Have you ever found your child slicing the air, muttering “wax on, wax off” and re-watching (for the third time… that day) The Karate Kid? Well, then you might have a little Bruce Lee in the family and what better time to encourage such athletic talents than in the New Year, by enrolling them in a new class?
Rather than signing up for any old karate class, however, in Bahrain, your little tyke can learn the Korean art of Hoi Jeon Moo Sool instead. Hoi Jeon means ‘to revolve’ and Moo Sool translates as ‘martial art’ – the name is a nod to the fact that it uses the opponent’s power against them, rather than being all about the brawn.
Created by Grandmaster Myung Jae Ok back in 1972, Hoi Jeon Moo Sool uses defensive techniques as opposed to attacks. “In this way, it will create a peaceful mind with confidence in defending himself without creating enemies and an aggressive mind,” explains Bahrain-based master Faisal Taqi who instructs from a dedicated facility in Bahrain Mall.
The Grandmaster himself explains there are three combined principles involved: “to break your opponent’s spirit, divert his power and re-route his path to follow yours.”
While this form of martial art is for everyone, it’s particularly great for children, says Taqi. “We give children not only physical exercise but also discipline. It helps keep them fit and focus on their studies at the same time.
“Also, while they practise with other kids, they become more sociable, making friends along the way and learning to respect others.”
BD35 per month. Children’s classes on Sun, Tue, Thu 3.20pm-4.20pm; Mon, Wed 4.10pm-5.30pm. Teenagers Mon, Wed 5.40pm-7pm. Hoi Jeon Moo Sool, Bahrain Mall, Sanabis (39 876 304).
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Various locations including City Centre Bahrain (17 179 885).