The odds of earning a black belt are about one in a hundred, according to Sterner's Tae Kwon Do Academy. That's how many martial-arts students actually stay with it long enough to achieve the honor. The instructors understand the struggle?they've gone through it themselves?and strive to keep their programs engaging and fun. Their tae kwon do, karate, and MMA classes are available for everyone aged 3 and up.
It's a scene that's been repeated in countless movies over the years: swarms of attackers descend on the hero, their kicks and punches thwarted by a perfect display of martial artistry. This motif casts a shadow on the aspects of martial arts that don't involve direct combat but are just as valuable. These aspects include community, physical health, and self-discipline, all of which are given their due at Ashburn Martial Arts Center.
At this family-oriented studio with weekly classes for kids and adults, martial arts isn't all about hand-to-hand combat. The instructors make it a point to cultivate the mind as well as the body, and they start by providing a safe, comfortable, and noncompetitive environment for their students. Though their specialties include jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and practical weapons training, the jewel of the studio is koryu uchinadi, a modern style of karate that draws on historic combat disciplines.