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TAE KWON DO         AIKIDO       PENTJAK SILAT

.: Introduction

Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art which originated approximately 2000 years ago, and is currently being taught in over 140 countries and enjoyed by more then 30 million students.  Tae Kwon Do's (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) widespread popularity has caused it to be chosen as one of the official Olympic sports in the games of the 27th Olympiad in Sydney, Australia for the year 2000.

Our school's instructors are among the finest Black Belts in Canada and are trained in the latest and most advanced methods of instruction and self-defence.  Furthermore, our school is certified by the Ontario Tae Kwon Do Association, the WTF Canada Tae Kwon Do Association and the Korea Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Hae. The school is also associated with Grand Master Hee Yong Cho of Richmond B.C. and Grand Master Seoung Eui Shin of Nashville, Tennessee.

No matter whether you are seeking self defense, better health, physical fitness, or self discipline, our school can meet your goal.
Our school's instructors are among the finest Black Belts in Canada and are trained in the latest and most advanced methods of instruction and self-defence.  Furthermore, our school is certified by the Ontario Tae Kwon Do Association, the WTF Canada Tae Kwon Do Association and the Korea Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Hae. The school is also associated with Grand Master Hee Yong Cho of Richmond B.C. and Grand Master Seoung Eui Shin of Nashville, Tennessee.

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.: Grand Master Song

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A Grand Master, Mr. Soengkono (Song, Yung Ren), received his 9th Dan Black Belt in 2010. He is among the few individuals to have received this distinction and is qualified as an International Master Instructor in the art and science of Tae Kwon Do. This certification is officially approved by the governing body of Tae Kwon Do Organization and Certification in Korea.

The Canada Tae Kwon Do Association selected him as coach/trainer for the Canada National Team to the SNK Cup Japan Tae Kwon Do Championships held in Osaka, Japan in 1995. Furthermore, Grand Master Soengkono is also a 6th Dan Black Belt in Aikido and Jujitsu from Japan, a master in painting and drawing, an engineer, and a graduate in Business Administration who is presently finishing his Business Administration doctoral program.

Grandmaster Soengkono is also the former Canadian and Indonesian Champion and was special instructor to the Indonesian Army and Riot Police Force. He has 44 years teaching experience and is the president of the Northwestern Ontario Tae Kwon Do Association, an organization he founded in 1987.

 

Discover Your Children!

One of the best gifts you can provide your child is the opportunity to develop the attributes of a successful life.  What are these attributes?  Patience, Concentration, Humility, Self-Discipline, Self-Control, Self-Confidence, and a Strong, Healthy Body with Good Co-Ordination.  Our Olympic Tae Kwon Do style is unique in athletics -- it's not  just a form of "self-defence", but a Total Learning and Improvement Activity.

Are your children picked on by others?  Are their school studies getting worse?  Do they need a new attitude to replace a negative one?  Are they lacking self-confidence?  If you have any of these problems with your children, now is the time to send them to our school.  After a few months of training, each child will show dramatic changes: a lower level of anxiety and an increased sense of self-esteem.  Most importantly, there will be an improvement, both at home and in their school studies.  The training at our school could be the priceless gift of starting your children off properly on their long road to a happy and successful life.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
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Are Tae Kwon Do Classes Safe?

Answer: All Song Tae Kwon Do classes are taught with your safety in mind.  We have a "no-contact" rule for beginners so that full control of punches and kicks can be taught safely and gradually.  Classmates are partners, not enemies.  Students interested in contact training for sports competition may do so at special classes, under the supervision of Grandmaster Song and using proper safety equipment.he advanced physical and mental training in Tae Kwon Do have made the difference in our child's confidence,


Could Tae Kwon Do influence my child to become more aggressive?

Answer: At Song Tae Kwon Do, children and parents learn that martial arts are not to be used in aggression but rather to defend oneself in problematic situations.  Aggressive behaviour is channeled into assertiveness to increase the individual's self-esteem and self discipline as well as to build character.  Our program also helps the shy child to develop self-confidence and become more assertive.


Will there be other beginners in my class?

Answer: Yes, at Song Tae Kwon Do, you can expect to be grouped with students of similar rank and skill level.  There is, however, a mixed class where students are mixed with others at different skill levels.  This way, new students continue to learn their material while at the same time benefiting from observing and learning from more experienced students. 


How can I choose the right martial arts school for myself or my children?

Answer: Choosing the right school is a very important decision.  Not everyone can teach you or your loved ones.  First, we recommend that you visit the school and interview the instructors or staff members, then observe a class or attend a trial class.  Check the credentials of the school and the head instructor to decide whether or not that school and program is right for you. 

Endorsements:

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"I have been a student of Grand Master Song and his school for over fifteen years and his guidance and instruction have given me the confidence, skills, and abilities to complete my duties as a police officer efficiently and effectively given any situation. Grand Master Song teaches teachers. His careful attention to detail and hands on instruction with his students ensures that the essence and spirit of Aikido is transmitted directly from master to student. I am honoured to recommend Grand Master Song and his school for you or your child."
Terry Pentney (RCMP Officer)

“Teacher to the Teacher”
I have had the devastating misfortune, the esteemed honor, and the haunting tragedy, of meeting many people who walk the path of life and death in this conflict ridden world of ours. However, upon the fated occasion of meeting others amid the scenario of training I became remarkably aware of a person who by his gentle gaze and humble benevolence, exuded strength beyond that which I have ever experienced in any of my international moments. By chance our meeting had happened, or was it by fate, I was to embrace a learning experience beyond my prior remembrances?  While in the presence of this venerated colleague I became clearly and respectfully aware that I had the honor of meeting in my life, one of the worlds, greatest disciples of combative technique understanding.
My skills and techniques that I displayed in the presence of this unassuming and gentle man were absorbed, my words and thoughts were considered, and amid his vast background of experience based knowledge, he shared moments with me that I shall never forget… His words impacted my thoughts while the silence between us was deafening with long-ago reflections.
After having written five books about the experiences of my life, and obtained two doctorate degrees, survived the worlds war zones, taught the officers of over sixty nations, I had suddenly and respectfully become the student of the humble, kind, and combatively insightful,
Grand Master Song.
May his life be long, because he has so very much to contribute to so many…
Dr. Robert R. Rail
Surviving the International War Zone

About Dr. Robert Rail:

Dr. Robert Rail was an International Police Officer for the United Nations Police Task Force in Bosnia and Kosovo. As a war zone officer, Bob performed a wide variety of enforcement assignments including patrol, general peace-keeping activities and riot response. He was also responsible for designing curriculums and instructing the elite police officers from over 60 nations who have been deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He has been a physical confrontation advisor and resource training provider to personnel for NATO and OSCE.

Dr. Rail has been a resident instructor at the Specialized Advanced Training Unit of the High Institute of the BaghdadPoliceCollege and was awarded a second doctorate degree for his exceptional abilities as an international police instructor. He has received numerous other awards for his work in the international community. He is an internationally respected and acclaimed master instructor in Karate. He is a frequent contributor to publications, television, and radio programs and conducts both training and consulting services for universities and corporations worldwide. He is the author of five books including: the Unspoken Dialogue; Defense Without Damage; Custodial Cuffing and Restraint; Reactive Handcuffing Tactics; and Surviving the International War Zone all available from Varro Press.


To Whom It May Concern:
Letter of Recommendation:Grandmaster Soengkono

Please accept this letter of recommendation for the skills and experience of Grandmaster Soengkono who has made a very significant mark in Thunder Bay’s martial arts community. As a member of the Martial Arts Council Grandmaster Soengkono is part of the fraternity that has made us recognized as the Martial Arts Capital of Canada.
His school has been a major contribution to this earned reputation. He has taught and inspired thousands of students (of all ages) in many disciplines of the martial arts attesting to his expansive knowledge and ability to cross-train .This is important because of the need to combine aggressive and passive uses of self-defence and defusing of belligerent behaviours.
He is very much a leader and the kind of teacher who indeed practises what he teaches. Considering the scope of his community involvement (including PRO Kids), lifelong learning , and physical and mental fitness he is a stellar example of being what he inspires in others.
I am fortunate to have known Grandmaster over many years and can verify his commitment to youth and to the betterment of our community.
Without a doubt Grandmaster Soengkono excels in instruction and has demonstrated this attribute at the highest levels.
Thus I do offer my name as a long-time practitioner of the martial arts and as the President of the Northern American Chen Tai Chi Association.

Respectfully submitted,

Ken Boschoff (City Councillor)


Grandmaster Soengkono has without a doubt had an enormous positive impact on my life.  
Having trained under Grandmaster in Taekwondo since I was 8 years old, earning a rank of black stripe, I can attest to world class martial arts and self defence training provided by Grandmaster and his team.
However, Grandmaster's teachings go beyond the Dojang and into the classroom, the school yard, the office and life itself, and these are what I carry with me today.
Grandmaster's life teachings and character development principles made a lasting impact on me when I was young, first by fostering confidence and self esteem at a vulnerable age when I struggled with bullying and childhood insecurities were the norm.
As I matured I began to take to heart the character principles Grandmaster teaches. Principles like integrity, perseverance, respect, modesty, and compassion. I have carried these teachings throughout my life and throughout life's challenges and truly credit them to the person I am today.
Grandmaster Soengkono is a phenomenal human being. I am
blessed I was able to foster a relationship with him and I am honoured today to call him my friend. I wholeheartedly endorse the training and education provided by him and his team at Song Martial Arts. 

-Mario Nucci, MD

Dear Grand Master Song,

I wanted to write this little letter to tell “THANK YOU” for everything.  You could not imagine how you helped me during my trip in Canada.  I have learned so many things in your class.  Not just about the techniques of Tae Kwon Do but also about myself.  I could never  imagine that I would do Tae Kwon Do in Canada!  And getting my Yellow Stripes...I could not hope more. 
 
Everyone in your school has been so nice to me.  At the beginning of my school in Canada, it was pretty hard since English is not my language; but I remembered that I was feeling so much better every time I went to your classes. 
 
So, yes, I am going to really miss your classes.  I would like to continue Tae Kwon Do in France but I know it is going to be hard to find a class as perfect as yours.  Thank you again for teaching me all these things.  You have been so nice to me.  I hope I will see you again!
 
Manon
(November, 2013)
 
Cher Grand Maitre Song,
 
Merci pour tout, je n aurais pas pu esperer une meilleure experience que cette classe de Taekwondo.  Merci pour votre gentilesse, votre hospilite, votre generosite que je n oublierai jamais.
 
Manon
(France)


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When I first started training with Grand Master Song he told me that he teaches teachers. It took me some time to understand what he meant by that.  It means, among other things, that teaching people only how to fight is insufficient, and that teaching people why fighting is sometimes necessary leads to greater skill, understanding and character development. From this perspective, the martial art becomes a form of conflict resolution, and each art he teaches – aikido, tae kwon do, pentjak silat, tai chi – is a different facet of that central idea. Grand Master Song also teaches that while martial arts training will certainly make students better at self-defence, the deeper and more important purpose of the training is to come to know oneself and experience personal growth.  To do this, he teaches balance. If you are quick to judge, he will teach you to first observe without judgment; if you are shy, he will lead you towards self-confidence; if you are arrogant or vain, he will emphasize humility and respect for others. In mastering ourselves, he teaches, we come to feel compassion for others.  I have certainly found training with Master Song to be a worthwhile experience, and would not hesitate to recommend his school to anyone."

Lee Sieswerda, B.Ed., M.Sc.
(Epidemiologist and Professor at Lakehead University)


I was lucky to begin practicing martial arts with Master Song when I was 11 years old and continued for nearly 10 years until I moved from Thunder Bay. As a teenager it helped me form a strong character. The wisdom he taught me still guides me as I face life's challenges and I attribute a lot of my success to Master Song's teachings. Now that I am a father I think the martial arts are one of the best activities my children can practice to give them a positive enhancement for their mind, body & moral character.

Matti Rikkinen

(2nd Dan and owner of Yaletown L'Antipasto)



To: Grand Master Soengkono,

You may not remember me, but I once was a student of yours for a brief time a couple years ago. I was a student at Confederation College who came across your school. I have been a fan of Tae Kwon Do for a while now. I am writing you to thank you for giving me the privilege of being a student of yours. The only regret I have had leaving Thunder Bay was I would no longer get to study at your school. Although I was there for a brief period of time, I absorbed every lesson, story, and word you and Master Kurtis have taught me. You truly are the greatest Grand Master I have ever come across; and you run a school of honour, wisdom, and true greatness. I am still hungry for the art of Tae Kwon Do, and hope to come across another school of equal greatness as yours. And whenever people ask, I tell them I had the privilege of being a student of one of the greatest Grand Masters Tae Kwon Do has ever had.

Sincerely,

Erik Zlatanovski


"Since our two boys began training, I have attended the majority of their classes and the quality of the instruction they receive is outstanding. The teaching staff have a great deal of skill and talent which they are able to successfully impart to the students. Of equal, if not more, importance, I noted the emphasis that you and your instructors place upon self discipline and respect both inside and outside the dojang. Appropriate, if notexceptional behavior is expected at home and at school. My children are receiving training in how to be successful, not only in martial arts, but in life. The skills they are learning promote high values, high standards, and high personal goals. They are encouraged to be the bestpeople they can possibly be. Their talents and hard work are always rewarded and praised and their shortcomings are never ridiculed. Soengkono Martial Arts School has significantly raised the self-esteem of both our children and is setiing the groundwork for an approach to life that can only result in success. master Song instills a great desire to excel in all aspects of life, and has a true talent for motivating his students. He is approachable, supportive, generous, and a lethal weapon. The best part of all is that he makes learning so much fun.

Constable Craig Town and Family (parents)


The advanced physical and mental training in Tae Kwon Do have made the difference in our child's confidence, concentration, performance, and achievement levels with a notable improvement communicating and interacting with people of all ages.  I believe Grandmaster Song has the recipe to help our children enjoy a healthy, active youth and become respected, responsible adults through honesty and fair play.

Ken Sillman (parent)


"Quite simply. TAEKWONDO has been one of the best learning experiences in my son's life. Grand Master Song and his instructors are amazing teachers and role models. They challenge every student to grow physically and mentally in an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. They teach far more than physical strength and skill; they also model self-confidence, self-awareness, integrity and compassion. I am indebted to a friend who recommend these classes to us, and it is now my pleasure to pass on the recommendation to others. It is one of the best decisions we ever made.

Dr. Margaret McKee, Professor Lakehead University (parent)


""As a parent, one only wishes the best for their children and when we decided to enroll our son and daughter in Grandmaster Song's school of Taekwondo, it was a decision that was made with absolutely no regret. Although our children were only with Grandmaster Song for a short  time, the values they learned from him and his instructors were second to none. He has shown them not only the physical skills that they required but more importantly, the bility to stay focused, increase determination and self-esteem and most importantly to respect themselves and others in and out of the Dojang. It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Grandmaster Song and his awesome teaching staff as they truly are world class. They not only brought out the best in our children, but they also made them feel as if they were part of a wonderful family which will be truly missed. Grandmaster Song comes highly respected in the Taekwondo community not only as an instructor, but also as a person and his World Class School of Martial Arts is truly World Class. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend this school to anyone looking to enhance their way of life through the martial arts.".

Mike and Angela Johnson (parents)

"Our child has been taking Tae Kwon Do lessons since she was six and the benefits we feel are multifold. They include better health, knowledge of self-defense, and a stronger emotional and spiritual self. We very much appreciate also Grand master Song's positive approach to his teaching such that students are never fearful about making mistakes. The result is that students feel committed to their chosen martial art and the njoyment level is enhanced. One unusual and highly beneficial aspect of Grand Master Song's school is the fact that it offers a range of martial arts training. There are a few martial artists who are experts in both Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts such as Aikido and Tai Chi as is Grand Master Song. We also appreciate the fact that Grand Master Song is accomplished as an individual outside the realm of martial arts, being a talented artistand someone who has several post-secondary qualifications. He instills in his students commitment not only to the physical, but also intellectual pursuits. Finally, as with all good martial arts schools, the focus is on determination, integrity and courage. these are the values the school strives to encourage and these are the values the school teaches can be incorporated successfully in the lives of all the students of the school regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, disability or any other such difference which under other circumstances unfortunately divides people.."
Dr. Sonya and Roshen Grover (parents)

Highly respected and recommended school, developing and challenging the students strengths and abilities both mentally and physically.  Builds self-confidence, discipline, concentration, and fitness, while promoting modesty and self-respect.  The students' dedication, enthusiasm, and zeal are a reflection of Grandmaster Song's gift as an instructor and motivator.

Leena Hubie (parent)


Grandmaster Song has the ability to catch and hold the attention of a room full of active children.  He does it with humour, concentration, and by example.  He uses the concept of respect to teach his classes, not only the physical components, but also the attitudinal components of Tae Kwon Do:  patience, control, humility, and concentration.  Frequently, the parents observing learn as much as the participants.  I would recommend this school to anyone considering taking up martial arts.

Dr. Dan Gleeson (parent)

 

"My experience with Soengkono World Class Martial Arts School has been a consistently positive and beneficial one. While I have notices improvement and maintenance in physical strength, endurance, and flexibility, the benefits of my training have extended much further. The curriculum emphasizes consistent, gradual change, with the introduction of attainable goals in a well thought out progression. The instructors and fellow students are all very positive, all students are made welcome. The school teaches the physical skills of Taekwondo, and students are successful in national level competition. More importantly, the school teaches moral and personal skills which will lead to the life-long skills of self-discipline, self-control, and a positive attitude. I have watched young students make remarkable changes in their behaviour and sttitudes over a period of time. All students are made to feel successful, regardless of whether they choose to train for competition, or simply learn a new pattern. For adults, the school offers a place where people of all physical abilities and skills levels can learn new skills froma true grand master. I have no reservations recommending Soengkono World Class Martial Arts School for anyone interested in the benefits of learning Tae Kwon Do.".
Oliver Harding (Speech-Language Pathologist and student)

" "Simply, I trust Grand Master Song with my most important assets-my three sons. I trust him to be respectful, guiding, and to be ethical in his contact with my boys. We have been involved with master Song for over 5 years, and we value his contributions to the growth and development of the boys. His skills in teaching Tae Kwon Do excel our expectations. The confidence in how the students carry themselves is testimonial to Grand Master Song skills.".
Ray Williamson (Dominion Construction, Canada)


"...a martial arts grand master in Thunder Bay who is also truly world class. He is the inspirational leader of the Soengkono World Class martial Arts School...his credentials are impressive: 9th Dan Grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do, 6th degree black belt in Aikido and Jujutsu from Japan, a Grand Master in Indonesian Pencak Silat, was Combat Instructor to the Indonesian Army; SWAT and Riot Police, but it's his approach and attitude in the classroom and that of his instructors...that provide an experience that is truly moving. He preaches the gospel of courtesy, respect, perseverance, mental focus and an "I can" attitude. His approach toward the teaching of Martial Arts combined with Life Skills could serve as a lesson that every student in Lakehead's Faculty of Education should attend. We are most fortunate to have him here in Thunder Bay."
Rick Smith, ("One Man's Opinion," July 13, 2006)

 

"Our son and young daughter have been enjoying Tae Kwon Do for some time. Grand Master Song along with his dedicated and skilled senior instructors provide exceptional training not only in the martial art form itself but also in self defense. The benefits however extend far beyond the physical. The school instills traditional wisdom and values in students and blends this with modern strategies for self improvement and achievement in any endeavor. Courtesy, respect, self discipline and control are all reinforced. The Grand Master’s teachings sharpen the ability to focus and concentrate on any task and students are encouraged to achieve academically and to strive for excellence in all pursuits.
In addition to the development of valuable life skills, we have witnessed a steady evolution of a quiet inner confidence in our children.
We genuinely appreciate the opportunity to participate in the technique and unparalleled experience offered by Grand Master Song."

Dr. Peter and Shelley Jacobson

"The Soengkono World Class Martial Arts School under the direction of Grand Master Song is truly a remarkable and exceptional school which we feel extremely fortunate to have in our community of Thunder Bay.

Our son Justin began taking Tae Kwon Do in 1996 when he was 8 years old. In 2005, Justin earned his Black Belt and now helps out at the school as an assistant instructor. Our younger son, Adam who has Down Syndrome was invited to join in the classes with his father (at the ripe young age of 51) in 2003 by Grand Master Song. Adam’s participation in class was the result of strong encouragement and support by Grand Master Song in recognizing Adam’s potential in achieving success as a member of the supportive community of the school which emphasizes friendship, respect, courtesy, mental focus and self confidence in a positive and interactive learning environment.

Grand Master Song through his teachings and the philosophy of the Tae Kwon Do tradition has demonstrated great compassion, consideration and admiration for Adam and Justin and all of the students and their families. His teaching goes beyond encouraging students to achieve skills and physical fitness through the techniques and traditions of the Tae kwon Do Program. Students also achieve success in emotional, intellectual and social development with a strong emphasis on life skills, character development, compassion, goal setting and respect for others at home, in school and in the greater community. The inclusion of Adam in the program, his acceptance by others and Justin’s achievement in attaining his Black Belt have demonstrated the positive and encouraging environment of the school.

The advanced physical and mental training in Tae Kwon Do have made a huge difference in our children’s confidence, concentration, performance and achievement levels. It has also had a tremendous effect on their father’s physical, spiritual and mental growth. Our deepest thanks and appreciation go to Grand Master Song and his assistant Master Kurtis Kostamo for truly demonstrating the true meaning of inclusion of special needs individuals in society and welcoming Adam, his brother Justin and their father with open arms and hearts into the school. We strongly recommend this school to anyone considering Martial Arts, whether they are young children, teens or adults. "

Larry, Vera, Justin, and Adam Betuzzi

For almost 25 years, I have had the opportunity to learn under a very positive, highly competent Master whom I can identify with and look up to as a mentor in life.  Grandmaster Song has empowered me and has brought out the best in me as well.  I encourage others to seek and learn from him, and discover a Tae Kwon Do that gives students the opportunity to grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  It's an activity that is unmatched by any other activity I know.
Kurtis Kostamo (4th Dan): 1997-2000 Ontario Gold Medallist
1999 Canadian National Bronze Medal Champion
2000 Canadian National Gold Medal Champion