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.
American Kenpo or Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts created by Ed Parker, characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is largely marketed as a self-defense system, and is derived from traditional Southern Chinese kung fu and other martial arts found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii.
Parker introduced significant modifications in his art, including principles, theories, and concepts of motion as well as terminology, throughout his life. He left behind a large number of instructors who teach many different versions of American Kenpo as Ed Parker died before he named a successor to his art.
Hapkido/Hanmudo is a very effective style studied by law enforcement and students seeking the ultimate in self
Created by Dr. He-Young Kimm in the search for balance through Martial Arts, Han Mu Do is made up of essentially three components:
HAN (High) - Hanmudo practitioners set short term, intermediate term and long term goals. The long term goal is to achieve their Black Belt. After goals are set, the practitioner then works diligently to achieve the goal.
HAN (Wide or Open) - Hanmudo practitioners train to have and keep an open mind. They work to help others understand different people and cultures so we may all live in harmony and happiness.
HAN (Bright or Optimistic) - Hanmudo practitioners train with a strong positive attitude. They strive to face all of their challenges with confidence. They understand that their challenges build strength.
Gateway Martial Arts has a fighting team that attends several tournaments each year. Master Ogle is in charge of the fighting team and we are very proud of their accomplishments!