Youth classes 8 YRS+
5:30 PM TO 6:30 PM
Shadow Martial Arts (SMA) students train in Hapkido: this is a Korean Martial Art that means “the way of harmony and energy/spirit”. Hapkido teaches kicking, striking, and sparring but mostly focuses on self-defense techniques including joint locks, throws and escapes.
Hapkido teaches the practitioner how to defend using technique and skill. Speed, reflexes and ability to redirect an opponent’s force are all key components of combat.
What is a class like?
In an average class, students will learn practical self-defense skills, weapons, sparring, grappling, kicking, striking and blocking exercises as well as enjoy good workouts. Fitness is always a strong focus of every class: strength training, power, endurance, balance, agility, flexibility and core conditioning are essential to martial arts and to a healthy life.
Most classes start with breath control exercises to help focus, become present and build “ki” energy. Kids will participate in strength competitions, play games to build speed and reflexes, and practice their skills for their next belt level. Belt testing is a part of the Hapkido curriculum but it is not the focus: everyone advances at their own pace. The club is non-competitive, so there is no travel for tournaments.
Why train with us?
Every student has different reasons for studying martial arts. Perhaps they train to improve confidence and self-discipline, or maybe they want to learn self-defense and combat skills, while others train for the fitness and health benefits. SMA tries to provide the environment for individual success. Everyone can achieve their goals with the following:
Family support. This is especially important for kids; they need supportive parents to succeed in Martial Arts.
Good club camaraderie. Having motivated and fun training partners and class-mates is equally important…these are the fellow students you grow and learn with.
Knowledgeable and patient instructors. Instructors can help guide, support, and motivate a martial artist.
Shadow Martial Arts head instructor is Marta. She has been training in Hapkido since age 8. Marta earned her 1st Dan Black Belt in 1994 and was the first woman in the Canadian Hapkido Association as well as the local Hapkido club to earn this title. In 1997 she earned her 2nd Dan Black Belt. Marta was also a Personal Fitness Trainer.
Shadow Martial Arts has been teaching students Hapkido and Self-Defense in Prince George since 1999.
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