Greenville Martial Art Center

After School Martial Arts & Summer Camp

What Are Your Kids Learning After School?

As parents ourselves we understand how precious your kids are to you. When your child is picked up from school you want to have the assurance that they are safe and having a good time. You want your child looked after as lovingly and securely as you would.

There are many programs out there that can offer that kind of attention and security. If your like most of our parents you have also seen places that you wouldn’t dare leave your child. In fact you may have wondered who’s watching who!

Our goal at Greenville Martial Art Center is to not only offer your child a safe and fun environment but also watch them grow into confident leaders.

Let’s face it if you wanted them watching TV and playing video games all day, you could leave them at home with grandpa. However because you want the best for your child, you know they need much more.

It’s Not Day Care , It’s a Real Life Experience!

At Greenville Martial Art Center your child will learn life lessons that will stay with them forever. They get physical fitness, mental focus, self discipline, confidence and leadership skills, it’s a real life experience!

Our parents consistently report improved behavior at home, better grades at school and a new sense of confidence in all they do.

Our kids learn to become champions in all that they do. It’s not just about Martial Arts, it’s about becoming the best they can be in every aspect of life.

Stops Bullying and Obesity

Two of the biggest problems facing kids today is obesity and bullying. Martial Arts can be the answer to both of these problems. Your kids will get the physical fitness they need as well as the knowledge and confidence to deal with bullying.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can martial arts turn my child into a bully?
No. Martial arts training will do just the opposite. Children are taught respect, tolerance, self control and compassion. The use of physical force is always reserved as a last resort, and only for self-defense.

Will you tutor my child to help improve her grades?
Your child will have structured time to work on homework or read, but we are a martial arts school and not a tutoring center. Many of our students do enjoy dramatic improvement in their grades due to the improved concentration, study habits, time management skills and winning attitude that we teach them.

Is your school’s emphasis on competition and winning trophies, or is it on the development of my child?
The development of your child always comes first. And unlike with most sports teams, there are no “bench warmers” sitting on the sidelines at Greenville Martial Art Center. Every student participates fully in every class. However, for those students who wish to compete at tournaments, we offer comprehensive training for all belts. Our school is consistently a top medal winner at the regional and national tournaments that we attend each year.

Is Your Kid Becoming a Leader This Summer?

Every summer, kids attend summer camps that are no more than a glorified day care. They get plenty of TV and game time and in some cases they may get some exercise outside. There are some great summer camps out there but there are also some scary ones. Wouldn’t it be great if your child could spend the summer not only having fun but also having a life changing experience?

Here at Greenville Martial Art Center we make sure the kids have a great time as well as learn life lessons that will benefit them at home, school and for the rest of their lives. Here is what your child will get at our amazing summer camp:

  • Physical Fitness
  • Bullyproof Training
  • How to Identify and Avoid Strangers
  • Mental Focus
  • Self Control
  • Leadership Skills
  • Self Confidence
  • And a Ton of Fun!

This is a critical time in a youth’s life and the best time to make sure they are learning lessons they will carry with them all through their life.

Try it for FREE!

We are so confident that you will love our program that we will let you try 1 week FREE! Call now though, space is limited! 864-881-1397

Wol Ge Kwan Hapkido

The Victor's Laurel

What is Hapkido?

Korean Martial Art – Hapkido is an easy-to-learn Korean martial art of self-defense suitable for all ages and abilities. Literally, the term Hapkido is derived from three Korean words:

Hap: the coordination of mind and body. 
Ki: the inner energy that is created and manifested through “Hap”. 
Do: the self-controlled and disciplined life necessary to create “Hap” and “Ki”.

Hapkido is a complete martial art teaching throws, kicks, punches, joint manipulation, pressure points, free fighting, weapons and meditation. All hapkido skills are designed to subdue an opponent without causing serious injuries.

History of Hapkido

The history of Korean martial arts began about 16 centuries ago at approximately 372 A.D. At this time it was mainly the Buddhist Monks who began developing what fighting arts there were in Korea. Nobleman and people from the elite classes would secretly practise these fighting skills, taking care to keep their skills from the lower classes.

During this time, Korea was divided into three warring kingdoms: Paekche, Koguryo and Silla. Koguryu was the largest of the kingdoms and most often the aggressor. Silla, however, possessed the most advanced culture and it’s sophistication helped the small kingdom ward of it’s enemies.

In the 5th century, the kingdom of Koguryo invaded both Paekche and Silla. After holding off the invaders, Silla became even more united with new efforts to improve itself. One of the most important improvements was the creation of an elite fighting group called Hwarangdo. This group comprised of specially selected noblemen who excelled intellectually as well as physically. They were taught the arts of philosophy, science, verse, as well as Ki and martial arts skills. The Hwarangdo helped Silla defeat her enemies and unite all of Korea.

As the years passed, some masters began to specialise in specific areas such as kicks or throws; they developed individual schools that would later be known as Tae Kwon Do, Korean Kendo and Yew Sool, etc. Many monks and some martial art masters however, continued to teach, improve and modernize all the fighting techniques, practising a “complete” system under the name of hoshinsul (self-defense technques).

In 1904 Japan invaded Korea. After conquering the country the Japanese required the monks to take wives and banned all martial arts. Masters of the martial arts were forced to hide in the remote monasteries and mountains in order to be able to preserve and pass on knowledge to their disciples.

The martial art ban lasted 36 years until 1945. One master who withdrew to the moutains was Choi, Young Sool. During his 36 years in the mountains he helped to develop and modernize what we now call “Hapkido”. Another well known name within Hapkido history is one of Choi’s disciples Ji, Han Jae. Master Ji was instrumental in reviving Hapkido in post-war Korea. He developed more kicks and techniques and helped Hapkido to flourish through the creation of a governmental organisation known as the Korean Hapkido Association.

Chang's Hapkido

Grand Master Gedo Chang originally learned Hapkido from his father, a Buddhist monk. He was also a contemporary of Master Ji. In his twenties Master Chang left the mountains of Chungnam province and the monastery he had grown up in. Arriving in the city he became formally recognised as a master (1964) by the newly created Korean Hapkido Association. He then opened his school in Korea and called it Wol Ge Kwan which means “The Victor’s Laurel”. He was the first to develop Hapkido techniques specifically for police personnel. His teaching abilities so impressed the Korean Government, that they created a special award for “Best Martial Arts Instructor”, and presented it to Master Chang. In 1973, Master Chang moved to the United States of America and settled in Lombard, Illinois where he opened his first U.S. School, “Chang’s Hapkido Academy”. Since then he has demonstrated and taught throughout the USA and is currently President of the World Hapkido Union.

Hapkido Principles

Won – Circular Motion

The circle symbolises natural and continuous movement. In relation to an attackers punch, instead of blocking it with a direct counterblock (meeting force with force), the circular principle is used to deflect or re-direct the force of the punch. Utilising a circle not only disrupts an opponent’s force, but also sets the position for a counterattack. In everyday life the same principle can be applied – if someone makes negative comments then these should not be countered with negative returns but be deflected in a circular way with positive ones.

The circle can also be thought of as an invisible area around oneself – if the attackers punch does not come inside this circle there is no need to block. Circular motion is also important in relation to the education of students. Techniques need to be revisited with the added knowledge acquired from having completed the circle.

Hwa – Harmony or Non-Resistance

At one level the harmony or non-resistance that we are trying to develop is within us – linking mind and body. In simple terms, one should be making sure that the body or senses are not dictating actions. At other levels we should be trying to be in harmony with our environment and our opponent. In relation to a punch even though the force is directed straight at us, we should not oppose that force but instead go with it. In this way we harmonise with the force becoming one with it. In everyday life we should also be ensuring that there is harmony between mind and body, so that we are following the right path. Closely linked to harmony theory is the concept of “empty mind” – a mind free from impurities.

Yew – The Water Principle

Two of the characteristics of water are softness and adaptability. Softness in general is linked to life, whereas, hardness or brittleness is linked to death. Softness has the capacity to win against hardness. Hapkido is “soft” and defensive, emphasising throws, twists and pressure point techniques. As compared to some other Martial Arts that are “hard” – which rely on physical power and are offence-oriented. When training in Hapkido both the body and mind should become softer. Adaptability can be described in terms of deflecting an attacker’s punch; we are like water that has been penetrated by a stone: no sooner has the stone divided the water than it flows together again to surround and envelop the stone. Adaptability, constant flow, penetration and softness apply to actions within the do-jang as well as to life in general. For example, adaptability refers to adjusting positively to changing circumstances and finding the best path.

Wol Ge Kwan Hapkido

Wol Ge Kwan means “The Victor’s Laurels”. Wol Ge Kwon refers to the type of Hapkido Grandmaster Chang teaches and the name of the school.

Hapkido is literally translated:

Hap: mind and body coordination

Ki: inner energy created and manifested through mind and body coordination.

Do: the self-controlled and disciplined life necessary to create Hap and Ki.

Therefore, Hapkido is a Korean martial art which emphasizes the coordination of internal and external energies through a disciplined life. The motto of Chang’s Hapkido Academy is Truth, Love, and Persistence.

Addressing Grandmaster Chang, Masters, Instructors, and Assistant Instructors
  • Grandmaster Chang should be called Kwanjangnim (pronounced Kwan-Jahng-nim), or Grandmaster Chang
  • 5th degree instructors should be called Master.
  • 4th degree instructors should be called Saboumnim (pronounced sob-bum-nim.) To differentiate between one instructor or another, use the last name.
  • 3rd degree assistant instructors should be addressed as Bew Saboumnim, or as Mr. or Ms. and their last name.
  • 2nd degree assistant instructors should be addressed Jo Saboumnim, or as Mr. or Ms. and their last name.
  • 1st degree black belt should be referred to as Mr. or Ms. and their last name.

Traditional Taekwon-do

The Way of the Hand and Foot

Commit Your Spirit to the Pursuit of Excellence!

Think about all of the different programs you have wanted for you or your family. You may have wanted to lose weight but can’t seem to get to the gym enough or have the encouragement to do so. Maybe you have wanted to get in shape for the stress reducing benefits but were not able to stick with it. You may have wanted to learn how to defend yourself or have your kids learn how to handle a bully.

If you are like most of our students you can probably relate to all of those. Well, here is your chance to get all of it in one place. Taekwon-Do is designed to implement all aspects of a healthy body. This includes, strength training, cardio workouts, proper breathing, mental focus and self discipline. On top of all that you will learn self defense techniques, kids learn how to become bully proof and how to deal with strangers. You get a full body and mind experience at Greenville Martial Art Center.

What YOU Get
  • Intense Taekwon-Do Instruction
  • Self Defense
  • Mental Focus
  • Physical Fitness
  • You get it all!

Our facilities and amazing staff are here to help you achieve your goals in a fun and effective environment. We have classes for all ages, genders and experience levels. Whether you are looking for Karate, MMA, Taekwon-Do or any other Martial Arts training in Greenville, we know you will love our school.

Here is what you can expect in YOUR class at Traditional Taekwon-Do Center
Grandmaster Brunner

Kwan Jang-Nim Gerhard Brunner was born in Munich, Germany and has been practicing Taekwon-Do for 37 years. He is currently a 7th Dan black belt and has been teaching for over 30 years. Master Brunner has gained international recognition and numerous awards throughout the years, including the Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Traditional Leadership. After establishing nine schools in Germany he opened the first Traditional Taekwon-Do Center in Tampa, Florida in 1997. Master Brunner was the first certified Kimoodo instructor in the United States.

What is Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is an ancient Korean martial art. Many people practice Taekwon-Do for its self-defense benefits, but it is also an art and is studied and appreciated for its beauty and grace of movement. The spiritual aspect of Taekwon-Do is found in its philosophy of self-restraint, kindness and humility.

Traditional Taekwon-Do is the original style which differs from modernized forms and other martial arts in several ways: no physical contact is allowed in free sparring, it is more aerobic in training than other styles, and the emphasis is on each student’s own improvement rather than on competition with others.

Who can learn Taekwon-Do?

Children, teens, adults and seniors can all learn Taekwon-Do and enjoy its many benefits. Since emphasis is on personal growth rather than on competition, people of all ages and backgrounds find Taekwon-Do satisfying and challenging. In addition, because Taekwon-Do requires such diverse skills, students can specialize with the art and develop their own area of expertise and enjoyment.

Specialties include: free-sparring which requires quickness, endurance and athletic technique; forms which focus on precision and patterns; self-defense which emphasizes escapes and defense techniques; and breaking which demonstrates power and requires speed accuracy and strength.

What are the goals of Taekwon-Do?

Unlike other sports where the primary goal is to defeat an opponent or set a record, a true martial art does not emphasize competition with others. The primary goal of Taekwon-Do is to help each student develop physically and mentally to his or her full potential.

Physical Fitness

Taekwon-Do offers a vigorous and challenging workout. Through conditioning exercises involving the entire body, Taekwon-Do promotes quickness, strength, flexibility and endurance. Its emphasis on technique and body-control also provide invaluable training for those active in other sports from soccer and hockey to tennis and golf.

Mental Discipline

The body and the mind work together in Taekwon-Do to deliver powerful, timely and effective techniques. As a result, Taekwon-Do is as challenging mentally as it is physically. Improved focus and concentration are two benefits which result from the study and practice of Taekwon-Do.


By mastering many different skills at each level, students learn to set and achieve personal goals. The positive experiences, together with the confidence they gain from becoming physically fit and mentally sharp, combined to give them self-confidence, pride, and a positive outlook when faced with life’s challenges.

Adult Martial Arts

When Was the Last Time You Had a Total Fitness Experience?

You have probably tried gym memberships, home fitness equipment, maybe you are still trying Tae Bo! The problem is that none of them have kept you motivated to keep at it and hit your goals. You want to, that’s why you are here right now. But you can’t put your finger on why it has never lasted.

Here is your chance to end that today! With Martial Arts you get a lot more than just some exercise. You get a program that is built to work on every aspect of your life. You not only get an intense workout you also get to build skills in leadership, mental focus, self defense, self confidence and much more.

Remember when you were a kid and hated running laps in Gym class? However, you would run for hours playing football, soccer, tag, etc. That’s because you were having fun and working towards a goal or victory! That is what the fun and exciting classes at our school do for you. You not only have fun and get a ton of exercise but you are working towards goals in other areas of your life.

You will also be learning the 5 tenets of Taekwon Do:

• Courtesy • Integrity • Perseverance • Self Control • Indomitable Spirit

Black Belt Team

The Black Belt Team is for those who are truly serious about earning their Black Belts. Earning your Black Belt is about more than just learning the techniques and motions. It’s about becoming a Black Belt inside and out. The Black Belt team has special training classes and events. Are you serious enough to join this elite team?

Kids Martial Arts

The Best Thing You Can do for Your Kid is to Help Them Become a Leader

Peer pressure is coming at your kids from every angle. They get it in school, from their neighborhood and even from those who they think are role models. Most kids lack the confidence and leadership to deal with these pressures. Most of the stress and depression that kids have today are from not having enough confidence in themselves. This leads to the thought that they must be like someone else, this could be a friend who is leading them down the wrong path or someone they admire on TV who is constantly having their mug shot displayed.

As a parent you are raising them to avoid those type of people and know it can be difficult to do so. Here is your chance to equip your child with the tools they need to truly conquer those issues. Give them the tools they will need to be victorious in all they do! One of the first things they learn is the Tenets of Taekwon-Do:

• Courtesy • Integrity • Perseverance • Self Control • Indomitable Spirit

Little Tigers

Our Little Tigers classes are designed for kids ages 4-6 years old. Kids at this age need special attention and instruction to learn Martial Arts as effectively as possible. These classes teach kids the basics and fundamentals they need in a fun and exciting environment. As a parent you know a fun environment makes learning a lot easier for kids. Our amazing instructors keep the classes fun and do so without compromising on the instruction.

One of the first things they learn is the Tenets of Taekwon-Do:

• Courtesy • Integrity • Perseverance • Self Control • Indomitable Spirit

Beginner Classes

For those who are just staring out in their Martial Arts training, our beginner class helps you get started right. Designed to teach you the basics and fundamentals that you will build on. This class ensures that you are learning at your level and not getting overwhelmed.

You will also be learning the 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do:

• Courtesy • Integrity • Perseverance • Self Control • Indomitable Spirit


Filipino Martial Arts

FMA - Filipino Martial Arts

FMA stands for Filipino Martial Arts and refers to an ever evolving fighting system orignated in the Philippines, the most popular of which are known as Arnis Eskrima and Kali. Unlike other fighting arts, the FMA practitioner first learns how to defend against and use impact and edged weapons as a beginner and then later uses those angles of the blade for there empty-hand techniques. The practice of using weapons such as the baston (stick) as a tool to learn body mechanics in empty hand applications helps the practitioner to develop a more combative mind set in their martial training.


Arnis, also known as Eskrima and Kali, is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines. The three are roughly interchangeable umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons and various improvised weapons. Arnis was brought to Hawaii and California as far back as the 1920s by Filipino migrant workers. Its teaching was kept strictly within Filipino communities until the late 1960s when masters such as Angel Cabales began teaching it to others. Even then, instructors teaching Arnis in the 1960s and 70s were often reprimanded by their elders for publicly teaching a part of their culture that had been preserved through secrecy.  However early kali pioneers like Tuhon Leo Gaje made teaching to the public more common place. In recent years, there has been increased interest in Arnis for its usefulness when defending against knives and other street encounters. As a result, many systems of Arnis have been modified in varying degrees to make them more marketable to a worldwide audience. Usually this involves increased emphasis on locking, controls, and disarms, focusing mainly on aspects of self-defense. However, most styles follow the philosophy that the best defense is a good offense. Modern training methods tend to de-emphasize careful footwork and low stances, stressing the learning of techniques in favor of more direct (and often lethal) tactics designed to instantly end an encounter. 

With That short history lesson the main thing you will focus on in training is body mechanics with and without weapons.  You will focus on footwork that can keep you alive in an altercation against a weapon.  All are welcomed to train no matter the age (+17), size, or gender. 


The senior belts are to love the lower belts; the lower belts should respect the senior belts. Each student should take the initiative whenever possible. The lower belts should seek out the higher belts for advice and assistance. Misuse of Martial Arts or the development of a bad reputation within the community may result in the student being suspended or expelled from Greenville Martial Art Center.

Conduct in the Dojang

Attendance – Arrive at least 10 minutes before class. Notify your Instructor if you will be late or absent.
Bowing – When entering the Dojang, Bow to the flags, then to instructors and black belts. When you leave the practice area (such as when you go to the dressing room), always bow to the flags. Similary, when you leave the school, bow to the flags, Instructors, and to the black belts.To bow properly, put your hands at your sides and bend at the waist. A good bow is like a firm hand shake; it says a lot about the quality and the character of the person. Never rush.
Respecting the Dojang – Treat the dojang with respect. There is no smoking, eating, drinking, or gum chewing allowed. Return all equipment to its proper place. It is traditional in the martial arts for the lowest ranking students to sweep the mat after class. After class, students should sweep the mat, vacuum the carpeting, and clean the school as directed by the instructor.
Clothing and Shoes – No shoes are allowed inside the Dojang, place your shoes on the shoe stand whenever entering the dojang. Street cloths are not allowed to be warn on the mat. Always wear your uniform, unless instructed to do otherwise.

The Formal Lesson
  • Use your time wisely.
  • Stretch & practice before the scheduled lesson.
  • Five minutes before the lesson begins, sit quietly (cross legged) with your head and back straight, in rank order on the mat. This is to prepare us mentally, physically, & spiritually for the lesson.
  • When the lesson begins, line up in straight lines, keeping in rank order. Concentrate totally on the instructor’s commands.
  • Your hands should be properly placed on your belt at all times (right hand on belt-left hand over it)
  • Never have your hands on your hips, remember your body language shows if we are humble or arrogant, open or closed, soft or hard etc…
  • When called upon or addressed by an instructor, always respond immediately in a strong, clear voice, “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am”.
  • Always bow before and after asking an instructor or a senior for assistance.
  • When not practicing, do not play or talk in a loud voice. By watching other students you also learn.
  • Turn away from the flags if you need to adjust your dobuk (uniform) or retie your belt.
  • Show your best attitude at all times.
  • You are not here to defeat one another, you are here to learn.


Experiance Our School

What is a typical Hapkido practice like?

A typical class begins with breathing exercises, which help calm the mind and body, and then stretching. This is followed by practice of basic strikes such as punches and kicks, and then techniques to counter the strikes and other attacks. Most practices also include some sparring. The primary emphasis of Greenville Martial Art Center’s Hapkido style is on defensive techniques that include joint locks, throws, and other controlling techniques.

What is a typical Taekwon-Do practice like?

A typical Taekwon-Do class begins with various stretching and warmup exercises that change from day to day. These incorporate many of the basic movements of the style. We quickly transition into drills designed to increase flexibility and fitness, as well as form and technique. Greenville Martial Art Center’s classes also do forms and basic self defense techniques, as well as sparring to round out the Taekwon-Do class.

Do you have a specific uniform for martial arts? If I have an old one, can I wear it or my belt?

In Hapkido, we use a specific kind of uniform that is significantly thicker/heavier than your typical martial art uniform. This is so it can stand up to the various techniques we use. It also adds a little extra cushioning for our falls.

For Taekwon-do, we have school-specific uniforms. You may wear your old schools uniform while evaluating the class, however you will be provided a uniform when you sign up.

No matter what rank you are in another martial art, the etiquette is all students start at white belt. Please do not wear your ranked belt from another school.

I am small/short/"weak"/out-of-shape, can I still participate in Hapkido and Taekwon-Do?

YES – any physical size or shape can participate in martial arts! This is one of the best reasons to participate in martial arts. Our programs are not only extremely effective; anybody, of any size, can do it. The secret lies in the technique, and applying it correctly, not brute strength. Using techniques, a smaller person can easily take down and control a much larger and stronger person. Greenville Martial Arts encourages everybody to get training in self defense, and we provide that.

What is a seminar and what goes on there?

When our Grand Masters are in town giving rank tests, they hold numerous seminars that are open not only to students but also the public. Grandmaster Chang typically does self-defense seminars as well as ki (meditation) seminars. Grandmaster Brunner offers Taekwon-Do seminars and Kimoodo (korean taichi).

Do I need any specialized equipment other than a uniform, such as sparring pads?

For Hapkido, the only thing that we’d like you to have is one of our uniforms. Hapkido does not use any type of sparring gear; our sparring is little- to no-contact.

In Taekwon-Do, Black Belt Team members will need sparring gear for sparring class.

Is there a minimum number of martial arts classes I have to attend? Is there a limit?

No. You may show up for however many classes you would like for the martial arts style that you choose. However, if you want to test regularly, we recommend at least two classes each week for both Hapkido and Taekwon-Do.

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