Chung So Nyun (YOUTH) Hapkido
Some kids feel like they don't fit in, while others just aren’t interested in some of the mainstream sports. Those who are into sports, find the skills learned in Hapkido helps their performance on field, court, and mat. In our school, they ALL find a place where they belong.
Of course there are kids who just want to become martial artists. While the Youth Hapkido program focuses mainly on the Korean self-defense art of Hapkido, they are also exposed to some of our favorite techniques in other arts, such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, and Karate. A good martial artist has a wide knowledge of the martial arts world. Our teachers continue to learn from other teachers, so there is always fresh and exciting information to be shared!
Recognizing that our youth require visible and tangible encouragement the Youth Hapkido Program at Alpha Ωmega has a dynamic belt award system where they progress through 18 colored belts as the student advances to wards Black Belt. A Youth Black Belt is carried over to the adult system, and they will not need to test again until they are 16 years old, the eligible age for the full adult black belt.
The instructors at Αlpha Ωmega have been working with children for many decades and understand how difficult it can be for them to overcome their fears. One of those fears is that first day in class! A unique aspect of our school is that our more experienced students play a large role in working with the newer kids. This benefits both the older students, as they are developing leadership skills (and teaching is the best way to learn) and the newer kids, who quickly learn they are among friends - regardless of rank.
The art of Hapkido was developed to give the smaller person an advantage over the larger adversary. We don’t break boards. We don’t compete in tournaments. We don’t all stand in a line and have orders barked at us.
We do learn how to kick – very hard!
We do learn how to punch – very hard!
We do learn how to throw an attacker.
We do learn pressure points and joint locks.
We do learn how to escape when wrestled to the ground.
And we do have fun!
Hey, these are kids - fun is important, too!
When the child turns 13, they move up to the adult/junior “Combat Hapkido” class, where they continue – with the same teachers - their exciting journey in this art.