T.Kang Taekwondo Welcoming Package

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1. Bring all matters of importance to the Sahbumnims or instructors, not Grandmaster Kang. 2. Keep noise and conversation down to an absolute minimum when class is in session. 3. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not leave any items of value unattended at any time. 4. Do not leave any items overnight in the school. Anything left overnight in the dressing rooms or practice area will be discarded. 5. Once dressed for class, students may not enter the dressing rQ.omswhen class is in session without the permission of an instructor. Students should only re-enter thedressing room when preparing to leave the school for the day. . 6. No junior students (children) may come earlier than 10 minutes before the start of their class or leave more than 10 minutes later than the end of their scheduled class. 7. No messages or telephone calls will be relayed to students. The school phone is not available for student use. 8. No student will be admitted to the school under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 9. There is no smoking or eating in the school. 10. Once class begins, late students will not be allowed to participate without the permission of the instructor.

1. Students must wear clean white uniforms unless otherwise instructed. 2. No student will be permitted to participate in class unless properly dressed. Proper dress consists of school uniform and belt. During certain workout classes, school t-shirts or sweatshirts may be worn with uniform pants and belt. 3. Nothing is to be written, sewn, glued or otherwise attached to the uniform or belt other than the school emblem and/or flags. 4. No student is permitted to remain in the training area unless properly dressed. 5. No jewelry is to be worn during practice sessions. 6. All fingernails and toenails should be kept neatly trimmed to prevent injury. 7. All students are responsible for their own personal hygiene.

1. Standard belt testing is conducted every two months for the advancement to higher ranks. A test notice will be issued only to students who, in the judgment of their instructors, are adequately prepared. A fee is required for testing. 2. Students are required to provide (and use) the school's protective equipment for sparring class. Students are required to provide their own boards for breaking class. 3. There will be a $25 charge for any bad checks.
T. Kang Taekwondo reserves the right to refuse attendance and enrollment to any person whose behavior violates school policy, amount will be made in such cases. T. Kang Taekwondo reserves the right to alter its policies at any time.

rules or regulations. NO refunds for any




SELF -CONFID ENCE does not come naturally for many children. Rather, it is developed over a period of time. As children accomplish new goals their confidence level increases. Children become more selfconfident in Taekwondo because they progress individually at their own pace and are not judged against others.
Taekwondo enables every child to be a winner by allowing children to reach for their own potential rather than trying to compete directly against their peers.


Taekwondo, unlike many team sports popular today in the United States, challenges the entire body - developing coordination, balance, agility and poise. Taekwondo can help your child develop a full range of physical and mental abilities that they will carry with them throughout their lives.


Taekwondo lessons are.a dynamic and challenging approach to the martial arts for children who are athletic, energetic, shy, bold, nice or maybe even a little wild once in a while. Taekwondo is probably for a child just like yours.


OUR PLEDGE We are dedicated to giving your children the most professional, well-supervised and highest quality classes available in any sport or activity anywhere!

Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang was born in South Korea where he began his training in 1967. His father Suh Chong Kang, a io" Dan black belt in Taekwondo, acted as his first instructor. In 1969, the family moved to the United States and established their first Taekwondo school in Brooklyn, New York. This was the beginning of the Kang System in America. Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang is a greatly accomplished martial artist. He dedicated his life to mastering the art of Taekwondo and went on to receive his black belt in 1973. By 1977 he was named Head Instructor of the New York Taekwondo Academy. He was periodically tested by his father and received Grandmaster status (8th Dan) in 1994. This is one of the most honored and difficult titles to achieve in the martial arts. He has participated in both national and international tournaments. The defining moment in his tournament career was when he won the All-American Championship in 1983. With his experience in national competition, Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang has trained some of the top tournament competitors in the world. Today his life is dedicated to his taekwondo schools arid giving attention to over 14,000 students that he has personally taught. With the help of his professional staff, individually educated by Grandmaster Kang, he has guided over 1,500 students in attaining the prestigious rank of black belt. Of the black belts he has awarded, only a select few are chosen to participate in a rigorous instructor training course. Only after completing this program can someone instruct in one of his centers. With over 1,500 current active members between his three centers, the Johns Hopkins Taekwondo Club and his two charter schools in Puerto Rico, he continues his unique and innovative program. His greatest achievements are yet to come.

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Over 35 years experience in the Martial Arts Kang family established the first Taekwondo Academy in NewYork, 1969 Received 15t Dan Black Belt, 1973 Tournament Director of Martial Arts Expo 1980 Affiliated Member: American Taekwondo Center: Isabela, Puerto Rico, 1980 Appointed Vice-President of the American Black Belt Federation, 1982 Began Training Camp in Pocono Mountains, PA,1982 Director ofM.LT. Taekwondo Program: Cambridge, MA, 1982 All-American Champion, 1983 Affiliate Member: American Taekwondo Center: Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 1984 Empire State Champion, 1988 Director of T. Kang Taekwondo USA National Tournament Team, 1989



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Founder ofT. Kang Taekwondo USA: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, 1990 Director of Johns Hopkins Program: Baltimore, MD, 1990 Founder ofT. Kang Taekwondo USA: Marine Park, Brooklyn, 1990 Founder of American Black Belt Association, 1992 Awarded Grandmaster Status (8th Dan), 1994 Founder ofT. Kang Taekwondo USA: Sheep shead Bay, Brooklyn, 1994 Corporate Martial Arts Fitness Program, New York City, 1999 Founder ofT. Kang Taekwondo USA: Tribeca, Manhattan, 2002 Has trained over 14,000 students world-wide Has trained International Champions in form and fighting competitions Current director of three of the largest martial art schools in New York Active membership: 1,500+ students



Approximately 1300 years ago (during the 6th Century A.D.), the Korean peninsula was divided into three kingdoms: Silla, Koguryo, and Baek Je. Silla, being the smallest of these kingdoms, was constantly under invasion and harassment by its two more powerful northern and western neighbors. During the reign of Chin Heung, twenty-fourth King of the Silla, the young aristocrats and warrior class formed an elite officer corps called Hwa Rang-Do. This warrior corps - in addition to the ordinary training in spear, bow, sword and hookalso trained themselves by practicing mental and physical discipline, and various forms of hand and foot fighting. To prepare their bodies for the task of defending their homeland, they climbed rugged mountains and swam turbulent rivers in the coldest of months. The Hwa Rang-Do became known in the peninsula for their courage and skill in battle, gaining respect from even their most bitter toes. Many of these brave young warriors died on the battle field - as young as fourteen years old. However, their accomplishments inspired the people of the Silla to rise and unite. From the victories of the Silla, the Korean peninsula became unified for the first time in its history. The Silla and Koryo dynasties marked a flowering of the martial arts in Korea. Soon after, however, the dynasties acquired an anti-military attitude. Though this began a period of civil enlightenment, anything dealing with the military was disgraced. By the end of the Yi dynasty the martial arts appeared to have ceased existing. The final blow came with the Japanese occupation (1909-1945), when it was forbidden to practice an of the martial arts. Taekwondo was secretly practiced by some dedicated followers and passed on to a handful of old students. Patrons of the art, such as Song Duk Ki and Him Il Dong, managed to keep the art alive. With the liberation of Korea in 1945, the new Republic of Korea Armed Forces was organized on January 15, 1946. A Young Second Lieutenant, Choi Hong Hi, recently released from Japanese prison camp, began teaching his martial art to his soldiers. This is what resulted in what is today known throughout the world as Taekwondo. Modem Taekwondo differs greatly from other martial arts. In fact, no other martial art is so advanced with regard to the sophistication and effectiveness of its technique or the over-all physical fitness it imparts to its practitioners. Taekwondo is a way oflife. Specifically, it is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self defense. Translated literally, "Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist - primarily to punch or destroy with the hand or first. "Do" means an art or way. Thus taken collectively, "Taekwondo" is the "art of hand and foot fighting" and indicates the mental training and techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health.


What will your first few days be like at T. Kang Taekwondo? Your training begins as soon as you enter the do-jang (Taekwondo school), as does your introduction to the respect and discipline upheld in the school. Each student receives personal attention from one of our black belt instructors. This attention begins with ." teaching the students how to put on the uniform and belt and continues with a one-on-one session where the new student learns the basic skills needed to participate in class with the other students. Each instructor will do hislher best to make you comfortable and answer any questions you may have.

Level and degree changes are noted with belt color. Advancement in rank is achieved through testing and signifies development andprogression inthe art of Taekwondo. Testing in T. Kang Taekwondo is viewed as a privilege. Each student receives a notice from the instructor when he/she feels the student is ready to advance in rank. .

Significance o[the belt colors White - signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo. Yellow - signifies Earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid.
Green - signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwondo skills begin to develop.

Blue - signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses. BrownJRed - signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away. Black - opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. A black belt also indicates the wearer's invulnerability to darkness and fear.


Dear New Member,

Welcome to T. KANG TAEKWONDO! We would like to thank you for choosing us as your new instructors of Taekwondo, an exciting and highly dynamic martial art developed over 2,000 years ago in Korea. We would also like to congratulate you on making an excellent choice among the many martial arts schools in the New York area. The T. KANG TAEKWONDO schools are the largest and oldest group of Taekwondo schools in Brooklyn, New York. In 1969, the New York Taekwondo Academy was established in a modestly sized studio by Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang's father Suh Chong Kang, himself a highly respected marital arts figure. Since that time, Grandmaster Kang has developed both the schools and his unique method of instruction to produce what we believe is o~e of the best Taekwondo school systems in the entire United States .
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At T. KANG TAEKWONDO, we strongly believe in teaching by example. Fear and force are not the tools of a skilled instructor, and you will not find these crude teaching methods utilized here. Instead, you will be pleased to discover friendly, professional instructors who will lead you through Taekwondo. We would like to stress that you should never hesitate to ask questions of your instructors. One of the things we pride ourselves on as instructors is our ability to answer questions posed by students. If we cannot immediately answer your question, we'll find someone who can! If you happen to be a parent of a new student, we would love to meet you as soon as possible. Just take a minute or two between classes to let us introduce ourselves and answer any questions you might have about your child's program. Again, welcome to T. KANG TAEKWONDO. We hope you will enjoy learning Taekwondo as much as we enjoy teaching it!


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