The Experience of a Tae Kwon Do Student

A friend recommended Dragon Gym, and shared their experience of the Dragon Gym community. I did martial arts sometime ago and had some difficult experiences with the school culture but missed the movement of martial arts classes. After attending the trial classes with my friend, I saw how the Downingtown Taekwondo community interacted with one another, and wanted to stay.

I was enamored with the friendly atmosphere and supportive culture of Dragon Gym. Everyone that I encountered had a genuine desire to help me reach my goals and seemed truly interested in my progress. I knew then that I was in the right place, and made the commitment to join the gym’s membership. I could not be happier with my decision – it is amazing how quickly I’ve settled in and become a part of Dragon Gym’s family.

Unlearning my freeze response, being able to enjoy martial arts again, and learning how to work with my body.

I have gained a newfound confidence in my ability to protect myself and the skills I learned at Dragon Gym. I can now move through fear, knowing that I am supported by both my instructors and fellow students who are always willing to help. Most importantly, martial arts has provided me with an opportunity to understand my body on a deeper level – discovering not only what it can do but how it reacts to different scenarios. Every day is a new learning experience and one that I am forever grateful for.

Tae Kwon Do has increased my self-discipline, helped me prioritize my health physically and mentally, and has given me more energy to show up in mind, body, spirit for myself and others in day-to-day life.

I have found that my newfound martial arts skills carry over into other areas of my life, helping me to be more productive and efficient with my time. My energy levels have increased significantly and I’m able to push myself further both physically and mentally than ever before. I am also now able to put more focus on the activities that truly matter, such as taking care of myself first and supporting those in my life who need it. It is clear that Dragon Gym has changed my life for the better.

Seeing the warmth with which people greet and interact with each other, the overwhelming encouragement during testing, laughter and levity during class, and celebrating students as we progress.

The atmosphere at Dragon Gym is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Everyone seems genuinely excited to learn and grow, no matter their age or level of experience. This type of community and inclusivity is something that I cherish deeply, as it allows me to take risks without feeling judged and build meaningful relationships with my peers. I’m beyond thankful for being part of this great family.

This isn’t a solo endeavor. There are moments that might feel really uncomfortable, awkward, or difficult but luckily you’re surrounded by people who have felt the same way, who want to show up for you, and who want to do this with you.

Being part of a community like Dragon Gym allows me to feel supported, even in the toughest of times. It’s reassuring to know that I can always rely on others for help and guidance, no matter how challenging something might seem. Everyone is truly there for each other, which makes it all the more thrilling to reach our goals, together.

The welcoming atmosphere of Dragon Gym where people of all ages and levels of experience can learn and grow. There is an emphasis on inclusivity, which allows for risk taking without fear of judgement. Lastly, a supportive community like this means everyone can rely on each other for help and encouragement to reach their goals.