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How is Taekwondo different from other martial arts?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that utilizes the hands and feet for blocking and striking. Unlike grappling or wrestling styles like Judo or Jujitsu, the methods for offensive and defensive techniques are strikes and blocks. Geographically, Korea is between China and Japan. China is known for “soft style” martial arts like Kung-Fu and Tai Chi which utilizes flowing, circular techniques. Japan is known for “hard style” martial arts like Karate which utilizes direct strikes with the hands and feet. Taekwondo was influenced by both countries and is thus a combination of the soft and hard style. Taekwondo is known for a wide array of kicks including spinning kicks and jump kicks. Taekwondo students also practice forms/hyungs/poomse/katas which are choreographed patterns of movement which utilizes stances, blocks, hand strikes and kicks and requires focus, memorization and proper breathing, technique and...

October 2014 Color Belt Test

Congratulations to everyone who tested today! Students from ages 3 – 50+ tested from white belt to high red. We had over 100 students testing for their color belts! You all did a great job! Keep it up! Our next color belt test will be December 10th. Check out our gallery for pictures – October 2014 Color Belt Test If you would like us to add your pictures to the gallery, please email them to tkangtkd@gmail.com. -T. Kang Staff...

What are the benefits of Taekwondo?

Practical and effective self-defense: All martial art styles can be effective but against an attacker who is much bigger than you, no matter how skilled you are at grappling or wrestling, you will still be at a disadvantage. By utilizing precise striking techniques, you can defend yourself with a hand strike or kick to a vital area. Improved body flexibility and posture: Taekwondo utilizes high kicks which require stretching. Stretching helps prevent injuries and keeps your joints from tightening as you age. Improved muscle coordination and balance: Kicking requires students to balance on one leg, which not only strengthens the legs but your core as well. Improved mental and physical stamina: Sparring is one of the best cardiovascular workouts you can experience. Our students easily burn up to 1000 calories per hour in a sparring class. Not only does it require physical stamina but also requires you to be mentally alert. Figure and weight control: Taekwondo is a great workout! Many of our students have lost weight just from training a couple of days a week, without having to drastically change their diet. Improved self-confidence: As you learn more skills and techniques in Taekwondo, your confidence goes up not only during training, but outside of training as well. Improved concentration: Forms – one of the aspects of Taekwondo – require not only memorization but also deep focus and concentration. Reduced stress, anxiety and tension: Training in Taekwondo feels good! Punching and kicking and yelling helps your body get rid of stress. Students come in to class stressed and tense. They leave relaxed. Elevated consciousness toward a self-will to reduce...

T. Kang Taekwondo has a new website!

We are very excited to introduce our new website! Please take a look around; we hope you enjoy the website as much as we do! Special thanks to Jeff, Nancy and Astrid Mignon at RevSquare for designing the website and producing the beautiful video on the main page! Stay tuned to this page for blog updates. -T. Kang...
There’s something to martial arts and especially the way Grandmaster Kang teaches it that addresses not just the body and fitness, but it addresses the mind and it addresses your approach to life.
 
I’m a 3rd dan black belt now and that’s one of the top achievements of my life. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I can’t imagine what my life would’ve been the last 10 years, and my family’s life without martial arts, and specifically without Grandmaster Kang. It’s just led to so many good things and has grounded us these years.
 
The greatest gift you can give yourself is health. You can have all the riches and fame in the world but if you’re sick and can’t get better, then you can’t enjoy anything.
Michael Imperioli

Emmy award winning actor

Having started at the school at 8 years old, I consider myself to have grown up taking classes at T. Kang Taekwondo. When I first became a member, both my parents and I were unsure if it’d become a hobby that I’d truly be dedicated to. 12 years later, I still love Taekwondo!

The quality of the people, the facilities, and the instruction at the school is difficult to find at any other Martial Arts school or gym that I’ve ever visited. Furthermore, as a college student who has won numerous scholarships and internships, I would not have developed the strengths that have allowed me to thrive in both academic and professional settings without the lessons I learned and support I received at T. Kang Taekwondo.

Marguerite Hollander

Drexel University Student, MGA Partners Architects

Not only is Grandmaster Kang a mentally and physically gifted practitioner of Taekwondo, but unlike many other Grandmasters, he is an exemplary teacher of the art.  I started Taekwondo in 2002 at another school and in 2005 I started training with Grandmaster Kang.

His form and abilities in Taekwondo were remarkable, but what really impressed me in 2005 and continues to impress me to this day is his and his entire staff’s ability to teach the basics of this complicated martial art to students of all ages and abilities.  He doesn’t just focus on the gifted students—he takes the time to focus on the needs of everyone.  He is a great teacher and a great example for all to follow regarding health and fitness.

Lee Ann Jaffee

Real Estate Broker, Stribling

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85 Worth St

New York, NY 10013

212 219 0043

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Hours of operation

Monday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

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2960 Avenue U

Brooklyn, NY 11229

718 891 1400

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Monday to Friday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday: Once a week class available

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9607 Flatlands Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11236

718 345 6200

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