GENESEE COUNTY – At Double Dragon Tang Soo Do, the focus for students is not only the many demanding physical aspects of martial arts, but character development as well. Since opening in 2004, Double Dragon, a traditional Korean martial arts studio, has grown to become one of Genesee County’s premiere schools. With a new location on Linden Road, Double Dragon is aiming to empower even more students to tackle challenges and take on new experiences.
Founder and Instructor, Master Jeff Wheeler, who has more than 30 years of martial arts experience, has been a Flint resident his entire life and worked for the Flint Police Dept. for 23 years, retiring in 2010. Working in the juvenile division, Wheeler’s driving force was helping young people make good decisions, guiding them towards a better future through mentoring and empowerment.
“Everything I’ve done for my whole life has been to help young people, and to help develop people,” said Wheeler. “Now, I use martial arts to help young people build confidence, focus, discipline and inner strength. I help them overcome their obstacles. You need inner strength to do that. Bullying, which has become out of control, is a major obstacle and something we teach our students about. My students don’t get bullied and they don’t bully other kids because of the lessons and the values they learn here with us, because of the confidence we instill in them. Confidence doesn’t come from a PlayStation, it comes from achievement.”
At Double Dragon Tang Soo Do, Wheeler and his instructors pride themselves in giving students a world-class training experience. From ages 2 to adult, whether you are taking traditional Korean karate class, cardo kickboxing, or the stress-relieving KiGong (TaiChi) class, at Double Dragon, there is a class for everybody. Wheeler says that, although Double Dragon students continue to compete at an elite level in tournaments across the country, the main focus of the school is on the development of the students as people, rather than their accomplishments or the color of their belt.
“We’re helping our students be better people,” said Wheeler. “We put people first, and that formula works.”
For more information about Double Dragon, visit their website at www.ddtsda.com, or call the Center Rd. location at 810-744-0111 or the Linden Rd. location at 810-766-9198. Sign up for the Holiday Internet Special before Christmas and receive 25 percent off regular tuition rates.