Des Moines, IA



Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. Training includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. It often incorporates self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as Hapkido and Judo. It is defined by its focus on jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Taekwondo sparring has been an Olympic event since 2000.

We offer Taekwondo programs for kids, teens and adults.

Taekwondo Programs for Kids

Taekwondo Programs for Teens and Adults


Judo is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. Judo has been an Olympic event since 1964.

We offer Judo programs for kids, teens and adults.

Find out more about our Judo program.

Farrell's Sport Performance Training

This 3-week training camp was designed specifically for individuals 13 years of age and older to build endurance and increase strength, agility, and stamina for a wide range of different sports and activities.

Farrell's Sports Performance Training

Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial Arts (Taekwondo and Judo) are both known for being an excellent aerobic exercise, but they are also competitive Olympic sports and practical systems of self-defense. Students can expect to benefit from a wide range of mental and physical characteristics by making the teachings of either of these martial arts a regular part of their lives. Taekwondo and Judo both emphasizes moral development as well and children can learn respect for themselves and others. Children and adult students can expect to gain heightened concentration, increased self-discipline and self-control, and strength and muscle tone.

Farrell's U.S. Martial Arts provides quality instruction and service with a view toward the overall health and well-being of every student. Our philosophy ensures that learning will take place in a safe, nurturing environment. We care about our students, families, and staff, and we provide a supportive environment for learning and personal growth.

Through Taekwondo and or Judo training a student can expect benefit in the following:

  • Self discipline
  • Ability to focus
  • Improved flexibility and coordination
  • Self defense skills
  • Increased respect for self and others
  • Leadership skills
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Stress management

Family-Oriented Martial Arts Instruction

Respect, trust and open communication are the foundations of strong families. Taekwondo training promotes values such as honesty, courtesy, loyalty, and cooperation. Each is an essential component in maintaining a good family structure.

It is one of the most beautiful things in the world to watch parents and children training side by side. Parents glow at their children's accomplishments like the execution of a good side kick, or the breaking of their first board. The greater satisfaction, however, comes the bond of love, friendship, understanding and respect that develops between parent and child. Both parents and children share in each others hardships and accomplishments. Parents feel younger, healthier, and greatly fulfilled, and their children become more mature, confident, and well-behaved.

Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping®

Our locations also offer the Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping Fitness Program, which is based in martial arts. Many class times are convenient with our Martial Arts program so your kids can take class and you can work out!


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Testimonial from Richard P.

"How positive the lessons were inside and outside of the gym . . . it's about the tenets of Taekwondo. It's about integrity, self-control, perseverance . . . it conforms into every aspect of your life."

Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000