What to Expect
Tae Kwon Do is focused on stand-up fighting, especially with the use of powerful kicks to attack from a distance. But also with a mix of hand techniques and simple self-defense techniques to defend and attack at close range as well.
Tae Kwon Do is a very aerobic martial art and the physical demands engender strength, balance, and fitness. In addition, the practice of Tae Kwon Do stresses the mental skills of focus and control.
Class usually begins with warm-up exercises consisting of a short run, sit-ups, push-ups and then stretching. Class then proceeds to “Basics”, a set of 15 basic exercises consisting of various kicks, punches and blocks performed as a class.
After warm-up and basics, the class proceeds to forms (a structured series of moves different for each belt level), 3-step (a one-on-one counter-attack practice) and freestyle sparring. Occassionally, one of these three activities will be skipped or shortened to allow for a rotating set of additional execrises that stress fundamentals: side-kick and roundhouse-kick exercises, one-on-one kicking, self-defense techniques, extra kicks, hand and foot targeting practice, board breaking, heavy-bag work, light bag, and others.
What to Bring
For the first few classes, loose fitting clothing is acceptable. In order to proceed to yellow belt, a gi will be required. We wear traditional white karate gis (not the pullover shirt style TKD gis) which can be ordered through the instructor or online for relatively little cost.
For freestyle sparring, we highly recommend a mouth guard, but no protective equipment is required. All sparring is “no-contact”.
Come to Class!
The best way to get more information is to simply come and watch a class. Feel free to drop in and ask any questions you may have.
Fulcrum TKD class meets in the Cheldelin small gym, which is upstairs. The easiest way to find us is to park in the north parking lot behind Cheldelin and enter the school thru the mat room. If the door is locked, knock on the glass or call (541) 224-8140 and we’ll come let you in. There is usually a Jiu Jitsu class going on in the mat room, so head thru there and go out to the hall to the right. Go left at the first intersection and you will be next to the big gym. There is a staircase on the south side which goes up to the small gym.