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  • The Road to a Black Belt – Spotlight on Heidi

    Why did you start TKD? I started taekwondo because I wanted to do an extracurricular activity, and my dad suggested martial arts. I remember walking in that studio for the first time when I was six years old, and I told Ms. Maria “I’m going to be a black belt and I’m going to help you teach.” Look at me now, six years later- in two months I’ll be testing to do exactly that! It’s been such a long road filled with tough mental and physical training, testings, tournaments, board breaks, seminars, and many, many hours of pure training, but I’ve finally made it, and I’m so glad that all those years ago I told my dad yes when he asked if ....

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  • The Road to a Black Belt – Spotlight on Nate

    Golden Dragon Defense will hold our next Black Belt testing in December. Two of our longest members, Nate and Heidi, will finally earn their black belts from Ms. Maria. We asked them about their experience with GDD and why they started TKD. Our first spotlight is on Nate, who is currently 16. · Why did you start TKD? I thought it would be fun, and help me be able to defend myself · What do you like most about TKD? The sense of family at GDD, and teaching because it helps boost my confidence · What do you like most about Golden Dragon Defense? Pretty much everything · Is Dragon Lady as scary as she sounds? No, because she has a huge heart · How long ....

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  • Testing

    We will have our next testing on November 14th and December 12th. In addition, we anticipate our next Black Belt testing for two of our longest members on December 19th. We are busy preparing everyone for testing. The studio is buzzing with lots of kicks, self-defense, sparring, and combinations! New pictures to come soon. ....

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  • Holidays


    The holidays are coming! Golden Dragon Defense spent the past weekend cleaning and broke out the Halloween decorations. We turned our lobby into a creepy, crawly space complete with spiders, ghosts, and scary skeletons! So far, everyone seems to like the atmosphere created. ....

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  • Turning a Negative into a Positive

    When the COVID restrictions were put into place for Anne Arundel County, Golden Dragon Defense had to reduce the number of people allowed inside the dojang. This meant family members had to remain seated outside the dojang to watch their student. What this also meant was that family members could not be present inside when their child/loved one tested. To remedy this, we used Facebook Live, along with an online meeting platform, to bring testing to the family. In doing so, we found MORE family members could be present! Family members not in the immediate area could be a part of the testing, in a way we couldn’t offer pre-COVID. COVID may have changed how we conduct testing, but it ....

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  • The Tooth Fairy’s Helper

    Something you may not know about Ms. Maria is that she is a very good helper… to the Tooth Fairy. Just last week, Ms. Maria pulled out yet another baby tooth for a student. A student showed her that one of his front teeth was really loose, but he just couldn’t get it to come out. Ms. Maria took a tissue and asked to see what was going on in there. And just like that, the tooth popped out! The Tooth Fairy was very grateful for Ms. Maria’s help, and so were the student’s parents! ....

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  • Self-Defense/Sparring

    Self-defense and Sparring in a Covid world You might be wondering how you learn self-defense and sparring when you need to keep 6ft. apart. Well, sometimes, it helps to use a prop! At GDD, Ms. Maria and Mr. Kevin use a large kicking pad as a visual to help students learn to practice footwork and combinations, all while the students keep their social distance. The kicking pad stays on the ground while the students move in a circle around it. They gain an understanding of physical space in addition to being able to practice hand and kick techniques. Even though you can't touch each other, it doesn't mean you can't learn the techniques. It just takes some ingenuity and creativity! ....

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    Testing Ms. Maria and her band of merrimen (aka instructors) successfully held the first post-Covid shutdown testing last Saturday, July 25th. We tested 14 students in the studio but the notable part was our ability to have parents participate via the internet. GDD held its first online viewing for testing. Sincewe were limited to the number of people in the dojang, we decided to hold a Facebook live session along with a Webex session. The best part was that parents could invite grandparents, friends, and others who might be out of the area, but want to participate. The technology worked and the students all passed to their next belt level! We will hold our next testing later this month ....

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  • COVID-19 Precautions

    GDD is thinking of YOU during these unprecedented times. Here is a list of the things we are doing to protect you as best as we possibly can: 1. Class sizes are limited to 24 students, spaced 6' apart with "X" spots marked on the floor so students stay a safe distance from each other. Parents and families are asked to watch their students either from the comfort of their vehicle or outside on the supplied benches/chairs. This limits the number of people inside the building to no more than 28 at any given time, which is far less than the CDC recommendations for our square footage. 2. Students wait outside the door until the first class exits so there is no mingling in the lobby area. ....

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  • Number #1 School In Pasadena!

    #1 and ONLY 1
    Did you know that Golden Dragon Defense was ranked the #1 Martial Arts School in Pasadena for 2019-2020 by the patrons of Pasadena Voice? Not only were we ranked #1 in Pasadena, we are also the ONLY female owned- and operated martial arts school in Maryland (and possibly the United States; we haven't been able to fact check that yet!). Ms. Maria opened Golden Dragon Defense after teaching with her brother's school for 25 years. She wanted to create a community of "Dragon Warriors" in her home area. Golden Dragon Defense opened their doors in 2015 in Elizabeth Station off Fort Smallwood Rd and have been serving the "Dena" for 5 years now. If you've ever thought about martial ....

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