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Martial Arts Black Belts From Traverse City Are Changing The World One Kick And Punch At A Time!

Traverse City Kids Get Excited About Martial Arts In Various Ways...

Young boys and girls wander into the Seung-ni Academy in Traverse City and begin training in Taekwondo for numerous reasons. They may have got excited by a martial arts movie or television show like the Karate Kid or Kicking It. Sometimes they get their passion for martial arts ignited by coming to a class with a friend and trying it out. Some Traverse City area kids learn about the fun of martial arts training by doing it in gym class as Seung-ni Master Instructor Kyle Scott frequently teaches in local elementary schools. And, many seek out Taekwondo classes as a cross training exercise to help them with another sport. Others, learn about Korean Karate (a.k.a Taekwondo) because they are struggling with bullying or focusing in school and are referred by a school counselor or teacher. Lastly, some Northern Michigan kids just have the spirit of a samurai and have always wanted to train in martial arts and finally convince their parents. Regardless of what brought the young white belts to the Academy they all begin the same powerful path to black belt and beyond.

The Journey To Taekwondo Black Belt For A Child Is An Important One

The Beginning Child Taekwondo Class (ages 7 -12) at the Seung-ni Academy is a great place for these new white belts to get off to a great start. The patient, kind and engaging Black Belt Instructors really connect with the new students and help them learn their fundamental kicks, punches and blocks. In addition, the young Taekwondo students learn Korean words and about the culture of Korea. The students advance in belts about every three months as they learn, practice and perform more challenging and powerful skills. The next Bruce Lee and future Chuck Norris' in the making gain great confidence and life skills (focus, self control, respect and pride) as they work up through the Taekwondo belt system that includes 10 color belts.

A Black Belt Test Is No Small Undertaking

The Taekwondo black belt test is one of the most exciting and anticipated days around the Seung-ni Martial Arts Studio. Countless hours, days, weeks, months and years of training get to be proudly displayed in front of instructors as well as excited family and loved ones. The martial arts students, as young as 8 years old, get up in front of the head table and show off their Taekwondo forms, self defense moves, cool kicks, hapkido skills, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu techniques and board breaking. At the end, they are awarded their own martial arts black belt with their name embroidered on it and translated in Korean. In addition, they get an Identification Card for their wallet showing they are a certified black and a certificate from Korea to adorn their bedroom walls.

Martial Arts Black Belts Share Many Traits Of Success:
  1. Unbreakable Self Esteem - The process of being challenged and overcoming these challenges and accomplishing tough objectives builds huge confidence.

  2. Self Defense Skills - Taekwondo black belts do not have to worry about being the target of bullies and neighborhood thugs.

  3. Respect - Martial arts teaches kids that they need to respect themselves (eating right, exercising and studying at school) respect parents (obeying) and respect teachers (listening).

  4. Stick-To-It-Ness - By following through on a path that often takes 3 to 5 years, black belts are never phased with later having to finish a college degree which only takes 4 years.

  5. Leadership - The Traverse City Black Belt youths and teenagers from the Seung-ni Academy appreciate that they need to be leaders among their friends and in the face of negative peer pressure.

The Seung-ni Academy in Traverse City offers free introductory lessons for any Northern Michigan family that wants to see if martial arts training is right for their child. The path to black belt is powerful and the objective is well worth the investment .... maybe it is perfect for your son or daughter?

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