Champions Tae Kwon Do opened its door for the first time this week at a downtown location at 15 West Broadway.
Champions Tae Kwon Do is owned and operated by local residents Jeremy and Ramona Waibel. They hope to bring something to Fort Meade that has been lacking in the past.
“There is not anything like this for the youth and adults in Fort Meade to do, so we hope that by bringing the art and science of Tae Kwon Do to Fort Meade it will allow for children and adults alike to benefit. This town has given so much to our family and it is our desire to now give back to it with our talents” – Jeremy Waibel, Owner
Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the word “Tae” “Kwon” “Do.” It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. “Tae” means “foot,” “leg,” or “to step on”; “Kwon” means “fist,” or “fight”; and “Do” means the “way” or “discipline.” If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind “Tae Kwon Do”.
First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon ‘fists and feet,’ or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon ‘to put fists under control’ [or ‘to step on fists’]. Thus Taekwondo means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”
Master Waibel has reached the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt and has been teaching and training since 1988. Master Waibel has trained many local, state, and national champions and he him self is a 12 time national champion and a member of the Black Belt hall of fame for concrete breaking. Master Waibel has aligned his school currently with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and is supported by some of the highest ranking martial artists both nationally and internationally.
Mrs. Ramona Waibel has reached the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been training since 1995. She is a national champion in poomse (Forms) and looks forward to seeing the opportunities that Fort Meade has for the school.
The School is offering not only night classes for both adults and children but a unique after school pick up program. The students involved in this program are picked up at either, Fort Meade Middle, Anna Woodbury, or Lewis Elementary and shuttled to Champions Tae Kwon Do. While they are there, the students have an opportunity to get their homework done, they will take class, and snacks are available to them. Parents pick the students up prior to 6:00 pm. The after school program learns the same curriculum as the night class students and test right along beside them. Mrs. Waibel stated that the response has been amazing, and currently the after school program has only 10 remaining spots.
Currently Champions Tae Kwon Do is open Monday – Thursday from noon – 8pm and Friday from noon – 6pm. Saturday and Sunday are by appointment only. They can be reached at 863-583-KICK (5425) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org