Our Programs & Classes
Students and enthusiasts of Taekwondo have many reasons for their interest in this and other martial art styles. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight loss aspects of training. Others seek to add dscipline and self control to their lives. While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense.
Whether you are interested in our programs for mental or physical well being, Hong's USA Taekwondo Habgido Gumdo, Inc., offers a number of programs that will fit your development needs and your busy schedule as well. Click here to view our Weekly Class Schedule.
The weekly schedule is subject to change and Grandmaster Hong reserves the right to make adjustments to the class schedule, as needed, to better the needs of all the students.
What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a modern martial arts, characterized
by its fast, high and spinning kicks. There are
multiple interpretations of the name Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is often translated as the "Way of the
Hand and Foot".
Tae = "Foot" or "Kick" or "to Jump"
Kwon = "Fist" or " to Strike or Block with Hand"
Do = "The Way of Mind-Spirit" or "Art"
Put this together and Taekwondo means: "The Art of
Punching and Kicking" or "The Art of Unarmed Combat".
Taekwondo is oftern characterized by unity of body-mind-
spirit-life, as well as unity of poomsae(forms) and confront
ation. When performing Taekwondo, one should make
the mind peaceful and synchronized with movement,
extending this harmony with life and society. This is how
the principle of physical movement, mind training, and life become one.
Disciplines of Taekwondo
Taekwondo has four disciplines:
* Patterns * Sparring *Self-Defense *Breaking
It is the combination of these four disciplines that make
the art of Taekwondo.
Objectives of Taekwondo:
1. To develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport
and an art.
2. To achieve physical fitness through positive
3. To improve mental discipline and emotional equality.
4. To learn self-defense skills.
5. To develop a sense of responsibility for one's self and
Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art, often with a greater
emphasis on the sport aspect of the art. Taekwondo
stylists tend to fight at an extended range, and keep
opponents away with their feet. It is a hard/soft, external,
fairly linear style and is known for being very powerful.
There is a lot of competition work in many dojangs.
Training tends to emphasize sparring, but also has
poomsaes(forms), and basics are important as well.
Habgido All-Belts Advanced
Learning how to use your body as a weapon is fundamental to the practice of Habgido. Proper use of your body as weapon includes applying force to your assailant in a manner that is (1) effective and (2) does not cause damage to yourself.
Strikes may be delivered by a number of diiferent body surfaces. This includes the use of hands, feet, arms legs, and head. Rigorously learning and practicing proper strike techniques are important to your development as a martial artist. Should you ever need to use Habgido to defend your self or others, your body will respond in the way your trained it.
If you learn proper strike techniques and practice them with concentration and rigorous adherence to what you learned, your body will automatically deliver effective strikes when confronted by a need to defend yourself. If on the other hand, you practice Habgido in a haphhazard, sloppy & casual manner, your body wil be inaffective as a weapon and surviving a threatening confrontation will depend far more on luck than on your neglected skill.
Home School Program
Hong's USA Taekwondo Habgido Gumdo, Inc., is
working with the state of Michigan to offer a physical fitness program for students who are home schooled. Class that are being offered are the are the following (for elementary thru high school students):
Authentic Korean-Style Taekwondo (Foot & Hand Techniques, Olympic Style Sparring, & Poomsaes/Forms), Habgido ((Self-Defense & Joint
Locks), and Gumdo (Korean Sword). Some of the activities will require that the student be the age of
thirteen years old or older.
Open Gym is not an organized class program. Open Gym, in the class schedule, is time that is set aside for various activities: the practicing of martial art skills & techniques, and extra time for other classes, such as Habgido (Self-Defense & Joint Locks), Gumdo (Korean Sword), and other approved weapons. There is also a children's mountain climbing wall, and many bags & hand targets for the practice of kicking & hand techniques. The practice gym floor space will be divided into areas for the different groups to practice on their own. However, if someone wants extra help with their techniques, Poomsaes/Forms, etc., an instructor will be around to assist the students. There will be Open Gym time before and after each scheduled class.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions about our programs that may not be listed here.