Thank You and Happy Holidays from Virginia TaeKwonDo

All of us at the Virginia TaeKwonDo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy just want to take a minute to say “thank you” to all our customers, old and new, who have supported our business over the past year. Whether you are a student, family member of a student, fan who “liked” us on Facebook, or someone who just stopped in to check out our academy, we enjoy our interactions with you and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New YearThere are a few customers in particular that we’d like to thank:

  • The customer with a sense of humor. These are the customers that understand that mistakes happen.
  • The customer who provides positive feedback that helps us to improve our services.
  • The customer who refers their friends to us. Your actions really are the highest compliment we receive.
  • You!

Thank you again, and we look forward to serving you in 2018!

The Importance of Confidence

Have you heard the quote “We are what we think”? If one is not confident in themselves and their abilities, then that lack of confidence results in self-doubt that shows through in things we say and do. If one is over-confident in themselves, then they generally have high expectations and are more apt to make riskier decisions in order to achieve those expectations.


Virginia TaeKwonDo ChesapeakeAchieving confidence in oneself is a balancing act, but an important one nonetheless. Setting realistic goals, keeping a positive state of mind and making the best use of one’s talent and skills are the best ways to achieve confidence.

If something doesn’t go the way it was supposed to, focus on the positive things that happened and make a learning opportunity out of the things that didn’t go so well. For example, if a student doesn’t do well at testing, it’s okay. There is always next time and until then, they should focus on how to improve the mistakes they made and to celebrate the things that went right.

“We are what we think” is a statement that we should all remember. If we believe in ourselves and our abilities, then we are those things! Confidence can mean more than just feeling good about oneself. There are other benefits to it as well, including:

  • Resisting peer pressure: When a student has a “sense of self” they are more likely to resist peer pressure.
  • Working harder toward goals: With each success, a student’s confidence grows. The more confident they are, the better they are at what they do.
  • Having a grip on emotions: Confident students can bounce back from setbacks. Instead of getting angry or sad, they will rise up to meet the challenge and continue on.
  • Taking risks in pursuit of goals: Confident students do not see winning or accomplishing their goals as an impossible feat – they see it as a challenge that is completely doable.
  • Seeing failure in a different light: Confident students see failure as a result of factors they have the power to change, and thus they try again and again until that challenge is complete.

As an instructor of the Academy, our goal is to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship. TaeKwonDo is about real and powerful experiences, resulting in the discovery of innate capabilities and a heightened sense of responsibility. To that end, we encourage our students to use their Martial Arts knowledge to improve our communities through one act of leadership at a time.

If you or your child could benefit from improved confidence, give us a call at 757-558-9869 or Contact Us to learn about the TaeKwonDo and Jiu-Jitsu classes we have for both children and adults.

5 Often Overlooked Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Self defense has always been the hot topic in the martial arts. In Chesapeake at our TaeKwonDo Academy, we teach skills vital to protecting your life, health and loved ones in the event of an assault. But if you never find yourself under attack, are you getting any benefit from your investment of time, effort and money? YES! The training imparts numerous skills that you can use every day outside of the Academy. They are skills that will protect you from other harmful threats, besides a mugger on the street corner.

Martial Arts Chesapeake1. Breakfalls – We teach breakfalls during the White Belt Escape Skills. Why? Did you know that accidental falls make up 30 percent of emergency room visits? Somebody in America dies from a fall every half-hour. People fall down stairs, off bikes and skateboards. They slip on ice or trip over dogs. Accidental falls are the number 1 cause of nonfatal injuries. As we get older, the ability to fall without getting hurt becomes even more important. Of seniors who fall and break a hip, 29 percent are dead within a year. Learning how to fall is a benefit that lasts a lifetime.

2. Situational Awareness – We teach awareness as the first stage of combat. Know where you are, know how to get out, know who’s near you and know what they’re likely to do next. You develop your peripheral vision, reaction time and intuition when we spar so that you’re ready for anything. Although assaults are rare in the developed world, accidents are a different story. Motor-vehicle accidents cause 15 percent of deaths and 14 percent of injuries. Accidental slips, impacts, cuts and burns send somebody to the hospital 8 million times a year. While you’re on high alert looking for the next mugger or terrorist, you’ll probably be better off using some of your attention to watch the floor and the road. In all cases, your awareness is heightened, and that can help you hit the brakes sooner or turn the steering wheel in time to avoid an oncoming car or even lift a pot of hot soup up high as your kids come running through the kitchen.

3. Cardiovascular Fitness – You know the feeling: your heart pounds in your chest and your breath comes in ragged gasps, sweat drips from your head and your shirt sticks to your back. You’re so winded you can barely see. And now an instructor calls you up for another round. Of the top 10 causes of death, four are directly affected by heart and lung health. Heart disease, heart attack, stroke and respiratory disease kill 70 times as many people as violence. Reduced weight and increased energy are two other entries on the long list of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise. It doesn’t matter how as long as you get it. We joke in the classroom that we need to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. That’s true, but it also keeps us one step ahead of the killers most likely to take us down.

4. Stress Relief – How many times have you gotten off work or out of school and felt drained, only to finish class feeling refreshed and ready for more? The simple fact is training feels good. High stress has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. It reduces the effectiveness of the immune system. Our classes are a great remedy for stress. The exercise improves blood flow and stimulates the release of helpful hormones. Complex Forms and drills take your mind off daily troubles. Consistent practice reinforces positive experience and allows the achievement of tangible goals. All of these factors can reduce stress and prolong life. Plus, you get to punch and kick things.

Chesapeake VA Martial Arts5. Community – Sometimes you go to class because it’s fun. Sometimes you go because it’s good for you….and sometimes you don’t want to go – but you do because you don’t want to let down your training buddies and instructors. Involvement in a community has been shown to improve length and quality of life. A recent study of retirees found death rates were reduced by up to 22 percent in subjects who remained active in a sport, club or group. Nobody’s found a concrete reason why it’s so, but the conventional wisdom is clear: Community means friends, an opportunity to stay active, encouragement during depression and support in attaining goals.

Community not only prolongs life but it also makes it more fun and worth living. Did you know that community is rapidly vanishing from American culture? The close-knit neighborhoods our parents and grandparents knew no longer exist. Church attendance dwindles every year as does membership in scouting and other service organizations. Families are often separated by thousands of miles. But the Academy is a place you can find a community walking tall. The camaraderie on the workout floor is obvious and you know your fellow classmates are there for you. Over time, they become your extended family and the Academy a second home.

Obviously, self defense training prepares you for threats far more common than those posed by muggers and assailants. It leaves you better prepared to survive in the modern world. If you would like to learn more about martial arts classes in Chesapeake, Contact Us. We can let you know about the many classes we have available to help you prepare for anything life may throw at you.