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American Taekwondo Association In Virginia Beach & Chesapeake Kicks up a storm!

Posted Aug 07 2010 8:32am
Changing Lives ATA Martial arts Tracy Lee Thomas
 American Taekwondo Association in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake The "Songahm Star" is the pattern that is formed on the ground if all 18 forms of the Songahm system are completed. In a perfect Songahm Star, the distance from the center point of the star to the top point is nine feet ("feet" being the student's foot length). The total distance from the top point to the bottom point equals 18 feet, representing the number of forms in the Songahm system.


"Martial Art" is a broad term encompassing the many styles of physical discipline (fighting) arts that have been developed over the centuries. To say that the style of Songahm Taekwondo is just another "martial art" would be an oversimplified explanation of the world's largest centrally administered martial art. This system of teaching and training is unequaled in the martial arts community.

During its early years, the ATA used the Chahng-hun style of forms (also used by the International Taekwondo Federation). But although this style was widely accepted in the Taekwondo community,
Eternal Grand Master H.U. Leefelt that its forms did not accurately reflect Taekwondo -- particularly the strength and beauty of Taekwondo kicking techniques. As a result, he believed the forms contributed little to the Taekwondo curriculum. For example, white belts were expected to know front kicks and side kicks, but no front kick appeared until the third (yellow belt) form, and there was no side kick until the form after that!

From 1983 to 1990, Eternal Grand Master introduced the eighteen Songahm forms. These forms are part of a fully-integrated curriculum, in which everything a student learns reinforces everything else. The forms contain all or nearly all of the techniques that students are expected to know at each rank, the one-step sparring segments complement the forms, and all of these patterns lead logically to the movements required for each succeeding rank.

The Songahm curriculum facilitates a smooth progression from one rank to the next, so that students who begin Taekwondo feeling they'll never be able to do a simple block (for example) suddenly find themselves a few years later doing 360-degree jumping kicks with ease.

Songahm Taekwondo also focuses on personal development of the mind and body. To say it is just self-defense would be to lose most of the valuable ideas and philosophy behind this ancient art.

The heightened capacity for self-defense resulting from our Taekwondo is really a fringe benefit that is gained by dedicating one's self to the values, philosophy and training of Songahm Taekwondo. When learning, a student is in a true, traditional Taekwondo class, focusing not just on the physical but also on discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty.

A beginner does not focus on being a skilled martial artist within a month or two, as a strong foundation in Taekwondo must be built first. Trying to advance beyond your level without proper guidance is like building a house on concrete that has not dried. Though the house may still stand, the foundation would not be as strong and the appearance of the house may not be as presentable.

The ATA and its affiliated organizations help build a strong foundation of Songahm Taekwondo in each of its members, a foundation from which advancement in both the martial art (mind and body) and in self defense can be built and added on to in perpetuity.
 Changing Lives provides you with the best Chesapeake and Virginia Beach karate, taekwondo a Mixed Martial ArtsInstruction. Changing Lives Martial Arts teaches karate, taekwondo, kung fu and krav maga to everyone from tiny tigers and kids to adults and seniors and all levels from beginners to advanced. These disciplines, be it taekwondo, mixed martial arts, karate, or kung fu, can be practiced by people of all ages, from the very young, to the elderly. For adults wishing to practice these disciplines, the benefits of studying them offer some of the same benefits as it does for children. Many people consider various types of martial arts as a extreme martial arts, hybrid martial art or High Velocity Martial Art sports, taekwondo, and Karate?Extreme, hybrid or a High Velocity dynamic style of sport fighting is seen in the world of Mixed Martial Arts such as in the UFC. Traditional Karate and Sport Karate are two very different types of training and styles states, Sr. Master Tracy Lee Thomas of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Martial Arts. Western Wrestling and boxing along with various other fighting forms, combat sports, reality based systems are indeed physical and mental martial arts forms of practice and theory that has evolved over the years. The general public perception of the martial arts is thoughtfully seen or envisioned as an “art” within the martial arts.   The Origins that were brought from the East to the West are a wide variety and have greatly seen a evolution over the past few decades. Martial arts such as these include, Taekwondo, Karate, Kung-Fu, Tai Chi, and Aikido. Tracy Lee Thomas, a Martial Arts Master Instructor states; “As seen in the sky, our universe holds an abundance of stars both known and unknown that are of great value to our world. Traditional martial arts like the stars in the universe, they hold an unfathomable amount of valued treasures that await a student training in karate atChesapeake and Virginia Beach Changing Lives Martial Arts.The programs taught at Changing Lives is more than kicking and punching, it can define a person and give them a more defined meaning in life. Through the traditional aspects of martial arts training and life skills utilized within a training course, one will strengthen and fine tune their mental and physical awareness, agility and self discipline.
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