5 Benefits of Taking Women’s Self-Defense Classes
There’s no better feeling than knowing you are independent and can look after yourself. That includes being able to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. However, self-defense classes for women can offer far more than the ability to defend yourself, they can improve your focus, self-awareness and all-around fitness too. Here are five benefits associated › Read more
Most students who enroll with us here at Draco Academy want to know how quickly they can progress through the Taekwondo belt system. Essentially, how quickly can they achieve their ultimate goal to be a coveted black belt? It goes without saying that to pass the black belt test requires considerable dedication, hard work, and › Read more
Parent Spotlight: Nick S.
We love our students here at Draco Academy. We also honor and appreciate the parents who support our students’ martial arts journeys. Perhaps you’re a parent asking yourself, “Should I consider martial arts schools in my area for my kids?” Allow us to help you make an informed decision with a firsthand perspective from one › Read more
Student Spotlight: Brian W.
Draco Academy student Brian W. understands the importance of discipline, perseverance and black belt courage. Brian earned his black belt in just three-and-a-half years at our Illinois martial arts school – a testament to his indomitable spirit and passion for the craft. When he’s not advancing his own Hapkido training, you can find Brian motivating › Read more
PERFECTING THE ART:  A Q&A with 1st Degree Black Belts, Michael Brown and Robert Gay
This summer, Draco Academy proudly joined students Michael Brown and Robert Gay in celebration as they earned their 1st Degree Black Belts! After years of careful and committed study, Brown and Gay credit their success to hard work, perseverance, and an unquenchable thirst to achieve. We sat down with these two to discuss their journeys, › Read more
3 Ways to Prepare for Martial Arts Testing
The day has come. After weeks of training and renewing your mind with positive, focused thoughts, the challenge of your first martial arts testing session awaits. Perhaps you’re energized by the possibility of advancing to a new rank. Maybe you’re impartial – welcoming the testing experience as an opportunity for fun and learning. Or, are › Read more
One of the reasons Martial Arts training brings so much satisfaction is that it teaches new ways to look at situations as well as new skills. Draco Academy’s training program involves all the technical moves you’ll need to advance through your training. In addition, a true Martial Artist cannot expect to make progress without changes › Read more
Here is a list of ways you can solve conflict non-violently. There are many more ways. Perhaps you, your friends, family, teachers or your Draco Academy instructors can think of others. Walk Away: Don’t get into it. Just walk away. This is a simple and often-overlooked way to end conflict before it begins. Ignore the › Read more
  A crucial point to remember is this: a negative self-image leads to defeat. A positive self-image leads to victory. People can help reinforce your positive self-image, but never allow them to influence you to hold a low opinion of yourself or doubt your abilities. You cannot develop the pride it takes to be a › Read more

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5 Benefits of Taking Women’s Self-Defense Classes
There’s no better feeling than knowing you are independent and can look after yourself. That includes being able to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. However, self-defense classes for women can offer far more than the ability to defend yourself, they can improve your focus, self-awareness and all-around fitness too. Here are five benefits associated
Most students who enroll with us here at Draco Academy want to know how quickly they can progress through the Taekwondo belt system. Essentially, how quickly can they achieve their ultimate goal to be a coveted black belt? It goes without saying that to pass the black belt test requires considerable dedication, hard work, and
What to Do When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Class
Classes are an investment in time, energy and money. Also, regular attendance is important to attain advanced level skills. Consider these five tips if your child is reluctant to attend classes. 1. Be mindful of your child’s activities before class. Are they having fun playing with toys? If so, that can wait until after class.
How to Fight Bullying with Patience and Confidence
  At some point in the life of a young person, he or she will likely encounter a bully. At school, or when hanging out with friends, children must learn to deal with bullies in a way that is safe, smart, and effective. It’s hard to teach children how to deal with the adversity of
5 Ways to Prepare for Your Black Belt Test
Everyone knows what a black belt is, but did you know that only 1 in 10,000 martial arts students earn a black belt? With so much at stake, it would be foolish to just “wing it” the day of. An achievement like a black belt needs physical and mental preparation if one wants to earn
Taekwondo vs. Hapkido: Which Should You Study?
Martial arts, in all forms, are widely practiced and have a wide range of benefits. All forms support an active lifestyle, encourage focus and stillness, aid in weight loss, increase self-confidence levels, help tone muscles, and improve cardiovascular health. Most students at our Illinois martial arts school in Homewood hone in on hapkido or taekwondo