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Tinsley Family Martial Arts

Martial Arts Instruction in Elizabeth City & Hertford, NC

Tinsley's Taekwondo

Tinsley Family Martial Arts is the longest operating Taekwondo academy in the Albemarle area. Master Tinsley began teaching Taekwondo in Elizabeth City in 1998.

How your child can benefit from Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a total learning activity. Lessons are tailored to your child's age and skill level. Your child begins by practicing basic patterns and forms, board breaking, kicking, blocking, striking, and punching. These fundamental skills increase your child's physical coordination, flexibility, balance, and mental focus.

Taekwondo develops your child's athletic abilities and self-awareness, and improves the child's capabilities in self-defense.

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.

Taekwondo is composition of three words of Korean languages:

"TAE" Means leg action such as jump, kick or smash by the foot.

(A system of foot techniques)
"KWON" Means to block strike or smash with fists,

(A system of hand techniques)
"DO" Means an Art.

(A system of foot, fist and fighting techniques)

What style of Taekwondo does TFMA teach? 

At TFMA we take a modern and systematic approach to Taekwondo training. Our curriculum is structured so that at each level students are introduced to new techniques that gradually challenge and develop their self-defense skills. 

It is common among Taekwondo schools to focus only on kicking and sparring for the purpose of tournament competition. While we feel that competitions are important for student growth our focus is primarily practical self-defense.  As such we have incorporated boxing, kickboxing, and grappling escapes to our curriculum.

Character building, "the martial arts mind," is also encouraged in our program.  Students earn required rank stripes not only for techniques but for academics, leadership, and self-discipline. 

Students in our program become well rounded martial artists.

Benefit of Joining our Martial Arts Program

  • Improve children’s social skills
  • Enhance self-confidence
  • Better understanding of goal-setting and working towards them
  • Learn the Self-Defense
  • Increase focus, energy and concentration
  • Enjoy significant gains in overall fitness level

1st Class

The first time you come to our school you will be welcomed by our staff. Please arrive 15 minutes before class so you and your children have enough time to prepare for practice. The class will start on time and your child will be asked to walk to the training area where the instructor will be waiting for him or her. One of the assistant instructors or a senior student will be assigned as a helper to assist your child in performing the drills and activities. 

In Memory of our Grand Master
Missy Kee Wei Cann
AUGUST 2, 1955 – FEBRUARY 10, 2019
You will always be remembered