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OUR MISSION

To build clear minds and strong bodies of children and adults by providing high quality Songahm Taekwondo instruction, in keeping with ATA standards, and having fun in the process.

We believe that Taekwondo should be fun and yet disciplined. The instructor’s presence should be dynamic and classes enjoyable. We believe in developing each student to the best of their abilities. We believe in the Karate for Kids program and it’s incentive system to reward good behavior and upright moral values both inside the school and in the community. We believe in involving parents and family members in the student’s development and progress, working as a team to accomplish goals.

We provide a family friendly environment where we nurture self esteem and improve self worth. Welcome to our ATA family!

ATA = GOOD GRADES

At our ATA Martial Arts Academy, we work to make sure our students not only receive Black Belts in Martial Arts, but they also receive Black Belt Grades in school. Our certified instructors will help stress the importance of studying and getting good grades. Call today and come and see why so many teachers and school principals are recommending our Martial Arts School to their students.

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CAROL FRENTZ

Currently a 5th Degree Black Belt with the ATA, Carol is also an ATA-certified Head Instructor and a International Tournament Judge. She began Taekwondo training in September of 1993. She has been ranked among the Top 10 World Taekwondo competitors 8 times since 2000 and is a World Champion in Creative Weapons, a Silver Medalist in Creative Forms and a Bronze Medalist in Traditional Weapons along with being a 6-Time Texas State Champion.

Carol is a graduate of the ATA’s University program of Instructor preparation for School Ownership and Management. While her specialty is teaching the Tiny Tigers (Ages 3-6), she has also been certified by the ATA to teach the Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) course for executive self defense, as well as the SHARP course for women. She holds certifications and teaches courses in Tai Chi, Ground Fighting, and the Ssahng Jeol Bong (Nunchakas), Jahng Bong (long Staff), Oh Song Do (Broadsword), and Bahng Mahng Ee (Fighting Stick). As part of her instructor duties, she maintains CPR and First Aid certifications and has participated in the Boy Scouts Youth Protection and Child Abuse Awareness program. Carol was born in Huntsville, Alabama and received her Bachelors Degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She is the President of Katy ATA, Inc. and is a Past President of the Katy chapter of Rotary International.

STUDENT ETIQUETTE

  • Students and instructors should bow to the flags each time they enter or leave the classroom area to demonstrate respect to the instructors and fellow students.

  • If students are late for class, they should ask permission to enter class.

  • All students must turn their tracking card in for each class.

  • Students will respond “Yes/No, Sir, or Ma’am” in conversation with instructors, stand respectfully and address them by their last name and proper title.

  • Students should turn away from instructors and flags when adjusting their uniform or belt.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in class enthusiastically, however they are to avoid unnecessary conversation.

  • No student, regardless of rank, may instruct or correct another student without permission from the supervising instructor.

  • A clean uniform is imperative in each class as a reflection of the student’s pride.

  • Female students must wear a white T-shirt under their uniform.

  • Students will not wear shoes on the workout floor.

  • No jewelry shall be worn in class except for a wedding ring.

  • All belts should be tied to hang evenly, as one side represents the mind and the other represents the body.

  • Students may not engage in free sparring without all proper gear and direct supervision of an instructor.

  • There will be no use of profanity on the school premises at any time.

  • Permission of the student’s instructor is required before a student may attend another ATA school or martial arts function.

  • High ranking visitors to the class should be greeted with appropriate respect; if class is in session, all members should immediately stop and bow.

  • Students, parents and guests will should not converse with any person involved in a class session without permission from the instructor.

  • No food, drink, or gum may be consumed on the workout area.

  • Place clothes neatly and quietly in the storage area.

  • There will be no use of alcohol or tobacco products of any kind while wearing a Taekwondo Uniform or before a Taekwondo function such as class, tournaments, testings, etc.

Honesty

Discipline

Respect

BELTS

The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject. In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member’s proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect. It is also worth noting that achieving a belt isn’t just a matter of “spending enough time” in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt’s techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring and Forms.

“Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots.” The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean (pure) slate. Purity is often signified by the color white.

“The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.” The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo but has not yet experienced the power of the technique. Orange is found among the many colors of the sunrise.

“The seed is beginning to see the sunlight.” The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo. The sun appears to be yellow.

“The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upward.” The student begins to realize his/her place in the world’s largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank. Camouflage (greens) is used to hide among the trees in the forest.

“The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.” The student’s technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison. As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles.

“Coming to the mountain. The tree is in the mid-growth and now the path becomes steep.” The student has crossed over over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, poom-sae (forms), and level of gyeo-roo-gi (sparring) becomes more difficult, creating a “mountain” that must be overcome. Mountains are often depicted as being purple.

“The tree reaches for the sky toward new heights.” Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt. The sky appears as blue.

“The tree is firmly rooted in the earth.” At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo. Brown is known as an earthy color, such as dirt.

“The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished.” The first day (the period of time from white belt to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved. Variations of red are found among the many colors of the sunset.

“The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness.” The previous day has ended, giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt. The red is the sun (in a sunrise) as it breaks through the black of night.

“The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness… it must now ‘plant seeds for the future.'” The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has “taken control” of the colors and retained them. If one color was to “escape”, the object would no longer be black but would appear as that color. The student has mastered the nine geup (grades) of Taekwondo. He/she has “absorbed” all the knowledge of the color ranks and overcome or “mastered” that level or training. The colors of the spectrum are bound together and are not reflected off an object, resulting in the absence of color which we call black.

FORMS

All goals require a poom-sae or pattern. Even in life we have structured patterns. When you’re born, you learn communication and basic skills in the home. A few years later, you are enrolled into kindergarten or elementary school. Following this comes high school. During high school, we begin to decide the direction we will take in life. We choose a college and/or a career goal. This is the pattern of the first part of our life. If you choose a good pattern, you can be a success. If your pattern is poor, you may not be as successful in your life endeavors.

Similarly, your chances of success in Songahm Taekwondo are much greater by following the solid series of patterns (forms) we have developed for our students.

Songahm 1

9th Grade White Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the white belt is:

  • “Pine tree temple.”
  • Pine tree is known as evergreen… Evergreen has a strength the year round and a long life. Evergreen also is a symbol of unchanging human loyalty.
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Songahm 2

8th Grade Orange Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Orange Belt is:

  • “The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.”
  • The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo, but has not yet experienced the power in the technique.
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Songahm 3

7th Grade Yellow Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Yellow Belt is:

  • “The seed is beginning to see the sunlight.”
  • The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo
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Songahm 4

6th Grade Camo Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Camouflage Belt is:

  • “The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upwards.”
  • The student begins to realize his/her place in the world’s largest martial art.
  • The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank.
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Songahm 5

5th Grade Green Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Green Belt is:

  • “The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.”
  • The student’s technique is developing power.
  • The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison.
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In Wha 1

4th Grade Purple Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Purple Belt is:

  • “Coming to the mountain. The tree is in mid-growth and now the path becomes steep.”
  • The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, forms, and level of sparring become more difficult, creating a “mountain” that must be overcome.
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In Wha 2

3rd Grade Blue Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Blue Belt is:

  • “The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights.”
  • Having passed the midway point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward Black Belt.
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Choong Jung 1

2nd Grade Brown Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Brown Belt is:

  • “The tree is firmly rooted in the earth.”
  • At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo.
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Choong Jung 2

1st Grade Red Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Red Belt is:

  • “The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished.”
  • The first day (the period of time from White to Red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed, but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved.
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1st Degree

Black Belt

Color Belt Philosophy

The philosophical interpretation of the Black Belt is:

  • “Begin planting seeds for the future.”
  • The student has a new role of loyalty through physical and mental training.
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