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"Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots."
The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean (pure) slate. Purity is often signified by the color white.
"The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning's dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power."
The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo but has not yet experienced the power of the technique. Orange is found among the many colors of the sunrise.
"The seed is beginning to see the sunlight."
The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo. The sun appears to be yellow.
"The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upward."
The student begins to realize his/her place in the world's largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank. Camouflage (greens) is used to hide among the trees in the forest.
"The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength."
The student's technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison. As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles.
"Coming to the mountain. The tree is in the mid-growth and now the path becomes steep."
The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, poom-sae (forms), and level of gyeo-roo-gi (sparring) becomes more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome. Mountains are often depicted as being purple.
"The tree reaches for the sky toward new heights."
Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt. The sky appears as blue.
"The tree is firmly rooted in the earth."
At this point, the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo. Brown is known as an earthy color, such as dirt.
"The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished."
The first day (the period of time from white belt to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved. Variations of red are found among the many colors of the sunset.
"The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness."
The previous day has ended, giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt. The red is the sun (in a sunrise) as it breaks through the black of night.
"The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness ... it must now 'plant seeds for the future.'"
The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has "taken control" of the colors and retained them. If one color was to "escape", the object would no longer be black but would appear as that color. The student has mastered the nine geup (grades) of Taekwondo. He/she has "absorbed" all the knowledge of the color ranks and overcome or "mastered" that level of training.
The colors of the spectrum are bound together and are not reflected off an object, resulting in the absence of color which we call black.
In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect.
It is also worth noting that achieving a belt isn't just a matter of "spending enough time" in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring, and Forms.
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The country’s largest martial arts organization.
130,000 active members and over 1 million students trained since 1969.
Each instructor has passed an intensive certification process based on 40 years of tradition, research and development.
ages 50 and over are inactive
is due to cardiovascular disease
less likely in people who exercise
Don’t be the person who is stuck in their comfort zone with no way out. Without a workout routine that you're committed to, you'll see your metabolic speed and cardiovascular health decline.
This is why it’s so important for adults to find ways to help themselves feel better every day!
Developing the discipline to reach your goals benefits many different areas of your life.
Martial arts helps improve coordination and is an excellent form of exercise.
Meet like minded individuals on the same martial arts and self-improvement journey!
Belt testing provides an excellent physical and mental exercise for adults to improve their goal-setting skills. Your self-esteem will continue to rise with each accomplishment, as you watch your hard work pay off.
Complex physical activities such as martial arts have proven to strengthen the brain’s neural networks, helping adults improve their focus and reduce stress levels. This can be a great deterrent against depression and other mental health issues.
The excitement and sentiments you feel when sparring with a partner in front of your instructor and classmates are the same you feel when you are asked to give an important presentation at work, approach your boss for a promotion, or ask a potential partner on a date. Your confidence will reach new heights and you will realize you have what it takes to accomplish anything!
Our Teen & Adults Martial Arts program is for ages 13 & up.
We offer month-to-month memberships, as well as savings on longer plans.
Our Martial Arts classes' primary goal is to make sure our students have fun in a enjoyable, safe environment. Come and see a class for yourself - we all have a blast and our instructors do too.
No, our classes are a good mix of men and women of all fitness levels. Beginners train alongside some of the more experienced members, helping each other out in a enjoyable team environment.
You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your first class. One of our instructors will call you, or you may call the school directly.
Absolutely not. You will learn cool martial arts and self-defense moves, if anything you will learn how to AVOID fights, and defend yourself as a last resort.