Last summer I registered my son Evan in a Hapkido Tots one week summer camp. There were a number of reasons why I chose this summer camp over the hundreds of summer camps available to us.
#1. My son is very active and Hapkido Tots kept him running, tumbling, kicking and jumping. It is a very physical program which was perfect my high energy guy.
#2. Evan will be going to a large school very soon and I know I am not alone in my fears of the persistent bullying problems kids face in school. I wanted to equip my son with the confidence and skills to defend himself should he ever find himself in one of those situations.
#3. Ask Evan what he wants to be when he grows up and he will tell you, a ninja.
What is Hapkido:
At the Jin Jung Kwan Martial Arts Academy, they teach Hapkido, a Korean martial art with a strong focus on self defense.
Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido is a specialized form of Hapkido that adheres to the true teaching style of its founders, where its versatility can allow a person of any size or age can learn. The techniques do not rely on strength or agility to be effective. Through constant practice and honing of the skills will lead to perfection of the techniques.
They offer a variety of different programs for people of all ages, sizes and skill levels. There is something for everyone!
Hapkido Tots Martial Arts Program:
Hapkido Tots Martial Arts Program (Ages 3 to 5 Years) is a safe and fun way to introduce your child to martial arts! The tots program is meant to be an introduction to martial arts with an emphasis on fun while establishing ideas such as discipline, flexibility, self defense, achievement, respect for themselves and for others. They encourage students to have fun, explore their physical limits, without any focus on perfection or form, and give them the opportunity to learn in a fun and safe environment.
Students will learn the fundamental basics of martial arts including kicking, punching, blocking, rolling, stretching, and some basic self defense techniques. They will also learn to follow instruction, work with others, learn about discipline, and respect within the structure of the classes. They try to aim for the perfect blend of fun and learning in our martial arts program and enhance positive development in a fun and motivating way.
The Hapkido Quest Kids Program:
The Hapkido Quest Kids Program is a fantastic program for kids ages 6 and above designed to help students learn the fundamental basics of Hapkido while teaching them important life skills. Basic self defense techniques are taught in an open and approachable environment and students develop the skills that will help them mature into strong, confident and respectful
Family Quest Program:
Their Family Quest Program encourages families to take part in martial arts together. It’s a great learning experience with lots of fun, exercise and something everyone in the whole family can do together! Families with 2 or more members who want to join can take advantage of their special Family rates!
“Family Quest Hapkido” Martial Arts for the whole family!!
Jin Jung Kwan Martial Arts Academy Contact Info:
Address: Vecova Recreation Centre (Formerly known as VRRI), 3304 33 Street NW, Calgary (on the north side of the University of Calgary).
Telephone: (403) 390-0573
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Melissa is mom to a 5 year old son and 1 year old daughter. She is the co-creator of Family Fun Calgary