Choi Tae Kwon Do adult and junior classes are fun, exciting and challenging and are structured to motivate all students to be the best they can be at learning the Way of Tae Kwon Do. Ages participating: Juniors: 13-17 and Adults 18 and up.
Classes are held at 3596 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Map
Class activities include warm-ups, stretching, running, punches, blocks, kicks, self-defense and hyungs (forms).
Our traditional Tae Kwon Do Classes are designed to pass on the ancient values, traditions and techniques of the martial arts, such as:
- Indomitable Spirit and
- Physical fitness strengthening
A traditional martial art is not simply about fighting. Nor is it merely a sport. The underlying premise of a sound martial art is that by practicing rigorous physical exercises, not only is one’s body improved, but also one’s mind and spirit. Further, in the give and take of regulated physical conflict-accompanied by a strict code of conduct-a person learns how to control aggression.
While we believe competition is a valid part of martial arts, it is not the end in itself. For one thing, sport competition does not prepare the average person for personal self defense, since the rules for a sport do not apply to a street situation.
We take both words in the term “martial art” very seriously. The martial aspect means we prepare our students to defend themselves. As training in Tae Kwon Do progresses, one recognizes this training is not only good for defense against physical aggression, but also verbal and psychological abuse and intimidation.
Tae Kwon Do also is an art-a highly physical art. The central element of our Tae Kwon Do curriculum is the practice of forms-patterns of movements that depict one person defending against the attacks of invisible assailants from all directions. Each move in the pattern must be powerful and the transition between moves must be graceful. It challenges both mind and body. And the forms get ever more difficult as one rises in belt rank. Yet elegance in forms is possible to students who work diligently.
There also is artistry in the flow of free sparring, the ingenuity of joint locks and throws, and the creative force of board breaking. It’s part of what makes Tae kwon Do fun.
Perfection is never possible, but the constant striving for perfection via Tae Kwon Do is rewarding in itself. Many students begin Tae kwon Do marveling at the ease at which advanced students perform complicated skills, thinking they will never be able to do those moves, and then in a few years, other new students are marveling at them.
To decide whether traditional Tae Kwon Do is the right martial art for you come in and observe a class and talk to an instructor. Visitors are always welcome at Choi Tae kwon Do Institute.