What exactly does Ice House Athletics offer?

We specialize in two disciplines:  Western Tae Kwon Do as a striking art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a grappling art.

Can I take all, or just one?

Although we would encourage students to see first hand the benefits of each discipline, the classes are taught independently of one another.  A student can be involved in any number of classes.

Do I pay a flat fee and attend any class I want, or do I pay for them separately?

Similar to any health club membership there is an annual membership fee.  The Tae Kwon Do and Jiu-Jitsu classes are, however, separate.  

If I pay for Tae Kwon Do can I attend Jiu-Jitsu?

No.  If you wish to attend both classes, separate payment for each is required.  There are different instructors and different curriculums involved for each of the courses.

Is your Tae Kwon Do affiliated with ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation) or ATF (American Tae Kwon DO Federation)?

No.  As martial arts have evolved over the many years Western Tae Kwon Do sought to incorporate the very best elements of the striking arts. This led to the adoption of Western Boxing techniques for the speed and fluidity of punching as well as adding the less traditional kicking methods of Muay Thai and American kickboxing.  The adoption of these principles are not generally recognized in traditional Tae Kwon Do practices.

Can I learn MMA (mixed martial arts) here?

The foundation of any fighting art can be greatly improved with skilled instruction and appropriate practice, however, Ice House Athletics does not focus on MMA training as a specific goal.  Student safety is our top priority.  

Do you spar?

Yes.  To develop the skill and discipline required to build confidence and to ensure real-world practicality we engage in sparring almost every session. 

Do I have to spar?

As with any sport there is a learning curve.  An inexperienced student will never be subjected to a situation where they might get injured. Students will be encouraged to participate in sparring, in some capacity, so they can practice their techniques in a real-world environment.  

Do you allow contact sparring?

With adequate training and demonstration of skill and control a student will be expected to advance his/her sparring skill appropriate to their rank.  Higher belts are allowed to engage in heavier contact sparring only if both participants agree.  Ice House Athletics instructors have competed at national levels, including full contact, and can accommodate all levels of sparring.

Can I get in the ring and go all out to test what I can do?

No.  This is a practice Ice House Athletics does not feel is in the best interest of the student.  If a student shows reckless behavior or makes any attempt to intentionally hurt anyone they will be removed.  Heavy contact will only be done with an instructor and only under very scrutinized conditions after adequate discipline has been clearly demonstrated.

Your instructors are known for their fighting abilities, can I just show up and test my skills?

No.  During scheduled class times our instructors are focused upon teaching and developing the skills of their dedicated students.  It is not appropriate to disrupt class to make challenges.  We cater to the development of students of all ages and abilities, not everyone wants to be subjected to this type of behavior.  

Can I use your facility to train but not take classes?

No.  Due to insurance regulations, Ice House Athletics does not allow use of the gym without a qualified instructor present at all times.

What does Ice House Athletics think of the other martial arts schools?

Ice House Athletics has a very good working relationship with other martial arts schools and instructors.  We would be happy to recommend alternatives if we cannot provide what you are looking for.  We actively encourage any prospective students to visit multiple schools to find the one that best meets their needs.

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