Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do at The Institute of Self Defense are taught in a studio-like atmosphere to students of all ages, physical condition, size and strength. No prior experience in martial arts, athletics, physical fitness exercise or other exercise disciplines such as dance is required.
The lessons taught to participants in ISD youth classes are calming, empowering and strongly formative to help them better understand their relationship with others and the world around them, and better prepare them for the challenges and accomplishments in their future.
They learn new concepts and methods of thinking to assist in developing a strong self - image and keen perception in all that they do. Students experience personal growth by learning to become strongly individualistic in an atmosphere that is fraternal by virtue of common training goals, and the honed and spirited commitment to training that is shared by members of the school as a whole.
They learn the art of leadership through their example to others as related to the development of a purposeful character, the demonstration of respect for self and others, and patience for use in learning and teaching situations. Finally, they are encouraged to recognize that their development relates not only to them, but as well, to their family and community alike.
Through our comprehensive program of study, students learn the skills necessary for self defense along with body strengthening and conditioning, and precise, controlled movement.
On both a practical and philosophical level, students gain a new sense of patience, calmness of mind, and an ability to deal with personal and external conflict.
Participants in our program acquire a healthy and youthful mind and body along with an increased flexibility of spirit and self.
With guidance, these lessons and skills provide a strong foundation for learning how to unify intent and action with one's energy of self and movement, and with time, to incorporate these understandings for use in every day life, since as with any other art form, martial arts is the extension of one's self.
"Effective movement is best attained through stillness and centering"
- Paul Picciano, ISD Director