Black Belt Academy
4885 West Boulevard • Poplar Bluff Missouri 63901 • 573.785.KICK (5425)


In addition to Taekwondo, we offer instruction in self-defense, cardio kickboxing and firearms training. We also schedule special self-defense seminars for groups.

Cardio Kickboxing

Want to get in shape? Firm up? Lose weight? Just work off some of that frustration? We've got you covered! We offer Cardio Combat classes several times a week.

If you take a look at our calendar, you can see that we have Cardio on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

But what you don't see is that the 7:15 p.m. Adult TKD classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday begin with 45-minutes of Cardio! So if the morning classes don't fit into your schedule, you can still get your fix in the evenings.

The cost for Cardio is $39.00 per month. And if you just want to drop in, you can do that, too -- wear your comfy work-out clothes and bring $5.00. It's just that easy to get sweaty.

Firearms Training

We offer novice firearms training for those with little or no previous experience. The classes include basic handling and safety procedures, along with actual target practice. These classes are size-limited, and will be offered on a quarterly basis, as interest dictates, so please let Mr. Page know if you would like to attend.

You are not required to purchase or own the featured weapon(s) to attend the classes. However, if you would like to purchase them, they are offered at our online store at reasonable, competitive prices.


Self-defense is the act of defending oneself, one's property or the well-being of another from physical harm. While the term may define any form of personal defense, it is strongly associated with civilian hand-to-hand defense techniques. Self-defense defines a civilian activity as opposed to hand-to-hand combat in a military context.

Many styles of martial arts, usually Asian styles, such as Jujutsu, Karate, Taekwondo, Wushu and Ninjitsu are practiced for self-defense. Some styles train almost exclusively for self-defense, (Wing Chun, Krav Maga), which put an emphasis on finding the bodies' weakest pressure-points. Others still, are practiced for other reasons and not intended for self-defense at all (e.g. Tai-Chi, Tae Bo). However, some martial arts that are practiced primarily for sport, such as boxing or judo, can be effectively applied for self-defense.

Self-defense is the focus of our program at the Black Belt Academy. We also frequently offer special self-defense seminars and can schedule one specifically for your group.


Our Taekwondo program provides students with a friendly and informative atmosphere for everyone regardless of age, ability, or physical condition. Students learn valuable self-defense techniques that give them the confidence in day to day activities. Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-aggressive and ethical system of self-defense.

Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.

The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot." While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms.

The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATA is known as Songahm Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee to make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.