Fire Dragon Taekwondo has embarked on an unprecedented effort to ensure our Dojangs are as safe as possible for all our Members and their families. Reopening Fire Dragon Taekwondo’s Dojangs is a complex undertaking that must be handled with the utmost care. As such, we have consulted a variety of experts in infection prevention and control and sanitization to ensure the reopening of our Dojangs aligns with or exceeds the recommendations and standards put forth by all levels of government. Our plan is focused on three main areas: ensuring physical distancing, reducing capacity levels in our Dojangs, and enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices.
We have brought all three of these important considerations together to create The Fire Dragon Taekwondo Standard, which will guide the reopening of our Dojangs to ensure the health and safety of all our Members, their families and our staff.
Our new health and safety standards will be updated regularly. It is important to recognize that public health information and provincial orders can change quickly. We will be doing everything we can to update our Standards and website as quickly as possible in response to these changes.
We’re in this together, and we need to work together to keep everyone healthy and safe. By taking care of those around us, we are also taking care of our community, and ultimately our country. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae (태) means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon (권) means “to strike or break with fist”; and do (도) means “way,” “method,” or “art.” Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching.”
As many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo was claimed as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Official Olympic event since 2000.
There are two branches of taekwondo development:
* “Traditional Taekwondo” typically refers to the martial art as it was practised in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military; in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history.
* “Sport Taekwondo” has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring) and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
The art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks.
Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known as jiapsul, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido and judo.
Taekwondo is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. Classes are supervised by expert instructors. All students are taught techniques in a step by step manner and at their own pace.
Separating classes by belt levels, a thorough stretching routine, matted flooring and the use of protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety.
We are dealing with unprecedented circumstances and are doing everything we can to ensure Fire Dragon Taekwondo Clubs are as safe as possible, while we continue to provide an exceptional martial arts experience for our Members. These changes are temporary and we do hope we will be able to resume our regular operations soon; however, we will only do so once it is safe, following the guidelines and recommendations from local government, public health officials and Taekwondo Canada.
Definitely! In fact many families are finding Taekwondo to be the perfect family activity, combining an exciting workout with a new learning experience. At Fire Dragon Taekwondo you have your choice of separately attending Family or Adult Classes. Either way you’ll have a great time and create a special family bond.
Throughout their training students are reminded that being physically and mentally tough doesn’t allow one to be tough with others. Instead, Taekwondo students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. The instructors at Fire Dragon Taekwondo continuously remind students that Taekwondo is a form of exercise and self improvement not a tool for bullying.
Pre-authorized payment schedules, which were put on hold, should resume once we reopen. Your payment withdrawal day will remain the same as before the COVID-19 freeze. You can check your payment schedule by logging in to our website and going to your transaction.
The Black Belt in Taekwondo is symbolic of an advanced level of skill as well as above average physical, mental and emotional strength. The length of study necessary to attain a Black Belt varies depending on one’s effort and dedication. On average, our students train for a period of four to five years to attain 1st Dan (Degree) Black Belt status.
People join Fire Dragon Taekwondo because they want to be and feel happy, healthy and strong – physically and mentally. They often find a sense of community that keeps them coming back.
Even with our robust investments in safety and redesigning our facilities, we recognize that these are unique and challenging times and that everyone’s personal situations are different. You trust us with your health and Martial Arts goals and, if you aren’t ready to come back to our Dojangs just yet, we understand. That is why we are offering a temporary Membership freeze, up to October 15, to any Member who requests it.
This freeze would be on the time remaining on your membership, not the payments, your monthly payments will continue normally as scheduled. Any Freeze Time will be added to the end of your membership.
We highly recommend trying out our new Dojang experience before you freeze your Membership. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! But if you’re just not ready, that’s ok too.
With online booking, we’re finding a balance between providing the safest Dojang environment possible AND an exceptional experience for our Members. A preset capacity for each Dojang helps facilitate physical distancing while also guaranteeing your spot in class.
To create our booking system, we closely reviewed past check-in volumes, Club square footage and provincial government regulations. We have put a significant amount of time, research and consideration into this system, and we are confident that it will help us provide the safest Dojang environment possible as well as give as many people as possible the chance to achieve their martial arts goals. As we reopen, we’ll continue to monitor the system and your feedback and update our class times where needed.
When choosing a martial arts school you are investing in the quality of the curriculum and instructors. You are also choosing the facility, class schedule and atmosphere that you feel best suits your needs.
At Fire Dragon Taekwondo we are confident that you will enjoy the sincerity, professionalism and excellence of our schools. Our schools have been serving our members for over 30 years, and are the ONLY school’s in Town with Master Level Instructors!
We are closely monitoring all provincial and federal health guidelines to ensure our Dojangs are safe for all our Members. We will only re-start these activities when it is safe to do so based on these guidelines and following the recommendations of local public health officials.
There are many benefits to the practice of Taekwondo however the ones most often quoted include: self-confidence, physical fitness, mental agility, personal security, improved concentration at work or at school and an overall feeling of well-being.
Children as young as 5 can benefit from Taekwondo by learning to develop focus and attention as well as courtesy and respect for their instructors. At the same time their senior citizen grandparents can begin Taekwondo in order to assist with balance, strength and general physical fitness improvements. Master Pellerin has guided students in their 70’s — including the physically challenged — to the level of Black Belt and beyond.
The different martial arts all originated in different countries thousands of years ago, as forms of self-defense. Karate comes from Japan and Kung Fu from China. Taekwondo is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, Taekwondo is known as the kicking art and emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts. it is ideal for improving balance, flexibility, coordination and endurance. Besides the physical benefits many people practice Taekwondo to improve self-confidence and to gain valuable discipline. In addition, Taekwondo is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is the only of these martial arts that is a sport in the Olympic Games. Currently more people study the art of Taekwondo than all other forms of martial arts combined.