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Looking to practice a martial art? Herndon Parks and Recreation offers many different disciplines, each one allows participants to learn aspects of self-defense, physical health and fitness, mental, physical, and spiritual development.

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Tae Kwon Do for Little Kids Age 3-6 
Tae Kwon Do provides much more than basic physical fitness. Children will learn the basics, which includes kicking, punching, self-defense, balance, discipline, focus, respect and group interaction. New exercises will be introduced each week to help build a child's self-esteem and physical conditioning. Instruction provided by certified instructors under supervision of Master Adam Sterner of Sterner's Tae Kwon Do Academy. Uniforms are required and may be purchased at the first class for $38. Optional belt testing will be available at the end of the session for an additional fee. 

Intro to Tae Kwon Do Age 7-14 
One of the world's most popular martial arts, which has many physical benefits: strength, aerobics, flexibility, agility; and mental benefits: enhanced focus, confidence, discipline and respect. TKD is also a practical system of self-defense with elements of Hapkido (an art that uses an attacker's movements against him). Instruction provided through H. K. Lee Academy of Tae Kwon Do in Herndon. Uniforms are required and may be purchased from the instructor the first night of class for $40. Grandmaster Lee will offer an optional belt testing at the end of the session for an additional fee. 

Shotokan Karate Age 8 & up
The Shotokan Karate class at Herndon Recreation Center is led by national and international champions who are committed to empowering youth and adults with self-defense skills and stronger fitness abilities in a fun manner. Shotokan Karate is a traditional form of Japanese martial arts that equally utilizes hand and leg techniques for self-defense purposes in addition to practicing mindfulness as a means of preventing altercations. Practitioners begin with learning basic techniques, correct posture and alignment, and progress to more advanced sets of movements and sparring activities. Classes also include tailored fitness exercises such as core training, yoga, and calisthenics to further strengthen the body. The Shotokan Karate instructors work hard to create a community where all feel welcomed, encouraged, and have opportunities to test their skills. This program is great for the whole family to participate, smaller classes allow for more individual attention. Join the ranks and learn the skills necessary to become a champion inside and outside of class!  For more information contact John Walsh

Kendo Fundamentals Age 13 & up 
Kendo, the art of Japanese fencing, strives to bring one’s mind, body, and spirit together as one. Introduction to Kendo emphasizes a strong understanding of Kendo basics, including etiquette, footwork, and basic strikes. No prior experience necessary. For more information about the program contact

Kendo Age 13 & up 
Class is geared towards Kendoka who have completed the introductory class and wish to further pursue the art of Kendo. Kendo is a more rigorous class teaching techniques for use in shinsa and shia. Anyone over 13, of any skill level, with approval from the instructor is welcome. Gi, Hakama, Shinai are required. 

Iaido Age 18 & up 
Iaido, the Japanese art of drawing the sword, follows a set of kata, or forms, performed against an imaginary opponent. Due to the emphasis on inward focus, it has been referred to as a moving zen. Considered a complementary discipline to kendo. Students of all skill and age levels, with approval from the instructor, are welcome. Gi, Hakama, Bokken or Iaito is required.

Fencing Age 9 & Up         
Cardinal Fencing Academy classes introduces students to the many benefits of this Olympic sport. Beyond the fitness benefits, fencing promotes intellectual development, decision making skills, self-discipline and confidence. All taught in a safe, supportive environment. Our focus is electric Epee fencing: the modern evolution of the rapier duel. Epee fencing is the most straight forward of the three Olympic fencing disciplines where the opponent’s whole body is the target. There is no right-of-way rules in Epee which makes score keeping simple and clear. Learn the Olympic sport of swords and join us for a fun workout, fencing and new friendships!

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