MCGOWAN’S BLACKBELT ACADEMY

  9 Bertram Street,

  Hamilton, ML3 0QS

  Tel 07881 642 841

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Senior Program

Many people would join a Gym to get fit and stay fit.  Most people who do end up hardly using it.  Taekwon-Do training offers a different training regime and more people maintain regular training.  It can also be great fun and a great way to meet new people.  
Our Senior Taekwon-Do program will help you  improve your fitness and help look after yourself if a situation arises. You will soon understand the benefits of keeping fit and eating well AND it’s great fun.  We teach ITF Taekwon-Do as taught by our founder, Grand Master General Choi Hong Hi 9th degree (1918-2002). At the core of our training we have a moral code set out in the tenets of Taekwon-Do:
                                                  Courtesy (Ye Ui)                         Integrity (Yom Chi)
                                                  Perseverance (In Nae)              Self Control (Guk Gi)
                                                  Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
The Taekwon-Do syllabus involves wide and varied training.  This includes core fitness and toning, pattern, sparring, destruction / special technique, self defence / street defence and of course health and nutrition.
Fitness:  we use traditional circuit training, bag work, focus pads and kick shields as well as some dedicated Taekwon-Do drills.  Our methods provide excellent cardio vascular fitness conditioning and strengthening the body. 
Pattern: These are sets of fundamental movements and techniques both offensive and defensive, against an imaginary opponent(s). Performed in a fixed and logical sequence they help the student to develop correct technique, balance and precision. There are 24 patterns and progress in complexity as the student’s training progresses.
Sparring: Beginning with individual set sparring drills, through step sparring with partners, semi-free and then free-sparring we build our students ability to practise Taekwon-Do. This is done with safety equipment and under supervision at all times.
Destruction / Special Technique:  We have a range of breaker boards available for practise. Special technique consists of mid-air and multiple target kicking.
Self Defence / Street Defence: Looking after yourself is a key part of any martial arts. We teach ‘Self Defence’ as part of the Taekwon-Do syllabus plus ‘Street Defence’ which provides wider awareness and responses to unprovoked attacks.
Health and Nutrition: Healthy eating is sometimes a difficult with all the convenience foods around and we all live busy lives.  As part of our training we highlight the benefits we gain from healthy eating and of course the things to cut down or avoid.
GRADING.  The ultimate aim for most students is to achieve ‘Black Belt’, although this is often the real beginning of training.  There are regular gradings, normally every 6 – 8 weeks, for students to make progress through the grades towards black belt.
COMPETITION:  Another key experience in martial arts is competition.  Whether it is pattern, sparring destruction or special technique, competing against other students is a great way to mark your progress. It’s a wonderful experience and a great way to meet students from all over the UK and often beyond.   
1st 
Lesson 
FREE