Arrash the Archer, Taekwondo is dedicated to the same principles and goals of Arrash the Archer, Education, which is to promote education and development of 21st-century skills by leveraging technology and innovation. This website emphasizes the same goals but with a focus on martial arts and taekwondo.
There are currently two projects being developed. The first of which is Poomsae Judge, a web-based poomsae scoring system used for athlete development, teaching poomsae, and tournaments. The second project is Athlete Trainer, a tool for instructors and coaches to use in order to provide students and athletes with custom workouts and training routines. Both projects are in active development and testing and are expected to be released in early 2024.
The secondary purpose of this website is to serve as a space for news and updates for any taekwondo programs taught by Arrash Jaffarzadeh. Currently, Mr. Jaffarzadeh is the Director of Martial Arts at Monticello Academy since 2005 where the program has produced nine black belts, competed in national and international events, and a US National Team Member. Mr. Jaffarzadeh is a 5th Dan Kukkiwon black belt and is a certified US referee and International Poomsae referee.
Arrash the Archer, Taekwondo’s teaching philosophy is to provide students with a balanced training and education regimen. The curriculum is divided into five core branches. Each branch is a key component in the development of the martial artist and through training, can aid students in self-discovery and growth.
The 5 branches of the Taekwondo program:
- Self Defense
The fundamentals portion of the curriculum includes stances, strikes, blocks, and kicks as well as the development of balance, coordination, strength training, and flexibility. Board breaking and acrobatics also fall under this category.
Forms (poomsae) are a pattern of movement that includes a series of blocks and strikes combined with stances. Generally, each poomsae has symbolism or represents a concept or philosophy. As the students progress through their rank, they learn more poomsae to aid them in their training. Poomsae is a competition event where the student performs their poomsae and are judged based on their technical skills and presentation.
Sparring (kyorugi) is an Olympic Sport that involves to athletes combating each other using protective gear by delivering a series of attacks and counterattacks with the goal of gaining as many points as possible within a given amount of time. As a sport in the Olympics, sparring is also a competition event in which students participate throughout the year.
Self-defense (hoshinsul) is also an important part of the taekwondo curriculum. The goal in self-defense is to keep one safe by learning how to assess and determine the correct course of action. Self-defense includes learning to fall safely, joint locks, escapes, and much more.
Philosophy helps the student learn about the meaning behind martial arts as a whole as well as the history of taekwondo.
These five branches as a whole are interconnected and aid students in reaching the goal of the program as a whole to create better citizens. Taekwondo students are on a quest to better themselves and in turn, contribute to their community.