Why do students break boards?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 22:08, May 19 2014.

At Boundary Martial Arts we break boards. The reason behind breaking is simple: To demonstrate technique and power. When breaking a board technique is the key, power is secondary. Of course you have to apply sufficient power to break the board but using the proper technique will allow for less power and less pain.

We use the International Breaking Standards for dimentions and do not use spacers when breaking multiple boards.

We do not pass or fail a student during testing if they cannot accomplish their breaks. We also allow for any student to request to use pads when breaking. NOTE: When using pads it makes the breaking process more difficult and is not recommended.

For practice we use re-breakable plastic boards and for testing and all demonstrations we use wood.

Why is Taekwondo different at BMA?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 21:53, May 19 2014.

The reason that our style of Taekwondo is different than the WTF or the ITF is the word style. I didn't feel the the traditional forms in these two systems were something that I wanted to model. The ATA also provided a model that was not what I felt comfortable with. So I created the Swirling Wind style. This style calls for kicks from the first form (Poomsae) onwards.

Also in our style of TKD we allow more contact than some of the traditional models including face contact and groin contact. Allowing groin contact was born out of a desire to compete in Kenpo Karate tournaments in our region.

The system we use is comprised of poomsae (forms), weapons training, self defense, board breaking and sparring.

This style is not "better" than others just different. This style is a proven tournament winner at Kenpo Karate events.

Do students get hurt during sparring?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 03:58, May 19 2014.

The short answer: Yes.

The longer, more accurate answer: Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkito, Krav Maga or any other martial art form is by nature a sport where a person can be injured. Injury can come from something as innocent as tripping on your own foot or as complex as pulling or injuring a tendon in your knee from kicking too hard for too long. The knee injury happened to me, Mr. Lavala, recently and was totally unexpected. One night I was kicking and having a grand time and the next morning I was limping around and calling our local therapist.

To be perfectly candid about this my son, who is now a teenager, has been hurt more by climbing trees, falling off his bike, playing football, snowboarding and a dozen other seemingly "ordinary" activities. He has been training in Taekwondo since he was six years old and rarely has he been hurt while doing so.

Another one of my students gets a bloody nose half of the time he spars. Sometimes it is because someone has struck him in the face and the other half of the time it is simply from him getting a bloody nose from activity.

One experienced student one time broke his middle toe while kicking our stand up punching bag.

You can get hurt - such is life.

What contact is allowed in sparring?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 03:46, May 19 2014.

At Boundary Martial Arts we allow light to medium contact to the following areas of the body:

  • Sides and top of head
  • Face
  • Chest
  • Sides (under the arms to the waist)
  • Groin
  • Kidney

All beginning students from White to Green Belt are encouraged to wear all protective gear. Once a student shows proficiency and control they can request to remove their chest protector and face sheild during sparring. All other gear is required and is listed here...

  • Head Gear (Helmet)
  • Mouth Guard
  • Hand Protection (Foam Dipped Mitts)
  • Shin/ Instep Protectors or Foam Dipped Boots
  • Groin Protector (Males only - Optional for females)

All sparring sessions are attended by an Instructor or Assistant Instructor approved by Mr. Lavala. All sparring sessions are well controlled and monitored for the appropriate contact and attitudes of sparring partners.

How old is too old?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 03:34, May 19 2014.

As long as you can move you can do Taekwondo. Are you going to be the best at doing Taekwondo? Probably not but being the best at anything is not really that important anyway. What is important is that you are safe while doing any physical training and having some fun. At Boundary Martial Arts we specialize in helping every student realize their potential. We also gear your workout so that it doesn't hurt you. If you have previous injuries our registration interview should reveal that and we can help you understand what you should and should not do.

Since everyone everywhere that teaches fitness of any kind says this we will say it too: Before engaging in any new fitness program be sure to consult your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to participate.

Of course what a doctor says and what is the reality of your physical condition may be two very different things!

Are breaks in training allowed?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 01:27, May 19 2014.

We know that the commitment needed for martial art training is high and so you can take a break whenever you like. We never recommend taking more than one segment off (3 months) as it becomes hard to remember what you have already learned. We usually see that when a child likes football, they take the segment off during football season. This same thinking applies when families like to vacation and camp in the Summer... they generally take the Summer segment off and return in September when school starts again.

The thing to remember when taking time off from anything that requires physical and mental strength is that the longer you are off the longer it takes to get back to where you were.

Do I have to spar (fight) other students?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 01:12, May 19 2014.

This is an issue that deserves some consideration. On the face of the question I would say, "Yes, all students need to participate in all activities". But if a person is set on not sparring then I suppose that some kind of exception could be made. Unfortunately there would be no advancement for that student as sparring is a requirement for advancement. So, in the long run, class would become boring as the student could not train to the next levels without the required testing and advancement.

Sparring (or any other subject matter taught in the dojang) is something that is supervised and can be regulated to meet the needs of a wide variety of students.

What is the minimum age to start at BMA?
Posted by: mrlavala@gmail.com at 01:06, May 19 2014.

The minimum age we accept students at Boundary Martial Arts is 5 years old. We used to accept 4 year olds but found that this is just a bit too young.

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