ENTERPRISE YMCA Taekwondo School







MONDAY
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
BLACK BELTS
This class is for those who have reached the DAN level of the sport - they have endured numerous testings and sparring matches and learned at least a dozen different forms and several dozen one-steps and knife defenses. Now that they have shown the capacity to learn - their real training in Tae Kwon Do begins. Not quite so esoteric as secret societies, the knowledge passed down from Grand Masters (9th DAN) to Masters (7th DAN) to Junior Masters (5th DAN) to Instructors (3rd DAN) is knowledge gathered over several millennia. It is now that TKD becomes a way of life. Sadly, 90% of those who reach DAN rank decide to move on and do not pursue the sport any further. Our instructors are here for that other 10%!
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
LiL' DRAGONS
(ages 4-5)
This class is specifically designed for budding martial artists in the pre-K set. No big kids AND no adults to get in the way, Lil' Dragons will start out as white belts and learn their first form, Ki Bon (basic foundation). Once they have mastered that they will test for white belt with yellow stripe and begin learning Dan Gun which represents the early morning sun and their "first day" of the TKD journey. Next comes white belt with orange stripe followed by white with green stripe. Testing will be held once every four months and will include their forms, one steps, and board breaking (1/4 inch speed boards designed to build confidence and to perfect learned techniques). Lil' Dragons who successfully pass their white belt with green stripe tests will be allowed to join the regular Intermediate Class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 -7:15 PM. Once they learn sparring techniques they can test for their senior green belts in front of the ATF Grandmaster and our senior instructors.

Students come either on Tuesday or Thurdsay - not both days!
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
INTERMEDIATE
This class is designed for White, Yellow, and Orange belts who are beginning to learn about the art of TKD. First they work on forms - movements set in a pattern that replicate those attacking and defending moves they would use in a real fight. They also learn one-steps; defending against an attacker who uses one specific move. There are several one-steps for each form and students must master the Form and One-Steps before being promoted to the next rank.
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
ADVANCED
This class is designed for students who have been in TKD for at least 6 months are have learned how to remember forms, one steps, and knife defenses. Here they will learn to spar; first against their black belt instructors and later against their classmates to put into practice what they've learned. These free-sparring sessions last one to two minutes and are NOT designed to defeat an opponent, but to defend against his or her attacks and then counter-attack when the opportunity presents itself. Board breaking, one of the things that makes TKD unique among martial arts, is an integral part of training from this point forward. Its purpose is to test the skill, technique, power, and timing of the student along with his or her pain threshold - board breaking hurts, period.
WEDNESDAY
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
TOURNAMENT CLASS
This class is for those students who plan on competing in tournments that are held throughout the year. Instuctors will go over unique aspects of each upcoming tournament and students will be able to get extra practice on forms, sparring, and board breaking techniques. Our students compete regularly at ATF tournaments (held every two months); Amatuer Athletic Union (AAU) regional and national tournaments; State Games of America (SGA) annual state and bi-annual national tournaments. Students who wish extra training before testing are also welcome to attend these Wednesday sessions.
FRIDAY
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
BEGINNER
This is a class designed for those not sure if they're up to the challenge of becoming a martial artist. Because there are no costs involved, participants can dip their toes in the water of Tae Kwon Do without fear of getting too wet. Here they will learn the basic stances, kicks, and commands of the sport along with a few moves associated with their first form: Ki Bon (basic foundation). After three or four lessons students are "?promoted" to the Tuesday class for beginners (for which they must pay). They also begin to learn the tenets of TKD; rote memory for now but a way of life within a very few short years.
FRIDAY
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
DEMO TEAM PRACTICE
As the name implies, the purpose of the team is to demonstrate the art of Tae Kwon Do to different audiences throughout the year. We have performed at events sponsored by Ft. Rucker, the Relay for Life, the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce; Wiregrass Homeschool Expo, and annually at Y-Day. The team also competes at several tournaments throughout the year, having won two ATF National Championships. The routines usually involve choreographed forms, weapons, and board breaking acts timed to music. Students must tryout for the team but once accessed, they and their parents become one big family. You can see some of the tournament rountines on the ATF Demo Team page.


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