Taekwondo is a martial art originating in Korea. Having become the most widely practiced martial art in the world, it is the national sport of Korea as well as an Olympic sporting event.
In Korean, derived from hanja, tae means "foot"; kwon means "fist"; and do means "way". Hence, taekwondo is translated as "the way of the hand and foot" or more loosely, "the art of kicking and punching". Taekwondo's popularity has resulted in the divergent evolution of the martial art. As with many other martial arts, taekwondo is a combination of combat technique, self-defense, sport, exercise, entertainment, and philosophy.
Self Defense information is an integrated part of this program. Becoming aware of yourself and your surroundings can only increase ones safety.
Hapkido is a very effective style studied by law enforcement and students seeking the ultimate in self
Hapkido employs both long-range and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges, and pressure point strikes, joint locks, and throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage over their opponents through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of brute strength against brute strength.
Gateway Martial Arts has a fighting team that attends several tournaments each year. Master Flores is in charge of the fighting team and we are very proud of their accomplishments!