Classes Location and Schedules

LOCATION

Bladensburg, Maryland: Check out the town's website at this link.

Bladensburg Community Center

ADDRESS
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Telephone: 301-277-2124 (linea en español 301-445-4509)

BLADENSBURG COMMUNITY CENTER POLICY ON THE PAYMENT OF CLASS FEES AND TAKING OF ATTENDANCE

Students are required to sign in each week at the table inside the gym door (there will be a sign and a clipboard on the small table on your left). The Center staff are responsible only for taking registration fees. Students must register with the M-NCPPC and pay the class fees before or on the day of the first class they attend in a session. Remember that class fees are not prorated--fees are not reduced based on number of times attended. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact Mr. Seemangal at 240-701-3570.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND CANCELLED CLASSES

Regular classes are held on Saturdays and the registration fee for each session covers eight classes, with no prorating (fees are not reduced based on number of times attended). There is no fee charged for the make-up/additional practice weeknight classes; however, attendance of these classes counts toward paid attendance. For example, a student who attends only the weeknight classes during a session is expected to pay the regular session fee. Extracurricular Rambler activities (e.g., volunteer demonstrations at community events) held during scheduled class times are considered classes. Special events--including tournaments, belt testing sessions, student ceremonies, and other activities--are also part of the curriculum. Cancelled classes are addressed separately on a case-by-case basis; however, as indicated above, make-up/additional practice weeknight classes are offered. Contact Mr. Seemangal at 240-701-3570 if you have questions concerning his policies.

ADULTS/SENIORS

It's not too late to become a martial artist! Join us Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. for the beginners class for students over 18 years old. You will learn practical, life-saving self-defense skills as you learn martial arts.

NEW! Seniors, become street-smart by taking our self-defense class crafted just for you at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays!

For more information, contact Mr. Seemangal at 240-701-3570.

Make-Up/Additional Practice Weeknight Class at No Extra Charge

Thursday Evening Class

This weeknight class is free of charge because it is offered as make-up/additional practice class. These classes are available for all youth students who attend the 10:30 a.m. advanced class on Saturdays and adults who attend the 12:30 p.m. class on Saturday. Nonetheless, it counts toward attendance; for example, if a belted student attends only the weeknight and not the Saturday classes, he or she will still have to register with the M-NCPPC and pay the regular class instruction fee. The Thursday evening class takes place in the Bladensburg Community Center's Multipurpose Room. 

THURSDAYS (one class)
6:30 p.m.--all underbelts

Please call Mr. Seemangal at 240-701-3570 if you have any questions.

Class Requirements and Martial Arts Etiquette Class Rules
Scroll down the page after the listing of class schedules to read this important information.

CLASS REGISTRATION BAR CODES ASSIGNED BY THE M-NCPPC

2022 Sessions (based on 8-week sessions, ongoing cycle throughout the year). MUST REGISTER ONLINE FOR VIRTUAL CLASSES!

Please Note: Posted schedules are subject to modification based on community center closings due to holidays or other unanticipated situations. Please be sure to listen for schedule update announcements made in class during the course of our 8-week sessions, and particularly continue to refer to this and the Announcements page to keep up-to-date.

Registration through the National Capital Parks and Recreation's Parks Direct system. If you don't already have an account, go to this link to create one. For registration questions or other procedural concerns, contact Bladensburg Community Center. If you have any questions about the conduct or content of the classes, contact Head Instructor Adrian Seemangal.

[Current Session] ASSIGNED BAR CODE FOR IN-PERSON FALL II CLASS (October 28 - December 16, 2021)

NEW! Martial Arts Kickboxing for Adults [ages 18 and above] - 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - 17433 [activity] - 507B [section]

Link to class registration: Enter [activity] - [section]

[Current Session] ASSIGNED BAR CODES FOR IN-PERSON FALL II CLASSES (October 30 - December 18, 2021)

Mixed Ages, New Students/Novice Beginners [ages 3-18] - 9:30 a.m. Saturdays - 21607 [activity] - 507B [section]

Mixed Ages, Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced [ages 3-18] - 10:30 a.m. Saturdays - 21608 [activity] - 507B [section]

Adults, All Levels [ages 18 and older] - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - 21620 [activity] - 507B [section]

NEW! Self-Defense for Seniors [ages 60 and older] - 1:00 p.m. Saturdays -20510 [activity] - 507B [section]

Link to class registration: Enter [activity] - [section]

ASSIGNED BAR CODE FOR IN-PERSON WINTER CLASS (January 6 - February 24, 2022)

NEW! Martial Arts Kickboxing for Adults [ages 18 and above] - 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - 21410 [activity] - 107A [section]

Link to class registration: Enter [activity] - [section]

ASSIGNED BAR CODES FOR IN-PERSON WINTER CLASSES (January 8 - February 26, 2022)

Mixed Ages, New Students/Novice Beginners [ages 3-18] - 9:30 a.m. Saturdays - 21607 [activity] - 107A [section]

Mixed Ages, Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced [ages 3-18] - 10:30 a.m. Saturdays - 21608 [activity] - 107A [section]

Adults, All Levels [ages 18 and older] - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - 21402 [activity] - 107A [section]

NEW! Self-Defense for Seniors [ages 60 and older] - 1:00 p.m. Saturdays - 20510 [activity] - 107A [section]

Link to class registration: Enter [activity] - [section]

 

CLASS SCHEDULES

Children

New Students [no-belts and novice white belts]: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced [white belts and above]: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays
Beginner [white and gold belts] and Intermediate and Advanced [green, blue, red, and brown belts]:: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays (extra practice)

Adults

All levels [white belts and above]: 12:00 p.m. Saturdays
NEW! Seniors: 1:00 p.m. Saturdays
Adults All Levels: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays (extra practice)
NEW! Martial Arts Kickboxing: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays

CLASS REQUIREMENTS

Students

• Each student must bring his or her school report card for each grading period.
• Each student must bring a list of 2-3 jobs done at home daily.
• Each student must wear his or her Rambler uniform during class. If a tee shirt is worn, it must be a Rambler tee shirt.
• If a student consistently misbehaves in school, his or her belt will be taken and returned only when that behavior has improved (a good progress report).
• If a student is repeatedly disgruntled or disrespectful in class, and refuses to accept the manner of discipline applied, he or she will be removed from the Rambler organization.
• Distributing advertising materials or selling any type of products (including items for school fundraisers) is not permitted in class unless approved by Mr. Seemangal.

Parents

• All fees must be paid promptly (class, uniforms, equipment, testing, etc.).
• Parents are responsible for ensuring that a student’s report card is brought in each grading period. If report cards are not brought in as required, the parent and the child will be removed from the Rambler organization.
• Parents must conduct themselves in an orderly manner during class instruction. If a parent is disrespectful or is an annoyance to the other parents, he or she will be asked to leave.
• If a parent uses profanity during class time, he or she will be removed. If this behavior continues, he or she will be asked to remove his or her child from the class.
• If a parent is unhappy with class procedure, instruction, or the way a child is disciplined during class, see Mr. Seemangal after class and approach him in a respectful manner.
• Solicitation in the form of distributing advertising materials or selling any type of products (including items for school fundraisers) is not permitted in class unless approved by Mr. Seemangal.
• Tae Kwon Do Ramblers is not a babysitting organization. Children should not be dropped off at class unattended or without proper transportation arrangements, depending on the child’s age. If a child remains at the end of class without a parent to pick him or her up, a $50 fee will be charged unless Mr. Seemangal has been notified ahead of time by the parent and he has agreed that the arrangements are safe and appropriate for both the student and the organization.

MARTIAL ARTS ETIQUETTE CLASS RULES

Respect

• Students must bow to Mr. Seemangal when entering and leaving the dojo and when he enters the dojo. When a visiting black belt enters the Ramblers' dojo, it is appropriate for the students to turn and bow to that visiting black belt. When a black belt visits the Ramblers' dojo without Mr. Seemangal's knowledge, he will indicate whether bowing is appropriate.
• Students must bow to higher-ranking belts conducting class when entering and leaving the dojo.
• If a student is late, he or she must approach Mr. Seemangal (or another ranking instructor), bow, and ask permission to enter class.
• Students are not permitted to chew gum (also a facility rule). It is not only disrespectful but it can cause injury during class activities (i.e., choking).
• Students (and others) leaving or entering the dojo should not walk across the floor when class is in session, but walk instead around the perimeter.
• The audience should not have loud conversations in the stands or talk on cell phones during class. There should be no conversation when the class is in the process of bowing in or bowing out or addressing the students during that process.
• When Mr. Seemangal calls the class to attention in the process of bowing in or bowing out, his students on the perimeter or in the stands must stand up as well, whether or not in uniform. Students and parents should not enter or leave the dojo.

Dress Code

• No jewelry should be worn when participating in class, during belt testing, or competing in a tournament. These items can cause personal injuries or injuries to other students.
• Except for very new students, uniforms must be worn to participate in class, either with the uniform jacket and pants or a Ramblers’ tee-shirt (white or black) and uniform pants. Uniform jackets must have the Rambler patch.
• Male students have the option of not wearing a shirt under their uniform jackets during class; however, female students should always wear a shirt under their jackets.
• White-belt students must wear white uniforms.
• Male students must wear white uniform pants.
• Female students are permitted to wear white or black uniform pants.
• Gold- and higher-belt students are permitted to wear red and blue jackets with their white uniform pants.
• Brown belts are permitted to wear black jackets and pants.
• All students must wear the traditional uniform of white jacket and pants when testing for their next belts, receiving their belts during a belt graduation ceremony, or participating in a traditional tae kwon do tournament. Male students should not wear a shirt under their uniform jackets during these events or when participating in any other type of martial arts tournament.

Equipment

• Students must wear the proper equipment (e.g., helmet, gloves, shoes) when they spar.
• Male students must wear protective cups and female students must wear chest protectors.
• If a student wears braces, he or she must wear a helmet with a protective face shield.