At Lions Taekwondo Academy we pride our self on the unity between our students, parents and instructors. Our specialist team ensures that each individual student reaches their full potential. Our highly motivated instructors are all qualified, many to Kukkiwon standards and have all reached the black belt ranks in the art of Taekwondo.
Lions Taekwondo was formerly Blake Lions, founded in the early 1970's by Master Dennis Blake. Lions Taekwondo as it stands today is his legacy, a testament to his dedication to martial arts and his students. Through his teaching of the importance of etiquette, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit his memory lives on.
Master Dennis dedicated his life to the art of Taekwondo and inspired many students, he was more than just a teacher he was a way of life and a much needed positive role model for many. Master Dennis was a father figure to many young people throughout his life. His wisdom and strength of mind has enabled many of his former students to become successful martial artists in their own right.
His legacy lives on in Lions Taekwondo and in our hearts.
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 proudly stands among the official games in the Olympics.
Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names along the way. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training the body and the mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.
Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life, and the unity of the pose ["poomsae"] and confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same.