Get to Know Bearfoot Karate’s History, Tenets and Belt Ranking System.
Bearfoot Karate History
– Bearfoot Karate was established in 2006 by Joe Hoglund and Eric Watson, under the mentorship of Jim Stringer, an eighth degree Black Belt.
– The school first operated through the Fridley Community Education program and held class at the Fridley High School.
– Believing in our students’ abilities, needs and desires, a full-service studio location was secured and completely remodeled.
– Using top-notch equipment in a safe and productive environment, Mr. Hoglund and Mr. Watson are looking forward to current and future student growth.
The Bearfoot Tenents of Tae Kwon Do
Our simple logo was designed to help students remember the five tenets (values) of Tae Kwon Do. Each claw on the bear footprint represents one of the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do. Students are encouraged to implement these values in their everyday lives.
Courtesy: To be thoughtful and considerate of others. Tae Kwon Do students and instructors should be polite, and show consideration for others.
Integrity: To be honest and good. Tae Kwon Do practitioners should live by a code of moral values and principles.
Perseverance: To never give up in the pursuit of one’s goals. Students should welcome challenges, because challenges cause us to grow and improve. There is an old proverb that says “Fall down seven times, get up eight times”. This is perseverance at its very best.
Self-Control: To have control of your body and mind. A Tae Kwon Do student should practice controlling his actions and reactions.
Indomitable Spirit: To have courage in the face of adversity. A Tae Kwon Do student should never be dominated by, or have his spirit broken by another.
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Mr. Joe Hoglund
Mr. Hoglund started his Martial Arts training in 1986 after being a competitive high school wrestler. Through the years of Martial Arts studies:
–He earned his 1st degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt in 1993 and currently holds the rank of 6th degree Black Belt at Bearfoot.
–He holds the rank of G-1 with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) as a certified instructor of Krav Maga.
–He is a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Alliance Minnesota.
He has taught Martial Arts at accredited schools like The Karate Company, The Kick Shoppe and Mask Karate. He also taught Karate through the Fridley Park and Recreation and Fridley Community Education Programs. Mr. Hoglund has consistently placed as one of the top three contenders in Karate tournaments in the category of sparring.
Mr. Hoglund has enjoyed teaching Martial Arts for over 19 years and finds great satisfaction in helping people achieve their goals. In his spare time, he hangs out with his wife and two children.
Mr. Eric Watson
Mr. Watson earned his 1st degree Black Belt in 1994 and currently holds the rank of 5th degree Black Belt. Mr. Watson has taught Martial Arts through accredited schools like The Karate Company, Premier Karate and Self Defense America.
He is a practitioner of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. He has also practiced Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu. He also helped launch successful community education programs in Andover and Fridley.
Bearfoot Karate Belt Ranking System
At Bearfoot Karate the belt ranking is: White, Orange, Gold, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown and First Brown (this is a Brown belt with a black stripe and means the student is a Black belt candidate) and finally Black Belt.
The journey does not need to end there. Students can advance to 2nd degree, 3rd degree etc. and can also become active instructors.
Prior to the 20th century there was not a belt ranking system. Every student wore a white belt. It was considered unlucky to wash a belt. The dirtier one’s belt became indicated the amount of training they had, hence the term “Black Belt” was born.
The belt ranking system was really designed to tell an instructor where each particular student was in their Martial Arts training.
Consider the colors of the belts (listed above) and relate them to the beginning of a new day. The white belt represents the rising sun while the other belt colors represent periods of time throughout the day.
Finally the Black belt represents the end of the day as the day turns to night.
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