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What makes a Martial Arts Student?
What is a "typical" Martial Arts student?
Well, some are fit some are much less than fit (when they begin) some are young and some are old(er) some male and some female. They are teachers, bank managers, mothers and fathers, business people, trades people, salesmen, school children and teenagers. They are prison officers, policemen and women, social workers and students. They are married, single, some with children and some without.
In short Martial Artists can be almost ANYONE. You do NOT have to be super fit to join. KJN John, started as a way of losing weight and getting fit. Learning a valuable, potentially life-saving skill was secondary. However, for some this is the main reason for joining. Others come because of the social aspect. You will meet many new people. Some go on to travel around the country and even the world. Others are content just to get and keep fit by training locally.
A FAMILY AFFAIR!
Practising Korean martial arts a great way to spend time together as a couple, or maybe to have a shared interest with your children. There are a great many martial arts "Black Belt Families".
Kuk Sool/Hapkido training is ideal for both ladies and men. In fact at John Ward's Korean Martial Arts School in Morecambe, we have almost as many female students as male! This is probably because of the fact that martial arts provides an interesting alternative to fitness regimes such as aerobics whilst also teaching valuable self defence techniques which can be used by students of all sizes and strengths.
SO, WHAT MAKES A BLACK BELT?
Many instructors will tell you that a Black Belt is just a White Belt who never gave up! That much is true but to be the best you have to put many principles in to action. If you practise hard and come to class regularly, then you will find that you steadily improve and continue to gain more from Martial Arts training.
For more pictures, including some from the many demonstrations which the school has put on, see the Gallery and News pages. The careful observer will notice some students appearing several times, wearing different coloured belts. This is because the pictures have been taken over a period of time and shows that our students are all progressing well through the ranking system, and we are proud to say thatmany of them have since attained their covetted Black Belts.
On the left you will see a picture of our first ever tournament team, which competed in the Kuk Sool Won European Championships in 2004. Since then we have competed in many competitions with great success.
"All things are like a river.
We never enter the same river twice"