About Youth Hapkido (Chung So Nyun Hapkido)
•Balance & Strength
It’s not just kicking, hitting, grappling, and throwing. In our youth program, we take a full view of what makes a confident, well-rounded child. Each student receives individual attention, focusing on their strengths and weakness. It is our goal to improve upon those strengths and chip away at those weaknesses.
Many children are enrolled because they are bullied in school. In addition to teaching them how to defend themselves from physical harm, they learn how to diffuse aggressive situations.
Some kids feel like they don't fit in, while others just aren’t interested in some of the mainstream sports. Those who are into sports, find the skills learned in Hapkido helps their performance on field, court, and mat. In our school, they ALL find a place where they belong.
Brian demonstrating his low
roundhouse kick for his belt test.
The instructors at GHMA have been working with children for many decades and understand how difficult it can be for them to overcome their fears. One of those fears is that first day in class! A unique aspect of our school is that our more experienced students play a large role in working with the newer kids. This benefits both the older students, as they are developing leadership skills (and teaching is the best way to learn) and the newer kids, who quickly learn they are among friends - regardless of rank.
Of course there are kids who just want to become martial artists. While the Youth Hapkido program focuses mainly on the Korean self-defense art of Hapkido, they are also exposed to some of our favorite techniques in other arts, such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, and Karate. A good martial artist has a wide knowledge of the martial arts world. Our teachers continue to learn from other teachers, so there is always fresh and exciting information to be shared!
The Youth Hapkido system awards 10 belts as the student progresses. A Youth Black Belt is carried over to the adult system, and they will not need to test again until they are 16 years old, the eligible age for the full adult black belt.
Isabel applying lock on Max.
The art of Hapkido was developed to give the smaller person an advantage over the larger adversary. We don’t break boards. We don’t compete in tournaments. We don’t all stand in a line and have orders barked at us. We do learn how to kick – very hard! We do learn how to punch – very hard! We do learn how to throw an attacker.
We do learn pressure points and joint locks.
We do learn how to escape when wrestled to the ground.
And we do have fun!
Hey, these are kids - fun is important, too!
When the child turns 13, they move up to the adult “Combat Hapkido” class, where they continue – with the same teachers - their exciting journey in this art.
Come try a class for free!
No pressure. No commitment.
No one graduates to their next belt until they can beat "Big Scott" best 2 out of 3. (Just kidding)