We all face many challenges each and every day. When we were kids growing up, the belief was life would be much easier when we finally became an adult. We quickly found out that freedom comes with its own set of responsibilities. The main challenge adults face is "how do I juggle everything in my life between my job, my kids, my housework, etc. and still take care of myself?" For a growing number of people, martial arts provides that answer. Whether you are interested in physical fitness, self-defense, or even just an athletic social outlet, our school is a safe and positive environment. We provide a fun activity-driven atmosphere where people with common interests can join together in physically rewarding and mentally challenging activities. To many of our students, the time that they spend in class is an oasis in the middle of their lives where they can focus on themselves without feeling selfish or guilty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 1 in 5 adults meet physical activity guidelines set to improve wellbeing. Just as you’d think, physical activity has far reaching benefits. It can help control your weight, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and more. The physical activity alone can help improve your mental health and mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
The issues of mental health are becoming more apparent and our understanding of them is growing as well. Many issues of mental health are helped by fitness alone, but the martial arts add a lot of benefits. Adults are goal-oriented and exploring that side of our human nature is important for our happiness. The motivation that can build up for many can power you through your fitness goals, as well as your life goals. A successful practice of martial arts requires a large amount of mental fortitude. Some of martial arts’ most traditional tenets - such as indomitable spirit and perseverance - stress the importance of fighting through preconceived limits.
In adulthood, it can be very tough for some to find peers with mutual interests and outlooks. Martial arts is a great place to meet new people, from all walks of life, and the shared dedication to their art can help bond people. Lifelong friends are made all the time at martial arts gyms; going through difficult trials - such as belt testing - can really help create social bonds between friends. Martial Arts will also help bond with your children, especially if you are participating as family, which we strongly encourage!
Let's not forget where it all began, defending yourself. Unlike any other form of exercise, with martial arts you learn potentially life-saving self-defense skills.
Purity of white.
The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins the journey with a clean (pure) slate.
Sun is rising.
The student sees the beauty of the art but has not yet experienced the power of the proper technique.
Sun appears yellow.
The student begins to understand the foundation of taekwondo as they rise upwards toward the sun.
Hide among the trees.
Realizing their progress and potential, the student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank.
Pine needles are forming.
The student's technique is starting to develop power and basic movements are beginning to work in unison.
Coming to the mountain.
Reaching higher levels the training becomes more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome.
Upward towards the sky.
Having passed the mid-way point, the student now focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt.
Roots growing in soil.
At this point the student has mastered many basics moves and has developed deep roots in taekwondo.
Sun is setting.
The physical skill has been developed but lacks control. Physical and mental discipline must be achieved.
Sun breaks through night.
The sun sets and the student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt student.