When I was 27, in 1985, I had two sons aged five and six, and I wanted to find an activity that we could all enjoy together. We started training in martial arts. During their teenage years, sometimes that was all we had in common! But I’m glad we did it, because it has stayed with them into adulthood. As for me, I have a seventh-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and first-degree black belts in both Jujitsu and Koryo Gumdo (Korean Sword). My wife, Lynna, and I opened J.D. Beaven’s Martial Arts Inc. on August 26th, 1995. Lynna began training in Taekwondo in 1997, and she holds a fourth-degree black belt.
For the wee ones, we offer Little Dragons classes for kids ages three to six. The student must be already three and potty trained. The class works on motor skills, agility, and self-discipline. Parents do need to remember that they are children and they will run off the mat, roll around on the mat, and just be children in general, but as time goes by and they stay consistent in classes, they will improve. When the Little Dragons turn seven, they go into the family classes.
I go to Stepping Stones preschool at First United Methodist Church and Mustard Seed preschool at First Presbyterian Church and teach a Little Dragons class. I also go to Claremont Elementary and Catalayah Elementary schools on different Fridays throughout the year and take agility ladders to work on self-control and eye to foot coordination. It’s a fun activity for the young children, and teaches several important lessons.
The family classes are for seven years of age and older so parents can train with their children. Everyone starts in the white belt class.
The junior advance classes are for purple belts and higher, seventeen years of age and under. This way, the older and higher-ranked students can mentor the younger and lower belts.
The adult open class is for orange belts and up, over eighteen years of age.
We have testing the first Monday and Tuesday of every month. Students must have the minimum of nine classes monthly and know their entire curriculum to test and pass.
We combine Taekwondo, Jujitsu and Escrima. We do World Taekwondo forms, and Basics every month, and we rotate every month between the Taekwondo continuous sparring, Jujitsu and Escrima for the rest of the classes. In January, April, July and October, we practice the Jujitsu. In February, May, August and November, we practice Taekwondo continuous sparring, and March, June, September and December are dedicated to Escrima.
We have a weapons class on Saturday mornings, but you do have to be a student in family classes to participate. We also practice padded Escrima weapons January through April, Nunchaku (Nunchucks) May through August and Koryo Gumdo (Korean Sword) September through December.
For those interested in something else, we also offer fitness classes including strength training classes with resistance bands and Fitness Kick Boxing, which is a fun challenge. My brother teaches a Primal Fitness class out of our location, as well.
We stock martial arts supplies and can order any martial arts products that our students need and want.
It’s a new year, so why not take this opportunity to learn something new? Think you need to be a kid? Think you’re too late to start? Not true. Our most mature student started with us at the age of sixty-eight! Last March, she celebrated her seventy-eighth birthday. Last April, she earned her fourth-degree black belt.
We are located at 621 W. Lowry Road in Claremore. Stop by and check out our facility! For more information, please feel free to call us at (918) 343-5425. You can also visit us online at beavensmartialarts.com.
Happy New Year, Happy New YOU!