Contrary to the supposed definition of discipline, it is not punishment, but the instilling of work ethic and habit of perseverance. This discipline is most effectively cultivated in a person by the encouragement of patient reminders and recognized achievement. The instructors at Mid-California Tae Kwon Do see each student as a unique personality with different abilities, and help each one at his own pace to reach his potential. But you should see them all moving together as one class! The martial arts experience of the chief instructor Dr. McCain spans four decades, including practical application as a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy. The hand-to-hand combat sequences are eye-openers. This taekwondo has been taught by Dr. McCain and his students in the San Joaquin Valley continuously for the last 16 years.Eleven of those years have been in Modesto. It is this commitment to taekwondo students, their families and the program that has made Mid-California Taekwondo a solid establishment. My youngster earned his black belt from Mid-California Tae Kwon Do in 1994. As a Marine Platoon Sergeant in the 21st century he used his taekwondo training in teaching hand-to-hand combat to his men. This is of value, certainly, but the real value is that the ability to fight and defend oneself is balanced by an attitude of compassion and caring one for another. That is the environment created by the instructor.
If you are looking for a place where you can learn a serious martial art for self-defense training, fitness and character-building in an environment that is both friendly and safe, this is it! Dr. McCain and Ms. Schwartz are the senior instructors and are both very experienced and patient with all levels of student abilities. Dr McCain is a former L.A. Deputy Sheriff and includes hand-to-hand combat training, based on his real-world experiences, as part of the program. Another aspect of training at Mid California Tae Kwon Do is the emphasis on character-building and spiritual growth from a Biblical point of view. When I was first considering joining Mid California TKD and as a conservative Christian, I was concerned about Eastern mysticism and religions being taught, because they are an integral part of many forms of martial arts, however those things are not a part of Mid California TKD. Dr. McCain is a man of God and his school reflects that godliness. My son and I joined Mid California Tae Kwon Do several years ago and have both achieved the rank of Second Degree Black Belt (a level I never dreamed I would be able to attain when we started!). We have both benefitted greatly in so many ways - I feel I am a better person - because of both the training in Tae Kwon Do and friendships with instructors and other students that we have made over the years.
When I jumped and caught my opponent in the back of his head with a flying round kick, not only did I score extra points in our sparring match but I totally surprized myself! Never did I think I could pull-off a move like that. Ever since my son and I began taking classes over three years ago we have both developed greater strength, agility and speed, combined with the self-control necessary to enjoy martial arts without serious injury. Our instructors, Dr. McCain and Ms. Schwartz are both highly skilled in the art of taewkando and not only detailed but very patient in their training. Not once in all my hours of instruction have I seen them lose patience with a student. Their great sense of humor and affirming nature sets their students at ease while constantly challenging them to strive toward higher levels of achievement. We are also honored to be part of a school where the students want to see each other succeed. We sparr fiercely, only to end most of our matches with a friendly embrace, thankful for the chance to improve on each other's technique. I and my son are both very thankful to the Lord for this school and for our instructors who have also become close friends.