|Whether you are a youngster or simply young at heart, Corvallis Karate for Kids has a program for you. From our Tiny Tigers program for preschool children to our Karate for Kids training through age 11, and on to our recognized adult training and our special programs, Protech and Krav Maga training, Corvallis Karate for Kids can provide you with all the health, fitness, preparedness and life skills that solid training in martial arts brings.|
Goals · Friendship · Perserverence · Self Control · Confidence · Self Improvement · Courtesy · Self Awareness · Respect · Integrity · Self Esteem · Dedication
In additional to monthly themes, our system includes the unique victory patch. Kids are reqarded special "Victory Stars". These different colored stars are rewarded for outstanding performance in karate class, shool, home, or at a tournament competition. Kids may receive the following stars for the following deeds:
Four different colored Victory Patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving Karate Kid:
ATA Tiny Tigers, just like in the Karate for Kids program, have their own unique victory patch and "Victory Stars." Stars are earned in the same way as the Karate for Kids program, with slight modifications in recognition of the preschool age of the child. Four different colored victory patches are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high achieving Tiny Tiger. Except for the logo, the four victory patches are the same as the Karate for Kids patches.
Upon graduation from the Tiny Tigers program into the "Junior" or "Big Kid" program, Tigers are rewarded by the opportunity to wear the "Big Kids" or "Karate for Kids" patch.
The rank and testing system used by the Tigers is slightly different than that of the Karate for Kids. Tigers can earn eight collectable animal patches to display on the belts as follows: Tiger for orange belt; Cheetah for yellow; Lion for camo; Eagle for green; Phoenix for purple; Dragon for blue; Cobra for brown; Panther for red. All eight patches, as earned, can be displayed on the child's belt.
We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected of you is a willingness to try.
Here are some benefits you can expect from training in Taekwondo:
Fitness - The principles of Taekwondo techniques are based on the design of your body. For power you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As you progress in Taekwondo, you will learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your body's strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot.
Self Defense - When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attacker's body, the results can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.
Self-Confidence - This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.
Black Belt Club - The Black Belt Club Program is a program developed by the ATA. It is open to all students regardless of rank or age. It represents the highest level of our "Success through Goal Setting" philosophy. Black Belt Club members are those individuals who have set their goal at "Black Belt". Students must know exactly what their goal is if they are to move toward it with desire and conviction. A Black Belt Club patch is worn on the left sleeve of the uniform to remind them of their goal every time they put on their uniform.
However, the Black Belt Club is much more than a patch. All Black Belt Club members are welcome to participate in the special Black Belt Club workouts held each month at our Taekwondo Center in Corvallis. These exciting workouts offer training in Protech, Musical Forms, Olympic Style Sparring, Muay Thai Boxing drills, and much more. These special seminars will not only make you a better martial artist, but will also prepare you for the courses taught at the Black Belt level.
There are several other programs available at our center:
Master Club - These member are those individuals who have dedicated themselves to continue on after their Black Belt level is achieved.
Junior Trainee Instructor Program - This program's mission is to build future leaders of America for a better tomorrow. The program was devised in order to allow children, ages 8-15, to prepare themselves for the Trainee Instructor Program. It also aims to keep interest up and gives a broader outlook for the students to draw upon.
S.W.A.T. - This is our Special Winning Attitude Team. It is a select group of students from our Black Belt Club or Master Club who serve as role models and teacher's assistants. Their responsibility is to lead by example, exemplifying the behavior, character, and motivation of a tip top Black Belt.
Trainee Instructor Program - This program is for Black Belts ages 16 and above to prepare them for instructor certification. Trainee instructors are people who enjoy teaching others or who are interested in a career in the martial arts.
Joint Manipulation and Throwing Techniques - This course combines joint manipulation, Hapkido, and Aikido techniques. It is perfect for the student who would like to learn techniques like Steven Segal uses. We also feel this program will be of interest to all students trying to broaden their own personal training and knowledge.
Street Self Defense - This course teaches you the most effective blocking and striking techniques for defense on the street. Based on Muay Thai Boxing techniques, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to defend themselves on the street.
P.P.C.T. (Pressure Point Control Tactics) - This course is the original course offered by Protech Traning Systems used primarily for work in conjunction with local law enforcement. It includes the secrets of "one touch knockout points" and "principles of control". This program has been legally, medically, and tactically researched to put it on the forefront of control tactics. It is currently used by many secret agencies and law enforcement agencies.
Ground Fighting - A good martial artist can fight standing up or from the ground. Many self-defense situations end up on the ground where the kicking and punching of Taekwondo are not always effective. Learn the techniques that can help you win the battle on the ground.
S.H.A.R.P. (Sexual Harassment Assault and Rape Prevention) - The S.H.A.R.P. course includes three sections including: prevention and psychology, professional and social harassment, and assault countermeasures. This is a great self-defense for women in the workplace.
Krav Maga™ is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It's also the preferred system for U. S. Military and law enforcement personnel. Krav Maga™ is not a traditional martial art. No katas. No rituals.
Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time. Learn to defend against common chokes, grabs and bearhugs, as well as weapons such as guns, knives, and sticks. Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. Tested on the battlefield and in the streets, Krav Maga™'s practical approach to self defense will make you safer and more secure.
"Martial Art" is a broad term encompassing the many styles of physical discipline (fighting) arts that have been developed over the centuries. To say that the style of Songahm Taekwondo is just another "martial art" would be an oversimplified explanation of the world's largest centrally administered martial art. This system of teaching and training is unequaled in the martial arts community.
During its early years, the ATA used the Chahng-hun style of forms (also used by the International Taekwondo Federation). But although this style was widely accepted in the Taekwondo community, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee felt that its forms did not accurately reflect Taekwondo -- particularly the strength and beauty of Taekwondo kicking techniques. As a result, he believed the forms contributed little to the Taekwondo curriculum. For example, white belts were expected to know front kicks and side kicks, but no front kick appeared until the third (yellow belt) form, and there was no side kick until the form after that!
From 1983 to 1990, Eternal Grand Master introduced the eighteen Songahm forms. These forms are part of a fully-integrated curriculum, in which everything a student learns reinforces everything else. The forms contain all or nearly all of the techniques that students are expected to know at each rank, the one-step sparring segments complement the forms, and all of these patterns lead logically to the movements required for each succeeding rank.
The Songahm curriculum facilitates a smooth progression from one rank to the next, so that students who begin Taekwondo feeling they'll never be able to do a simple block (for example) suddenly find themselves a few years later doing 360-degree jumping kicks with ease.
Songahm Taekwondo also focuses on personal development of the mind and body. To say it is just self-defense would be to lose most of the valuable ideas and philosophy behind this ancient art.
The heightened capacity for self-defense resulting from our Taekwondo is really a fringe benefit that is gained by dedicating one's self to the values, philosophy and training of Songahm Taekwondo. When learning, a student is in a true, traditional Taekwondo class, focusing not just on the physical but also on discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty.
A beginner does not focus on being a skilled martial artist within a month or two, as a strong foundation in Taekwondo must be built first. Trying to advance beyond your level without proper guidance is like building a house on concrete that has not dried. Though the house may still stand, the foundation would not be as strong and the appearance of the house may not be as presentable.
The ATA and its affiliated organizations help build a strong foundation of Songahm Taekwondo in each of its members, a foundation from which advancement in both the martial art (mind and body) and in self defense can be built and added onto in perpetuity.