Thursday 7 November 2019

The nights are getting dark what are your kids up to?

Well they probably aren’t outside playing having fun and being active. Are they in the house watching Netflix? Or lounging on the sofa with an iPad?

It’s time to think about how you are going to keep your children active now that the days are shorter and the nights longer.   Most kids will only get outside at the weekends now that the nights are getting longer. 

Do you want your kids vegetating in front of the TV for the next four to five months or do you want them to be active healthy individuals?

Taekwondo is a great way for all of your family to get plenty of exercise.  It promotes confidence and good health by keeping your kids active. 

As an instructor for the ATKDA I was thinking about this the other day so that I could write this latest blog post.

When a new parent walked in with his child and I asked why he was bringing his child along. He said “The nights are getting longer and he can’t go out and play. So we wanted him to stay active.” To be honest I was surprised that he had been thinking the same. 

Take a look at your child do you want them to be confident and self reliant?  Then it’s time to start them on a journey to become the adult you want them to be. 

Saturday 19 October 2019

The Edict or 'Ye' of Tae Kwon-Do

As a student/parcticioner it is important to understand the edict involved in our martial art.  It is utilised throughout our class in different ways.  

First, when you enter or leave the dojo you bow towards the room to show your respect for the room in which you will learn from higher grades and where you will help and teach lower grades.

Second, when you line up for class you line up in grade order with the highest grades to the front right of the rows of the class and white belts at the back.  This is not to say that White belts are pushed to the back until they learn enough but rather so that they have more people in front in grade order the oldest student is farthest to the right and the youngest is to the left.  Rows and columns are straight at all times from the front right focal point.

Third Sitting relaxed with the soles of your feet together and your hands resting on your knees or thighs rather than having your feet pointing straight out towards the instructor.  With your feet and hands in this position, you are showing that you are relaxed but attentive to the instruction of your instructor.

Fourth when the class starts the most senior (front-right position) member of the class will call the class to attention signaling to the instructor that the class is ready.  Once the class is in a relaxed parallel stance the senior student will tell the class to bow to the most senior person in the room.  Normally the most senior instructor in the room will be the only instructor not in formation.  If a senior black belt is observing a junior black belt instructor style then you would bow to the most senior black belt then the instructor.

Fifth every once in a while someone will be late for class. If this happens to you then you should make sure that you are presentable before you enter the hall. Once you enter the hall you bow to the hall then utilising a brisk jog to the front of the class you stand in the ready stance and wait for the instructor to turn to you.  You bow and ask permission to join the class you only join the class once permission is granted.

Sixth if you are late and the class has already lined up but the class has not started you do not step into your grade position but rather you line up at the back of the class so signify that you understand that you honor the rest of the class who arrived before you.

Seven if you have not got your full Dobok you are considered a white belt for that class.

Eight shaking hands with your instructor this is something you should do at either the start but definitely the end of a class there is a proper way of shaking hands you extend your right hand and place your left hand below your right elbow this traditionally showed to the person that you were bowing to that you hold no weapons.  This is also how you shake hands with the instructor when you receive your new belt after grading.

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Why September is perfect for taking up Taekwondo

So it’s September and the kids are back to school. Now is the perfect time to join your local Taekwondo school. 

“But why is now the perfect time?” I hear you ask. 

Gradings normally happen for colour belts and beginners in the following months. March, June, September, and December. This three-month cycle gives students the optimum amount of time to train and to successfully pass those gradings.  When you join at the end of August and beginning of September you give yourself and your children the perfect amount of time to get ready for the pre-Christmas grading. 

So why should you grade? 

Grading gives the student vital feedback and confidence. That they are getting better. As an instructor, grading is a great way to formally acknowledge how well a student is doing.  The feeling of accomplishment that a student feels after passing a grading is something that stays with them over time. 

So bring your child along to a class and don’t worry if they are shy or won’t take part at first. Let them see everyone having fun taking part and wait and see them come out of their shell. 

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Benefits of starting Taekwondo

There are endless benefits for you in taking up lesson’s in Taekwon-do In brief below are but a few.  

🖤 Build your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
🖤 Develop discipline.
🖤 Improved your muscle tone and appearance. 
🖤 Increased strength and stamina.  
🖤 Improved your flexibility. 
🖤 Improved agility and reflexes. 
🖤 Improved leadership skills.
🖤 Self defence 
🖤 Learn commitment to your self and overcome challenges
🖤 You will make life long friends along the way
🖤 You can do it
🖤 Make the first step to an improved You.
🖤 With the first lesson free what you got to gain is far more than what you have to lose.

Call me on 07368484540
Same start times Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm location is jojo dance studio in the shambles.

Saturday 13 July 2019

It’s been a fantastic couple of days for the start of the Armagh branch of the Absolute Taekwondo Association. 

I am please to announce that Master John McNally 6th degree and founder of the ATKDA and the founder of the ITC has granted me the following positions

Executive assistant to ATKDA founder 
Chairman to ATKDA Founder
ATKDA Ireland representative.

Founding executive assistant to the ITC Founder
Electronic communication & Website officer

ITC Ireland representative

Friday 12 July 2019

Great opening session

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that came along last night.  The kids seemed to love it and so did the parents which was great to see.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday

Thursday 4 July 2019

Welcome to the ATKDA Armagh School

School opening soon

Absolute Tae Kwon Do Association Armagh 

Located above 
Berleen Electric Shop 
The Shambles,

Tuesday Night : 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday Night : 6:30pm-7:30pm
Contact me for more information

Adrian Sweeney :: 07368 484540

The nights are getting dark what are your kids up to?

Well they probably aren’t outside playing having fun and being active. Are they in the house watching Netflix? Or lounging on the sofa with...