New Jersey Tae Kwon Do emphasizes tradition and respect, with a focus on practical self defense.
As an exercise, Tae Kwon Do strengthens and stretches almost every muscle of the body. Beginners start slowly with a thorough stretching warm-up and a gradual increase in the intensity of exercise. On the advanced level, each practice inherently has an aerobic effect. We teach age-appropriate self-defense techniques while providing a traditional and respectful martial arts program.
For practical use in self-defense, Tae Kwon Do is the most effective of all martial arts in the world.
Members (adults, college students, teens, tweens, and children, men and women) of our studio learn how to use techniques for blocking or breaking an attacker's grip, and how to place forceful kicks and punches that can disable an assailant.
In addition to hand techniques, kicks and punches, members practice traditional combinations of movements, or forms, that teach balance and coordination. At the advanced level, they learn free-form sparring, which reveals the artful beauty, the intellectual challenge and the thrill of Tae Kwon Do.
A side benefit of the practice of Tae Kwon Do is the lesson of self-discipline, self-control, and self-respect that each participant also eventually realizes.
For those who would like to take part in tournament competition, members of our studio do participate in tournaments.
Through our teacher's teacher, our studio is a direct descendant of the original Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan studio in Seoul, Korea. This was the first martial arts studio in Korea, founded by Grandmaster Won Kuk Lee over 70 years ago.
New Jersey Tae Kwon Do is located within blocks of downtown South Orange, with plenty of free street parking adjacent to the studio. It is also within safe and easy walking distance of both South Orange Middle School and Columbia High School. The studio features two changing rooms and a spacious practice space totaling more than 1500 square feet. A separate reception area ensures easy drop-off and pick-up in inclement weather.
Steven Safran has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for over twenty-five years. He has run studios in New Jersey and the Boston area as well as overseas. Additionally, Steve is an experienced schoolteacher with a Master's of Arts in Teaching and has taught kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools and at the college level. Many of Steve’s students have literally grown up in the studio and his own children have been active participants in his classes for over five years.
Steve believes that Tae Kwon Do is like a friendship—the more you put into it the more you will get out of it. EVERY student is capable of earning a black belt, and entering the studio creates a promise between teacher and student in which the teacher will work to help that student earn a black belt.
“New Jersey Tae Kwon Do realizes my dream of creating a place where people will want to come—for the practice and for the strength of the community.”
—Steven Safran, Head Instructor
Tae Kwon Do ("way of the hand and foot") is a Korean martial art. Loosely speaking, it is Korean karate.
Chung Do Kwan means "blue way school" or "house of the blue water".
Any adult or child (age 5 1/2 and up), boy or girl, man or woman, can participate in Tae Kwon Do. Flexibility, balance and coordination will all develop over time through practice. One is never too old to start.
We offer a variety of tuition payment schedules. Please contact us directly for detailed pricing information.
Classes are held at our studio at 154 Valley Street as well as at the Baird Center in South Orange. To accommodate busy schedules, classes for all levels are held multiple times each week. A schedule of classes can be found here.
For a free class, relaxed-fitting clothing is all that one needs. Part of regular practice includes wearing a traditional, all-white uniform.
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