Martial Art Styles
The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at CrossFit Catonsville & Taekwondo:
- Kick Boxing
- Tae Kwon Do
Programs & Class Schedule
Tae Kwon Do
Lets start with the big question first: Is this just for kids?
The answer: No! Adults (men and women both) can benefit from martial arts and defensive conditioning just as much as kids. Adults are also much more likely to be placed into a situation where they would need to use this type of training AND be effective in doing so. You may not want to hit someone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever need to. We’re preparing for need; not want.
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art that uses powerful, dynamic kicks as it’s main form of attack, while teaching hand and balance techniques for defense. It focuses heavily on keeping the opponent outside the very personal range of grappling, where in a street-combat situation it can be detrimental (or life-threatening) to “go to the ground”.
Commonly refereed to as TKD (“tee-kay-dee”) by practitioners, it was codified by the Korean armed forces in the 20th century based on influences from older Korean arts as well as Japanese and Chinese traditions. It is sometimes referred to as a “hard style”, with more crisply defined movements than “soft styles” like Kung Fu. This distinction does not in any way refer to the effectiveness of any art, but only to the patterns of movement typical of those arts.
CrossFit Catonsville expands on the traditional TKD practice by further developing two martial disciplines within the art: practical self-defense techniques, and General Physical Preparedness (GPP). While we still teach the forms, kicks, blocks, and strikes of TKD, we also make it a priority to work on the application of our movements and preparation to use those movements in a life-threatening situation. We call the hybrid of CrossFit GPP and martial arts “CombatFit Tae Kwon Do”.
Are there belts and ranks? Yes. We use a tiered instruction method that objectively evaluates your understanding of the curriculum on a regular basis. When you show proficiency in one level of instruction, you move on to the next. Each level anticipates that you will understand the levels below it, and thus they build on one another. Think of it like completing the 101, 201, 301, etc. levels of a college-level Major. Sure, they could let you take Biology 410 before the classes before it, but you probably won’t know what’s going on. The same idea applies here: educate > promote > repeat.
Everyone is expected to progress through the tiers, adults and children, at their own pace. We don’t guarantee how quickly you will go from start to “black belt” because that depends on you. We offer tests every month for anyone who is ready for them, so you can progress soon after reaching each level of proficiency.
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