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Kids Self Defense Seminar March 24, 2019 from 2 pm until 4 pm. Must pre-register. This seminar will cover dealing with verbal abuse and self defense techniques to allow kids to get away from an attacker. Email or text 902-577-7967. Cost is $25.00 current members of Integrity M.A. only pay $20.00 and space is limited to first 20 kids. Any students that bring another kid will pay only $10.00 for registration.

Since my daughter, Katrina, was very young she has struggled with Selective Mutism, anxieties and focus. After two strangers on separate occasions approached her, one grabbing her arm and at 8 years old losing her best friend to brain cancer, the anxieties escalated and she withdrew further from people and every day activities.

As a strategy to help her meet people and start rebuilding her confidence I enrolled her into Girl Guides of Canada. The unit had a special event one evening participating in an Anti-Bullying Self Defense seminar at Integrity Martial Arts hosted by owner/instructor Jimmy Hall.

Following this seminar, Katrina felt vary empowered and was excited to join the kid’s Tae Kwon Do class. Mr. Hall was very understanding and accommodating to her needs by constant reassurance and encouragement to speak and excel while pushing her to discover her strengths.

Mr. Hall encouraged Katrina to step out of her comfort and participate in the tournaments which helped her confidence further increase as she won a medal and trophy. Katrina also took pride in a leadership role helping her younger brother progress with his technique.

Today, Katrina is a very strong, confident teenager who has overcome her anxieties and selective mutism. She speaks to people and stands up for herself and friends while being her own advocate for what she believes and for what is right.

Mr. Hall’s passion for teaching kids and being a positive role model for them is evident through his patience, understanding and persistence to help them build confidence and succeed by giving them the tools and techniques to believe in their strengths and themselves.

Shannon Koeng



A key point about martial arts and anti-bullying

Parents, you should be rest assured that our martial arts anti-bullying program does not promote violence. There are many effective anti-bullying tactics that we teach in martial arts that are not physical, such as using stances, tone, and diction to convey confidence.

However, your child will learn key self-defense skills and techniques on the mat. So, if bully tries to escalate the situation, your child will know how to properly respond and defend themselves.

Kids Martial Arts Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton 

Our Taekwon-Do (TKD) is different from any other style in Cape Breton. The only ITF style Taekwon-Do (TKD) in Cape Breton sets us apart. In ITF Taekwon-Do we fight equally with our hands and feet like kickboxing only with a bigger variety of kicking techniques and the traditional aspect. Sparring, board breaking and self defense are a regular part of class.

Taekwon-Do is offered for students of all levels ages 5 and up.

What is Taekwon-Do (TKD)?

To put it simply Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is more than just that, however. It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defense; a body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training.

It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.

This is one of the reasons that Taekwon-Do is called an art of self-defense. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral rearmament. The nearest description of it is almost a cult.

Translated literally "Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. "Do" means an art or way - the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.

Thus taken collectively "Taekwon-Do" indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.

Taekwon-Do definitely enables the weak to possess a fine weapon together with confidence to defend him or herself and defeat the opponent as well. Of course, wrongly applied, Taekwon-Do can be a lethal weapon. Therefore mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.

As for women folk, they will undoubtedly find Taekwon-Do an invaluable asset in tackling and driving away "wolves", so to speak. When one is informed of the many instances where frail women effectively protected themselves, they may sound unbelievable. But really, they have been able to do so because they are well versed in the art of self-defense. Incessant training is essential to keep oneself in top form and physical condition. In training, all the muscles of the human body will be used. From the use of one's muscles, it will be possible to harness all available power generated by every muscular contraction. It will then be necessary to deliver such power to the human target especially to where the most vulnerable points or vital spots of one's opponent are located, in particular when the opponent is in motion. At this point it is necessary to remind the students of Taekwon-Do that this art of self-defense is specially designed for swift retaliation against the moving aggressor.

Most of the devastating maneuvers in Taekwon-Do are based specially on the initial impact of a blow plus the consequential additional force provided by the rebound of the opponent's moving part of the body. Similarly by using the attacker's force of momentum, the slightest push is all that is needed to upset his or her equilibrium and to topple him or her. Hours spent on training will not be wasted; for surely you will reap a rich reward in the form of speedy reactions and deadly blows to rain down upon your enemy or in any case to save life if and when a need arises. Even if Taekwon-Do is practiced for the sake of exercise alone, the enjoyment derived will justify the time invested and spent. As an exercise, it is equally suitable for the old and young, male and female. 


80 Hankard Street Sydney, Nova Scotia (Cape Breton)

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