Palo Alto Martial Arts offers classes for students of various age groups and skill levels. For those just starting out, we stress a traditional style of taekwondo based on the standards of the taekwondo headquarters – Kukkiwon. This traditional style builds strong self-discipline, teaches respect and obedience, and provides a great foundation for our students to begin their martial art journeys.
At the intermediate level, we begin introducing our students to Olympic style taekwondo. Olympic (or World Taekwondo Federation) style is similar to traditional style taekwondo. However, Olympic style taekwondo is more dynamic due to the addition of advanced footwork and the emphasis on speed. At this level, students will learn more advanced footwork, build greater agility, and gain greater flexibility.
When one becomes adept in both the traditional Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation styles, that student is welcome to join the advanced class. Here, creativity is stressed as students learn to take elements from both styles and combine them into an open style. This process allows students to gain a better understanding of the differences and similarities of both traditional and Olympic styles. For the truly advanced, concepts and techniques from other styles of martial arts are incorporated. These include: Hapkido Self-defense skills and weapons such as knives, Knunchaku, and escrima sticks.
Adult’s Program: Martial Arts Training is not limited to the young. We strongly believe that honor and respect should be given to those who have experienced a full life. Our training at Palo Alto Martial Arts will provide adults with the exercises needed to build a strong body and strong mind which allows them to keep up with their busy schedules.
Our adult program helps with memory retention and gives you a second chance in life to become a person you have always wanted to be, a Black Belt.
All it takes to start is YOUR desire; leave the rest to us! We will take you on your own personal journey towards a healthy lifestyle and show you inner growth that you never imagined possible.