MADISON — For physical and mental enhancements, the whole family can train in martial arts at the Hogan Family YMCA.
Heart of the Valley YMCA offers martial arts as a branch program. Students can learn practical mental skills, such as self-defense and confidence building in a safe and fun classroom environment, with professional instructors as coaches.
Y instructors teach Hy Tang Soo Do, which originated in Korea. Based on karate, Hy Tang Soo Do was used centuries ago as a style of martial arts derived from karate to select leaders. Today, many people experienced in Korean martial arts have continued to use Tang Soo Do to preserve the elements of discipline. (wikipedia.org)
Participants will learn kicks, punches, throws, and joint-locking techniques as an effective means of self-defense. Students will learn character values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility which are the cornerstones of the program. Classes are progressive and recognize levels of achievement and skill, according to YMCA materials.
ADULTS – At the Hogan Family YMCA, adults (defined as persons 13 years of age or older) may attend Hy Tang Soo Do sessions from February 1 through February 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. 1 to 11 a.m. and closing on February 10.
In March, the YMCA will offer classes with the same schedule as in February. Classes will be open from March 1 to March 31. Fees start at $52.
YOUTH BEGINNER – Young people between the ages of 7 and 12 can enroll in the beginner courses. These sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be held from February 1 to February 24.
Registration for beginners will open on February 1 at 11 a.m. Fees start at $52.
In addition, introductory courses for young people will take place from March 1 to 31. March sessions will follow the same day/time schedule as in February.
ADVANCED YOUTH – Youngsters who have completed the beginners course can deepen their understanding of the sport with advanced lessons for this age group. The YMCA considers youth to be children between the ages of 7 and 12.
Advanced classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. from February 1 to 24. Registration starts at $52.
The same courses for junior advanced will be offered from March 1 to March 31. The course schedules will adapt to the sessions from February.
For more information, call instructors Colby Flack at 256-705-9622 or Ola Myszka at 256-705-9622. Email [email protected]