Tae Kwon Do

Zai Martial Arts Offers Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido at Unity

Grandmaster Sulaiman Zai

What are martial arts really all about? Is it really only about fighting and self-defense? Force on top of more force? Or, is there more to it? After more than a couple of decades of studying and teaching martial arts, it has become obvious to me that there are as many answers possible to this as there are martial artists. This means that every school is going to have a different focus and interpretation of what martial arts means. This focus depends mostly on the culture within the school and the teacher.

Focus at our school:

While the media tends to emphasize only the physical aspects, the physical is simply the pointer to something which can lead much deeper into what it means to be a martial artist and a human being. Other disciplines pursued deeply enough will lead to this type of understanding, though disciplines such as martial arts can lend themselves more easily to this purpose. As one continues to develop the physical, the awareness of deeper aspects start to manifest themselves and become accessible to the practitioner.

Directly said, it means one begins to get to know oneself (and others) more deeply at ever-increasing levels. If one accepts the premise that human beings have infinite potential, this potential starts to become more internally visible to the one practicing.

What it is that becomes visible to the practitioner at some point in development becomes more and more difficult to verbalize. By analogy, it is much like the difference in experience, in studying the theory of riding a bicycle and actually getting on one. There is a simple and yet powerful knowing that goes beyond intellectual understanding.

Children studying martial arts in a consistent way pick it up much like they would another language. It can become second-nature to them at a young age. All ages, (beginning at five years of age) shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate. There is also no such thing as being too old to begin this study. This is especially true if self-knowledge is the aim.

Most of all though, for this martial artist, the understanding that pursuing true self-knowledge through this study will always lead to peace, the built-in physical and mental health benefits, and just plain FUN of doing it keep me practicing.

Class Days and Times

Tuesdays at 4:30p for children ages 5-12
Tuesdays at 5:45p for adults

Saturdays at 1:00p for children ages 5-12
Saturdays at 2:15p for adults

For more information please call Sulaiman Zai at 325-5657 or go to www.zaimartialarts.com