Now the whole family can learn powerful self defence

Nicks Master Class March 2015

12 March 15

Greetings all;


In this edition I would like to discuss the benefits of Shim Jang Taekwondo training.


Taekwondo was originally developed to preserve life and for self-defence, but today, adults and children have many reasons for wanting to train in Shim Jang Taekwondo.
Some want to learn self-defence, some seek to become physically fit, some seek the social interaction, while others just want to have fun. Whatever the reason for learning, people will find others just like them practicing Shim Jang Taekwondo for the same reasons.
Shim Jang has developed proven teaching methods that not only help people learn taekwondo quickly and easily, but also provide a wide range of benefits for students of all ages, Social interaction gained through training has been found to be a buffer against the stresses of life for adults, and, with long-term continued practice, it fosters greater independence.
With progressive training, children become more enthusiastic, optimistic, and self-reliant. Many anecdotal reports from parents tell how their children do better at home and at school, both behaviourally and academically when they are training in the art.


Shim Jang practitioners seek to develop an appreciation for the martial art, achieve physical fitness, improve mental discipline and emotional stability, they also develop competent self-defence skills as well as respect and responsibility. Shim Jang Taekwondo helps practitioners develop balance and harmony between their physical and moral selves, It stresses responsibility to self, family, community, and to society.


Self-defence is an important benefit of Shim Jang Taekwondo. Self-defence is not just using defences and counterattacks against attackers, It is the ability to prevent injury to oneself or others when being attacked. This includes learning to communicate with aggressors, and to escape from violent situations, Self-defence is not just concerned with physically dealing with violence; it is mostly concerned with avoiding becoming a victim of violence.


Physical benefits of Shim Jang include improvements in coordination, agility, flexibility, balance, muscular strength, and endurance. Physical development also helps develop self-confidence.


Self-confidence is based on self-improvement, as opposed to confidence based on the ability to perform a task. This type of self-confidence does not come from being a winner in competition; it comes from the feelings of self-worth that are derived from improving oneself. Belt advancement provides a means to document personal achievement. Advancement requires setting a goal and working toward its attainment, which builds confidence and a feeling of self-worth.


Moral benefits of Shim Jang include development of good character, self-control, and a non-violent attitude. Taekwondo stresses showing respect for oneself, fellow students, instructors, parents, elders, and members of the public. Achieving proficiency in Shim Jang Taekwondo techniques demands patience, perseverance, and a desire for perfection.


Humility is a quality of all serious Shim Jang students. Although practicing taekwondo boosts self-confidence, this does not convey a false sense of superiority. On the contrary, a good student should be humble and considerate. Shim Jang practitioners have the highest regard for the morality and ethics of Taekwondo.


Psychologically, Shim Jang Taekwondo reduces tension and anxiety by teaching students to control aggression and by giving them a healthy way to vent hostility and frustration. Taekwondo is a psychological leveller. Students with quick, hot tempers learn to control their emotions. Students who are meek and mild learn to be more assertive when needed.


Leadership Skills....Shim Jang Taekwondo also develops leadership qualities. As students increase in rank, they are required to take on more responsibilities in class and they begin teaching new students. When they reach black belt level, they may be required to teach classes and direct students.


Self Discipline.....Shim Jang demands self-discipline, mental concentration, and alertness. Correct technical execution of techniques requires rhythm, timing, balance, power, proper form, and proper breathing. To achieve this, students must stay focused, and ignore distractions. Students learn that self-discipline means doing things the right way and that being undisciplined means looking for the easy way out. Students are encouraged to practice self-discipline in all areas of their lives.


Shim Jang Taekwondo is similar to other physical activities in that they include physical activity, physical fitness, skills acquisition, and social activity. However, there are also many differences. Most sports emphasise competition and winning, while Shim Jang taekwondo traditionally emphasises the self-knowledge, self-improvement, and self-control that are gained through ethical teachings and an emphasis on integration of mind and body. Some studies have shown that these non-physical aspects of Taekwondo have a unique influence on the long-term changes seen in participants that is not seen in participants of other types of sports.


Look Closely.......Next time you go to class or take your child to class, maybe you will see a little more than just kicking and punching.


Nick Seedsman
5th Degree Master Instructor
World Shimjang Taekwondo Academy