Children at Burntstump Seely C of E Academy have been taking after school Hapkido classes with coaches from Nottingham’s, The Yoga Place.
Rosie Evans and Tim Foyster attend the school weekly to teach children in the traditional Korean martial art which focuses on ‘holistic training for body, mind and spirit’.
Emily Sopp is Head Teacher at the school based at the summit of Burntstump Hill and she said children are thriving in the classes. “Our after school Hapkido classes are proving very popular with all ages of children. These classes are part of a wide programme at Burntstump which offer our children the opportunity to experience a variety of sports and wellbeing activities.”
During classes, which are designed for all abilities, children progress towards earning a certificate and following this could continue to train towards higher levels. Coach Tim Foyster explained, “Our courses are progressive week by week, revising from previous weeks and adding new skills. We issue a certificate of completion at the end of the course, and for more long-term training, we can award belts. These start at white for beginners, progressing through yellow, orange, green and so on, right up to black belt.”
Fellow Coach Rosie Evans said Hapkido is a fantastic discipline for children. “The focus with Hapkido techniques isn't on fighting or sporting competitions, but initially on teaching pupils to escape from grabs and holds. It has a defensive mindset, rather than a combative mindset. Making the classes fun is very important and learning a progressive syllabus that builds from week to week, helps to give the children a sense of growth, progression, and development.”
Tim says the classes are excellent for building children’s core strength too, “We start classes with a fun circuit training exercise and all of our classes are a balance of core strength, cardio, and flexibility training.
“Hapkido training helps children in all areas of their life. It is a holistic art benefiting body, mind and spirit, rather than just a self-defence class. We really enjoy teaching Hapkido at Burntstump. The school has a friendly, community feeling, and the staff are all fantastic. It feels great to be able to support the school in a small way, for the great work that the teachers do day in day out!”