Taekwondo at RCA


As part of our physical education program, we at Rochester Classical Academy (RCA) are excited to have Taekwondo (one of the Korean martial arts) instruction provided by Agape Black Belt Center, a family-owned business located in Pittsford. Our kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd-grade students will receive between thirty-five and forty-five minutes of instruction from a nationally-ranked Taekwondo expert each week.

East meets West

As Christians, we recognize and embrace the fact that Christ came to save people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (Revelation 7:9). Truth, goodness, and beauty can be found in any time and culture and so even though classical Christian education originated in the West, we believe Taekwondo fits well with the educational paradigm we embrace at RCA.

The specific elements of Taekwondo instruction we believe fit well with the vision of RCA are:

  • Multiple elements of physical training (strength, speed, flexibility)
  • An emphasis on beauty, form, and style in addition to the physical training
  • Development of mental acuity
  • Character formation (for example, Agape Black Belt Center places great emphasis on respect, humility, and patience)

In keeping with Christian values and practice

Agape Black Belt Center was started by committed Christians Master John Ra and his wife Mrs. Joanna Ra. While their instruction is open to all, they view their work at Agape as an extension of their faith (hence, *Agape*!). They impart martial arts instruction at the highest level as an act of love, bettering themselves and their community for service to others and to the glory of God.

Traditionally, Taekwondo instruction includes language describing breathing and strikes as a way of harnessing the power of the universe. The Ra family addresses this by modifying traditional Taekwondo language and practice to fit within a Christian worldview. We are confident that the Taekwondo instruction our students receive at RCA is in keeping with the worldview instruction our students learn at home and what we teach throughout the rest of the school day.

Our instructor

Additionally, the instructor we would have is Ms. Hailey Ra, daughter of Master Ra and Mrs. Ra. Ms. Ra is a nationally ranked Taekwondo athlete with a very impressive record. Read more about her here.

Taekwondo in the age of COVID-19

During this unusual time when social distancing is essential, RCA is excited to offer this unique element of Taekwondo into our curriculum. In the program we have devised, kindergarten will be taught separately from our 1st/2nd grade class and so the overall number of students who study at any given small is small. At this stage, Taekwondo requires a significant amount of space between the students (they are not sparring at this age) and so we are more confident that our students will remain spaced, which is not as easy to do with other physical education activities. With nice weather, we will hold our Taekwondo classes outside.
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