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Emmy Geotina reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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Awesome place for kids, the instructor are very good and friendly. I definitely recommend this place.

Emmy Geotina reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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Awesome place for kids, the instructor are very good and friendly. I definitely recommend this place.

Ian DSantos reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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By far, the best Tae Kwon Do and After school program. All Masters and Instructors have great passion for teaching and genuine care for the students to do well. Fun school for all ages yet still fosters discipline and respect for all. For the serious martial artists, students train and compete at the National Level every year. Grants boasts many National and State champions and this is due to the training and dedication of the instructors. BEST OF THE BEST!

Doral Jackson reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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Great place! Great after school help with homework and caring staff.

Lee Pridgen reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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Great place to bring your children. Great instructors, my son has learned a lot and loves coming. I would recommend Grants to anyone

David Lewis reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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My children have been going to Grants for after school and TKD lessons for years, both are black belts, both are on Team Grant TKD sparring team and both love Grants. My daughter is a USTA Virginia State Champion and my son is the current AAU region 2 champion and they are outstanding athletes and sportsman because of the leadership and guidance they receive at Grants Family TKD 6 days a week!

This is a family run Dojang that have always treated us like we were truly part of their family and we LOVE them all like they are part of ours!

If you are looking for a great after school program, discipline for your children or yourself, a great workout or to join the BEST Olympic style TKD Dojang in Hampton Roads then look elsewhere and look at Grants and then I will see you in class because there is no comparison in my opinion.

Thank you Grand Master Doug Grant, Ms Lisa, Master Lee Grant, Instructor Zach Grant and the staff for what you do everyday for my children, you are the best and my kids love you all!

Barbara Bauer-Chen reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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My sons love going to class here! The instructors truly care about the kids' progress- but even more- they care about their discipline and their students' learning how to help each other, too!

Heather Crouse reviewed Grant's Chesapeake TKD & After School Center
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Grants has been wonderful for my son. He’s wanted to do martial arts for a few years and we allowed him to start at 4. All of the instructors instill discipline and respect in the kids while forming a positive, personal relationship as well.

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Starting Martial Arts Training

Many martial arts practitioners began taking martial arts classes at an early age. Maybe their parents thought they needed the discipline, or maybe the child wanted to try an extracurricular activity. No matter the reason, martial arts is a great after-school activity for children. However, since so many people begin martial arts at such a young age, many people are under the impression that they may be too old to begin practicing the craft. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Here’s what you should know about beginning martial arts at any age:

It’s never too late

Healthy Women guest blogger Natasha Spearman-Isip wrote, “Midlife martial arts? I can wholeheartedly recommend it!” She goes on to tell the story of taking her 10-year-old twins to karate class and deciding to take a taiji class herself. In addition to the fitness benefits of the class, she was also pleased to learn more about meditation. Her story is similar to many people who begin taking martial arts courses later in life.

According to The Wall Street Journal, there are approximately 30,000 martial arts schools in the country, and many of them have classes specifically tailored to older students. Many of these older students, who may have begun taking classes as a hobby, are even reaching black belt status.

“I feel like a million bucks,” 71-year old Steven Tsapos told The Wall Street Journal. “For older people I think it’s the best exercise there is.”

Tsapos takes tae kwon do four times a week. In his class, there are some adjustments taken into account when older students spar with younger ones. For example, there isn’t much force exerted in the punches and kicks.

How to find a class

Like with any sort of fitness class, it’s a good idea to visit a variety of studios before committing to a martial arts class. Many studios offer one-time classes at a discounted rate, so prospective students can get a feel for what the atmosphere is like. Some are more serious, for students who are training to compete. Others are more laid back and tailored for students looking to just have some fun and get in shape. Many classes fall somewhere in between.

A few things to keep in mind, aside from the atmosphere and attitude of the studio, include your reasons for going and your budget. Some martial arts classes focus heavily on the self-defense aspect, while others place more of an emphasis on the spiritual aspect. Know what’s most important to you before you commit to a school, and be sure your school of choice reflects that. Know how much you want to spend on your training, as well, as some courses are much pricier than others. Find out what comes with your enrollment fees.

Learn the ropes

Martial arts schools, or dojos or dojang, have vibes all of their own. It’s important to learn the ins and outs of your particular school. Bowing is a staple in the martial arts community. It’s a sign of mutual respect. While just about every spar begins with a bow, in some of the more traditional schools, people bow as they enter or exit the building. You’ll begin to catch on as you observe your surroundings. When beginning a class, err on the side of formality and address your instructor as “sir,” “ma’am” or “sensei” as well. Respect is an important tenet of martial arts, so you should exercise it at all times.