All of our students start the same way, with our Quick Start Program. It’s great for beginners with no prior experience. The quick start course includes both private and group instruction so that new students can try out the program in a suitable environment. One of the great things about this program is that it gives us a chance to evaluate your progress and abilities while giving you the opportunity to observe classes, see the facility, meet the instructors, and learn about the benefits of martial arts and kettlebells. Fill out the form on this page to contact us today about getting started and schedule that first lesson. Every journey starts with a single step…TAKE THAT STEP!
What You Will Learn
Basic Blocks, Strikes, and Kicks
This is the essential syllabus of Tae Kwon Do. You will learn to effectively create distance and counter an attack.
Fundamentals of Falling, Rolling, Joint Locks, and Throws
These are the signature moves of Hapkido. What is more important than being able to protect yourself during a fall? Additionally, you will learn useful techniques at a close range.
Boxing, Muay Thai, and Sport Tae Kwon Do
A big part of training in the martial arts is sparring. Sparring at Dragon Gym is always conducted in a safe way and combines some of the rule sets of all these styles. It is not merely fighting! Rather, it’s a way for you to conquer fear and develop comfort when dealing with unknown situations.
Russian kettlebells and the principles of the RKC system are integrated into the adult martial arts program at Dragon Gym. You will learn the basic techniques: swing, Turkish, get up, front squat, clean, press, and snatch.
Physical and Mental Benefits of Martial Arts at the Dragon Gym
Physically you will be healthier and stronger than ever, plus you will learn valuable practical self-defense. A strong body builds a strong mind.
- Increased endurance and stamina through rigorous training and breathing techniques.
- Increased balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility.
- Weight control through exercise and proper eating habits.
Mentally you will build inner strength and become a more powerful and confident individual. A positive mental attitude provides the best ideas for self-improvement.
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Attainment of total control of mind over body.
- Improved power of concentration.
- Increased self-discipline.
- Awareness of better living through physical fitness.
Philosophically you will create, set, and strive to achieve your personal goals. Through achieving your goals, you will increase your self-respect, and lead a more productive and peaceful life. This self-motivating program will help you get better grades in school, succeed in your career, develop better social relationships, and be happier in everyday life.
About the Head Instructor
Master Somnath Sikdar (6th Dan Black Belt, RKC, SFG, FMS)
Master Somnath Sikdar is the head instructor at the Dragon Gym and has been training in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido for over 30 years under Grandmaster Chae Teok Goh. He is currently a sixth-degree black belt and is certified by the World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters (Kukkiwon). His training has covered a broad spectrum of martial arts to include a variety of weapons, self-defense, traditional and sport Tae Kwon Do. He has also studied Hapkido under Grandmaster Han Jae Ji.
In conjunction with martial arts, he instructs training with the Russian kettlebell and holds the Level 1 RKC and Level 1 SFG Certifications. While the focus of kettlebell and barbell training is strength, the other side of the same coin is function and quality of movement. For this reason, Master Sikdar uses the functional movement screen with his students and is a Level 1 and Level 2 certified FMS expert.
Master Sikdar has competed successfully in local, state, and collegiate tournaments. In addition, he continues to study western boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has attained a BSE in Electrical Engineering along with minors in Systems Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. While completing this degree, he was the President, Head Instructor, and Coach of the University of Pennsylvania WTF Tae Kwon Do Team.
Master Sikdar still coaches competitive Tae Kwon Do athletes and is an active advisor to the UPENN WTFTKD Team and the West Chester University Tae Kwon Do Team.