San Jose E-Taekwondo
San Jose E-Taekwondo, also known as San Jose E-Karate, is a non-profit community organization devoted to strengthening and developing children (ages 5 and up) through taekwondo. Our program is multi-dimensional, designed to teach children basic self-defense skills in a safe, inclusive setting. The program strives to teach principles in discipline, respect, self-control, and self-confidence, as well as helping in the development of fitness, balance, coordination, and motor skills. The ‘E’ in E-Taekwondo stands for “Exceptional Kids”. Some of our students are typically developing while others have been diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Global Developmental Delays, and other neuro-cognitive conditions. Every student participates to the fullness of their ability and are recognized for their achievements. Their successes in our program demonstrate what extraordinary things can be done when opportunities are provided.
The program was one of many E-sports programs started by members of the Bay Area Christian Church: including E-Soccer, E-karate, and E-Hoops (basketball), as a way to help special needs kids and give to the community. You do not need to be a member of the church to participate. The E-Taekwondo program has also received a lot of support, and is working closely with Victory Martial Arts, a Taekwondo school associated with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). The curriculum comes from the school, and the promotions at the end of the sessions are also done at the school. Therefore, the belts earned are recognized by the ATA.
The program is free except for the following costs:
- Every student needs an ATA uniform, which can be purchased from the school for approximately $44 (price may change). We occasionally get or buy back old ATA uniforms which we can sell to new students at a discount.
- For promotions, there is a $65 fee (usually discounted to $55 for early registration). This fee pays for the new belt, and administrative fees in the ATA. In additional to the new belt, the student becomes a member of the ATA, and gets a membership card and a monthly magazine. Promotions are optional, though we like to see everyone promote who is ready to promote, as this is great achievement.
The program teaches a basic class in the ATA system. As such, we will allow students to progress up to rank of “blue belt decided” through the program. To advance beyond this rank, we encourage students to sign-up for more advanced training at the Victory Martial Arts school. The ranks up to black belt are as follows: white, orange, yellow, camouflage recommended, camouflage decided, green recommended, green decided , purple recommended, purple decided, blue recommended, blue decided, brown recommended, brown decided, red recommended, red decided, black recommended, black decided.
We have a fall session normally starting in September and ending in December, and another session normally starting in January and ending in April. The classes meet every week for 12 or 13 weeks on Saturday afternoon for one hour, either from 1:30-2:30 or 2:45-3:45. Each session starts with a new curriculum. We ask that those who sign-up be committed to attending every week for the session in order to keep up with the class and to possibly be ready to promote at the end. We do understand that there are occasional conflicts or sickness that may prevent you from attending. In such case, we ask that you call to let us know the situation. If you miss two weeks without informing us, we may assume that you have withdrawn from the program and allow others to participate in your place. It is also important for students to practice between classes. We also allow parents to participate in the class with their children, if they wish, and to also participate in promotions. We find that this help the parents to also know the curriculum so that they can help their children practice. It is also very inspiring for the kids.