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Aug
07

Is There a Chance of Being Injured in Martial Arts?

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The Korean art of Hapkido is about learning self defence skills using wrist locks and pressure points.  In order for students to learn how to correctly execute a technique, they must apply some pressure so their partner can let them know if they are doing it correctly.  The safety of every student is our primary focus, and we teach our students to slap (gently) their thighs or the mat when the self defence move hurts and that signals their partner to stop applying pressure. 

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Jul
30

The Relationship Between Flexibility and Strength:

Every class we hear our Instructors say, “Kick above your belt”, “You need to stretch to become more flexible so you can kick higher” and “Kick harder, put more power behind it!” 

The reason for encouraging members to kick harder seems self-explanatory, especially for our younger and smaller framed students.  As does the reason behind working on your flexibility to be able to kick higher.  However, there are even deeper reasons why it’s not only important, but essential to work on your flexibility and your strength, together. 

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Jul
28

How Long Does it Take to Get to Black Belt?

At TSDA, it is our aim to progress students up through the belts to increase their skill level and also repertoire of techniques.  We do however, understand everyone learns at different rates, and therefore assess students leading up to grading to determine whether they are ready to grade.  Ultimately, in every class, we aim to teach 1-2 new techniques – as long as the student can effectively demonstrate techniques already learnt in the previous weeks.  Which is why practicing at home is essential!

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Jul
16

What is the Belt Order in Hapkido?

We are frequently asked, “How many belts are there before I get my Black Belt?” Although the colour of your belt is extremely important, it is the training and skills you develop along the way that are really important.  Achieving a Black Belt is a monumental step in your martial arts training, one that is earned every class!

Here is a break down of the belt order, along with the time usually it takes to achieve it (with regular training), and the self defence techniques you will learn with that belt…

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Jul
14

How Do I Tie My Belt?

Tying a belt – especially when you are just beginning – can seem like doing a puzzle of a thousand pieces!
Master Kevin demonstrates how to tie our belt on our YouTube channel.  Check out the video on this link: 
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Jul
02

What can I expect in a training session?

Our class training sessions vary between an hour to an hour and half in duration.  Each class we have a different focus, from flexibility to rolls and falling to sparring to self defence for grading.  However, each class does have set exercises that we cover.

A general class consists of a dynamic warm up, including stretching and basic moves.  This warms our body up and gets the blood flowing to the muscles that require it.  The warm up component also prepares the ligaments for the various kicks and moves we will do during class.

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Jul
02

How will I know when I’m ready or my child/ren are ready to grade?

Training in martial arts is about learning techniques, perfecting techniques and practicing the techniques for them to become second nature!  Our instructors assess our students leading up to grading to determine whether they are ready to grade, however there are a number of aspects you can control to ensure you are ready to grade! 

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Jun
16

Why Should I Stretch?

The need to be flexible is one key that marries all martial arts together.  However, then benefits of stretching extend past simply being flexible.  Stretching can also speed up recovery after an intense session in training in martial arts. 

Any technique performed in martial arts can be executed easier, faster and with better coordination with a student that is more flexible than one that is not. 

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Jun
10

How will training at TSDA help my child/ren?

At Total Self Defence Academy, our students develop life skills of increased confidence, self-respect, setting and achieving goals, improving focus and discipline, and enhancing socialization skills – essential life skills to living a happy life.  Learning and mastering street smart techniques specific to how to defend yourself  leads to higher self-confidence.  As your child/ren master new techniques and undertake gradings to move to the next belt, they will feel a sense of accomplishment and with it, improved confidence.  With greater confidence, outside the Dojang, students are more likely to stand up and say NO in peer pressure situations, or stand up for themselves in negative scenarios.  

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May
15

How does Hapkido differ from other arts?

Hapkido is a Korean martial art that uses joint locks, pressure points, grappling and throwing techniques as well as striking through punches, kicks, elbows and knees to name a few.  Hapkido also employs traditional weapons in higher belt training such as long stick, short stick, walking cane, sword, knife, nunchaku, and fan.

Hapkido techniques emphasize circular movements using your attacker’s energy and strength making the execution of any move possible against any attacker of any size.  Hapkido avoids the use of strength against strength, rather controlling the attack through body positioning, circular fluid movements and with the use of pressure points and joint locks.

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What are the benefits of learning martial arts?

Our belief at TSDA is every person deserves to live a happy, confident life – free of fear and bullying.  Unfortunately bullying is prevalent in all stages of life, whether it be in the school, office and even in your own home with cyber bullying.  It seems to be everywhere with no escape.   

Training in martial arts has many misconceptions – such as - it is violent, encourages physical confrontation and is negative.  However, these couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, martial arts develops many life skills that filter through to all parts of your life, and extend far beyond classes at TSDA.

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