Before Josh Hayhurst owned ATA Martial Arts, he trained with its parent company: American Taekwondo Association. The association, which dots the country with more than 1,500 schools, puts its instructors through rigorous training in order for them to teach new students the skills and discipline of the martial arts form. Now, Hayhurst and his cohorts lead students of all ages through a wealth of programs. Tiny Tigers Taekwondo boosts concentration skills in youngsters, and Karate for Kids builds on skills such as self-control and leadership. Teen and adult sessions challenge with self-defense moves while instilling discipline, and summer camps combine martial arts routines with classic camp activities such as making karate belts out of campfire tindling.
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