Good Grades and Tae Kwon Do

In our humble Tae Kwon Do school in Glenview on Waukegan Road, we emphasize that our students need to maintain/improve their academic grades.  We accomplish this by having an open communication with parents at each class or every level of belt testing.

As parents ourselves, we want our kids to be Straight A students but when this is not possible, we still want our kids to have tried their best during the school year.

Asian Martial Arts such as Tae Kwon Do teach balance.  In our school, it is critical that students learn how to balance between school work and Tae Kwon Do with school work being the priority.

Dealing with bullies

It is difficult to give a general answer why some kids are bullied while others are not.  It is a combination of many factors that is environmental as well as personal.  To illustrate, a child may simply have trouble socializing that makes him/her a target for bullies.  Or he/she may be the new kid in school.  Finally, a former friend may decide to bully your child for no other reason than that the bully knows he/she can get away with it.

Whatever the reason, there are ways to deal with bullies and Taekwondo can help your child.  As a result of learning Tae Kwon Do, your child can gain confidence by learning how to defend himself/herself, being in better physical condition, and graduating to higher belt levels.  In our school, we stress technique, coordination, and respect/discipline.

But Taekwondo alone is not the answer to dealing with bullies.  There are social aspects such as self-esteem, feeling good about oneself, and making an effort to make friends.  Simply telling bullies that he/she knows Taekwondo may increase bullying if your child does not know how to deal with bullies at a social level.  Knowing when to stand up to a bully versus avoiding a bully is a learned skill.  Also, a child has to know that it is ok to ask for help/advice from a parent/guardian/teacher.

A parent’s involvement is critical in helping kids deal with bullies at school.  We are here to support and help.  We are a Martial Arts school located in Glenview, IL.  We teach Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi.  In addition to these classes, we offer kick boxing, fitness programs, and other events such as birtday parties.

Hapkido versus Tae Kwon Do

Recently, a student asked what is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido?

Tae Kwon Do is what most people think of when they hear the term Korean Martial Arts.  The term is commonly translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of kicking and punching.”  While we believe that Tae Kwon Do is more than kicking, punching, and self-defense training, Tae Kwon Do is commonly known for its use of kicking and striking.

Hapkido is another style of Korean Martial Art.  It has both long and close distance fighting.  Some simplify Hapkido as joint manipulation but Hapkido is an eclectic style that utilizes techniques from other styles and traditional Asian weapons such as a sword, short stick, or nunchucks.

Perhaps the best way to understand the difference between Taekwondo and Hapkido is to attend a class.  A class will show you how one kicking technique is appropriate in one distance while another kicking technique may be appropriate for a closer distance.  Please visit us at 1938-A Waukegan Road in Glenview or email us at for any questions.

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Positive Benefits of Tae Kwon Do

My daughter started taking Tae Kwon Do last month.  To my surprise, she really enjoys the classes and wants to continue taking classes.  In a very short period of time, I’ve noticed some benefits:

  • She gets a good workout during each session.
  • She is much more coordinated versus when she first started taking the classes.
  • The classes are goal driven so that she is motivated to pay attention in class, practice her forms, and stay fit.
  • Ray is strict but not scary.  He keeps the class fun.

Once It Clicks

We are happy to be partnering with Once It Clicks located just 2 doors from our store.  With this partnership, students will be able to take a reading class and then take a Tae Kwon Do class.  Students who enroll in more than one program are eligible for discounts for both programs.  Please call 847-998-1111 or email at for more information.

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