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Martial Art Classes for Women  

Northeastern Tae Kwon Do Academy, Bellingham, MA

Our Women’s Martial Art program was designed to give women the opportunity to train in the Martial Arts in a manner that is comfortable for both beginners and advanced practitioners.                                

WHAT IS IT!                                                                         Martial Art training in Tae Kwon Do, enhanced with  techniques from other martial art styles, along with internal training in yoga, meditation, tai chi and chi gong.

WHAT IS TAE KWON DO                                                    Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art style. It is effective for women because of its’ emphasis on kicks (women have most of their strength in their hip area). I translate Tae Kwon Do as the art of developing moral character, through disciplined practice of self defense using both mind and body.

HOW IS AN ALL WOMEN’S MARTIAL ART CLASS DIFFERENT                                                                             The mentality of men in the Martial Arts is generally different from that of women. Men actually enjoy punching each other!  Women tend to be more considerate, less aggressive and less ego oriented. Women also have a different body and strength structure. Women's classes can provide a safer, more pleasurable and empowering experience.

WHAT WILL TRAINING INCLUDE                                    This program will provide training for your Mind and Body and Spirit.

In addition to traditional Tae Kwon Do this program includes:

- Internal Training (Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Yoga and Meditation)

- Prevention and Healing

- A major Self Defense component

- Advanced training in Self Defense against weapons: knife, stick, gun

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM DIFFER FROM AEROBIC CLASSES                                                                                This is a progressive program, providing rank advancement in Tae Kwon Do

The emphasis is on training both your mind and body

It provides a strenuous workout, but not necessarily aerobic

You learn how to effectively defend yourself

You develop an increased sense of awareness, balance, flexibility, and self-esteem

WHY TRADITIONAL TRAINING                                         Traditional training provides an environment which is conducive to fostering respect and developing moral character as well as maintaining the integrity of the art. We wear uniforms and adhere to martial traditions such as bowing. The tenets of Tae Kwon- Do are: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.

Originally, martial arts were designed specifically for survival; learning how to defend oneself and country in a time of war before guns and bombs were pervasive.  Integrity was inherent. Women were not allowed to train. Once the war had subsided, skills developed for survival became elusive. The arts continued and the component (Do), which encouraged participants to attain a moral character and pursue a spiritual or internal path, was emphasized.  Women were (very) gradually allowed to train.

Many martial art schools are getting away from traditional training and are feeding into the desire for instant gratification, competition, and material emphasis pervasive in our society today. Students become focused on fancy uniforms, trophies, belts and awards as a means of acquiring self esteem. The techniques learned are not effective and students consequently develop a false sense of security and esteem.

CAN ANYONE DO IT                                                            Yes, unless you have an injury or medical problem which prohibits it. Training allows individuals to progress at their own rate, based on physical ability, time availability and limitations. It is an individual sport, we compete solely with ourselves. Understand however, that it will be easier for some, than others. Some women are more flexible, coordinated, younger, etc.                                                  

Martial Art Training requires patience, practice and persistence!

IS THE PROGRAM SAFE                                                        In any physical workout there is risk of injury. I have the knowledge and will do my best to keep students safe. I retain the right to cancel students who I feel are disruptive or unsafe. (It hasn’t happened yet)

WHAT IS THE FEE AND HOW IS IT PAID                        This program is $70.00 per month, paid the first week of each month.  No advanced monetary commitment is taken.

WHEN ARE THE CLASSES HELD                                         Our Women's Martial Art Classes are offered Sunday evenings at Northeastern Tae Kwon Do Academy from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  (6:00 - 8:00 p.m. during the summer). These classes are available for both beginner and advanced students.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL COSTS?                                      All participants are required to have a uniform for class (this is martial art tradition, and shows correct intent) Uniforms are purchased at the time of sign-up. Cost $40.00.

As one progresses in the program, there are testing fees for those interested in rank advancement, and any additional equipment purchased, such as sparring gear!

CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD ANY PRIOR MARTIAL ART TRAINING                                       Yes.  Our program welcomes new students with little or no previous Martial Art training,

DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS                       Yes.  I offer private lessons for those interested in working on specifics, needing additional help, having missed classes, or just wanting to get started on the right foot.

CAN I WATCH A CLASS                                                     Yes, women are welcome to come and watch a class and talk to me and the current students any time you like. 

TRIAL CLASS                                                                         We do not offer trial classes. There is no long-term commitment to our programs.

WHEN CAN I START                                                            Classes are currently ongoing and open to new members at any time. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?                                                Ask. I am honored to offer this program and will be more than happy to provide information, answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me  at (508) 361-0432 or e-mail  

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Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.           

It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.                       

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Your playing small doesn't serve the world.                                 

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It's not just in some of us:         

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