Welcome to SRMA
South River Martial Arts (SRMA) is premiere Martial Arts Facility specializing in Taekwondo and Hapkido which opened its’ doors in the fall of 2008 in Edgewater, Maryland. South River Martial Arts main function is instruction in traditional martial arts for all ages from three to adult. The second function of SRMA is providing Before and After School Care which includes martial arts instruction.
South River Martial Arts is located at 20 Mayo Road and occupies two floors of the building. The first floor hosts the “Dojang” workout area which features state of the art training equipment. The second floor is utilized by the child care and features several rooms divided by age and interest.
Why Choose Us
When you choose South River Martial Arts, you are getting a Master Instructor with credentials certified by Kukkiwon and a Dojang that is very proud to follow the curriculum and guidelines of the Kukkiwon.
Our Taekwondo curriculum includes: philosophy, meditation, basics, forms, self-defense, sparring, breaking, stretching, leadership skills and fitness.
Our uniforms are white. Traditional Taekwondo uses a white uniform called a dobok. The white uniform symbolizes purity and perfection of character that Taekwondo students are expected to strive for. It is common for schools that do not understand the philosophy or history of Taekwondo to utilize lots of colorful uniforms, stripes and patches.
SRMA teaches self-defense and sparring. Physical fitness is a pre-requisite for self-defense. Limited contact sparring is also an essential step to learning adequate self-defense skills. Beware of Taekwondo schools that do not practice sparring, use only non-contact sparring or avoid competitions altogether. Competition, not isolation, breeds excellence.
Master Instructor’s Credentials
- 4th Dan Hapkido by Korea Hapkido Federation JinjungkwanSRMA
- Master Training, Certification of Completion by KukkiwonSRMA
- Master Training, Certification of Completion by Korea Hapkido FederationSRMA
- Certification of Appreciation by Korea Hapkido FederationSRMA
- BA Degree in Martial Arts from the University of BridgeportSRMA
- University of Bridgeport Academic Achievement in Martial Arts StudiesSRMA
- University of Bridgeport Student Leadership NomineeSRMA
- Certification of Appreciation by George Mason University President’s CupSRMA
- People First Award by The Arc, Central Chesapeake RegionSRMA
- The Maryland General Assembly Official Citation by the Anne Arundel County House DelegationSRMA
Let’s See What Some Have To Say about SRMA
Discipline of the mind: Both grandsons have ADD and the 7 year old is developmentally behind. They are made to pay attention during TKD class and to learn the forms needed to advance to the next belt level and Master Seo and his staff makes TKD fun while they learn. I have seen a noticeable difference in my grandsons within our family demographic as well as in school. Master Seo also encourages education and rewards the children when do well in school.
Discipline of body: My grandsons learn to make their bodies move in different ways. They learn different kicking and punching skills as they advance. They run, stretch and sometime play dodge ball or other games that provides dexterity as well as balance. I also enjoy the exercise I get for my body. Master Seo also teaches everyone to take care of their bodies by having good hygiene, eating the right foods and not using drugs or alcohol.
Discipline of Soul: My grandsons learn to be kind, helpful, courteous and have good manners, they learn respect toward others by bowing and saying “Yes Sir/Ma’am”. They learn not to bully. They see children and adults help each other to learn their forms during class and in so doing they see how working together helps others reach their goal. My grandsons have become better citizens of our community because they have been taught to be good to others. Master Seo and his staff through their actions of kindness such as visiting a sick child in the hospital or visiting a SRMA mother who has cancer teaches my family how concern and love for one another is important in this life.
At SRMA the staff are always courteous, kind and organized. My grand-boys have attended SRMA summer camps, Friday fun nights and overnights. I feel that they are safe with Master Seo and his staff.
As Master Seo presented me with my white belt, he said “Welcome, Patsy, you are now a member of our family at South River Martial Arts.” I do feel that my family is part of the TKD family we call South River Martial Arts.
Thank you SRMA Staff, Master Seo, Master Kim and Jack Her for all you have done for others and my grand-sons.
– Patricia (Patsy) Card, SRMA Grandmother and TKD student
Not only does SRMA have awesome instructors they also have an awesome Manager,- Mr. Jack. Mr. Jack was the first person I talked to when they opened in 2008 – his warm caring attitude was the reason we initially joined. He truly cares about the members and is the behind the scenes pulse of the organization!
The McCaffrey Family
First, the leadership is extraordinary: Masters Seo, Kim and the entire team live their beliefs and care deeply for their pupils. I’m impressed at how instinctively they plumb each student’s personality to effectively motivate, challenge and inspire them to succeed. As they progress, students emerge as poised leaders, with a calm, respectful and thoughtful disposition. It is wonderful to see the higher-belt students helping those coming up…
Tae Kwon Do may be considered an elite sport, but at the SRMA school, I also see a distinctive life philosophy that I truly appreciate. What an incredible experience to see my son rise from his tentative days as a novice white belt to a confident young black belt candidate with such an indomitable spirit. The SRMA way has become an integral part of his emerging belief system and I’m very grateful we found them. The SRMA family rocks!
– Gerry Robertson, Collen’s Dad
South River Martial Arts ROCKS!
– Matt Christopher, Cams Daddy
It sure doesn’t hurt that he loves coming out for it too.
– John L. Edwards, Sean’s Dad
– The Neun Family
– Melanie Lopez, The Lopez Family
– The Solly Family
Our son was having difficulty getting overly excited while playing with others. He would quickly become overstimulated and would begin pushing and shoving other children in a attempt to get attention from them. He had zero self control and had a very difficult time calming himself down. Once he reached peak overload…all bets were off. Going home was the only option every single time. He had so much difficulty he had even been removed from a daycare/preschool situation due to pushing and being unable to focus on tasks. The school worked with us quite a bit and we tried so many different tactics but were unable to figure out a solution. Nothing was working and the school was concerned not only about his distracting the other students but also the fact that he was quickly becoming a “loner” as everyone else seemed to avoid him.
Friends with children in similar situations recommended that we look into Taekwondo and specifically recommended Master Seo at SRMA. We did a lot of research, but none of the other reviews we read, or people we talked to seemed as fantastic as what we heard about SRMA. Still, distance was an issue, we live almost 30 miles away. We decided to at least do the two week trial. By the end of the first week we had officially decided the drive was worth it and signed our son up for lessons.
Will has been attending for about a year now. To say the changes have been positive it quite an understatement. Often he can now bring himself down to a normal level of excitement. On the occasions where he needs to be reminded to tone it down, he quickly complies and sits in the meditation position and counts to 10. He is also far less physical with other children. If he does physically connect with another person, he owns up to it, apologizes and tries to make them feel better. While his ability to focus can at times still be less then your average 4 year old, he can now complete multi step tasks that he could not before.
Our son also attends some occupational therapy for some fine motor issues as well as some upper body weakness. We were able to deliver a copy of his report to Master Seo and by the next class he had altered the teachings to help Will work on the items listed on the report. He frequently checks in with us as to his progress in OT to be sure out son is still on track with the therapist and that he and the therapist are on the same page. His help with this has made a HUGE difference. Just a year ago Will was unable to carry one target across the studio. He is now able to carry two at a time.
It is evident just after watching one class that Master Seo genuinely cares about every student (and their families) and knows how to handle difficult children. He worked with our child in a way that didn’t make him lose confidence but at the same time made him slowly stop the bad behaviors. A few months ago, our son was hospitalized with a serious illness. Master Seo and Mr. Dakota came to visit our him in the hospital an hour away. William was thrilled with his visit and we were immensely appreciative.
Our time with SRMA has simply been amazing. The entire staff and student body is indeed just like a family and we don’t know where we would be without them.
– The Witt Family
We immediately signed up and both girls were on their way. The class structure and family involvement made this a very comfortable place for our children to grow, and that they have. Through the Master’s teaching and constant support from the higher belts, our girls have not only thrived in their classes, but in their personal lives as well. The instructor’s ability to motivate kids with encouragement as well as a gentle yet stern discipline is probably one of the high marks in our eyes. The care and attention to each student’s development is unique allowing diverse classes to grow as one. Now 3 years later I am still as impressed as the first day. Being able to see our daughter mature through this process has been everything you could want as a parent. If you are looking to provide your child with this type of productive environment, then SRMA is someplace you should certainly consider.
Bill and Patricia McDonald