Martial arts dates back centuries. The roots of the art started from the philosophy and guidelines for the warriors that devoted their lives to protect and defend the homeland, the community, and the family. Intense physical activities and mind-body balance was the foundation of the training.
Many styles of martial arts originated from Korea, China, Japan, Brazil and other parts of the world all with similarities and differences rooted in the philosophy of the masters who pioneered their styles. The art has evolved, changed, and branched over years. Some still continue the traditional “hard core” style of martial arts, emphasizing the military roots. Others practice martial arts with emphasis on the art and sporting aspects. Others offer a mix of tradition and sports.
At Journey Martial Arts, our classes are based on the Korean style of martial arts which have many similarities to traditional Karate in physical movement. Our programs are a unique blend of physical and mental activities to provide balance and harmony between body and mind; improve athleticism and performance; improve memory and concentration; and, build character and discipline as a lasting skill set. The foundation of our programs leverage the traditional knowledge rooted in centuries of martial arts training. We also believe that all traditional training should combine the latest science and technology in the field of sports and mindfulness training.
Like any other sport or art, proficiency in this branch of sports comes from commitment and dedication. Typical duration to achieve the first level black belt is about 2-3 years. Everyone travels this journey at their own pace and with their own abilities starting with basic physical training and skill development. Our staff is trained and certified to provide a safe and consistent program to help the students develop their skills. A much higher level of physical and mental development can be achieved if the student chooses, ultimately leading to leveraging the philosophy of the art as a way of life. This journey could take a person to 30-40 years of commitment and devotion to achieve the highest levels of proficiency.
Taekwondo practitioners at Journey Martial Arts enjoy and celebrate their accomplishments through training and rank testing. Students have the opportunity to show their improvement and earn new ranks every 8-10 weeks. Students also can participate in regional and national competitions developing strong friendships, relationships, and camaraderie.