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What is Taekwon-do, and how can it benefit me or my child?

Taekwon-do is a traditional Korean martial art of self-defense... and far more. We use it as a way and means to improve ourselves.

The traditional Taekwon-do that we teach includes a multitude of hand techniques, a vast array of kicks, and no-nonsense self-defense. 

In addition, we teach sport-karate, jiu-jitsu, and personal-development to create well rounded martial-artists and people.

The benefits received from proper education and practice are numerous, these are a few... 

  - Exercising of the entire body promotes good health, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, balance, flexibility, and the dextarity needed to preform advanced techniques.  New students often notice their body-weight decrease and see unwanted fat transformed into muscle.  A fit body is less likely to sustain injuries in daily activities, work, and athletics.  We teach traditional and modern drills that are proven to produce positive results safely and effectively.  You can feel better about yourself.

  - Exercising the mind promotes good health, mental strength and agility, better memory, and improved cognative function.  Our system of Taekwon-do is extremely deep in information, all based on scientific principals.  Even the most dedicated students can continue to learn for a lifetime.

  - Exercising the spirit is just as important as doing so for the body and mind.  Everyone wants to be happy.  Our minds and physical health are greatly affected by our emotional states.  At Hathaway's TaeKwon-Do we have a two-fold approach... first we teach students to position themselves as optimists ("good-finders" as Zig Ziggler says).  Then we literally exercise the spirit in class to build students up and make them internally stronger.

  - Practical self-defense skills increase confidence and safety.

  - A person with a strong mind, body, spirit, and self-defense skills is poised to excel in anything they choose to do.

  - Children and teens involved in our program preform above average in the public school system, with improved focus and grades.  Every one of our students of the proper age graduates high-school and goes on to excel at college and beyond.

What is a BlackBelt?

At Hathaway's TaeKwon-Do we strive for BlackBelt Excellence.

"BlackBelt Excellence" has little to do with being a black belt. More appropriately, it describes the attitudes that martial arts training develops. The benefits of these attitudes carry over into every aspect of our daily lives. The following are the five traits of BlackBelt Excellence.

1. Happy, But Never Satisfied. There’s an old Zen proverb that says, "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water." When interpreted, it could mean to have a goal, to be constantly striving; but don’t concentrate so much on the goal that you forget the path.
A martial artist strives to master complex body movements. We know many martial arts masters who are happy with their progress and improvement. We have yet to meet a martial arts master who is satisfied with his or her present skill level. You see, with the awareness of improvement comes not only a sense of enjoyment, but an awareness of other areas to be improved. This process continues, as far as we know, forever. The person who finds ways to enjoy this process will strive further and become closer to perfection.

Thus, perfection is not so much a result as it is a process. When we become satisfied with the result, the process stops. In essence, being satisfied is almost the same as saying, "Good enough."

2. Compare Yourself, Not with Others, But with Your Own Potential. Comparison of self to others makes one feel either incompetent or overconfident. Not every BlackBelt is equal in skill. In fact, all students are dissimilar in skill level. Although there’s a certain level if skill required to progress to a new rank, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.

Comparing yourself to your potential helps you to set realistic goals and not to expect too much or demand too little from your training. Therefore, comparison to self to our own potential is the only comparison that generates reliable feedback.

3. Keeping Emotions in Balance. As the saying goes, "Lose control of your emotions in a fight and your opponent has an ally!" Every emotion has an appropriate time and place. There’s a time to be stern and a time to be compassionate. If we become overly emotional, or if we mix these times and places up, we lose our ability to act appropriately. If, however, we’re able to respond with the appropriate emotion, at the appropriate time, with the appropriate intensity, then we’ll have the best possible experience. 
During training, the martial artist experiences many emotions on the path toward black belt. Learning to recognize our emotions and face our fears is only one portion of martial arts training.
Emotions are our allies if they are channeled in constructive ways. They are the driving force in the accomplishment of all worthy tasks.

4. Developing Self-Discipline. A disciplined person is a person who knows what to do and then does it. Someone without self-discipline knows what he or she should do, but doesn’t get around to doing it.
Discipline, like a muscle, is developed with use. By training in the martial arts, the student is encouraged to work through difficult movements. As students gradually progress up the belt ranks, they develop the ability to push themselves, while maintaining their focus and concentration, and knowing that this is what it takes to become proficient.

5. When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade. The philosophies taught in martial arts require students to look for the good in every situation, and then make the most out of it. While training in the martial arts, everyone experiences occasional setbacks, i.e., busy schedules, difficult maneuvers, sore muscles, etc. instead of asking, "Why is this happening to me?" they ask, "What is good about this, and how can it benefit me?" With this attitude, everything becomes a learning experience, and we are able to cope with the day-to-day challenges that life rewards us with.

"If you feel you demonstrate these five traits, congratulations! You’ve got BlackBelt Excellence. If not, like a goal-oriented BlackBelt, work on those you are lacking."

- by Dave and Tim Kovar

Is Hathaway's Taekwon-do the right BlackBelt academy for me?

We have been in Essex Junction since 1994.  We have a solid reputation as a professional academy and are fully integrated in the community, teaching Taekwon-do programs for the Essex Junction Parks and Recreation Department.  We have repeatedly been written about in local papers in a positive light, and have been seen on TV several times including a nationally aired special produced by National Geographic Explorer.  

Over 100 students have successfully graduated from our BlackBelt degree program.  Most have gone on to earn advanced degrees such as 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th Degree BlackBelt and Master certification.  Our students are male, female, adults, and children of all sizes and types... the common thread is the desire to be a BlackBelt.

You are invited to visit our  HTKD BlackBelt Courses  website for a more in depth look at Hathaway's TaeKwon-Do including pictures, videos, and more information.

What are classes like?

Classes are taught by qualified BlackBelt instructors with advanced degrees and years of experience.  Assistant instructors help with larger groups and most kids classes.  Assistant instructors are trained to teach and to leaders as part of their curriculum.

Classes begin with an official call to form up into straight lines.  Formalities are followed to show our respect for our country, parents, the instructor, and the instructor to the students.

Warm-ups are preformed at the beginning of class to prepare the body and mind for advanced activity.  Instruction includes traditional drills and modern information in areas such as preparing the body for exercise, increasing flexibility, and strength building.

Each class includes practice, better understanding, and development of students in regards to the 5 Tenets of Taekwon-do:

  - Courtesy
  - Integrity
  - Perseverance
  - Self Control
  - Indomitable-Spirit

Students are polite and respectful to each other and the instructor, even bowing to each other when working together.  The instructors are positive, enthusiastic, and motivational.

Classes are rigorous.  We work hard, sweat, and push ourselves to our limits understanding that this is how we grow and overcome those limits.  Students are expected to enthusiastically approach each exercise and try their very best.  When they do, we can guarantee their success.

Students practice kicks, blocks, punches, strikes, grappling, self-defense, and other topics under the subject of Taekwon-do.

Kids classes are taught with an added element of fun and humor while maintaining the integrity of the information and atmosphere.  We have special equipment and drills developed specifically to provide children the very best results.  Kids class usually ends with a "Final Challenge", which is a useful drill that they find fun enough to consider a game.  In challenging others to preform at their best, we find others challenging us to be our best.  We become better together.

Can you make friends at Taekwon-do?

Countless friendships are formed at Hathaway's Taekwon-do.  Children interact and learn with a variety of other children that have similar positive ambitions and goals, good families, and the desire to become a BlackBelt.  Our adult students congregate and support each other both at and beyond the school.  Students of ours who trained together fifteen years ago are still the best of friends now.

When are classes?

Adults are provided with a variety of class times to choose from. Beginners should attend at least 2 classes each week. Adult evening classes are at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Morning classes are at 9:00 am Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.... 10:00 am on Saturday.

Classes specifically for novice children ages 5-12 are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm. Also available are mixed-kids classes where the novice and advanced-kids classes train together; mixed-kids classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm, and Saturday mornings at 10:00 am.

How much does it cost?

Achieving a BlackBelt costs years of hard work, hundreds of classes, thousands of hours of practice, sweat, etc... priceless, as they say.

Tuition rates to be enrolled in an HTKD BlackBelt Degree program vary depending on the specific membership selected and applicable discounts.  The standard rate for new students joining in 2011 is $1299 annually.  This includes unlimited classes, a uniform, a student manual, a sport bag, protective equipment, a school patch, an attendance card, and the testing and promotion ceremony to High-White belt.  

Testing, certification, and promotion ceremonies require a modest fee.  Novice students can expect to encounter one of these events every 3 to 5 months.  The first is provided at no charge with their membership, after which the fee collected is $25 per.  Optional costs could include attending special events such as seminars or tournaments (around $20-$50 per event).

We are extremely proud to be able to provide all that we do for such an incredibly reasonable price for our students and larger community ... far less than what it costs to enroll in a course at any other full-time academy or college around.  We keep a teacher student ratio of 1:10 or greater to ensure individual attention and progress.  We provide a flexible schedule that enables members to attend and progress 12 months each year rather than being limited to 2 four month long semesters.  There are no required books to buy.  Our club is professional; with air conditioning, mirrors, and every piece of training equipment needed including a specially designed martial-arts floor that reduces shock and improves safety in training.  We fully believe we provide the very best combination of instruction, curriculum, classes, facilities, and training environment possible at the lowest cost to our students.

Cost Comparison

Estimates of tuition costs to participate in a degree program, broken down to represent one class with 3 hours of instruction per week.  Estimates are generated using information provided by each institution named.   (links located below)


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