Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any previous experience to join?
No. All levels of experience are welcome, but beginners are definitely preferred. If you are unsure of what to expect, stop by to watch a class to decide if it is right for you.
How much does the class cost?
The class is currently $35 per month. This includes 3 classes a week and all the belt tests (there is no charge for belt tests). The only other cost would be for a training uniform (around $20) which a student can order after completing the white belt test. A student can order some additional protective sparring equipment (shin guards, gloves, mouthguard, chestguard, headguard), but these are completely optional.
How/when do I get the uniform?
After about 4-6 weeks of continuous training, a student may take a white belt test which involves a brief physical conditioning test and questions regarding the school rules and terminology. If the student passes the test, they will be allowed to order the uniform and white belt through the instructor.
How many classes do I need to attend?
Tae kwon do requires constant practice and commitment for the physical conditioning and techniques to be acquired and for the necessary growth to occur to advance to higher levels. I highly recommend attending at least 2 of the 3 classes each week to get a benefit from taking the class. Three times a week is excellent and will greatly help a student improve their skills. One time a week is not enough to get anything out of the class. As an instructor I would discourage anyone from joining if they can only practice once a week.
How long does it take to test for each belt level?
As you get into the class you will soon realize that deadlines and time-based goals like this are not as important as the growth that occurs from the process of training. Each person will reach the next level when they are ready to and should not impose arbitrary guidelines on their rate of development in tae kwon do. That said, a person who trains regularly with focus and commitment might expect to test every 6 months depending on the belt level being sought.
Do you teach children?
No. Our club is focused on teaching adults (18 and older). Other community centers in the area may have other martial arts programs available for children.
What is an average class like?
We have a formal class so we begin by bowing to the flags and the instructor as a sign of respect. After that we begin a 30 minute series of warmup exercises consisting of calisthenics (pushups, situps, etc.) and stretching designed to improve the students’ physical and mental conditioning, and prepare them for the next part of class. Following the warmups, we typically practice basic punches, hand strikes, and kicks. From there we will work on some target kicking drills, kicking combinations, blocking sequences, 3 and 1-step sparring sequences, self-defense techniques, forms (choreographed sequences of techniques), free-sparring (controlled fighting), and then end off with a short meditation on a topic of contemplation.