What’s “Form”? How do I Learn it?
Taekwondo students practice a series of technical movements that help them train in various aspects of the art such as athletic, artistic, safety, and effectiveness of techniques. These movements performed in certain patterns are called Forms. (In Japanese style of martial arts they are usually referred to as “Kata” but some Korean styles have adopted the term).
Every style of Taekwondo, has its Forms that uniquely differentiates that style from others. Complexities of Forms change based on rank, age, and other parameters. There is no magic about learning a Form. A student should learn the technique and then practice the patterns until they are fluent at it. Like any other sport, the best way for a student to learn the details of the techniques is to attend as many classes as possible so the instructor can work with them on many details involved with the movements. To aid in remembering the patterns, we have posted the Respect Form in the library under your private account. You can log in and click on the Library à Video tab and select Respect Form to see the posts.
Remember that these videos are provided as an aid and they do NOT replace the actual practice at school.
Successful people set goals and drive towards them. We may not achieve all of our goals but going aimless is even worse. At Journey Martial Arts, we encourage students to develop the life skill and habits to achieve their goals.
We are announcing our “goal setting” initiative. Every so often, we will announce a new goal for the week. Achieve that goal and get recognized at the academy. Our goal between now and the end of the month is to learn all the techniques in our “Respect” form. Let’s do this!
Important upcoming dates
Halloween Night: (No evening classes)
Open House (Have your friends come by and try a free class)
Nov 8 – all regular classes
Peereboom Professional Photography Photo opportunity with your uniform for Christmas cards.
Nov 15, 1 PM
Parent’s Night out: (No classes at 6:30 or 7:30 PM. Open to non-members.)
Nov 21: 6:30-10:00 PM
Thanks Giving Holiday: (School closed)
Nov 27 and 28
Holiday ProShop Sales
Plans for the Holidays
Holiday “Wish List” and ProShop Sale
Holidays are right around the corner. We are working to get some special pricing for our customers. If there is any merchandise that you would like to have for the holidays as a gift or stocking stuffers, please let us know. We will be announcing our ProShop sales shortly. Watch for the upcoming announcement very soon.
Order Sparring Gears now and Save Money
All students who achieve Orange Belt and above, will be required to purchase Journey qualified sparring gears. If you order your sparring gear prior to the holidays, you can save up to $20 due to holiday specials. Please ask for information.
Photo Shoot for the Holidays
A few parents and students have asked us to arrange a photo shoot in their Taekwondo uniforms. Peereboom Photography is offering a photo shoot session on Nov 15 starting at 1 PM. If you are interested please register online http://www.journeyma.com/gallery.html . More information will be forthcoming.
Gift of Giving
Do more than observe; have a positive impact on someone's life this coming holiday season! Get online and get a gift certificate. These certificates can be used towards membership or merchandise. The certificate is valid for one year.
Notes From Mrs K.
We had our first birthday party at our school. Jameson turned 7 years old. He and his friends had a blast! I heard several kids say “I want a birthday party here”. Especially when the birthday kid cut the cake with a sword! We can do a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme or a theme of your choice.
A coupon is included in the goody bag for a week of free classes. Ask Mrs. K for the forms and invitations if you want to schedule a party.