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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Elite Team Training

    Elite Team Training

    Last Saturday’s INTA National Championships has proven to be our Academys most successful to date. From 30 competitors, Elite Taekwon-Do Academy won 31 medals including 9 Gold medals and 9 Irish Champions. We owe our success to a number of strategies, both on and off the mats, that we have initiated and improved on over the past 12 months. Our Parents as Coaches program has been a great success, at the Nationals each of our competitors had the reassurance of so many of our Parents all over the arena. Easily identifiable in their “ETA Coach” T-Shirts, our Parents were able to help ease the nerves of the big day and offer advice and support all day. As soon as our ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - INTA National Championships 2017 Full Results

    INTA National Championships 2017 Full Results

    On Saturday 21st of October 30 members of the Elite Taekwon-Do Academy team competed in the INTA National Championships 2017. The venue for the event was the impressive Gormanstown College just up the road from us in Co. Meath. Over 650 competitors had travelled the length and breadth of the country to compete for the title of Irish Champion. After a long but thoroughly enjoyable day Elite Taekwon-Do Academy had picked up a very impressive 31 medals. (9 Gold, 7 Silver and 16 Bronze). With 6 competitors in the Black Belt divisions ETA managed to secure 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. After a quick change out of their Doboks our black Belts spent the rest of the day coaching and ....

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  • What is the Real value of Martial Arts Training?

    I saw this little video this morning in my newsfeed and it started me thinking about not just why people start in Martial arts but, just as importantly, why they stay. A student of mine was struggling recently as to why he needed to keep coming to classes as "Nobody's trying to beat me up". Well, to this 10 year old student, that made perfect sense. A long time ago his argument would have made sense to me too. Like a lot of people I wanted to be better at defending myself and so I chose to train in Taekwon-Do and guess what? A year or two later, I could defend myself. So why am I still practicing Martial Arts 36 years later? Well you see I , and many like me, realized that the ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Changing the Paradigm of a Self-Defence Instructor

    Changing the Paradigm of a Self-Defence Instructor

    When Dave Hedges of Wild Geese Martial Arts and Fitness asked me to write a piece on the relationship between Martial Arts and Mental Health, I must admit to being at something of a loss as to what to put down. Yes, I know that rigorousphysical training can lead to a feeling of well-being, that achievement in the Arts can grow ones Self-Esteem, that the confidence derived from having the ability to defend ones self in a physical altercation can develop a greater sense of calm. However when I look at the statistics of the biggest killers in our society violent crime is a long way down the list behind such killers as diabetes, heart disease, and suicide. Tragically there are at ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - How  Martial Arts Will Improve Your Childs Confidence

    How Martial Arts Will Improve Your Childs Confidence

    Inner confidence plays a massively important part in anyone’s success and happiness and it is crucial that children are given the room to develop theirs from an early age. A good martial arts class is a wonderful place for children to build self confidence, discipline and the belief they need to lead a positive and fruitful adulthood. Fun First and foremost, a good instructor will make the class fun and your kids will come away feeling like they’ve had a good time. Friendships and bonds are made between children in a classroom environment and that ability to make new buddies, in itself, will give their confidence a nice boost. Praise A martial instructor will typically ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Squad Training for INTA National Championships 2017

    Squad Training for INTA National Championships 2017

    The INTA Nationals takes place in Gormanstown on Saturday the 21st of Oct and is one of the highlights of our Taekwon-Do year. Anybody considering entering is advised to step up their training accordingly. The unique demands of competition require training over and above the normal 2 classes per week. To give our students the best chance of success at this competition we will resume squad sessions starting on Sunday 17 th Sept in Castlelands Community Centre from 11.00 till 1.00pm. Followed by Sunday 24 th Sept, 1 st Oct & 8 th Oct. The first 2 squad sessions will be conducted by Mr Carl McGrath 2nd Dan (featured kicking in the poster above) and Mr Dan Donnelly ....

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  • Things to Consider when choosing a Martial Arts School for Your Child

    Many parents consider putting their child in a Martial Arts School but choosing the right one can be difficult. Are all Martial Arts Schools the Same? What should a parent look for in a school or teacher? I hope that this answers the questions every parent has, and provides some information to help Parents make the right choice for their child.
    Safety
    Are the instructors attentive? Do they give clear directions? Are there a lot of injuries? Injuries can happen as they do in any sport, but excessive injuries can be a sign of a problem with the school or teacher.
    Structure
    Is the class organized? Does it seem like there is some kind of plan? Are the students learning a specific ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy -  SUMMER CAMP FUN

    SUMMER CAMP FUN

    Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th August we held our 2-Day Intensive Summer Camp in Castleland Community Centre. What a great group we had training in all aspects of Martial Arts, Taekwon -Do , Kickboxing, Boxing and Self- Defense. It was great to see students from all Elite TKD Academy's coming together to train together. Great fun and learning had by all. A special mention to our Assistant instructors who were fanastic over the course of the 2 days, Carl, Clare, Matthew, Aiofe B Joseph. Carl who received his leaving Cert results on the wednesday still chose to come along and celebrate with us and Joseph whi celebrated his 14th birthday with us! These young people are great role models ....

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  • 2-DAY INTENSIVE CAMP

    Join Us for our exciting 2-Day Intensive Summer Camp and Immerse yourself in all aspects of Taekwon-Do & Martial Arts including Taekwon-Do competition, kickboxing point sparring, Boxing (Basic & Advanced), Self-defence, Individual and group Pattern instruction and Specialist Kicking Techniques Kicks off Wednesday 16th August at 10 am in Castleland Community Centre and continues on Thursday 17th . Both days we finish up at 3pm. Wear Comfy Clothing, bring plenty of water and a packed lunch and of course your sparring Gear. ....

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  • The Power of Focus

    Iris and Maya are sisters who joined our class having moved here from Spain. Here they are practicing some fundamental movements in preparation for their first belt Test. What is important here is not so much the physical movements or whether they are technically accurate or not (actually they're both very good). No! what is important here is the ability of both young ladies to FOCUS on what it is that they are learning. The ability to FOCUS will serve both of these students so much better in life than their ability to kick and punch. Yes they will certainly be able to kick and punch but it is lessons like how to FOCUS that will add a much more valuable element to their training and equip ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - What Are You Waiting For?

    What Are You Waiting For?

    Our safe and structured classes are just the tonic you need for your body. Parents love our children's classes as we teach the skills necessary for success: bully prevention, respect for others, confidence, courage and fitness. New beginner classes are starting this term. Check out our web Special Offer at www.balbriggantaekwondo.com ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Parents as Coaches Night

    Parents as Coaches Night

    Congratulations to all of the many Parents who tried their hand at Taekwon-Do for the first time last week. The event aimed to give Parents an insight into how they might help their child get the most from their Martial Arts training. We started with a gentle(ish) Warm-up to get the blood flowing and stretch the muscles before introducing some of the basic techniques and their underlying concepts. Basic kicks, punches, and strikes were then delivered onto the focus pads where their effectiveness in Self-Defence could be appreciated. While everybody was having fun during the session the message of the class was an important one. "Don't expect your child to look like a Black Belt ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - 5 Tips to help your Child be successful in Martial Arts

    5 Tips to help your Child be successful in Martial Arts

    1. Keep yourself and your child on a regularschedule 2. Any missed classes should be made up as soonas possible, we run classes every evening so check the schedule to see where you can make up missed classes. 3. Praise your child for the small or big improvement you see in them. One of the greatest mistakes we can make as Parents is a lack of positive feedback. Offer praise whenever deserved and watch your child thrive. 4. Remember with kids; Progress not perfection. Every child develops at their own pace so don't worry that your child doesnt move like Bruce Lee just yet. With consistent practice a very high standard WILL be achieved. 5. Out of ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - 5 Essential Habits for Personal Safety

    5 Essential Habits for Personal Safety

    For many the subject of Self-Defence conjures up images like the one shown above, a physical confrontation or "Fight". At Elite Taekwon-Do Academy we teach not just what to do in situations like the one pictured but everything your child needs to do to avoid these situations in the first place. We refer to these as our "5 Habits for Personal Safety", I was first introduced to these strategies by Kyoshi Dave Kovar, whom I was fortunate to have taught alongside and under earlier in the year at Seminars in the UK. These are the habits our students are taught,
    1. Use your Brain: Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
    2. Use your Words: Try to talk your way out of the situation.
    3. Use your ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Safety on the Streets

    Safety on the Streets

    P.L.A.N This helpful acronym can help young children to think about Personal Safety and remember important personal safety messages: **** Prepare Before you go out, think for a little bit about where you’re going and how you’ll get there and back. Tell someone where you’re going before you leave. **** Look confident Walk tall and hold you head up. If you look confident, other people are less likely to trouble you. Pay attention to what is going on around you so that you can see if trouble is near and avoid it. **** Avoid danger Keep to well lit streets and places where there are lots of people. Don’t take short cuts ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Family Fun Day at Ardgillan Castle

    Family Fun Day at Ardgillan Castle

    Many thanks to all of our Families that took a chance on the weather and joined us in Ardgillan Castle on Saturday. We had over 50 students and many more parents, grandparents and friends at our Family Fun Day. It was great to get together and train but also just to hang out, play and eat. we never knew how many talented footballers we had in the Academy, so if nobody wants to compete at the National Taekwon-Do Championships in October we could probably put a team into the Dublin District Schoolboy League (Just kidding Peter Thompson). Cllr Malachy Quinn asked how many different nationalities make up our school and I thought it was 8, its actually closer to 12 or 13. General Choi, the ....

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  • Kids Self Defence  in Balbriggan - Elite Taekwondo Academy - Ladies Only Seminar a Huge Success

    Ladies Only Seminar a Huge Success

    On the weekend of 24th and 25th of June the Academy hosted a "Ladies Only" Seminar with Sabum Annick Van Driessche 6th Dan from Belgium. Over the course of the two days every aspect of ITF Taekwon-Do was covered in a Fun, Informative and Inspiring way. To say that our Ladies went away motivated is to greatly understate the esffect Sabum Annick had on the participantants, confidence was just through the roof. The following is a summary of the weekend by Miss Nicola Popa 1st Dan Black Belt. The Annick Van Driessche ladies only seminar was hosted by Elite Taekwondo Academy in the Castlelands Community Centre on the 24 th and 25 th of June 2017. Annick Van Driessche is a 6 th degree black ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Anti Bullying in Balbriggan!


    Check out our new website for Elite Taekwondo Academy!
    We proudly serve the Balbriggan, Balrothey, and Lusk areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts and Anti Bullying and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook ....

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