Taekwondo, which means “The art of Kicking and Punching” is a martial art developed by General Choi around 1940 and was recognized as a medal sport at the Olympics for the first time at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia. The martial art is well known for its powerful kicking techniques, sparring, forms and board-breaking. Taekwondo incorporates, and teaches us how to enhance our character by training not just our body but our mind as well. Achieve Martial Arts school teaches self-discipline, respect, honesty, and many other principles that not just make the students grow as practitioners of the art, but also as human beings. In both locations, Yonkers and Scarsdale, our amazing instructors reinforce that Taekwondo is not just about punching and kicking but also about character development.
There is a common misconception that practicing martial arts encourages one to become more violent. This however is not true, and someone who practices martial arts is more likely to become more peaceful. At Achieve Martial Arts, we believe in the Korean education motto of “Hong Ik In Gahn”. This translates to “To broadly benefit humankind”. Beyond physical training, Taekwondo is a lifestyle and state of mind where the objective is not only self-defense but to help create a peaceful world. Here we shift the paradigm that says martial art is “the art of war” and we get to understand it as “the art of peace”.
It is a very difficult but very rewarding process to become a black belt in Taekwondo. Students must be dedicated, and train regularly, for at least 3 years. At Achieve Martial Arts students begin as a white belt. Generally, white belt students, or beginner students, who train regularly will advance to the next belt level in 2 months. As students progress and advance to higher level belts the training time requirement takes longer. At our school we hope and expect that all our students will ultimately test for their black belt. Many of our beginner students come to our school without previous martial arts experience or natural ability. Over time, with consistent training, our students develop into very able and talented martial artists. Through their development of advanced striking and kicking techniques, self defense skills, fighting and escaping techniques, and board breaking skills, our students develop confidence, discipline, respect, and self control. These are very positive traits that they can effectively use in other areas of their lives. At Achieve Martial Arts, we hope to teach our students that the process of becoming a black belt is a positive journey; one that actually becomes a healthy and beneficial lifestyle. Once a student earns their black belt we hope they continue their training in order to earn advanced degrees, and perhaps demonstrate their abilities in competitions, and teach martial arts to others.
The Tokyo Olympics have come to an exciting close! The games began on Friday, July 23 with the opening ceremony and will end with the closing ceremony tonight, Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The games and the amazing athletes were inspirational to watch. One incredible moment for the USA Taekwondo Team was Anastasija Zolotic winning the first Taekwondo gold medal for the US women's Team. If you missed the match you can watch the historic moment on YouTube; Anastasija Zolotic gold medal fight on Peacock. The medal results for the Taekwondo Tokyo Olympics 2020 matches are as follows; ROC - 4 Medals Great Britain, & Republic of Korea - 3 Medals Croatia, Egypt, Serbia, Turkey - 2 Medals Chinese Taipei, Cote d'ivoire, Cuba, France, Israel, Italy, Jordan, North Macedonia, People's Republic of China, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, United States, & Uzbekistan - 1 Medal How to watch the closing ceremony: Primetime Coverage 8:00pm ET - on NBC, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App. As the exiting games comes to a close, let's be inspired and train even harder in the upcoming year. Some of you may even be future olympians!
The instructors at Achieve Martial Arts are really excited for tonights start of the Tokyo Olympics. We will be showing our support for taekwondo and the athletes by watching the taekwondo matches. We encourage everyone to watch the matches so we can discuss the new sparring uniforms and techniques in class. Access coverage on local NBC Stations, NBCOlympics, NBCSports, and, Peacock. Times: Friday, July 23 - 9:00pm EDT & July 24, 25, 26, & 27 - 6:00am & 9:00pm EDT
After a year-long postponement, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will finally take place in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, July 23 - Sunday, August 8, 2021. The instructors at Achieve Martial Arts are excited to watch the Taekwondo matches and encourage all of our students to do the same. You will see the best Taekwondo athletes in the world demonstrate amazing Olympic style sparring techniques as they compete for the gold, silver, and, bronze medals. By watching the Taekowndo matches we are not only showing support for the sport and the athletes, but it demonstrates to the Olympic Committee that Taekwondo is a popular and respected Olympic sport! Tokyo Olympic Taekwondo Schedule: Friday, July 23 - Starts 9pm EDT Saturday, July 24 - Start 6am EDT & 9pm EDT Sunday, July 25 - Start 6am EDT & 9pm EDT Monday, July 26 - Start 6am EDT & 9pm EDT Tuesday, July 27 - Starts 6am EDT
At Achieve Martial Arts we encourage our students to do their best and to see their training as a martial arts journey. We hope that our students enjoy the training and challenges and ultimately earn their black belt. Our school is affiliated with World Taekwondo formally known as World Taekwondo Federation. This organization sets the standards and regulations for Olympic style Taekwondo. After earning their black belt our students are registered and certified with Kukkiwon, the headquarters of World Taekwondo in Seoul, Korea. Our students' black belt Kukkiwon Certification is recognized World Wide.
At Achieve Martial Arts in Scarsdale, the students not only enjoy training in self-defense, sparring, forms, and board breaking, but also weapons training. Our students learn how to safely use both the Bo Staff and Nunchucks to protect themselves.
Achieve Martial Arts' Instructors are very proud of the Leadership Program we have at our school. The students who join the program not only attend their regular classes but they take an additional leadership class. This class augments the martial arts lessons the students receives but also teaches them to become highly effective Junior Instructors. The Leadership program teaches students how to communicate powerfully and effectively, build relationship, and inspire and motivate others.
Achieve Martial Arts continues to provide the most effective and challenging training for our students while maintaining the safest and cleanest conditions possible. We continue to follow all health and safety guidelines established by New York State and the CDC.