Curriculum

Curriculum

At Vasquez Taekwondo, we pride ourselves on having one of the more comprehensive martial arts programs in the state. Our curriculum has been developed to cover a full suite of Korean martial arts. We do not emphasis one approach over the other, but rather focus on mixing the martial arts together into one fluid approach that can be used to respond to any situation. Our curriculum blends modern with ancient; kicking and punching with joint locks, throws, and ground techniques; empty hand approaches with a variety of weapons; and hard linear techniques with soft angular techniques. 

To achieve a black belt, a student must cover the entire white belt to black belt material from three distinct Korean programs:


Taekwondo - this is the modern form of the empty hand Korean martial art. The emphasis is on extremely fast kicking techniques, with punching and blocking. We cover all the Taegeuk forms in this program as well as a comprehensive set of kicks, and Olympic style sparring. Stances and techniques are narrow and loose to improve speed.
   

Hapkido - this art emphasizes throws, pressure point attacks and joint locks for self-defense . The art of HapKiDo uses the soft and the hard, circular and linear motion, it is internal and external . The term HapKiDo can be translated to mean" the way of coordinated energy or strength". Hapkido is based on self defense of a number of attacks and holds from over 90 different positions.
   

Tang Soo Do - this is a very ancient and traditional martial art that derived much of its material from Shotokan Karate and the animal forms of Shaolin Kung-Fu. We teach a full compliment of forms, as well as one-steps, a number of different weapons including the staff, short stick, and sai. Tang Soo Do emphases punching and arm techniques and weapons while still using kicking. The stances are very deep and strong.

Compared to other schools in the North Dallas area, we have one of the most demanding programs. It will push you to your limits, but when you succeed, you will be amazed at how much you have learned and grown.

Jido Kwan

Vasquez Taekwondo Academy is a member of the Ji Do Kwan system of Korean martial arts schools. After the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945), 9 different schools or Kwans formed in Post War Korea to help bring the native Korean martial arts tradition back to life. While Japan occupied Korea, all forms of traditional Korean arts were banned. However, after the war, many teachers and experts who had hidden their Korean arts came out in public and worked to bring their arts into the mainstream.

Ji Do Kwan, which means the "Way of Wisdom," was originally called Chosun Yun Moo Kwan Kong Soo Do Bu. It was the 2nd Kwan to open in Seoul, Korea. It was founded on March 3, 1946 by Grandmaster Sang Sup Chun.

In the 1950s political and martial arts leaders decided that their best approach in rejuvenating traditional Korean arts was to merge the 9 different Kwans or Schools into one order, and they ultimately named it Taekwondo. However, the Jido Kwan remained as a fraternal order that fully supported the world taekwondo federation, but also provided a stronger philosophy and way of life to the students of member schools.

The logo above shows the philosophy of Jido Kwan. Flowers in general signify peace, love, nobility and happiness. Eight flower pedals around the edges have great meaning as well. The Jidokwan Spirit of eight manners of justice are: See Rightly, Feel Rightly, Think Rightly, Speak Rightly, Command Rightly, Serve Rightly, Have Ability, and Conduct with Justice. Also, the central figure - a roly-poly - signifies persistence. There is a saying, "Seven times down, eight times up." This spirit of standing upright in all tribulations is very strong in the Jidokwan community. Circles symbolize universe, sun, earth, nation, kwan, self.  For more information, see the attached link from Grand Master Park.