Martial arts also encourages the development of positive character traits such as respect for others and yourself, self-control, patience, perseverance, self-confidence, and a "can do" mindset. We teach a non-violent approach to conflict resolution. The increased self-confidence our students develop can decrease the odds that they are involved in a physical altercation. Our students learn to step up to challenges, overcome obstacles and become role models for others.
You don't need to "get into shape" first. In fact, many beginner students have never exercised regularly before trying their first Tae Kwon Do class. We help you work out at the level that's appropriate for you and encourage you to increase your fitness level over time. Of course, we recommend you talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
VAMAI Adult Martial Arts will make you feel the results with an intense workout that will increase your strength and flexibility while burning fat and learning martial arts. From shoulders to calves, you will become lean and strong. It is a complete body workout that blends various techniques from the art elements of Boxing, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Self-Defense, Jiu-Jitsu, and Cardio into a 60 minute exercise routine that will make you lean and tone while building a positive self image, increasing your self-confidence and reducing your stress level.
Tae Kwon Do derived from other forms of martial arts, but uniquely has a style all its own. It is very different from other martial arts in a few select areas. First, Tae Kwon Do is physically very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot-work skills. Second, the kicking action has progressed and continues to transform into an unmatched level of preeminence. Third, the principle physical movements are in relation to the mind and life as a whole. Tae Kwon Do has flourished and spread in popularity becoming the national sport of Korea. It has now become a global sport and has gained international recognition. It is included as part of the school curriculum from first grade through college and is required in the military. In July of 1980, at the Eighty-Third International Olympic Committee Session meeting in Moscow, the World Taekwondo Federation was granted IOC recognition and became a member of the Olympic Games. It was held as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Games in Korea and served officially as a full medal sport in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
[As explained by Professor Steve Capener, Director of Technical Affairs of the World Taekwondo Federation]
Tae Kwon Do is believed to be one of the oldest Oriental arts of unarmed self-defense. Tae Kwon Do is purely Korean in origin as the beginnings of true Korean culture are believed to have developed in 2332 B.C. with the establishment of the Ancient Korean State. Since then, the Korean people were forced to fight to protect or regain their independence from the Chinese, the Scytho-Siberians of Central Asia, the Mongol Hordes, the Marauders, and the armies of Japan. As a result, characteristics that serve as the source of Tae Kwon Do were created in the Korean people. These consisted of a fierce warrior spirit, an intense national loyalty, and an indomitable will to survive.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Tae Kwon Do was outlawed in Korea by the ruling occupiers of Japan. As a result, it was practiced secretly and kept alive. In 1945, when Korea was liberated from Japan, numerous individuals from Korea were interested in taking steps to revitalize the ancient and traditional martial art.
VAMAI Adult Martial Arts is for adults of all levels, backgrounds and body shapes - from those who want to get in shape to those looking for the ultimate martial arts experience. You are encouraged to go at your own pace. So get to VAMAI and jab, punch and kick your way to fitness so you can feel empowered and confident!
Besides being a lot of fun and a great form of self-defense, the exercise you get from martial arts style workout (aerobic/cardio, strength training, flexibility) benefits every part of the body, including how you feel about yourself, the health of your heart, the strength of your muscles, and the density of your bones.
When you exercise, your body produces endorphins; chemicals that make you feel more peaceful and happier. Exercise can help some people sleep better, help with mild depression, and increase self-esteem. Plus, exercise can give you a real sense of accomplishment as you achieve milestones in your fitness goals.
Exercising to maintain a healthy weight also decreases your risk of developing certain diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These 2 diseases used to be found mostly in adults but are becoming more common in teens. And studies are now showing that a significant number of young children are obese. Exercise also helps prevent osteoporosis (weakening of the bones, making them more prone to breaking in later life especially among women). Of course cutting down fast food, soft drinks and snack foods, as well as increasing the servings of fresh fruit and vegetables everyday, in addition to becoming more physically active will have the most positive impact on your health.
Can VAMAI help my child do better in school? Yes. We're not going to help them study for their test, but we can help them develop the focus and self-discipline they need to do better in school. VAMAI can also help your child be better prepared for school by giving them the skills they need to be better focused, show more respect and self-confidence, set and work toward a goal, keep trying even when it's challenging, resist negative pressure and bullies.
In a technology oriented society, it is often hard to get children to engage in physical activity. Yet, it is not impossible. Finding a fun and dynamic form of exercise is the way to get kids on fitness. VAMAI Instructors work with each individual child to help them succeed. The VAMAI Kids program will help your child develop marital arts expertise, self-defense skills, and physical fitness and discipline while having fun and building character. Children involved in our VAMAI Kids program tend to improve academically, socially, at home, physically, mentally, and emotionally. In addition, they cultivate the strength they need to stand up to bullies and peer pressure.
The VAMAI Kids program consists of a fun-filled curriculum, which are excellent for building up concentration skills, confidence, and discipline. Your child will also learn anti-bullying techniques, personal safety and personal development. Emphasis is placed on positive reinforcement and teaching skills needed to succeed such as: balance, coordination, socialization, confidence, self-esteem, following directions, self-discipline, respect for themselves & others, release of energy, learning healthy habits, setting goals, and working hard.