View Full Version : looking for students, any help?
I know it's been a while since I have been on the forum, but I have just finalised getting settled here in VA. Employment, and apartment shopping have kept me pretty busy since my move from Florida. Anyway how is everyone? good I hope. Well my quesion is this. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a school, or ppl that would like to learn Hapkiyusul. I am in the process of making cards etc. Now here are the problems I am facing.1- I don't have the money, nor do I feel advanced enough to open my own school, so a place to practice is non exsistant right now. 2- Until I can open my own school I have to keep a full time job for income, problem is my shift is 1:00p.m to 9:00 p.m, so the only time I have to teach/train is in the morning. This is probably the worst problem when trying to find a school to teach at, because most of the ppl I have talked to need somebody at night. For the time being I do have 4 students that I have been teaching at a local park in my area. Well, I don't want to make this too long, just wondering if anybody knows of anyone that wants to learn, or a schol that might like to have some help teaching? any information would be very helpfull, and appreciated. I am in the Annandale, Fairfax area in VA. Thank you for your time. "namaste"
Why not find an existing school, offer to teach a morning class.
Offer to teach at a percentage. Remind them that anything is better then the school sitting empty generating nothing ;)
Where in Va are you? I might know some resources for you. Email me: Frankclay@msn.com.
I'm from VA.
I am in Va also, please let me know what area you are from. I live right outside of Richmond.
Who do you train with Charles? I'm from Chester.
Thanks to everyone that replied to my post. It is very helpfull. Dear Frank, I am in the Annandale, Fairfax area. There is alot of Korean ppl in this area which is good for students, but the Hapkido schools, or schools in general are kind of lacking. Most of the schools that I have visited like I said in my post need somebody for night time classes, I guess they have day jobs too. But this is a problem for me because I work until 9:00 p.m. I will send you an E-Mail tonight when I get home. I start teaching the 4 ppl that I attained tomorrow morning at a local park. Anyway I have to get back to work. Thank you for your time. Talk to you later. "namaste"
I'm also in the greater DC area (maryland - the "good" side of the river :P ) Have you tried contacting some health clubs? - I know that quite a number of schools in the area offer auxiliary classes at places like Washington Sport and Health Club. Also I know that the counties and cities around here also offer classes. http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/. You might also check with NOVA - http://www.nv.cc.va.us/ to see the possiblity of starting a club. Although we are of the GM Ji Han Jae lineage, If you are ever in Maryland please feel free to stop by. We're right of the red line on the metro. www.jinpalhapkido.com
Who do you train with Charles? I'm from Chester.
I train under Master Peter Kim. He lives in the South Side of Richmond and has schools on the West End also. The town I live in is West Point which is outside of Richmond going towards Williamsburg. Are you currently living in Chester?
Wow, what a small world. :)
Its been awhile since I've posted here also. I've look at the parks and rec in the Fairfax area Link that was posted and didn't see any martial art listed, this maybe to your advanage. I teach at a rec-center and while it does have its limations it also gives the people that don't have the money to open a school a place too teach and train. You might want to look into it. We have a guy that teaches Hapkido only on sat. at our rec-center.
If you just want to train until you get some students ...
I train with grandmaster Jung Sang Yoo. If you are in norhtern VA, his school is a great place to train. Kwanjanim yoo teaches every class personally.
You can read a little of his bio here
Although it has not been updated. It says he is 8th degree TKD. He is actually 9th now. More then anything, I love his dedication to his students and the art. He is not out marketing a bunch of videos or getting commercialized and opening chains of schools. I think it says a lot about his integrity. I believe it is mostly because he desires to keep control of the qualty of what his students learn from him.
He also teaches tae kwon do and kung fu. He is kukkiwon grandmaster in TKD, HKD and a Kung fu grandmaster. We are very "art" oriented, and the school is aptly called Yoo's authentic martial arts.
Despite the very auhtentic and art oriented, if you research you will find that if you like competition, there is no better place to train. We bring home more grand championships and golds then any other school in the area. Yoo's also produces more US National Champions than any other school in entire United States. Many people have balked at this, but if you do the research or even just visit the school you will find it to be the truth.
He offers special competition, conditioning, ring management classes (seperate from regular class) taught by his son sa bum nim yoo (Jason Yoo). Jason is a 2 time national champion and former junior olympic coach. However, that is for TKD and this is hkd forum so...
I love the hkd class because we also do jang gum hyung and again, he teaches it personally. We also spar regualry in TKD. We also do some sparring in HKD. I am sure he would love to have you.
Yoo's authentic martial arts.
P.S. There are morning HKD classes.
I know this has nothing to do with your original post but I just returned from Korea yesterday, and was wondering if Grandmaster Jang had a location near Osan AFB in Song-Tan.
I noticed an old white building with IHF logo's in Song-Tan near an old rail station. Doesn't look like its in use anymore.
Lastly, do you know the school located on the second floor in Song-Tan that teaches Hwal Bup? Not sure of the street names.
Have you checked at the local YMCA's or Boys and Girls Clubs? Its been my experience that they are usually desperate for teachers/activities during the morning and especially at lunch time
I want to take time to say thanks to everyone that has replied to my original post. Everyone has been really helpfull with there advised. I know it's been a while since I have replied, but I have been extremely busy this past week. I still have not yet found a school to teach at, but I have been looking into the health clubs, and rec. centers at parks , and so forth. The good thing is I keep getting more, and more students. Mainly from word of mouth, and business cards I have been handing out to Korean resteraunts, and schools. They must really like the techniques or something, which is a good thing.
USHankido: To answer your question, yes that is our HQ Grandmaster Jang's school. It's right next to the train tracks. The building is old it was built after the Korean war, and it is right next to Osan. The town that the school is in is actually Pyongtek S.Korea. But to answer your question further , it is definetely still in use. Grandmaster Jang teaches there everyday, along with teaching at Osan. Maybe your next trip to Korea you could stop by there. But I would contact Master Allen, so he can let Grandmaster Jang know. He does not really like ppl popping in un-announced, but I'm sure you could understand that.
Also: Just as a heads up Grandmaster Jang will most likely be comming back to the U.S in October. He will not be comming to Florida this time , or atleast I don't think so. He will be visiting one of our 3rd Degree Black belts in Utah. Mr. Scott. Mr. Scott is teaching on base at Hill AFB. Master Allen will be making the trip there also. I myself am going to try to make it there depending on financial resources. A confirmed date is notyet known, but I will post again as soon as I find out. Again thanks for everyone's help."namaste"
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