Martial Arts Institute
12655 Antioch Rd, Shawnee Mission, KS 66213
Martial Arts Institute "The Best Of The Best"
Taekwondo (태권도; 跆拳道; Korean pronunciation: [tʰɛkwʌndo])[a] is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon (권, 拳) means "to strike or break with fist"; and do (도, 道) means "way," "method," or "art." Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the art of the foot and fist" or "the art of kicking and punching."In 1989, taekwondo was the world's most popular martial art, as measured by the number of practitioners. Its popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines combattechniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training. Gyeorugi (pronounced [ɡjʌɾuɡi]), a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.Formally, there are two main styles of taekwondo. One comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation(WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).Separate from the various taekwondo organizations, there have been two general branches of taekwondo development: traditional and sport. The term "traditional taekwondo" typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military forces; in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history. Sport taekwondo has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring), whereas traditional taekwondo tends to emphasize power and self-defense. The two are not mutually exclusive, and the distinctions between them are often blurred.Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between the two main styles and among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg's greater reach and power (compared to the arm). The greatest difference between various styles, or at least the most obvious, is generally accepted to be the differing styles and rules of sport and competition. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known as jiapsul, as well as grabbing self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido and judo.
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125th and Antioch in Overland Park Kansas. In between CVS and Godfathers Pizza, just behind Starbucks Coffee.
Master Justin Tjelmeland, the owner and operator, is great to work with, and the beaming, confident young black belts who assist him in class everyday are wonderful too. I found that age is nothing but a number at MAI, as the oldest student is 79 years old and a second degree blackbelt! The thing that is really impressive is that MAI follows all the guidelines provided by World TaeKwonDo Federation and Kukkiwon, TaeKwonDo headquarters in South Korea to make sure that the Blackbelt you'll receive one day will be recognized by any Martial Arts School, anywhere in this world. For me, I love the environment here and the people are so welcoming that it has made all the difference in my learning experience.
Master Justin is the best for kids AND adults to learn TKD. I would highly recommend Martial Arts Institute....outstanding instructors, 2 locations, excellent learning environment for kids, VERY PATIENT!!!
Before you try anywhere else for your child give this place first shot!
Such Awesomeness!!!!... as Po (Kung Fu Panda) would say! Seriously, though, this is a great martial arts school. The students work hard to learn but seem to enjoy every minute of it. My son has matured so much, not only physically, but emotionally, too. Love, love, love Martial Arts Institute. If you are thinking about studying martial arts, you have to check out MAI.
Best place for Martial Arts! Lots of class choices from beginning to Family Classes. The teachers are great and really know how to teach the fundamentals in an exciting fun way that kids enjoy. Classes are organized, structured and fun. My son is advancing far beyond my expectations and loving every minute of it. I highly recommmend MAI!
02/11/2012Provided by Citysearch -
After checking out a couple of other TKD schools, this one surpassed them all! Master Justin is awesome with all of his students. And I feel like he has a special talent for working with the kids!!! If your are thinking about trying Tae Kwon Do.... this is the place!
My two kids (ages 4 & 9) felt immediately at home the first time they walked into M.A.I. A few months after they started, we signed up as well so we now attend classes as a family. Master Justin and all the instructors at MAI are absolutely GREAT in instructing as well as with the kids, primarily because they care about MAI students. In addition to taekwondo instruction, kids are taught ""Home Rules"" as well with emphasis on RESPECT and discipline. We have met several other wonderful families at MAI as well.. We learn together and we have fun together and we care about each other. As my 9 year old son just said ""The rating should be 10 stars, not 5!""
We love MAI. It's been so great for the boys (ages 4 and 6) and we can see the improvement in their concentration,focus and discipline. We like it that it helps with both mental and physical strength and training. The boys have learned to set goals (i.e black belt) and that they need to work hard to reach them. Master Justin and all the instructors are absolutely awesome and it's a fantastic school.They really make it fun as well and all the kids love it.