It's more than just a sport or great workout. In addition to stronger,
healthier bodies that are
at martial arts we want our positive, motivating
culture and the work ethic we promote of "the effort you put in
equals the results you will get" to become a
way of life for every student.
We don't measure our success by the number of square feet in our school,
but by the number of lives we've had
the opportunity to impact in such a
(though visitors always seem to be
surprised at how bright, clean and big our school is!)
Our Mission Statement:
At Hilliard Taekwondo Academy we are
passionate about increasing the self-confidence of children, teens and
adults by helping them master increasingly challenging martial arts
skills through our exceptional taekwondo program taught in a safe,
positive and supportive environment.
First, we want you to know that while
we are an independently-owned school, we are backed by a strong national
Hilliard Taekwondo Academy is a
member of Taekwondo America (TA), a national organization with
many participating schools across the United States. All schools that are
members of the TA organization adhere to
the same professional guidelines ensuring the high standards by which we
teach, promote students in rank, and project our image and reputation
within the community remain consistent from school to school, even though
every TA school is not a franchise, but is independently owned.
Whether you're a boy or a girl; whether you're a child, teen or adult, you
can expect to be treated with respect and courtesy in every Taekwondo
America school and at every Taekwondo America event.
At Hilliard Taekwondo Academy, our
martial arts program includes Taekwondo Forms, Sparring, Wood-Breaking mixed with fun drills and energetic activities
designed to provide a good workout for all age levels.
We can be very loud and very enthusiastic when we're teaching
class, but we don't believe in yelling at and berating students as a
motivational style. Yes, we do
expect students to be respectful and courteous in class and we have
immediate consequences for misbehavior. We expect every student
to try hard every class and to answer up with an enthusiastic "Yes,
ma'am!" or "Yes, sir!" anytime an instructor speaks to them. We also
believe using positive reinforcement and having consistent age/rank
appropriate consequences, mixed with fun is the best way to encourage
and motivate students.
All students are required to wear the appropriate uniform to class:
their current belt with either our full white uniform or one of our
t-shirts (or a Taekwondo America event t-shirt) and our workout pants.
Uniforms, t-shirts and workout pants must be clean, in good repair and
the appropriate size. Wearing a clean, appropriate uniform is a sign of
respect for the school, the instructors and ones self.
You may wonder when should sniffles, rashes, injuries, etc keep
you home from class. We have more information about on our
news page and our FAQ page.
OUR PROGRAMS: Little Dragons
● Juniors ●
Teens ● Adults
LITTLE DRAGONS - AGE 3 & 4
NINJA JUNIORS - AGE 5 & 6
Our Little Dragons program is designed to help 3 & 4 year olds begin
learning the basics of martial arts in a fun environment. We use games
and a variety of activities with helpers from our Juniors Program to help them develop balance, focus, memory,
respect, self-control, large and small motor skills and so much more.
With their busy play schedules and the addition of pre-school or
kindergarten we've found they are typically too tired to focus for (or
enjoy) a 30-minute weekday class. Our Saturday morning only program (at
a reduced cost) is a perfect fit for this younger group's lifestyle.
They get to earn stripes on their belt during class and test for a new
belt every 2 months.
Our Ninja Juniors class helps students prepare to transition to the
Junior Program. Our 6 year old Ninja Juniors also have a 2nd class each
week on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm (and a Tuesday morning class
during the summer).
JUNIORS - AGE 7-12
Age 11-12 Young Teen Classes
Our Junior program (ages 7 - 12*) offers high quality
martial arts training which teaches
self-confidence, focus, self-discipline, courtesy, leadership and teamwork in a fun
environment. Students choose two to three taekwondo classes a week from
the 5-6 classes offered for their age and rank. We've added 2 evening
classes each week that provide the opportunity for Junior students ages
11 and 12 to workout with teens a few year older to help them prepare to
transition to the teen/adult class.
Our Junior program is divided into Beginner,
Intermediate, Advanced and Black Belt
classes based on rank.
During a typical class students participate in a variety of
activities which may include working with an instructor on their Form,
practicing sparring or One-Steps, working with a partner and a target to
learn proper striking and kicking techniques for their belt level, participating in a relay race, learning how to deal with
a bully, using the rail for support
during kicking drills or using boppers to learn good blocking skills.
Our goal is to keep class fun and challenging!
We've added exercise classes to our program! Check out the class
schedule for times for your age or rank. HTA students may participate in
one exercise class a week in addition to their 2-3 taekwondo classes a
week. Students wear the the same thing to the exercise class as they do
to their taekwondo classes.
*Because of the popularity of our Little Dragon and Ninja Juniors programs and
lists we may allow children who are at least 6 1/2 to try a Junior
Beginner class to see if they are able to focus and follow directions
for a 45-minute class in order to be able to participate in this
TEENS & ADULTS - AGE 13 and up
Adult and Teen can work out up to 5 times a week in classes designed to challenge
experienced martial artists as well as those who are new to Taekwondo.
Our program provides an excellent strength training and aerobic
workout for wide range of ages and
abilities. Every adult class begins and ends with time for stretching to
either warm up or to cool down and increase flexibility. Activities are designed to allow each
student to work out at their own pace and skill level as strength, flexibility and
endurance improve. You’ll increase your self-confidence and feel
healthier. In addition to learning your current belt level Form,
practicing sparring or sparring movement drilles and learning how to defend yourself, we
use targets, slammers, pushups, sit ups and other equipment in a variety of fun
and challenging activities to increase flexibility, improve muscle
strength and build endurance. So, whether you are 13 or 53,
Taekwondo may be the best way to achieve your health and exercise goals!
We've added additional equipment to help our students improve strength,
toning, flexibility and cardio in addition to developing exceptional
martial arts skills! Have
you seen Battle Ropes drills and thought it would be cool to try? Do you
need more flexible hips, stronger quads, more toned biceps & triceps?
Want to try foam rolling, leg bands, medicine ball drills. Try one
of our teen/adult classes and see what it's all about.
Our 9:15 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday Morning Adult class
is popular with adults who have flexible work schedules as well as stay at home parents.
WHAT WE TEACH:
Forms ● One-steps & Sparring ● Board-breaking ●
What are "Forms"?
You may also hear martial arts forms referred to as Hyungs or Katas. Forms are
patterns of moves designed to teach students increasingly complex marital arts
skills and techniques. Each belt level has its own pattern of moves a
student learns when he or she passes testing and receives that new belt. For example, the first belt
― the white belt ― has a pattern with 14 moves
that teaches the basic blocks and stances. The next belt level ― yellow belt ― has
a pattern with 21 moves that has new blocks and a different combination of moves.
This continues all the way up through all of the black belt levels.
The expectations for how the techniques in each Form are performed increase
also. A new student performing the white belt form will not
have the same precision of stances and sharpness of technique that a black belt student
should demonstrate when they do their
Our goal is for students to show gradual improvement over time as they progress
through the belt levels. We don’t compare one student to another, but rather work to help each student improve based on their
ability and effort.
Black Belt students working toward their instructor collar can watch on the Taekwondo America national website. Students (and
their parents) should not
use these videos to teach themselves their new form or future forms because you
may teach yourself incorrect techniques. If you are coming to class 2-3 times a
week consistently and working hard and focusing while you are in class, you
should be prepared for the next belt rank testing.
What are "One Steps" and "Sparring Combinations"?
and Yellow Belt students learn One-Steps, combinations of 3-5 moves designed to
help them prepare for future free sparring with a partner. Children learn three
One-Step combinations and adults learn five combinations. Students first learn
and perform the One-Steps without a partner. Once students know the One-Steps,
they pair up to practice the One-Steps back and forth. One partner stands still
in an attack position, while the other performs a One-Step toward them without
Senior Orange Belt
students learn Sparring Combinations, which are similar to One-Steps, but
they are not performed in a stationary position. Blocking and moving away
from an attack, and making light contact, are introduced. Orange Belt
students purchase sparring gear and once they know and have been tested
for their Sparring Combinations, they may participate in Free Sparring
with instructor supervision.
What is "Free-Sparring"?
while our program is light to medium contact sparring and we focus a lot on
teaching students how to make appropriate contact and how to block and move
well, we believe it is still important
for our staff instructors to be trained to:
● understand what type of impact/contact has the
potential to cause a concussion
teach students how to work out
safely to avoid
● recognize & respond to situations in the
unlikely event of a possible concussion
Sparring is using controlled defense and attack techniques with
light to medium contact in short bouts with a partner/opponent in a safe environment. At
Hilliard Taekwondo America we introduce sparring gradually. Once Orange Belts
and Senior Orange belts "master" their sparring combinations, we work with them
to use the skills from their defined combinations to help them free spar.
may wonder, “Won’t teaching kids to fight just encourage them to become
more violent?” Actually, quite the opposite. Students are reminded regularly
that they may not misuse taekwondo and that it’s not okay to start a fight. We
teach students ways to try to avoid fighting bullies and to use their words. Using physical
force to protect themselves is a last resort. And, students who learn how to
defend themselves tend to be more confident and are less likely to be the target
of an attack or feel that they need to attack others.
sparring allows students to practice defensive and counter-attack
techniques in a safe and controlled environment. Students are required to
purchase and wear approved Taekwondo America co-branded gear (which
ensures all students have gear with the same level of protection) which includes
padded helmet, molded mouthpiece, elbow pads, hand pads, shin guards, foot
pads, and all males must wear a cup. Students who do not have every piece
of gear on are not allowed to participate in free sparring during that
teaches good sportsmanship, manners, self-control, focus and
self-confidence. Only light contact is allowed at first with students
progressing to medium (but never full impact contact) as they feel more
confident. Students practice
techniques on targets to learn the difference between punching and kicking
targets hard and making appropriate contact with a sparring partner. Students
learn a variety of combinations they can use in sparring, but the goal is
for them to see open target areas on their partner/opponent and to combine a variety of
techniques to score points.
also prepares students to defend themselves in a real life situation. Sparring teaches students to think quickly, to defend and counter
attack. No, classroom sparring is not exactly like a real life fight, but
it does allow students to practice blocking punches and to respond quickly
without freezing and increase the odds of a safer outcome
should they ever have to defend themselves.
Why do students have to break boards?
Besides the fact that it's FUN and you feel a great sense of accomplishment?
Boards are an unbiased judge when it comes to correct technique.
During your form a kick may look good even if it may not have the power to keep
"the bad guy" away from you.
During sparring you may be able to land your foot or hand on your partner even
if it isn't great technique or strong.
With boards you need be the correct distance, chamber correctly and strike with
both the correct technique and speed to break the board.
And being able to break boards in a testing environment demonstrates being able to exert enough power to defend
yourself and fight off an
attacker in a stressful surprise situation.
Students do not break boards as part
of their belt rank testing until they are a senior blue belt and it does not
start counting toward their testing results until they are a brown belt testing
for senior brown belt, which means they
will have been through at least 6 two-month testing cycles in the Juniors or
Teen/Adult program. By that time they will have had a year of developing the
skills necessary to be prepared to start breaking boards. Every time students
kick or strike a target, do the kicks and strikes in their form, practice kicks
on the rail as well as doing push-ups, squats, burpees, windsprints and
crunches, they are developing the skills and strength to break boards.
What other ways can we learn to defend ourselves against
bullies and strangers?
We also periodically teach a few
techniques that are what most non-martial artists think of when they hear the term
“self-defense.” How do you get away if someone grabs you around the neck or by
your arm or your hair? What do you do if someone shoves you against a wall? How
do you deal with the bully on the playground or the obnoxious co-worker at the
holiday party? Who is a "stranger" and how can you use your voice, knees, elbows
and more to be safer? What if the attacker is a whole lot bigger than you? Often
an incident can be handled without punching or kicking the offender — as martial
artists our goal is to try to resolve things as peacefully as possible and to avoid a
violent confrontation. We teach students how to avoid a grab, to use pressure
points and counter grabs and even an attacker’s own body weight to end the
attack. We periodically teach women’s self-defense clinics and Stranger
Danger/Bully Awareness classes for kids at our school and can bring those
classes to the public schools and businesses.
What is required to
What is required at testing
courtesy • integrity •
perseverance • self-control • indomitable spirit