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Current Timetable of Lessons
MONDAY No Classes at present, as Mondays are reserved for grading tests
TUESDAY 5.30 P.M. to 6.25 P.M. JUNIORS aged 7 to 10 years
TUESDAY 6.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. YOUTHS aged 11 to 15
TUESDAY 7.30 P.M. to 9.00 P.M. SENIORS
WEDNESDAY 5.30 P.M. to 6.25 P.M. JUNIOR aged 7 to 10 years
WEDNESDAY 6.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. YOUTHS aged 11 to 15
WEDNESDAY 7.30 P.M. to 9.00 P.M. SENIORS
THURSDAY 5.30 P.M. to 6.15 P.M. "LITTLE NINJAS" for 4 to 6 year olds
THURSDAY 6.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. JUNIORS All Grades All Ages
THURSDAY 7.30 P.M. to 9.00 P.M. SENIORS
FRIDAY 6.00 P.M. to 7.00 P.M. ALL JUNIORS
FRIDAY 7.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M. INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
SATURDAY 9.30 A.M. to 10.15 A.M. "LITTLE NINJAS" For 4 to 6 year olds
SATURDAY 10.30 A.M. to 11.25 A.M. JUNIORS aged 7 to 15 years
SATURDAY 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. ALL STUDENTS (All grades & Ages )
SATURDAY 1.30 P.M. to 2.30 P.M. CARNFORTH AREA CLASS
(All ages and grades, held at Crag Bank Village Hall)
WHAT ARE CLASSES LIKE?
At John Ward''s School of Korean Martial Arts, we teach the traditional values of the martial arts, but with an upbeat and enthusiastic, modern approach. In addition to providing a comprehensive fitness programme, , we train you in a variety of self-defence techniques. By taking control of situations that are difficult, or even life threatening, you greatly enhance your ability to effectively defend yourself and perhaps your family and friends.
Classes are all held under the expert eye of highly trained Black Belt Instructors. For the added peace of mind of parents, all instructors are fully police checked by the Criminal Records Bureau, and school owners undergo enhanced disclosures.
Because of the wide syllabus, classes vary enormously. However, a "typical" class might consist of a general warm up (incorporating games if it is a Junior lesson) followed by some body conditioning and breathing exercises. Then perhaps some basic blocking, along with handstriking or kicking practice followed by falling techniques. Some lessons will include various types of empty hand forms practice (set moves practiced individually or as a group). Others will involve the tuition and practice of a wide range of self defence techniques. We might finish off with some meditation techniques to send you away refreshed!
When you walk into the dojahng, you are never certain exactly what you are going to be doing, but you can be certain that lessons are always enjoyable and always varied.
A LESSON IN PATIENCE AND RESPECT...
Some of the most important lessons which we, as martial arts students can learn, are Patience, and Respect for our Elders and our Teachers. The touching video shown below which I found on another martial arts website explains it perfectly...
Your principal instructor is Kwan Jang Nim (KJN or 5th Dahn Black Belt) John Ward, pictured left. John's first Instructor was KJN Phillip Hinchliffe, but he also recieved a lot of instruction from JIKJN (6th Dahn) David Williams, now resident in Calgary, Canada. However during his martial arts career, he has recieved valuable instruction from JDKJN (7th Dahn) John Ives and JIKJN John Watson. He has also attended many seminars with Kuk Sa Nim In Hyuk Suh and his sons, Alex and Sung Jin Suh. His current Instructor is 9th Dahn Rudy Timmerman, who is also Grand Master of Kong Ship Bup, which is quite possibly the most complete martial art available today.
In 2010 and again in 2012 along with his most senior student KSN Angela Prince, he toured part of the USA and Canada and received instruction from a great many Masters and Grandmasters of many different martial arts. He is always open to accepting tuition form anyone of any rank in any style, as he believes that noone can ever truly "know it all" and that we can all learn from everyone else. Likewise his own knowledge has been in demand and he has accepted a number of invitations to teach training seminars at a number of martial arts schools in the UK, USA and Canada.
John was UK Senior Grand Champion in the UK WKSA Tournament in 1999, 2000 & 2001. In 1999 he was a gold medallist in the World Championships held in Houston, Texas, USA and more recently he achieved three medals, second third and fourth place in the 3rd Dahn Category at the 50th anniversary competition in Katy Texas.
Once he reached 4th dahn, there were no competitions available to him within the WKSA (although this rule has since changed) but since leaving WKSA John has competed in several "open" competitions in which he was up against students from many other martial arts. In these has has been very successful and won many first place trophies.
John has already successfully set up two Korean Martial Arts schools, in Dereham and Swaffham, Norfolk. This is where John and his family lived, until March 2003. These schools have already produced many Black Belt students, who now assist with the schools'' running. In 2003, John passed the schools over to one of his instructors, Sa Bum Nim Chris Winter, to allow him to turn 100% of his efforts to the Lancaster area.
All classes are currently run by KJN John himself, or by Senior Instructor, KSN (2nd Dahn) Angela Prince (often, both are present at lessons)
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