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Severe Weather Policy
Warriors policy is if the Mount Horeb School District is closed or releases early, we will not generally be open. The only change to that policy would be if the snow is cleared enough to allow safe driving, then we will have "Open Mat". If you are unsure if we will have classes, please call Warriors at 608-437-9262. You can also check Facebook or the website as we will try to update it to reflect the current situation.
Age: 5 - 7 years old
Monday & Friday
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Age: 7 - 13
Monday & Friday
6:10 pm - 6:55 pm
Tuesday & Thursday
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Rank: By Invitation
6:25 pm - 7:10 pm
Age: 13 and older
Monday & Friday
7:05 pm - 7:50 pm
6:25 pm - 7:10 pm
7:20 pm - 8:05 pm
Rank: Brown Belt
7:10 pm - 7:55 pm
TaeKwon-Do is a stand up fighting art; it is sometimes called Korean Karate. TaeKwon-Do has two distinct areas; one is the art that includes forms, or hyungs, which are pre-set patterns that depict a fight against a fictitious opponent. These patterns are anywhere from twenty to forty-eight separate movements put together. TaeKwon-Do literally translates to the way of the hand and foot. There are several different kicks and strikes that are used in TaeKwon-Do making it a versatile art that will improve your balance and physical fitness as well as your confidence and self image. We have a slightly different cirriculum that is used for kids versus adults so there are slightly different belt ranks.
Chanbara is the game of tag using padded weapons. There are specific area that are targets for striking that are focused on making this a game of precision as well. Warriors Academy focuses on the Short Sword or Kodachi, and the Long Sword or Choken. These weapons are the base of the Chanbara. There are five areas of striking: the head (men), the hand (Kote), the body (Do), the leg (Ashi), and the thrust to the chest or throat (Tsuki)*.
In Chanbara, there are several drills involved that lead to sparring matches as well for the students. We do matches to three points, these matches are fast paced and exciting for not only those participating but the audience as well. You can really feel the excitement in the air when you watch these matches.
* Denotes Japanese pronunciation.
Self defense (Hosinsul)
Hosinsul (self defense) is one of the four principles of Taekwondo. Although Taekwondo is a "self defense" sport in itself, it focuses on high and spinning kicks which are not very suitable for real life (street) application. Hosinsul is a mixture of all kinds of techniques; including grappling/locks as well as defending against armed attackers etc. Self defense is something that cannot be practiced alone. You will need a partner that has equal strength. You will learn how to react (and how not to react), proper freeing techniques, locks and strangling techniques.
The following techniques are generally (this is not a rule, of course) practiced (where the opponent either uses his body, e.g. hands, a knife or a stick):
Freeing techniques (Paegi)
You will often see a big resemblance between the self defense techniques used in Taekwondo and those applied in Hapkido.
Stick and Knife Defense
Another thing you can learn is stick and knife defense, we offer an insight to armed and unarmed defense from the Filipino arts. Warriors Academy of Martial Arts offers a well rounded look at using and defending against someone with a stick and knife.
Stick: With the stick we use the Modern Arnis as the basis, teaching and using the 12 angles of attack, and then going further into traps, disarms, and unarmed defense from US Army Combatives training.
Knife: With the knife training, we use padded and rubber weapons to provide a safe training environment. The techniques we teach are from Kali and Arnis to offer training in an established art that has proven results. We also take the techniques that are taught by COL. Rex Applegate, one of the worlds foremost knife fighting experts.
By using this type of training format we feel the student will be provided the best all around training, not concentrating in one aspect of the Knife and Stick, but accepting the whole gamut of what is offered.
Hear her Roar!
It’s ironic, really, because she was such an early talker. She was a developmental breeze, chatty before she even had words, relaxing into school curriculum once she did. She was reading by four, and, at home, she rarely shut up. In public, however, it was a completely different story. She was a completely different person. Gracie used to whisper. More than that, she didn’t use words at all, regardless of decibel — she would only make noises, strange pained yeeps or grunts. She would avoid eye contact at all costs. She would not stand in front of the class, or the church, or the people contemplating produce at the market. She squirmed under the slightest gaze. She missed out on every pageant. She stood stilted and mortified through every school choir concert. Years passed. I’d heard tales of my own paralytic shyness, though apparently I’d outgrown it by four or five. Gracie’s eighth birthday came and went and… more of the same. I tried to keep a protective shield of empathy around her at all times, played shell to her fragile soft spots as needed. I continued to defend her to family, friends, and teachers when necessary. Tamped down my own frustration, tried hard to remember how it felt for me back then, tried to help the rest of them understand her now. And through it all, I held out hope.
And then? Of all things, tae kwon do. It’s true; I didn’t take it quite seriously enough at first, though I maintain that was not my fault. It wasn’t long before my tongue in cheeking morphed to slack-jawed gratitude; the change in her was so intense, so thorough and swift, my head is still spinning.
Now, she walks straighter. Now, she looks you level in the eye, holds your gaze. She rarely resorts to the baby-talk crutch, answers with a resounding “YES!” instead of a whimper. She stands in front of crowds’ large and small, marches methodically through the memorized sequences of the ancient art form that delivered her soundly, squarely, home. To herself. She cuts each move with confidence and, when appropriate, bellows my favorite sound of all: “KeeeYAH!“ How many nights did I spend praying she’d find her voice? Still, I had no idea how sweet it would sound once she finally did.
Tae-Kwon-Do: A look at history
Many historians have traced Taekwondo's origins as far back as the Koguryo Dynasty (37 BC- 668 AD), during which 'Tae Kyon,' an ancient form of the martial art, flourished. During the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C.-936 AD), forms of Tae Kyon were practiced by the Hwarang ('flowering youth'), an elite troupe of aristocratic warriors, who practiced martial arts as a way of life and who were closely associated with the king and his court. Tae Kyon evolved into 'Subak' during the reign of the next Korean dynasty, called Koryo (936-1392). In the Koryo era, Subak became more popular with commoners as it developed from its elite military origin. Further popularization of Subak, coupled with the aristocracy's loss of interest in the martial art, strengthened its reputation as a sport for the people during the Yi dynasty (1392-1910). In first half of the 20th century, Subak was outlawed during Japanese colonialization of the Korean peninsula because the Japanese viewed it as a means of revolt. However, various anti-colonial resistance groups such as the Independence Army continued to practice the earlier form of Taekwondo.
The next turn in Taekwondo's long history came after World War II. The end of Japanese colonial rule, the repatriation of Korean martial artists from Japan and its colonies, and the growing interest in Korean culture all contributed to a fertile environment in which elements of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean martial arts were fused to create new self-defense and combat systems. This milieu was further enriched by the fact that many Korean soldiers had been trained in Japanese martial arts during their service in the Japanese army, and were therefore familiar with several disciplines. As a result, new traditions were quickly established: Chung Do Kwan, Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do, and Song Moo Kwan. After an initial period of experimentation, Taekwondo emerged as the main vehicle for the new arts. First used as a term in 1955, by its principal founder, General Hong Hi Choi, Taekwondo is itself a syncretic fusion of several martial arts that emphasize hand and foot techniques.
Perhaps due to this complex context, Taekwondo's founding organizations have been embroiled in controversy since its postwar consolidation. The first large association formed was called the Korea Taekwondo Association (1961), headed by General Choi, who also instituted the practice of the art in the military, training soldiers as well as members of the air force. As the head of the KTA, Choi was in the process of establishing the International Taekwondo Federation (eventually consolidated in 1966), when he was forced to leave the country for political reasons. In 1973, the first world Taekwondo competition was held in Seoul, South Korea, in the wake of Choi’s absence. At this event, the World Taekwondo Federation was created, with headquarters in Seoul. At present, after numerous attempts, Choi’s ITF (based in Canada) and the WTF, the two most widely recognized Taekwondo organizations, have no plans to unite.
The adoption of Taekwondo by the national school curriculum (from elementary to post-secondary levels) as well as by the military’s training programs attests to its prominent status in the history of postwar South Korea. The creation of the World Taekwondo Federation and the International Taekwondo Federation has resulted in the dissemination of constitutional rules and regulations to affiliates in various countries. Consequently, the discipline's growth worldwide has resulted in its inclusion in several Olympic games, first as a demonstration sport in 1988 (24th Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea) and as an official Olympic sport in 2000 (27th Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia).
Chanbara is the use of padded weapons in a sparring environment below is a brief description and history of Chanbara and the weapons it uses.
Over thirty years ago Japanese martial artists and sword masters created a better training style for the next millennium. The founder, Tanabe Tetsundo with some of the strongest martial artists in Japan called this new school of thought Goshindo, later nicknamed Chanbara. These martial artists and masters were very traditional. They also knew that the times were changing and decided to educate today's public in the way of the modern Japanese Samurai.
The Japanese public immediately embraced this new full-contact combative sport allowing it to be a member of the Japanese Department of Education. Moreover, instructors began to notice a considerable difference in the way the student's motor skills and reflexes improved. Chanbara had easily done in hours what traditional polishing techniques took months and even years to perfect.
Weapons of Chanbara
Tanto: The tanto; the Samurai's last line of defense. 18 inches of tanto is more than a cold shaped piece of metal. The tanto has gone through history as the weapon, which all Samurai men and women held close to them from birth to death. Moreover, the tanto is an extremely versatile working tool and weapon of protection. The tanto was long enough to feign off attacks and short enough to expertly maneuver and manipulate any fighting situation. There are many ways to hold, handle and fight with the short blade. The tanto is extremely easy to conceal and is large enough to stop even the biggest opponent in his tracks. In Chanbara: the tanto is used to teach the martial artist how to maneuver in close quarters. The tanto used in conjunction with ju-jitsu and other hand/foot techniques offer a fast and exciting match. The tanto division is the only division where the combatant can use the weapon as well as kicks, hand technique and takedowns to score points.
Kodachi: These 2-foot razor-sharp swords also called wakizashi were the Samurai warrior's side arm. The kodachi, which translates into small sword, is known as the spiritual sword of the Samurai. Traditional Japanese ceremonies relied on the presence of a kodachi. The practice of seppuku or the act of suicide by cutting one's stomach uses a kodachi. In battle, this close range weapon offers the combatant the largest selection of technique available. Chanbara's sword of preference is also the versatile kodachi. From the beginner to the master this 2-foot short sword offers the combatant speed and agility allowing for both strong defensive and offensive technique. The distance covered and closed in a swift attack by a well-trained combatant is lighting fast.
Choken: The Samurai warrior's weapon of choice. The world famous Japanese katana (Samurai Sword) has mesmerized the rest of the world for centuries. Wielding considerable strength and power in battle the katana, which averaged 1 meter in length, was by far the most feared weapon. One stroke could easily cut a man in half. The katana only left its scabbard when it was cleaned or used to cut down an opponent in battle. Chanbara's katana is called a choken. It is by far the combatant's weapon of choice. This long sword wields decisive match winning points and it's defensive capabilities offer the combatant a large array of fighting possibilities. Most combatants start off on the kodachi then graduate to the longer and much faster choken, which is more difficult to learn and practice. Matches using choken offer the combatant a realistic fight and a chance to play "the ultimate physical game of chess".
Yari: The yari has played an important role throughout the history of the Japanese warrior. This first line of defense was invaluable during battle. All who used the yari greatly increased their fighting ability. This long-range weapon gave the Samurai warrior and soldier a great advantage on the battlefield. It was simple to learn and manipulate. Swift thrusts, strikes and maneuvers kept all opponents at a distance allowing victory to the master of the spear. Chanbara's spear is called a yari. It is by far the combatant's most demanding weapon. This long-range weapon wields decisive match winning points at lighting fast speeds. Thrusts and jabs give the combatant a large array of fighting possibilities, which make the yari one of the most difficult weapons to spar against. Matches using yari offer the combatant a very demanding, fast and realistic fight.