Since she was young, Jennifer Brechwald wanted to take part in Tae Kwon Do classes. As an adult, she is getting a "kick" out of teaching the classes as a black belt herself.
Tae Kwon Do is a form of Korean martial arts, and at the local school, it is taught as an art form rather than a sport. Unlike what you may see in the Olympics, there is no contact.
"This method is safer," she commented. "It's family style. All family members can come and do this together. I have several families taking part and it's nice to be able to do something together rather than sitting and watching while one member takes part. It's a nice bonding time."
The school opened in October and has been quite successful.
"Taking classes is something I always wanted to do but they weren't available to me," she said, adding she was 25 when she discovered Jung's Tae Kwon Do in Ida Grove. She has been hooked ever since.
"Tae Kwon Do is good is good for everyone. We work on what you can do. You only kick at your potential. We don't expect people to be superstars. It's an individual art form. You only improve yourself. And it's a lot of fun."
She explained that most everyone starts out at the same level - like an infant. As time progresses the Tae Kwon Do participants gain self-respect and self-discipline. "You also gain respect for yourself and everyone else, too," she said.
The class consists of working on main techniques including basic movement, punching, kicking.
"The techniques are art and like a beautiful dance," Jennifer said.
Board breaking is also a part of the lessons. After a great deal of concentration, the maneuver can be achieved.
Students work towards and are tested in different degrees, earning colored belts along the way. there are 15 different belts, which could take years to earn, and even then, the instructor said, the participants could continue on and on with the sport.
The first belt promotion was held a couple weeks ago, with several judges from other Jung's Tae Kwon Do schools on hand to help determine the promotion.
Healthwise, Tae Kwon Do provides flexibility, balance and even weight loss in some participants who work hard. It is also a good stress reliever.
"By putting your effort into this, you can leave all your problems of the world outside and focus on what you're doing in class."
Classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday. There are two one-hour sessions each of those night to accommodate most people's schedules.
If interested in learning more, call Jennifer at 284-2018 or 299-8512. the school is located in the old Melander's building on Main Street in Alta.