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    • In Person Sessions – Fall 2016

      Posted by John Shipp on August 10, 2016

      Taekwondo Classes for Adults and Kids Fall Session – Tuesdays, September 6th- October 25th $98 for the entire session (+ one-time $35 registration fee for new students) Kids Classes 6:00- 7:00 PM Adult Classes 7:00 – 8:00 PM LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Sign up today! Call 308-289-1294 to sign up (leave a message) or email [email protected] […]

    • Peripheral Vision and Self-Defense

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on March 13, 2016

      One of the best kept secrets to being successful at Taekwondo sparring and self-defense has to do with peripheral vision. When our students first start working with each other on sparring, they don’t believe me. “Use your peripheral vision,” I tell them, “then you’ll start hitting your target.” They struggle with the exercise. “Soften your […]

    • Taekwondo Sparring

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on March 6, 2016

      I’ve taken Taekwondo classes from four different martial arts schools. I’ve attended classes at Kung Fu schools and Aikido schools as well as a school that taught Kenpo Karate. In each of these schools, I sparred with other students. Through my experiences sparring, I’ve developed my own philosophies about teaching sparring because people, or at […]

    • Taekwondo on the Street

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on February 28, 2016

      Why bother learning martial arts if you’re not going to learn how to use it on the street? Street self-defense is all we teach because Taekwondo competitions don’t emulate real life. In real life, people aren’t sorted by weight or belt level and there are no rules that criminals follow when they attack. At the […]

    • Why Martial Arts Competitions Can Be Self-Defeating

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on February 14, 2016

      There are some skills that are simply not meant to be put into an arena. That’s not to say that an athletic pursuit that involves punching and kicking isn’t entertaining to watch when two people take their places inside a ring. And I’m not saying that it isn’t easy to keep score when two people […]

    • The Definition of a Bully

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on February 7, 2016

      A bully is someone who uses a perceived power imbalance to intimidate another person. Sometimes there is a real power imbalance such as when the principal’s daughter threatens another girl at school by saying, “I’m gonna make sure you don’t have any friends.” Or when a very large, older boy threatens a smaller younger boy. […]

    • Martial Arts Training Tips

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on January 30, 2016

      Not all martial arts are the same, but they all do have some things in common. The most obvious of these is the use of the core to create powerful strikes or to pin an opponent. Core strength is an integral part of martial arts training. Most of our training tips center on activating this […]

    • My Unconventional Path to Learning Taekwondo

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on January 23, 2016

      I took my first Taekwondo class in college along with a SCUBA certification course and a class about how to appreciate jazz music. I was nearing the end of my degree and I was also considering a change of major. That semester at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, I took classes that struck me […]

    • Steer Clear of the Crazy Martial Arts Instructor

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on January 16, 2016

      I’ve seen video documentaries and heard stories or martial arts instructors who claim they can push someone over with their Chi. Every time someone tells me about an instructor like this, I feel a little embarrassed for martial arts as a whole. I believe in Chi. I do. But I’m not totally gullible enough to […]

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      Helping Kids Learn Martial Arts at Home

      Posted by Jennifer Shipp on January 9, 2016

      Around the age of seven or eight, kids are old enough to begin learning martial arts at home. But as with many things at this age, in order to make their learning successful, you’ll need to facilitate the process. This would be true if you were taking your kids to a traditional school as well. […]