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Monique Nicole Ache Reyes reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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The best Taekwondo school in the area! Our 3 children and I have been coming here for over 5 years. It's not just a school but a family! Mr Strickland has been a big influence my our children's lives teaching them not just martial arts but to have confidence in themselves, courage and to strive to be the best they can be. It is so easy to see how much he does, not just for his students but for the community by seeing how many kids and adults volunteer their time to teach others. He even offers free anti-bully classes at his school and will also teach a class at your children's school. We are so glad we found this school and are so greatful to Mr. Strickland and every one of the volunteers who encourage us and help us become better and better every day!

Chip Ricketts reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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I started Taekwondo with George Strickland in January 2002 at his original location in Highland Village. All I can say is that it was a life-changing experience. Having never done anything like martial arts, I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but I set a big goal of earning my First Degree Black Belt by the time I turned 50 (I was just one week shy of my 48th birthday). With George's positive attitude and encouragement, I reached my goal just a couple of months after reaching that 50 number. While I am now retired from the sport, I can say without hesitation that there is not a better Taekwondo instructor in the area and his new location is awesome!

Ted Turgeon reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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Since I began training in Taekwondo 29 years ago, I've seen many martial arts schools around the country. Strickland's Taekwondo is on the level with the best of them. The facility itself is top notch, and the knowledge of Senior Master Strickland can help any student become a better martial artist, regardless of age or rank. It was a fantastic and memorable experience from the time I stepped off the plane, until the time I left. The students and families there are unbeatable with their hospitality!
Thank you for the experience, and for the opportunity to meet such fine folks!

Karen Hayden reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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Thank you Mr. Strickland, and all of your staff, for giving our son one of the greatest experiences of his life. Your classes have taught our son so many important life lessons throughout his six years at your school. From White belt to Second Degree Black Belt, Daniel has experienced successes and failures, made friends and learned self defense skills for life!! What he as obtained and earned through your classes and his perserverance, no one can take away from him. Your school is one of care and concern and fairness to everyone, and I highly recommend it for both kids and adults!!

Cheryl Comstock Cleveland reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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Our son started with Mr. Strickland when he first opened his doors in Highland Village. Our daughters begged for months to start. (We have triplets). They were all 10 years old when they began Taekwondo and worked hard to become 3rd degree Black Belts before leaving for college. I can't say enough about this program and Mr. Strickland. His dedication and commitment to his students is amazing. I give credit where credit is due and I know this organization had a huge impact on my family. The instructors and other families became part of our family. All 3 of our kids have graduated college, our son is working and our girls are in grad school and working to become a physical therapist and a physician assistant. The values that were instilled in our children thru Mr. Stricklands Taekwondo are still with them today as they pursue their dreams. I would highly recommend Strickland's Taekwondo to anyone looking for a quality organization filled with dedicated and wonderful people.

Peter Sorce reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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I was privileged to be able to visit Strickland's Martial Arts last week. I have to say that Strickland's Martial Arts is a top-notch professional Taekwon-Do School. I have been training in martial arts over 32 years and have been to schools all over the country. Strickland's is one of the best of I have ever been to. His instructors and staff are very knowledgeable, personable, and fantastic teachers. I am happy to have had made new friends and connections. I had many takeaways from his school so I can implement back home!

Tricia Duffy Duhon reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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We thoroughly enjoyed the self defense class offered by Strickland's Martial Arts. Our group of 10 women ranging in age from 17-72 left the class feeling empowered and prepared if we are attacked. I 100% recommend this class for every woman, no matter the age.

William K Seals reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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If you wanna be part of an A+ Martial Arts School then you have found the right place!

I first met Mr Strickland about 13 years ago in Texas. He is by far one of the most talented individuals I have come across. His program is very well rounded and will meet the needs of any person wanting to learn Martial Arts. I strongly recommend him for kids and teens.

Jocelyn Hoover-Waltman reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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I could not be more thrilled with the instructors! My almost 5 year old has only been in class for about 6 weeks and he has already made a ton of improvement. He has ADHD and ODD and his instructors are all very patient with him and really work with him. I cannot wait to see my son grow as he continues his classes!

Dani Ross reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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We have been with Strickland's Martial Arts for almost a year now and we love it! All three of my boys have been involved and we have been impressed with the excellent instruction as well as the love and attention the instructors give to each student!

Heather Ward Weibye reviewed Strickland's Martial Arts
5
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Strickland's offered a 5-hour DAAB (defense against aggressive behavior) workshop that I will be recommending to every single high school and college girl I can. I took the class with my 14 year old and though I can't say the experience was enjoyable, it was well worth the money and time invested! This class gives you as close as you can get to fending off a real assault (both verbal and physical). The instructors go out of their way to provide multiple scenarios that women may or may not recognize as situations to be wary in. They teach you how to recognize and avoid the situation and what to do if you can't. I cannot recommend this class highly enough!

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SpongeBob Did It, So Can You!!!!

The announcers voice rang across the tournament floor:

“Now, for the tournament results!! First place in forms competition, hailing from a Pineapple, Under the Sea, SpongeBob Squareparnts!!!! Aaaaaannndd for the sparring competition! Once again, first place, from a Pineapple, Under the Sea, SpongeBob Squarepants!!!!”

WOW! I bet you want two gold medals hanging around your neck, huh? Want to know how? I’ll show you! But first, let’s look at what we can expect during the tournament.

There are two parts to Taekwondo competitions: Forms and Sparring. (Not to mention weapons and board breaking but that’s for another day). In the FORMS competition, each competitor will be called up individually to do their form and will be judged on a scale of 5 – 10, with quarter increments (ie. 6, 6.25, 6.5, 6.75). However, to help the judges get a base line, or average score, the first three competitors will be called up to do their form without getting scores immediately upon completion.  Instead, once the third competitor finishes his/her form, the original three will line up and be scored individually based on their individual performance.  Competitors thereafter will be scored immediately upon completion of their form. The highest overall score wins.  In the case of a tie, both competitors will do their form and be scored after (kind of like the first three), and will use two whole numbers (ie. 7 and 8, 8 and 9).

The SPARRING competition is completely different than the testing sparring we do in class.  The round is a minute and a half and the winner is the one with the most points. The objective of the round is to land punches to the body or kicks to the body or head. When a point is made, one of the three judges will yell “break” and the competitors are re-centered.  The center judge (they are the head judge) will call for points, at that time all three judges will point in the direction of the competitor who they think gets the point.  At least two judges have to score in favor of a competitor before they are awarded the point(s).  The same rule goes for warning; two of the three judges have to had seen and called a warning in order for a competitor to receive a warning.  The point system is as follows: 1-point – kick or punch to the body and 2-points – kick to the head. There is one additional point added to a kick for a spin, and another additional point added to a kick for a jump.  Three warnings are given.  The first warning given gives the opponent a point.  The second warning given gives the opponent two points.  The third warning given ends with that competitor being disqualified.  In the case of a tie, a second bout is started and the first point to be scored wins. Following me so far?  AYE YAI CAPTAIN!

Now, HOW TO WIN GOLD1

First and for most, come to class!  Weeks leading up to the tournament, the mindset of all the instructors is to prepare the students for the competition. If you aren’t coming to class, then your chances of doing well in the tournament are slim.

When it comes to forms, every judge is different in how they score forms. With that said, there are a few qualities about a form that appeal to the judge’s eye (besides doing the form correct).  One of the most important qualities is stances. This is always stressed in class when doing forms: “make great stances!” As a student, you should be paying particular attention to STANCES, and not just doing the form right.  If two competitors do the form correct, and one has phenomenal stances while the other doesn’t, it is going to be easy to decide the winner.  A few other points to consider are power and timing.  Power is simple (actually, not as simple to execute as you may think).  Punch, kick, and block strong. Imagine trying to fling mud off of your uniform, that might help put “power” into perspective.  Timing is a bit harder and requires a lot more practice and deliberate(focused) attention.  Having an even cadence makes the form look a whole lot better, and that scorecard a whole lot more appealing.

If you do these three things, your chances of winning the forms competition is way better!  Now…..how can you win the sparring portion?  Two factors determine success: Combinations and speed.

“WHAT? YOU SAID COMBINATIONS?”Yes…well no, I didn’t say it, I typed it, and you read it.  But nevertheless, the best way to score a point is to do combinations, the same thing that I stress to the students every time they spar in class. The fact is, one technique is hard to score with. Chances are it is going to get blocked. However, a barrage of kicks and punches are bound to score, the human reflexes are not quick enough to keep up with someone else’s intentions.

Let’s look at speed.  This is very obvious.  If you are quicker than your partner, then chances are you will win.  That does not mean you need to go do wind sprints to develop speed.  You are already quick enough you just don’t use your abilities. Be light on your feet, bounce around and don’t stay in one place.  If your opponent throws a kick at you, be quick to block and counter (quick kids! What are the three C’s of sparring???) If you throw a punch as a counter, you can easily score.

Well, thur yee go! So, what are you going to do?  COME TO CLASS.  Tournaments are fun, and they should be fun.  You should enjoy them and if you need help to do so, you might try reading the last post “An experience that will be one for the books!” to get a perspective on why we compete.

And remember: Patrick is rooting for ya! And SO ARE WE!

~ Mr. Cain