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Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Does Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do make kids violent?”

No way! Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them.

Q: “Do kids get injured in Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Sometimes. But the truth is, injuries are very, very rare here. We have a lot of measures in place to keep your child perfectly safe. In fact, safety is our #1 concern.

Q: “Can my child still participate in martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she is not athletic?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is kind of a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who never could throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do fun for children?”

Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to Martial Arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do improve my child's confidence?”

Yes! Martial Arts is a powerful source of confidence for kids. They practice hard and learn techniques in order to advance through the ranks. And as they advance, they fill with pride. After all, they're the ones doing all the work - so they feel all of the accomplishment whenever they learn a new move... achieve a new belt... or get praise from their fellow students and instructors.

Q: “What ages are the other kids in the Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do class?”

We have classes for kids as young as 3, and as old as teenagers. Martial Arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they're younger, it's more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.

Q: “Do boys AND girls take Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much “stronger and tougher,” but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!

Adult Taekwon-Do

Q: “Is there a risk for injury with Martial Arts?”

Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It's because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.

Stretching: At the beginning of every class we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.

Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, certified professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.

In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It's because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is risk for injury with our program - it's a very small risk.

Q: “What level of fitness is required for martial arts?”

You'll get in shape as you go. You don't have to be in great shape to start.

The great thing about martial arts is you can be at any fitness level and do great. That's because there's no rush or pressure to do anything quickly. You can learn at your own pace.

If you have a knack for it, you can speed through techniques. If it's a bit harder for you, take your time. All we care about is that you're having fun, learning and progressing, and staying safe.

Q: “Is there violence involved in martial arts?”

People often mistake self-defense for violence. We teach self-defense here.

Self-defense means doing everything in your power to AVOID violence! It means being diplomatic and peaceful. In fact, people who have had problems with violence in the past often become peaceful and balanced through martial arts.

Cardio Kickboxing

Q: "Do you guys offer only group classes? Or private classes too?"

We offer both for your convenience and learning style. While most of our members enjoy the group setting, you're welcome to speak to our instructors about private classes.

Q: "How many people are generally in a group class?"

Normally around 15-30, with more instructors added as class size grows.

Q: “Are there other beginners like me?”

Yes! Our classes cater to people of all experience levels, and in every class there are people all over the spectrum.

Q: “Will you help me with my nutritional habits?”

Absolutely. Nutrition is KEY to weight loss, and we'll pass along the powerful knowledge we've put together over the years. (By the way, our nutrition program is all about naturally improving your diet - NOT forcing foods on you that you don't like or starving yourself).

Q: “Is this similar to 'cardio kickboxing'?”

No, our classes are extremely interactive, and involve real-life boxing equipment like punching bags & gloves. This is nothing like cardio kickboxing!

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Who We Are

Pride Martial Arts is a school where traditional Martial Arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Judo are embraced and shared with our students. We also promote fitness and well-being through a martial arts circuit based fitness class called P3 - Pride Power Play.

Pride Martial Arts embodies and promotes the 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do - Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self - Control and Indomitable Spirit. As well as the principles of Judo, the maximum efficient use of energy and mutual prosperity for self and others.

Through the practice of martial arts you and your loved ones will develop skills and achieve personal benefits such as Fitness, Self-Confidence, Self Esteem, Balance, Discipline, Respect and Strength.

We have the ability to work with any fitness level and make every effort to accommodate our students. Our children's program caters to children of every athletic ability and we pride ourselves on providing an opportunity to service the special needs community. Children are taught that they can achieve their goals in a wonderfully support environment devoid of negativity. We foster team spirit that lends itself to the personal development of the individual that helps to create a cohesive whole.

Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-aggressive and ethical system of self-defense.

Taekwondo training promotes values such as honesty, courtesy, loyalty, and cooperation. Taekwondo is a total learning activity. Lessons are tailored to your child's age and skill level. Your child begins by practicing basic patterns and forms, board breaking, kicking, blocking, striking, and punching.

These fundamental skills increase your child's physical coordination, flexibility, balance, and mental acumen. Taekwondo develops your child's athletic abilities and self-awareness, and improves the child's capabilities in self-defense.

Pride Martial Arts is a regionally and nationally certified Martial Arts School.

Founder, Master Ron Poholik

Master Ron Poholik is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Sandan (3rd Dan Black Belt) in Judo. Master Ron has spent his entire adult life in the pursuit of excellence both personally and professionally through the study of Martial Arts. One of his greatest joys in life is conveying his knowledge and expertise to those interested in benefiting from the tenants and guiding principles of Martial Arts.

Master Ron started his martial arts journey approximately 20 years ago, during his tenure as Master Instructor he has instructed young children to senior citizens. He has provided instruction to typically developing children as well as the special needs members of our community; always providing a safe, supportive environment in which all can learn and progress.

Master Ron is a certified instructor in multiple martial arts through regional, national and international federations. Master Ron is also a certified coach and certified referee.

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