"A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
This old eastern proverb is particularly true in the field of martial arts, and by finding this website you have taken the first step towards becoming fitter more confident, more relaxed, or in helping your child to increase their self confidence, self control, balance, teamwork and concentration.
Our school offers training in Kuk Sool, Kuk Sool Hapkido and Kong Shin Bup in the following four class types;-
These are special classes for 4 to 6 year olds. They will learn about teamwork, respect and sharing. Physical benefits include improved balance, fitness and concentration which will help them in their early days in education. They will also begin to learn the basics of martial arts, and be rewarded appropiately as they reach various goals. When they are ready they will move into the Junior class.
From the age of around 6, new students will join our regular Junior classes. In these classes they will work with students both older and younger, which wil help to encourage the development of social skills, respect and responsibility. Depending upon the mix of students in the academy, at times classes will be a mix of ages and rsanks and at other times they will be split by age and/or rank. THis is adjusted periodically to provide the best possible training..
Usually around the age of 15, new students join the senior classes. Sometimes this is a gradual process with them attending some junior and some senior lessons as well as the youth classes. Our oldest senior students are currently over 60 (as is Master John!) so it really is a "mixed bag" which makes for a great social side. Senior students from Blue Belt up may request to learn the tougher art of Kuk Sool Hapkido and some may be able to test for Black Belt in the rather more extreme art of Kong Shin Bup. A Black Belt in any one of these is a prize well worth working towards.
For those seniors whose children also train with us, we offer a family class on Saturday mornings. This is an opportunity to train alongside your children and assist (and sometimes be assisted by) them with training.
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HOW IT ALL STARTED
Originally known as Kuk Sool Won of Lancaster, and later as The John Ward School of Korean Martial Arts, our academynow boasts around 100 students aged from just 4 years old to a number of “sixty something” adults!.School owner, John Ward has been training in the Korean Martial Arts for over 25 years and has been a full-time instructor for over 20 years. His business partner, Angela Prince has been training with Master John since shortly after the school was opened over 16 years ago, and is currently the only 4th Dahn student, as well as being a senior instructor and partner in the school. Both John & Angela hope to test for their next Dahn ranks in April next year.
John's main motivation in starting training was, like many people, to find an enjoyable way to keep fit, to learn to defend himself and his family.
Detailed elsewhere on this site are some of the many trophies and awards which John, Angela and their students have won over the years, both at home and abroad. However, despite the undoubted successes in tournaments, the school's main focus is to provide good quality, professional training which will be enjoyed by and be of great benefit to virtually anyone prepared to “give it a go”.
A brief history of the school can be found by clicking HERE!
We hope you enjoy browsing our website.
This is our Junior Creed which all younger students learn and put into practise as part of their training.
They are taught to use it in all areas of life, including school, home and sports as well as their martial arts.
YES! TO PRACTISE EVERYDAY
NO! TO SHOWING OFF
YES! TO FUN AND SELF-DEFENCE
NO! TO DRUGS AND CIGARETTES
YES! TO HELPING OTHERS
NO! TO BULLYING
WORKING HARD AND PLAYING FAIR
ON A QUEST TO BE OUR BEST
THIS IS A BLACK BELT SCHOOL
WHY WAIT ANY LONGER? CONTACT US TODAY AND SEE A DIFFERENCE TOMOROW!
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