CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
I have an energetic 4-year old. He’s a “needs-to-play-at-the-park-two-to-three-times-per-day” kind of 4-year old. He had loved attending the Little Gym before we moved to Korea and I was looking for some type of fun, physical activity to replace that while we are stationed here. Due to his age and the limited opportunities offered in that area on post, I was thrilled to find a Taekwondo studio in Itaewon that had classes for preschoolers in addition to training for older students.
Total Martial Arts System (T-M-A-S) is a Traditional Korean martial arts studio located a short walk from Yongsan Garrison, owned and operated by Master Kim Namsu.
Master Kim is certified in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Judo, Yongmoodo, and Teikgongmoosul – he is excellent and patient, as are his certified assistants. The studio has numerous classes that run from ages 3 through adult, with a focus on stretching, basic etiquette and control, gymnastics, and the necessary martial arts techniques within each discipline.
The classes for the littlest trainees include individual and group game-like activities that help them develop their skills while also catering to their need for age appropriate fun.
My son LOVES his Taekwondo training and is getting better each week with his overall strength, Taekwondo techniques, and in maintaining focus and discipline.
Looking for a fun and healthy activity your kids, you, or your entire family can do, and that you can continue doing once you PCS out of Korea? I highly recommend the T-M-A-S studio!
No set-up or studio membership fees.
150,000-200,000 won per month, depending on the classes desired; discounts available for paying 6 months or 1 year in advance.
A free uniform is given if tuition is paid 3 months in advance.
Class Schedule: (see website or contact studio for more details and for a trial lesson)
Special Taekwondo Training for ages 3-5: Tuesdays and Fridays, 5:00-6:00 PM
Elementary & Middle School Student Training: Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 6:00-7:00 PM
Adult and High School Student Training: Every day after 7:00 PM
Individual Lessons are available upon consultation.
Website: http://www.t-m-a-s.com (in English)
Phone: 02-796-7976 (studio); 010-8944-2198 (cell)
Address: 119-19 3rd Floor, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Google Maps Coordinates: 37.5345526, 126.99253769999996
From Itaewon Station, use Exit 1 and walk about 40 meters until you see the long, yellow TMAS sign on your right.
Heading into Itaewon from the intersection by Yongsan Garrision, stay on the left side of the road going towards Itaewon Station. T-M-A-S will be on the left before you reach the subway station, across from the Outback Steakhouse.
Looking for a place nearby to catch a quick snack and some free wi-fi? Try Neal’s Yard Cafe, on the 2nd floor of the same building!