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The martial art of karate is all about balance: we learn when to be still and when to strike, when to use tension and when to relax, when to be serious—and when it’s OK to be a little silly.
True Balance Karate provides a warm, welcoming, fun atmosphere for both the most reluctant and motivated students. Its owners and instructors share their passion and expertise in the art of Tang Soo Do, helping individuals gain skills to grow physically and personally.
Whether you consider yourself a natural athlete or athletically-challenged, the folks at TBK see your potential, and support you in accomplishing your goals. Physical fitness and self-defense are typical benefits of practicing martial arts. But students also experience the transformational effects of building confidence, focus, respect, cooperation, resilience, and leadership skills that last a lifetime, on and off the mat.
Every student becomes part of the TBK family and part of the greater Tang Soo Do community. We challenge each other, inspire each other, and encourage each other. We learn to be good partners without hurting each other. And every student makes us stronger, whether 3-years-old or 83-years-old!
Join TBK and take part in a martial art spanning more than 2,000 years. Discover your inner martial artist and become a fierce warrior, a determined competitor, and a knowledgeable steward of an ancient tradition that lives on through each of us.
Great family-centered school
TBK is a great family-centered school. Owners live in the community and provide a wonderful mix of instruction and support. My daughter has been studying under them for five years and started when she was 9. Many students start with no karate knowledge whatsoever and all are able to learn at their own pace.
Instructors who truly care
My daughter has attended classes at TBK regularly for the past 5 years and loves it! The owners are the instructors who truly care about each and every one of their students. The owners instruct every class in a positive and motivating manner. Everyone learns and everyone has fun!
My son is stronger and more confident
They understand that every kid is not the same, so they can differentiate between each child’s needs and ensure they get the best instruction possible. I have seen improvement in my kids, not only physically, but mentally and socially as well. I enrolled my son, initially, to learn discipline and mental strength along with social skills. Not only did TBK deliver on my expectations, they went beyond what I had imagined. My son is stronger and more confident physically and I can see his confidence and mental strength develop alongside his physical skills.
Our son has been participating at TBK since 2012, and shortly thereafter the rest of our family joined him on the mat. The TBK staff has taught us—and many other kids, adults, and families—with equal parts knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm, and genuine caring and concern that continues to make us feel we are part of a larger family, and we can succeed at TBK. All four of us are very close to earning our black belts! You cannot beat the family-friendly atmosphere, and a program that motivates kids and builds their self-confidence and self-control. Kids and adults of all skill levels and abilities are welcome, and classes are organized appropriately. My kids have participated in a LOT of activities, and karate at TBK is a keeper!
I cannot say enough
Within a couple of weeks we noticed our daughter was more respectful, better focused, and more confident. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the instructors and positive family atmosphere here!
Tireless positive attitude
The Helsdons have a tireless positive attitude, an appreciation for martial arts, and the patience to teach children and adults alike. Their skills and communication styles complement each other, and they instill in their students the desire to be better martial artists and better people.
We have found great satisfaction in the hard work and accomplishments we’ve had so far, and we have been proud to represent TBK in tournaments and events. We are very grateful to Master Helsdon, Master H, and their staff for their inspiration and all the hard work that they put into True Balance Karate. We look forward to many years of learning, pushing ourselves, and being healthier and happier.
I look forward to each class
I began training at TBK five years ago. I can’t begin to describe how much I love it there. I never thought I’d make it as far as I have or be able to do the things that I can do. I am stronger and more confident than when I started, and I’m very close to earning my black belt. I look forward to each class and continuing on my journey in Tang Soo Do.
Since joining TBK, our family of four is more fit, and we have better focus and more self-confidence. Master Helsdon and Master H and their support staff of additional black belts are excellent. The Little Dragons program rewards younger students in a positive way by allowing to test up more frequently. As the kids progress into the adult belts they enter the more challenging material with pride and confidence. In many of the classes adults and children are mixed with more advanced belts helping to pass their knowledge on to beginning students. This format has made it easier for us to attend classes together as a family. TBK fosters a welcoming community and hosts special events for more specialized training.
Options for both adults and seniors
TBK has great physical activity options for both adults and seniors. No matter what your background in martial arts (if any), you’ll find their approach founded in the best learning principles: comprehensive lesson planning, demonstration, repetition, feedback, patience, encouragement, and fun.
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