Black Belt Graduation Tickets Available

IMG_4190Join us for an evening of great demonstrations and fun as we celebrate the graduation of our newest Black Belts.

Testing for 1st Dan is Kyle Berube.

Testing for 5th Dan is Katherine Tiberghein.

You will be treated to demonstrations of forms, board breaking, and self-defense, followed by a candle-light ceremony and presentation of the belts.

This is a great event to invite family and friends to attend.

We are hopeful that both will pass the exam in the previous week.

In the event that someone does not, all students should still be there to show support for those who do.

Tickets are limited and sell fast.  Get yours early!

3 Spots Open

Our first class with the new format going back to basics in traditional TaeKwonDo was fantastic!  What a great group of students.  They worked hard learning some new tricks and did a terrific job.  I am so proud of each of them.  I had some good feedback and positive reviews, even from my own son.  Can’t wait to do some pad drills and sparring on Thursday.

There are exactly 3 spots open in this class and I’m looking for a few serious students to fill these spots.  Let me know if you are interested in trying a free class.

Work is moving forward on the outdoor training facility and ninja obstacle course.  It will take several years before it is complete, but I expect that we will be able to start training there in a few weeks.  Will keep you posted.

Thank you to the few faithful and hardworking students who came to class tonight. I am blessed to be your instructor.

KwanJang-Nim

Combat TaeKwonDo Seminar

LINK TO REGISTER

Did your instructor ever use the phrase, “Every block is a strike”?

And, you believed it, but really didn’t understand?

Did he or she tell you the blocks in TaeKwonDo prepare the way they do to maximize power?

And, then you wondered, “If someone is punching at me and I have to prepare before I block, how will I ever have time to stop the punch?”

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Have you ever asked yourself:

“Why do I practice fancy blocking preparation for self-defense, but I have no time to use it when I spar?”

“Why do I practice one-step self-defense moving backwards, but all the blocks in my forms move forward?”

“Why does it always seem that my distance is off when I practice one-steps?”

“Why do all the hand techniques in TaeKwonDo have a twist?”

The answer to most of these questions is that you have been practicing at the beginner level and the real meaning to how and why you do what you do in TaeKwonDo has been kept secret from you…until now!

  1. Read the rest of the story.
  2. Sign up for the seminar.
  3. Be prepared to look at your training in a whole new way…without changing your technique.

WARNING!

The techniques taught in the seminar are battlefield proven and contain devastating moves designed to be deadly. This is not ‘nice’ self-defense – this is WAR!

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Date:                        Friday, May 22, 2015

Time:                       6:00pm – 8:00pm

Instructor:              6th Dan Senior Master Matt Randall

Location:              Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy

Address:               4 Broadway, Dover, NH 03820

Contact:                 603-743-6500

Level:                      Intermediate ranks and above, ages 10+, all fitness levels

Format:                 Limited lecture, mostly hands-on practice, a good workout

Dress Code:         Dress uniform or workout attire

Registration:     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/combat-taekwondo-level-1-tickets-16816946941 

NamTaeHi_1958Most of the world thinks of TaeKwonDo as a kicking art because of its amazing record of tournament competition and board breaking power. What most people overlook is the hand skills inherent in the art. For many, the hundreds of odd hand techniques demonstrated in the traditional forms are just art. But, what if they were actually practical combat skills, proven in battle?

If you are not familiar with the history of TaeKwonDo, it is a combined art incorporating primarily Korean and Japanese techniques. TKD was designed in the mid-1900’s, from the ground up, to be taught to the Korean military and has been proven in modern battlefield application. Unlike the arts of the Samurai and others, which are excellent arts BTW, TaeKwonDo does not rely on technique that is hundreds of years old using weapons and movements that were developed during feudal periods in history, but rather uses modern scientific theory and constant experimentation. It is an art that is always changing and developing.

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Having said that, all the basic techniques in TaeKwonDo have been carefully recorded, photographed, and detailed in a 15-volume encyclopedia set that is probably the most comprehensive of any martial art system. The problem here is that while many students believe the encyclopedia to be the definitive study of the art, it was actually written for beginner students to learn the basics. Beginners in TKD are typically considered white belt through 3rd Dan. Therefore, the techniques are only described at the basic level and the true original battlefield applications have been left out to protect beginner students from using them inappropriately. This is often the case with many martial arts systems that save the ‘hidden secrets’ of the art for only a select group of top students. The problem with this approach is that sometimes the masters die before passing on all the secrets and they become lost to future generations.

Master Randall has been studying the art of TaeKwonDo for over 34 years with many instructors and has unlocked the original deadly aspects of the art used in real modern military combat. For many years he thought, like most TKD students, that the encyclopedia was the Bible of TKD and there was nothing more. Now, his eyes have been opened to a whole new interpretation and he is ready to pass on this knowledge so that future generations of students will have a better understanding of the moves they practice in their traditional forms.

In this seminar, Master Randall will point out where the founders of TKD have borrowed technique from other arts and changed them to create an original Korean twist to the techniques. He will explain how the TaeKwonDo Encyclopedia is only a beginner’s reference and how the application of hand technique in the series needs to be looked at ‘backwards’ to find the true applications…without changing the technique.

Be warned! This seminar will be controversial in some regards. For instance, Master Randall firmly believes that way TKD has adopted and changed techniques from other arts is an improvement. He also believes that the application of hand technique, as it is described in the encyclopedia, is often wrong or misleading, and that one-step self-defense is taught incorrectly. That’s right, you are learning the proper techniques, just using them incorrectly. It’s not your fault or your instructor’s, just knowledge that has been lost…until now.

Whether you are a traditional ITF student or from another art looking to compare systems and learn some new moves, this seminar will inspire you to look at your basic hand technique in a whole new light.

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Private Lessons Available

For years people have been asking me to teach private lessons and I have resisted because of other commitments.

Now, I have carved out some time and I’m offering private lessons.

These are a great opportunity to work on your specific needs and goals.

Whether it’s perfecting your traditional skills, learning new arts, getting in shape, or specific self-defense concerns, I’m ready to help you meet your goals.

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Call my office for more information about availability at 603-743-6500.

Yard Sale – Saturday, May 2nd

Yes, we are doing it again…only this time with more families jumping in.

Join us this Saturday after 9am in the parking lot of Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy for more great deals as we clean out our basements and attics.  You never know what treasures you may find.

There is still space for more families to add tables to the sale.  The more the merrier!

And…share this with your friends!!!

Yard Sale – Saturday, April 17th!

It’s yard sale day from 9am-2pm today!

Join us for fun and good deals in the parking lot of Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy.

Lot’s of good stuff must go – martial arts equipment, Wavemaster bags, kicking shields, office supplies, electronics, and much more.

There will be a bouncy house for the kids.

If you want to bring a table, there should be plenty of space.

Stop by to see all the fun and good deals.