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Tinsley Family Martial Arts

Martial Arts Instruction in Elizabeth City & Hertford, NC

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? World Taekwondo

The Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA) was formed in 1959.  In 1972 the KTA and the South Korean government's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established the Kukkiwon as the new national academy for Taekwondo. Kukkiwon now serves many of the functions previously served by the KTA, in terms of defining a government-sponsored unified style of Taekwondo. In 1973 the KTA and Kukkiwon supported the establishment of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF, renamed to World Taekwondo in 2017 due to confusion with the initialism.

World Taekwondo (WT) is the International Federation governing the sport of Taekwondo and is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC). WT leads the most inclusive and accessible combat sport, which combines the values of an ancient Asian heritage with the values of a global elite sport. Taekwondo evolves on a solid base, mixing the traditional and the modern. The values recognized by practitioners and partners are the strength of our sport. They are distilled from those found in our society: the search for pleasure, surpassing oneself, perseverance, moral and physical strength, and respect for others.

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