The martial arts must teach self-defense techniques against grabs, holds, and traditional "punching matches." The self-defense techniques taught at the San Jose Facility are a combination of Tae Kwon Do kicking and striking, and traditional Hapkido joint manipulation and takedown techniques. Under each belt category above, you will find a variety of self-defense techniques taught at the San Jose facility. The students learn the gross mechanics of the movements by practicing slowly. Eventually, "real-time" or actual speed is used to demonstrate the techniques effectiveness.
Our class stresses a variety of TKD kicking and striking techniques from Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese martial arts. Testing includes combinations of beginner to advanced techniques along with "on-the-fly" combinations the instructors feel are appropriate for students to demonstrate.
Sparring is a critical element of our training. It provides a base for students to understand body mechanics, execution of skill at various distances, and an understanding of a person's strength and weaknesses.
Breaking or boards occurs when a student reaches intermediate level, which is considered blue belt. Adults may break boards prior to this level. Brick breaking is required for an adult to pass to black belt.
Weapons are currently not taught due to the practicality of having a weapon available during a confrontation. Self-defense against the knife and other weapons are taught at the advanced ranks. The Cane and Escrima Sticks are taught at the black belt level upon the discretion of the instructor.
A person's ability to protect oneself and others depends heavily on their cardiovascular health. Testing includes a variety of calisthenics, push ups, sit ups and crunches, among other physical excersion to increase a person's physical health. The physical testing is a predominant emphasis during our testing, due to each person being a temple of the holy spirit. The old saying, "You are what you eat" absolutely holds true. If you take care of your body, it will take care of you.
Curriculum videos are here
Curriculum manuals: Adult Curriculum/Testing (web)
Junior Curriculum/Testing (web)
Testing overview: Adult Curriculum/Testing (web)