Friday, June 26, 2015

Martial Arts Classes Offered in Golden, CO

There aren't too many activities that are available for everyone to participate in. Some are limited by age, gender or the amount of disposable income you have. It's very rare to find an activity that anyone can participate in, and become successful at the same time. One of those such activities is martial arts classes at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute

Martial arts black belt instructor breaking a boardIt's no secret that martial arts have so many benefits for children and adults. Physically, martial arts classes get you into shape, develop flexibility, and have been shown to prevent many diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. And the mental benefits are plentiful too, including respect, discipline, focus and confidence. But all martial arts schools aren't the same. When looking into martial arts schools on Golden, CO, you want to be sure to find the very best school you can with the best instruction, facility and teachers.

Finding the best program when looking for adult self-defense or kids karate in Golden, CO can be a challenge. There can be such a variety to schools and programs, and often people don't know what to look for when looking into martial arts schools. But here are just some of the few reasons why classes at the Golden location of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute are some of the best available for your family:

  • Structured, Dynamic Classes - each class taught is set in a structured environment. Students are led by the instructor through a routine of exercise, basic and advanced Taekwondo techniques. With this structure, students are learning disciple and focus. They aren't running around being wild, they are developing themselves mentally.
  • Safe Learning Environment - Each of our campuses is designed with the best quality of instruction in mind. We build our own custom suspension workout floors and have quiet workout areas so students can focus on their learning and not become distracted with outside influences.
  • Educated Instructors -  We don't hire any outside instructors; each instructor is "home-grown" from white belt and developed into one of our educated instructors. This allows us to provide the very-best in quality instruction. Each black belt instructor has years of martial arts instruction and also instructor development.
  • Staff that Cares - All of our teachers put students first, teaching to help our student foster their passion for martial arts in the same way we learned. Our school isn't a "belt factory" designed to get as many students in the door as possible and promote them in a money-making scheme. Every instructor here cares about their students and wants to encourage and help them develop all of the wonderful things that martial arts have to offer.

The best way to see if our martial arts classes in Golden, CO are the best for your family is to give us a call and set up a time for our no-obligation introductory special. It'll give you a chance to come in and see in person how wonderful classes are and how the benefits you're looking for will be developed. You can give us a call at 303-233-0039 or you can register right here on our website. We look forward to serving you!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Camp MSK '15

By Caela McCartney, red belt


Click here to see the photos from Camp MSK '15!

Perfect weather, wonderful food, excellent training, fun activities and many educational challenges were in store for the record number of Moo Sul Kwan Campers at this year's Camp MSK '15.

The students and instructors worked on their kicks, blocks, punches, self-defense, falling, throwing, poomse, sparring, one-step sparring and breaking techniqus for the six day camp at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado.

Everyone had the opportunities to do the other activities this year, which included; the new tubing hill, horseback riding, outdoor climbing wall, swimming, zip line, basketball, volleyball and indoor roller skating to name a few.

Black belts were up and training at 6:00 AM each morning, followed by the red belts who began the day at 7:00 AM.  All the colored belt level students were at it at 8:00 AM.  The busy days continued on until the sun went down . . . and then the evening activities took place.  This year, some of the evening activities were; movie night, musical breaking night and minute-to-win-it night!

At Camp MSK, there are always surprises.  This year there was a surprise guest - it was Mr. Mark Fraser, Judo 4th dan, from New Mexico, who taught some great classes on throwing, falling and self-defense to everyone at Camp.  Mr. Fraser trained at the Lee H. Park Institute for many years before moving to New Mexico.

On one of the days, the Camp Clash took place.  Led by Mr. Freddy Sautel, 4th dan, the Camp Clash was made up of Teams that took part in a series of different challenges that tested their skills.  It was all tough, fun and inspiring!

Here's an article from Caela McCartney, red belt, from the Westminster Campus of the CTI:


Summer Camp Adventures!

Summer camp could not have gone by any faster. We did a whole week of kicking and punching, but also doing many activities.

On check in day we started working on our demos.  Demos are a project that we work in groups, with different students from different schools, to create fun and cool looking demonstrations to the parents on the last day.  

Sunday was where students got to experience camp was all about. We woke up to, of course, amazing breakfast. Then during 11:00 all of the students went down to a tubing hill. This tubing hill was the best activity I think we did because that day was somewhat warm and so what wasn’t a better day to go down the tubing hill.  The tubing hill was like a carpet type of material you went down and there was water spraying at your face when you went down the hill.  I think what was awesome was the workers who pushed you down the hill would sometimes spin or push you down backwards! Afterwards we all walked down together and played kickball and mini golf.  Also we went to the Kiva where we could play basketball or go roller skating.

Monday was the day most of us all look forward to.  That day you get to go zip lining, horseback riding, or rock wall climbing (if you paid for any of those activities).  If you were waiting to go on those or didn’t sign up for them you got to tie dye!  Tie dye is a camp event that I always look forward to because I don’t get any other chance to tie dye except at camp.  Also when you are waiting for your activity we got a chance to go to the gift shop.  After lunch we got to just relax in the cabin and watch TV if we didn’t have a activity or you finished tie dying or you went to the gift shop.

Tuesday morning during the red belt class we got a chance to learn Judo.  In Judo class we learned proper techniques to fall and how to flip people.  That day we also worked on our demos to clean up some stuff and performed it in front of Grandmaster Sautel.  That night we all sat down and had movie night.  The movie we watched was Paul Blart which is a very funny movie.

Wednesday was a sad day for us because it was the last full day of camp and since we all had fun we didn’t want to leave.  That day we did more Judo and learned more ways to flip people.  For Lunch and Dinner we had leftovers of what we had previous nights.  To be honest leftover day is the best at camp because they want to get rid of all of the food so you get to eat anything you want!  That night we had the party where you get to hear fantastic music by the band and you get to break boards!  The party is always great because you get your tie dye back and see how your colors turned out.

On Thursday we presented our demos.  I think this year we had the best demos yet.  The songs were great and so was all of the kicks and punches the groups did.  Also I think it was cool to see everyone’s tie dye.  After our demos we packed up and left.

Camp MSK never gets boring no matter how old you are. I have been to 3 camps and I think every year they get better and better.  Even though you leave your parents you get to make friends from other campuses or see your friends from other campuses.  I think camp was the best so far!


Extra Special Thanks goes to Master Chef Cindy Tusa and Pam Sautel for the fantastic food which was specially prepared three times a day for the hungry students and instructors!

Camp MSK Teaching Staff:

Jim Sautel, 7th dan, Mindy Sautel, 6th dan, John Sautel, 6th dan, Erik Albrechtson, 5th dan, Mark Fraser, 4th dan, Freddy Sautel, 4th dan, Alice Meyung, 4th dan, Clayton Garner, 4th dan, Bridget Sautel, 3rd dan, Brian Steward, 3rd dan, Michael Sandusky, 3rd dan, Stephen Sautel, 2nd dan, Erik Ondrejko, 2nd dan, Hope Morgan, 2nd dan, Kelsey Smith, red

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Article originally published at: http://www.coloradotaekwondo.com/news_article/show/526060

Friday, June 19, 2015

Martial Arts Classes in Littleton, CO

Have you or your children expressed interest in practicing martial arts? Maybe your children want to learn karate like the Power Rangers, or maybe you want to learn self-defense to be able to protect yourself and family. In any case, there are a variety of martial arts schools in Littleton, CO that you can chose from. You will want to find the school with the best quality of instruction to maximize your return on time and money. We recommend classes at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, Littleton location for a variety of reasons when looking for classes in Littleton and Morrison CO.

A martial arts school workout area in Littleton, COLet's start with classes for children. According to healthychildren.org, more than 6 million children in the United States participate in martial arts. There are so many benefits from children practicing martial arts, including mental benefits (such as developing respect for self and others, focus, discipline and perseverance) and physical benefits (such as energy release, motor development, muscular strength and endurance) that it's easy to see why many parents are eager to get their children involved with karate in Littleton, CO.

Adults too will benefit from martial arts classes. Many of the benefits are the same adults, as far as the mental and physical benefits, but in addition there are some that apply more towards adults. These include stress release, goal-oriented physical activity and learning self-defense. The website examiner.com has an article explaining many of the great reasons why adults should get involved with martial arts.

But if all martial arts give these benefits, why chose the Littleton location of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute? As with anything else, the quality makes a huge difference. You want to find the best school possible for you or your children to attend to maximize their results. Here's 4 reasons why the CTI is the best school in the area for children's martial arts:

  1. Structured, Dynamic Classes - each class taught is set in a structured environment. Students are led by the instructor through a routine of exercise, basic and advanced Taekwondo techniques. With this structure, students are learning disciple and focus. They aren't running around being wild, they are developing themselves mentally.
  2. Educated Instructors -  We don't hire any outside instructors; each instructor is "home-grown" from white belt and developed into one of our educated instructors. This allows us to provide the very-best in quality instruction. Each black belt instructor has years of martial arts instruction and also instructor development. 
  3. Safe Learning Environment - Each of our campuses is designed with the best quality of instruction in mind. We build our own custom suspension workout floors and have quiet workout areas so students can focus on their learning and not become distracted with outside influences. 
  4. Staff that Cares - All of our teachers put students first, teaching to help our student foster their passion for martial arts in the same way we learned. Our school isn't a "belt factory" designed to get as many students in the door as possible and promote them in a money-making scheme. Every instructor here cares about their students and wants to encourage and help them develop all of the wonderful things that martial arts have to offer.

The best way to see if our martial arts classes in Littleton, CO are the best for your family is to give us a call and set up a time for our no-obligation introductory special. It'll give you a chance to come in and see in person how wonderful classes are and how the benefits you're looking for will be developed. You can give us a call at 303-979-2621 or you can register right here on our website. We look forward to serving you!


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Sources:

1- https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/sports/Pages/Martial-Arts.aspx
2- http://www.examiner.com/article/it-is-never-too-late-to-start-martial-arts-training

Friday, June 5, 2015

Bored Kids This Summer? What About Karate Classes?!

The same thing happens every year at this time. Summer break from school starts; soccer season ends; they play the last of their baseball games. It's time for some nice peace and quiet and for the kids to rest up. But after a week or so, the same thing happens. Kids come to their parents, "I'm bored!". One great solution for families is karate classes for children.

The benefits of kids participating in structured activities are numerous. Three big benefits the children participating in karate classes include: 1) encouraging healthy behaviors to prevent childhood obesity, 2) developing motor skills, coordination, and movement, and 3) structured activities improve mood and self-esteem.

Karate girls doing a knife hand strikeAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In addition, in 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. This "obesity epidemic" is going to cause many problems for many children in the near and far future. Obesity has been linked to cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. With this in mind, it's more important than ever to teach our children the importance of getting a healthy amount of exercise and to keep fit bodies. Beginner martial arts classes at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute are great for just that. Each class is sixty action-packed minutes of cardio and strength training. While learning to kick in punch, they are also getting their bodies into good, healthy shape.

The children's classes at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute are great for developing motor skills, coordination and movement. Students learn to kick, punch and block from various stances, utilizing nearly every muscle in the body. They are also put into complex patterns known as forms or poomse (patterned movement), which increase with difficulty as a student progresses through the belts. This develops the motor coordination for students, which will in turn help them with other aspects of their lives.

The benefits of karate classes for kids, however, don't just stop with the physical ones. There are many, many mental benefits too. Our classes teach students to be more respectful and courteous, but they also help students improve their mood and become more confident. According to a paper at the University of Connecticut, students who practiced martial arts felt to be more outgoing, comfortable, stronger and controlled. This will stay with children their whole lives, and will affect them throughout school, college and into their professional careers and adulthood.

So the next time one of your children comes to you bored, or expresses interest in learning martial arts, give us a call at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute. We offer beginner martial arts classes for toddlers, children, teens and adults at each of our Colorado locations: Lakewood, Littleton, Westminster, Golden and Conifer. Give us a call or you can request more information right here on our website. We look forward to serving you!

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Sources:
http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/the-benefits-of-structured-physical-activity-for-early-childhood-programs/

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/dissertations/AAI3340459