benefit from Taekwondo training? Everyone can! The ATA has practicing students from three years old into their seventies and also has the largest number of active women black belts of any martial arts organization in the world. Taekwondo offers something that no other sport can. It's a "learning style" athletic activity that develops a combination of balance, coordination, and flexibility while instilling a sense of self discipline that can carry over into all aspects of life.
As we age our flexibility and agility often tends to decrease. This decreased level of flexibility can have a negative effect on the activities we do or the style of life we lead. When people first see Taekwondo techniques, they are fascinated by the strong, high kicks, often over their heads. Not everyone can achieve super flexibility but the flexibility gained by practicing Taekwondo techniques can benefit anyone no matter what age they start. So why has Taekwondo grown so popular? Because it's a comprehensive martial art that can benefit anyone and help them meet their own individual goals.
LEARNING THE TECHNIQUES
The principles of Taekwondo technique are based on the design of your body. For power, you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques come from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. When you learn to coordinate this speed and power through your smallest muscles, you can develop the concentration to focus all of your body's strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of your foot. When you have mastered this "Focusing" of your strength, the idea of shattering boards becomes quite real. When used in a self-defense situation against the soft and vulnerable parts of an attacker's body, this power can be incredible. Knowing how you can use these techniques to defend yourself, your self-confidence and self-disciple will grow and can carry over to all aspects of your life.
WHAT CAN TAEKWONDO PROVIDE FOR YOU?
By using developed proven teaching methods that will not only help you learn the art of self-defense quickly and easily, but also provides a wide range of other exciting benefits for students of all ages and abilities. We realize that each student possesses different physical abilities. Size and strength vary with each individual. However, once you have acquired a strong foundation in Taekwondo basics, our program will enhance your physical capabilities and maximize your self-defense skills. We train our students to the best of their abilities. All that is expected of you is a willingness to try.
• Improved Reflexes and Coordination increase performance in all physical activities
• Increased Strength and Stamina boost energy, so you feel great all day
• Increased Flexibility & Weight Control for better overall fitness
• Great Cardiovascular Work Out keeps you in good shape physically
• Improved Concentration for better work and study habits
• Stress Reduction & Increased Levels of Relaxation for a longer, healthier life
• The Peace of Mind that comes from knowing that you are able to Protect Yourself and your Family
• Increased Self Confidence & Self Discipline to develop a positive attitude toward life.
We are not interested in just teaching self defense, we are interested in the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all students to progress quickly and confidently toward their personal goals.
We offer these classes for children between 4 and 6 years old. We build a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect and discipline. Our program is designed to improve children's motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. All classes are taught using the most safe, fun and exciting instruction methods available for this age group. This program works in conjunction with the Karate for Kids program, thereby emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system. The Tiny Tigers have their own Victory Patch and "Victory Stars". Different colored stars are earned for a variety of reasons: great work at school or home, tournament participation, special performance awards, etc. The children earn the stars which they put on their Victory Patch. Four different colored Victory Patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving Tiny Tiger. Tiny Tigers earn color belts the same as everyone.
The Karate for Kids program was developed based on traditional Taekwondo. It is based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to technical skills. The building blocks for out system are monthly themes such as Goals, Self-Control, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, among many others. Karate for Kids students are ages 7 to 12. They earn stars the same way the Tiny Tigers do.
We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected is a willingness to try.
When Karate for Kids students turn 13, they can enter the teen-adult classes. These classes teach tradition Taekwondo and life skills in much the same way the Karate for Kids classes do.
New beginners start class everyday. Each new student starts slowly and progresses at his or her own rate of speed. You should begin by attending at least twice per week, You may however, attend as often as you'd like each class lasts about an hour. Don't be concerned if you're out of shape or if the techniques look too difficult; there'll be other beginners like yourself in class. We really hope that you decide to join us. It was once said, "The hardest part of any journey is taking the first step." Congratulations, you have already taken it!
LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
Campbell's ATA Black Belt Academy
33 School Street, Suite 3
Bangor, Maine 04401