5 Great Habits Kids Learn from Martial Arts classes in Ocoee Florida

February 16th, 2016

5 Great Habits Kids Learn from Martial Arts

One of my students drew me a card complete with a picture of me doing a side kick, with a smile, and wearing my signature pony tail. It said “I love karte.”Yes, “karate” was spelled wrong, but it didn’t matter; everything that he was trying to say was just right. His message was clear. He enjoys class. He has fun. He learns. And, he likes his instructor.

Kids don’t just learn martial art skills when they come to class. They establish actions and thoughts that can only be formed by martial arts training. Unlike any other sport, martial arts are much more than a series of skills to be practiced. Martial arts also teach how to believe in others, what friendship means, how to focus, how to be confident, and that routine is important. Here’s a few of the lessons that often go unnoticed:

1. Trust

martial arts schools in OcoeeIn martial art classes, kids learn how to trust, and what trust means. I’m an instructor because I have a desire to help kids achieve, excel, and learn to defend themselves. I want them to grow and be healthy, just like my own children. The children I teach trust me because I show a willingness to help them understand skills, I answer their questions, and I show compassion and a true interest in what they are doing.

They need someone who will wipe tears while at the same time push them toward the next part of class. In order for an instructor/student relationship to flourish, trust must evolve. Parents can sit and watch class if they choose; therefore, trust does not mean that kids need to be distanced from their parents; rather, they should know that they are safe and protected by both their parents and their instructor. Learning trust is easy, but keeping it is another story. My behavior gives the students an idea of whether or not they should believe in me. The more consistent I am, the more likely the student will trust me. Because I truly find joy in teaching children, trust naturally follows. When trust is established, kids learn better.

2. Camaraderie

Where else can kids run and yell and kick and punch with their friends and peers, or make brand new friends? Children naturally have a lot of energy and they genuinely get excited about their accomplishments and that of their classmates, in class. Because individual achievement and goals are encouraged, even shy children will step forward to showcase their talents in class. I often remind students to show their appreciation for each other when they demonstrate skills. They are allowed to support each other by clapping and cheering if some informal warm ups or games are being played.

Students need to make friendships. I try to allow small bits of time where they can talk with each other for a moment, or compare what they have learned. If they need to pair up for any partner work or drills, I always make sure each gets a partner. This is a new friendship in the making; a friendship worth making.

3. Better Focus

Karate schools in OcoeeStanding in attention is a moment of focus and reflection. The beginning of class starts this way and throughout class this command is used to help pause the rhythm of the class. I may use the attention command as a transition method or as a way to control the flow and behavior of a group of kids. When the children hear the attention word beckoned, they stop and take the attention stance, eyes straight ahead, and fists held out in front of the body.

They are learning how to calm their minds. By slowing down they can move ahead. When kids apply moments of attention to their daily lives, especially when they are feeling nervous or upset, it enables them to handle stressful situations better, too.

4. Values & Virtues

Many programs have a mantra or saying that is exclusive to that school; words that generally convey a positive message about respect and responsibility, or courage and commitment. Our program includes a “mat minute” where anything from junk food to setting goals to appreciation is discussed. It is a good opportunity in the middle of class to refresh with a quick drink of water and a tidbit of good advice or an interesting story for the young ones.

During the mat minute, kids often raise their hands to share what is on their minds. Often they express how they have helped a friend feel better, what they love about their parents, or why they like to give gifts. These moments are precious and by listening we are teaching them how to be patient, take turns, and listen to others. A few words in a few minutes can help them learn about goodness, friendship, sharing, and treating others with respect.

5. Routine

Kids thrive on routine. If you are a parent you know that when routine is broken, nap time is skipped, or a new environment is introduced, well, things can get a little crazy! Even adults, when removed from normal routines, find it difficult to cope in some situations. Routine is comforting.

Taekwondo schools in OcoeeChildren who attend classes regularly develop good habits. Eventually they crave the routine of coming to class, meeting up with friends, and having fun. Students tend to keep coming to class when they are happy about what they are doing; but, the most important part of routine is that it provides a strong life-long pattern of learning. My goal is to help kids create a love for martial arts so that it becomes an integral part of their lives. Hopefully, these habits will stay with them and keep them going in a good and positive direction for the rest of their lives.

The best lessons that are learned by kids in martial arts cultivate strong and confident personalities. They may be too young to execute a skill perfectly right or perform a kata from beginning to end, but, they are not too young to gain tremendous benefits from learning a martial art. What they learn now can be applied to their lives as they grow older to teens and then adults.
“Karte” may not be the right way to spell karate, but I don’t think it matters. If a child loves class enough to draw a picture of his teacher smiling while doing a side kick, then I think it’s probably spelled exactly right.

Andrea Harkins

Martial Arts Schools in Ocoee

February 19th, 2015

Welcome to American Dragon Martial Arts Academies of Ocoee, Florida

Most people have heard of Japanese Karate, Judo and Jujitsu or even Chinese Tai Chi and Kung Fu. But did you know that there are many exciting Korean Martial Arts as well? Tucked away in the quiet town of Ocoee, Florida is a Martial Arts school owned by Korean Martial Arts practitioner, Grand Master Richard Hackworth that has the answer to many of today’s challenges for life and family. At our private academy we save you time (most precious asset), gas, and money. We have the perfect life changing activity for all ages at family friendly rates. Busy Moms and Dads, you can get great Physical Fitness and learn Self Defense while your children work on improving Self Discipline and Self Confidence, ALL AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE!

Remember to a child, LOVE is spelled T-I-M-E. You can bridge the generation gap between you and the kids because you will have something to talk about and practice at home together. Your family will bond by working towards similar goals like becoming a Black Belt. This is particularly good for Moms with sons and Dads with daughters as there is very little in common. Communication comes from the word “common”. When you have things in common you can communicate easily and more often. See how our family program can benefit everyone in the family at our page on Improving Life.

Becoming a Black Belt is about individual improvement and no one is compared to anyone else. There will always be someone better or worse than you. You earn your Black Belt because of the physical and mental improvements you will gain from training!

Here are some problems with the average household when being involved in many activities:
• Family spends about 14-18 hours per week to engage in different physical activities
• Family spends more money, consuming gas, by taking multiple trips to all the different activities
• Parents are taxi drivers, not having much time for their own physical activities
• Parents and children are separated (going in different directions) as they get physical fitness in their own areas (gyms, soccer, baseball, gymnastics, dance, etc.)
• Numerous activities are only seasonal (part time physical fitness)

The solution is our Family Martial Arts program. Here is how we can help:
• Family spends about 2-3 hours per week to engage in traditional Martial Arts
• Family spends less money, consuming gas, by taking only 2 trips to our private academy (Our families benefit from training only twice a week at the same time)
• Parents are not taxi drivers because they come inside and train too
• Parents and children are unified as they get physical fitness
• Martial Arts is year round training (full time physical fitness)

As you can see you can save approximately 624 hours per year! This gives your family more time together away from our Martial Arts too! You can:

• Eat more dinners together
• Play games at home together
• Go for walks in the neighborhood together
• Be more involved in your church, neighborhood, or community as a family
• Spend time with other family members or close family friends as one family unit
• Get more done around the house, everyone can chip in to help
• See a movie together
And endless more opportunities

You will save money in gas and activities. You will only be involved in one activity!
Call Grand Master Hackworth today at Ph: 321-443-8077

Hello, I am Dr. Richard Hackworth, Martial Arts Grand Master and owner at American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Ocoee, Florida where it is my personal goal to improve the lives of children and adults, both physically and mentally. To help families like yours become more unified by working on common goals, spending time together and staying safe. The vision of our school is to reach and help as many families in the area as possible. Our purpose is to make our community stronger, One Black Belt Family at a Time.

American Dragon Martial Arts Academies
209 Capitol Court. Ocoee, FL 34761
Ph: 321-443-8077

Martial Arts Summer Camps in Ocoee and Clermont Teach Children Self-Respect and Self-Discipline

April 26th, 2014

What better way is there for a child to spend their summer than strengthening in self-discipline and self-respect? These are two things that simply cannot be learned in any textbook, but are something martial arts training can bring. How the martial arts teaches a person to be physically strong and defend themselves is something most people recognize, but these additional effects somehow remain generally overlooked.

Children need an outlet for their energy and emotions. They need proper rest, nutrition, exercise, love, and many other things. Most importantly, they must be equipped with what can help them live a life of productivity and success. Of the latter, self-discipline and self-respect prove to be invaluable tools that are vital to the goal.
A few weeks at a martial arts summer camp can bring a child benefits that stick with them forever. Of all they get to learn during this time, their own worth is the most important and has the most impact. Read on to discover how the camp helps children learn to respect and discipline themselves.

Much More Than Just a Method of Attack and Self-Defense
Hollywood has done martial arts a great disservice by strengthening the misconceptions held about the art in the minds of the general public. Now it is that when the majority of people who have no firsthand experience of the art think only of fighting when they think of the marital arts. It is touted as a way to be invincible against foes who would otherwise pound those weaker than them into oblivion. It’s this violent and brutal perception that makes many hesitate to enroll their child in martial arts classes.
While it’s true that the martial arts are used in battle, the advantages of the training goes much deeper than the physical. Martial arts is about mental as well as physical discipline and strength. The greatest shows of power from those trained in this art is not in the fight, but in their restraint. The increased mental awareness taught not only teaches the student to be aware of their surroundings and the situations they find themselves in, but also themselves. Having an awareness of themselves as they are, children can come to appreciate, love, and respect themselves on a higher level.

Great Things Happen When Children Learn to Believe in Themselves
Believing in one’s self is what it takes to make dreams come true. That confidence sets them free to boldly walk through doors of opportunity, instead of sitting idly by. Many people hesitate to do more with their lives simply because they lack the sense of self-worth and respect needed to move forward. Learning self-discipline and self-respect in childhood enables a child to stay on the right path from early on, laying a solid foundation upon which they can build a very successful life, which is what every caring adult wants for the children in their lives.
The martial arts training children receive at summer camp helps them explore the true boundaries of their physical and mental abilities. It helps to uncover their strengths and shows them what they’re capable of. Each day, as they advance and improve they get to feel a sense of accomplishment. It’s hard work that they can actually get excited about. They become highly intrinsically motivated to master self-control. It increases their self-discipline and their self-respect.

A Gift that Gives for a Lifetime
Having a powerful level of self-respect and self-discipline, along with the many other values and skills children get to learn at martial arts summer camp can place a child on the pathway of success and help them stay there. They come to know for a fact that they can do anything they put their mind to. This often results in children doing better in school and at home. They resist negative peer pressure while not being afraid to work hard in order to get where they want to go.

This is not even to mention the fact that they become able to defend themselves against those who would do them harm, making them feel safer and more free. Attending martial arts summer camp for even one year can do much to change a child’s life for the better. Many parents are pleased at the transformation they get to see in their child after only one summer. Both child and parent become eager to participate year after year.

Because of all the benefits, going to martial arts summer camp has to be one of the best things a child could do on their summer vacation. The experience has proven to be emotionally and physically healing for many of the children who attend. They’ll get to spend each day excitedly learning something new about themselves, the art, and life.

Contact us today at one of the locations below:

  • 209 Capitol Court. Ocoee, FL 34761 Ph: 321-443-9077
  • 482 W. Hwy 50. Clermont, FL 34711 Ph: 352-536-5063

Martial Arts Schools in Ocoee and Clermont

March 25th, 2014

Thank you for your interest in our martial arts school in Ocoee and Clermont, Florida that specializes in teaching the traditional martial art of Taekwondo to children, teenagers, and adults. You will feel proud to train with our four internationally licensed instructors certified by the World Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, who are true masters of this art.


The martial art that you will be learning has a long history. In recent years Taekwondo has also become an Olympic sport as well. Student athletes who live in the Clermont, Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden area and have a desire to actively participate in tournaments can get specialized training and become a part of our highly successful tournament team that regularly wins on the state, national and international levels!

During the school year we have an After School Program, and during the summer we have a Summer Camp program for children.

The martial art of Taekwondo not only teaches self defense, but also teaches life philosophies such as focus, respect, discipline, confidence, compassion, and much much more. It is a foundation upon which one can build a strong, goal- oriented life. If you are interested in classes for yourself or your family please give us a call.

  • 209 Capitol Court Ocoee, FL 34761 Ph: 321-443-8077
  • 482 W. Hwy 50. Clermont, FL 34711 Ph: 352-536-5063

The #1 Character and Leadership Program for Youth and Families

Positive Attitude and Character Development for Youth and Families; Leadership Development for Youth, Families and Business Professionals; Personal Protection and Anti-Abduction Workshops; Falling Safely for Seniors; Doctor Defense; Daughter Defense; Anti-Bullying workshops; After School Martial Art Enrichment Programs, Day Care and Day Camp workshops – just contact us for details!


Nutrition for Martial Artists

March 6th, 2014

by Sang H. Kim


Contrary to popular belief, there is no magic supplement or diet that creates outstanding athletes. Athletes’ needs are very similar to those of nonathletes when it comes to nutrition. Athletes, like nonathletes, need daily supplies of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. The major difference is that athletes, depending on their level of activity, require more of everything. Their bodies work harder during exercise, causing them to burn more calories and use up energy supplies faster.


What does it do?

Protein builds tissues, especially muscle tissue. Tissue growth is an ongoing process and requires a steady supply of protein. Storing up large amounts of protein in an effort to improve muscle development quickly is ineffective because protein in excess of fifteen to twenty percent of the diet is excreted as waste and protein has little immediate effect on muscle tissue. Eat a diet that provides a regular supply of protein for best results.

How much do you need?

Protein should make up ten to fifteen percent of your daily calories. Choose high protein foods carefully, because high protein often equals high fat.

Where does it come from?

There are two types of protein: animal protein and vegetable protein. Animal protein is found in foods like eggs, lean meat, milk and cheese. Vegetable protein is found in foods like wheat, rye, and green vegetables.


What do they do?

Fats provide energy to muscles during prolonged periods of exercise. Initially, the body relies on carbohydrates. As exercise intensifies or continues, especially beyond one hour, fats become increasingly important sources of energy. You should not, however, eat fatty foods just before exercising. Fats require three to five hours of digestion, which reduces the physical output capacity of the body and creates a general feeling of lethargy.

How much do you need?

Fats, preferably unsaturated, should make up twenty-five percent or less of total daily calories.

Where does it come from?

Foods that are high in fat include fish, butter, cream, bacon, sausage and fried foods.


What do they do?

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide a continuous supply of energy to cells. They are readily available, as in the form of glucose, and are the first form of energy expended during activity.

How much do you need?

Carbohydrates should make up fifty to sixty percent of daily calories.

Where do they come from?

There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates have only one or two sugar molecules and are found in fresh fruit, soda, candy and cookies. With the exception of fresh fruit, it is best to avoid these sugary foods before exercise because high sugar foods lead to feelings of fatigue and heaviness. Complex carbohydrates have many sugar molecules and are found in vegetables, brown rice, whole grain breads, cereals, beans and dry nuts.

Vitamins and Minerals

What do they do?

Vitamins are used by cells in small amounts to perform metabolic functions. Minerals are chemicals necessary to promote activities like nerve tissue function and muscle contraction. There is little evidence to support claims that large doses of vitamins or minerals increase performance significantly.

How much do you need?

Vitamin and mineral requirements vary from person to person. You can obtain recommended levels for specific elements from your doctor.

Where do they come from?

A properly balanced diet provides all of the vitamins and minerals necessary for the average person. Supplements are not necessary unless a deficiency is evident. Supplements should only be taken under the supervised care of a medical professional because large doses of certain elements can be toxic or even fatal.


What does it do?

Water is used to transport nutrients and waste products in the body. It is also necessary for metabolism and temperature regulation. An inadequate supply of water, called dehydration, slows body function and severely impairs performance.

How much do you need?

The human body is fifty-five to sixty percent water and some of that water is lost through sweat during exercise. Drink plenty of fluids during and after exercise, at least eight glasses a day. Do not wait until you feel thirsty to begin replenishing fluids.

Where does it come from?

Water, in its natural state, is the best replacement for lost fluids. Sports drinks, while good post-activity refreshers, are not recommended during exercise. Sports drinks are high in glucose, a carbohydrate, and even small amounts of carbohydrates slow the transfer of fluids from the stomach to the intestine. Slow transfer means slow absorption into the body and less water available for the bodily functions critical to peak performance like waste removal and temperature control.


Adequate diet

An adequate diet comes from eating a variety of foods from the four food groups. The average daily caloric requirement for adults is twenty-seven hundred calories for men and twenty-one hundred calories for women. Athletes will require more calories depending on the intensity and frequency with which they exercise. When planning your training diet be sure to include the following every day:

Milk/milk products 2-3 servings

Meat/High protein 2-3 servings

Vegetables/Fruit 7-10 servings

Cereal/Grains 6-10 servings

Pre-exercise meal

Before an important event or strenuous practice, eat a light low-fat, low-sugar, low-protein, high carbohydrate meal and allow two to three hours for digestion.

Diet and endurance

The type of fuel necessary for muscular contraction depends on the intensity and duration of the activity in which you participate. During continuous, moderate activity, the energy for muscular contraction is provided mainly by the body’s fat and carbohydrate stores. If activity continues and glycogen stores in the liver are depleted, a greater percentage of energy is derived from the breakdown of fat.

Although low levels of glycogen lead to fatigue, the fatigue occurs only in the muscles that are active. Inactive muscles retain their glycogen supply. Drinking a solution of glucose in water, the common base of sports drinks, can prolong exercise for a short time, but energy production becomes severely limited.

Repeated periods of strenuous training can bring on fatigue due to the gradual depletion of the body’s carbohydrate stories, making exercise more and more difficult. After prolonged or strenuous exercise, allow at least forty-eight hours and ensure sufficient carbohydrate intake to restore glycogen in the muscles to pre-exercise levels.

Normal glycogen levels can be maintained by eating carbohydrates equal to fifty to sixty percent of daily calories. “Carbohydrate loading,” eating carbohydrates in larger amounts, is highly effective for athletes in endurance sports like marathoning. For the average athlete, including martial artists, it adds little to overall performance.

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Martial Arts Classes for Children

December 8th, 2013

America’s #1 Award Winning Children’s Martial Arts Program

Welcome to our school where your child can have Fun! Get FIT! Make new Friends! At martial arts class. The American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Ocoee, Florida was the first school in the United States to win the prestigious “School of the Year” Award from the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association world headquarters in Seoul, Korea. We are the only school in the world to have won this award an incredible three times!

If you want your child to gain confidence, self-discipline, and be respectful to others, as well as themselves, our Kids Program delivers! At the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies, your child will enjoy a fun and energetic Martial Arts program that gives kids the confidence, self-discipline and leadership skills to handle life head on!

American Dragon Martial Arts Academies schools offers classes for both kids and adults in martial arts, TangSooDo Korean Karate, Family Taekwondo, Fitness Kickboxing, Hapkido Self-Defense, YuSool Korean Jiu-jitsu, Yoga and Personal Training to families throughout Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Clermont and the Orlando area. Our programs for children will help your child get physically fit, achieve self-confidence, improve social skills and learn how to be safe. Our programs for adults provide physical fitness and self-defense with classes in traditional martial arts, Hapkido Self-Defense and Fitness Kickboxing.

Learn To Kick Like Chuck Norris

September 25th, 2013

At the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies martial arts school in Ocoee, Florida we teach Three Techniques That Will Help You Learn To Kick Like Chuck Norris.

Former TangSooDo Karate Champion and action film star Chuck Norris is famous for his kicks. There are three techniques that you can use to master those championship quality kicks yourself.

learn to kick like chuck norrisFirst: If you watch Chuck Norris kick you will notice a very clear chambering of the leg. Leg Chambering is a key tenant to a having fast powerful kicks. This means focusing on where your knee is prior to the position of the kick. In most Korean style kicks, as done by Chuck Norris, your first move is to lift the knee straight up in front of the body with the bottom half of the leg cocked and ready to kick. Pulling the knees straight up like Chuck Norris does to chamber allows your leg to move in a straight line, thus a shorter distance to hit the target and a faster kick. The most important thing to remember is that the height of the kick is not a function of how much you lean back wards to lift the leg, but instead it is a function of how high you raise the knee in relation to the target. This is one of the trademarks of Chuck Norris’s dynamic kicks.

Whether Chuck Norris is portraying Lone Wolf McQuad or Walker “Texas Ranger” the Foot Position is always locked at the proper angle for the kick. One of the most common mistakes people make is to not take into account the position of their feet before and during the execution of their kicks.

Chuck Norris knows that before the execution of a kick you should make sure that your feet are properly aligned for the stance that you are in. During the execution of a kick, make sure that you are not planting your feet in one static position, but are instead pivoting on the foot in accordance with the kick that is being executed. Most often beginners forget to pivot and find themselves loosing power and balance as they try and execute their kicks. Want you kicks to hit like a sledge hammer? Do what Chuck Norris does and use proper foot position for the kick.

Those spinning back kicks and crescent kicks that Chuck Norris is famous for require proper Hip Rotation for Power. In kicking, power comes from the strongest part of the body, the legs and hips. Much like golf or baseball, if you do not engage the hips and rotate them into the kick that you are executing, then you will loose much of the power that is available to you. Just like Chuck Norris, your hip should lead the kick itself so that at the moment of contact the hip is just past the target.

About the author: Multi-arts Grand Master Richard Hackworth is the senior writer at “World Martial Arts Magazine” Orlando, Florida and Co-author of the “Martial Arts Instructors Manual”. Hackworth is the host of the “World Martial Arts Radio & TV Show” at http://worldmartialartsmedia.com and the International Director of the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association. He can be reached at his Taekwondo and Hapkido Self-Defense school in Ocoee, Florida.

Chuck Norris Karate

Visitors are always welcome. Please feel free to drop by our location between the hours of 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM, Monday to Friday for a tour of our facility and to meet personally with one of our instructors! American Dragon Martial Arts Academies 209 Capitol Court Ocoee, Florida 34761 Ph: 321-443-8077

The TaeGuk Forms of Taekwondo

September 19th, 2013


At the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies school in Ocoee, Florida students of all ages learn the philosophy of Taekwondo as it relates to their forms training. There are many martial arts that do forms or Poomse as they are called in Korea. These forms each have a philosophical lesson to be learned. There are other arts, like the self-defense are of Hapkido which do not do form that learn these lessons in another way.

taekwondo lessonsThe philosophy of these forms center around the meaning of TAE GUK, pronounced “Tay Gook” (literally means Tae – ‘largeness’ and Guk – ‘eternity’). It is represented by the red and blue circle called “Um and Yang” on the Korean flag. The Korean national flag is called Taegukki . Tae Guk represents the unity of opposites that composes the cosmos. Its characteristics are often described as pacifism, unity, creative spirit, future spirit, eternity, and Um and Yang (Yin and Yang in Chinese). Um (earth, female – the blue lower half of the circle) and Yang (heaven, male – the red upper half) are themselves opposites in delicate balance. Remember that each is dependent upon the other: without ugliness there is no beauty; without night there is no day; without cold there is no hot; without winter there is no summer. By maintaining the balance and harmony of these opposing forces, characteristics and elements in everyday life, we experience the Do (or Tao in Chinese) that is at the heart of our chosen martial art: Taekwondo.

There are eight Tae Guk Poomse, or forms, sometimes called Kata in Japanese martial arts such as Karate, Jujitsu and Judo, and each is represented by a different Gwe, or theory (which explains the derivation of the term Palgwe, meaning eight theories, which was the name for the original Taekwondo poomse). In addition to its Gwe, every poomse also has an associated Chinese trigram drawn from the I Ching (the Chinese Book of Changes). In the trigrams, the straight lines represent Yang, or male, and the broken lines represent Um, or female.

These philosophies are applied to the teachings of the physical self-defense movements of the Taekwondo Forms in traditional schools so that student develop a deeper knowledge. Learn forms properly will enhance the student physically, mentally and spiritually.

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First Basic Form Kicho Il Bo

September 17th, 2013

In the Taekwondo class at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies 209 Capitol Court Ocoee, Florida 34761 Ph: 321-443-8077. we teach the classical form of military Taekwondo as a martial art for self-defense. Our goal is to offer students the total mind, body, spirit training philosophy and our art in the manner that it was intended. Learning traditional Taekwondo is not only good exercise but an excellent way to improve your life by applying the daily lessons to all that you do. The First Basic Form is designed to develop coordination, timing, power and balance. We invite you to use the video below to practice at home so that you can improve your skills between classes. The form is demonstrated by one of Grand Master Hackworth’s students who now operates his own school in Tennessee. He is Master Chris Edwards and he is a world champion and world record holder for the most concrete blocks broken with a single strike. He achieve this record by breaking fifty, two inch thick concrete slabs with one punch. We hope that you enjoy this video.

Ki-Cho Il-Bo (Basic Form 1)

White belts must learn this form in order to advance to a Yellow belt. The Basic forms (called Ki-Cho) are executed in an I pattern, to give the student practice in performing the fundamental techniques of walking, turning, blocking and punching, in continuous sequence in all four directions.

Ready Position
1. Turn left 90° into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand down block.
2. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch.
3. Turning to the right 180° into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand down block.
4. Step through into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand middle punch.
5. Turn left 90° into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand down block
6. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch.
7. Step through into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand middle punch.
8. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch, YELL!.
9. Turn left 270° into a walking stance, left foot forward, left hand down block.
10. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch.
11. Turning to the right 180° into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand down block.
12. Step through into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand middle punch.
13. Turn left 90° into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand down block
14. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch.
15. Step through into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand middle punch.
16. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch, YELL!.
17. Turn left 270° into a walking stance, left foot forward, left hand down block.
18. Step through into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand middle punch.
19. Turning to the right 180° into walking stance, right foot forward, right hand down block.
20. Step through into walking stance, left foot forward, left hand middle punch.
Return to ready position.

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Martial Arts for Better Grades

August 19th, 2013

Use Martial Arts to Encourage Better Grades for Children in Ocoee, Windermere, Clermont and Winter Garden

As a parent myself, I know that every parent wants their child to have good grades. Of course, they do not want to see their children fail. They do all that they can to encourage them, but many do not realize that martial arts is an effective way to encourage their child to have better grades. Many children try very hard to do well in school and really do put forth their best efforts, but with no success. Martial arts classes like the ones taught at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Ocoee, Florida give children the tools that they need in order to be academically successful. The tools that this discipline offers cannot be found in any ordinary curriculum, yet they work. Students who begin practicing martial arts at our school soon find that not only is their health, confidence, and self-esteem improved, but their grades are rapidly improving.

The biggest impact that the practice of marital arts makes on the goal of getting better grades comes from the fact that students learn a higher level of mental focus. They find that they are able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. Better concentration makes the time spent studying more effective. And, since students are able to study more and retain much more of the information that they have covered, their grades improve as their test scores go up.

Martial arts is also effective in improving the grades of students who are failing but do not put forth their best efforts. It gives them the self-discipline they need to be motivated. They will be inspired to excellence by their martial arts teachers, who serve as wonderful mentors. Enrolling a child in martial arts is a great way to address the attitude and behavior issues that could be hindering their success. Martial arts require the students to be on their best behavior and work hard. At the same time it is fun and helps the child to build confidence in their own ability. Often, children will feel and act better even after their very first practice. They are eager for their next class and ready to learn more.

If you are a parent whose child is suffering academically, rather they demonstrate motivation or not, consider placing your child in a martial arts class. Never take away this practice as a form of punishment, as it helps to improve their behavior and performance. Instead, work together with the martial arts instructor to address the needs of your child. Follow this advice and you are sure to see great improvement in your child’s grades.

Many parents are thankful that they allowed their children to practice martial arts because their children are getting better grades. More parents are using martial arts to encourage better grades in their children and it is working wonderfully for them. The children are enjoying the feeling of excellence and applying the tools that are taught in their martial arts classes to be excellent in all areas of their lives. It is amazing how effective martial arts are in turning around academic failure and promoting better grades. Enrolling your child in martial arts to improve their grades is something your child will thank you for.

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About the author: Richard Hackworth is a multi-arts Grand Master and the host of the World Martial Arts TV & Radio Shows. He is also the Editor of World Martial Arts Magazine and the author of more than forty books on the topics of health, wealth and success. He can reached via his website at http://www.worldmartialartsmedia.com

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