Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to be in good shape before I start?

No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

The Black Belt in TaeKwonDo is symbolic of an advanced level of skill as well as above average physical, mental and emotional strength. The length of study necessary to attain a Black Belt varies depending on one's effort and dedication. On average, our students train for a period of 3-5 years to attain Black Belt status.

What is the difference between Taekwondo and other martial arts?

The various styles of martial arts are often compared by their use of “hard” or “soft” techniques. Taekwondo is a combination of “hard” and “soft”, which utilizes more kicking and less violent techniques than other martial arts. By comparison, Kung Fu is a “soft” style, while Karate is a “hard” style. Taekwondo is the only martial art that is an official Olympic medal sport, other than Judo, which makes it a more elite martial art among others. It is the most widely practiced martial art in the world and is one of the easiest and safest to learn. Any martial art can work for you; however, the quality of instruction is far more important than “which style”. The instructor’s attitude, facilities, and atmosphere should all be considered in your process of school selection.

What should my child wear for trial class?

Something comfortable that he/she can work out with (no jeans or skirts)

At what age can children start?

Children may begin at 3 years old. Children under 6, will be placed in our Tiny Tigers Program. This will give them a chance to participate in Taekwondo with children of similar size and ability. Once a child reaches 6 years of age, he/she should be ready for our regular 'Kids' class.

Is it safe to learn?

No, but for a good learning experience, I recommend that my students participate in forms and/or sparring. If they do not wish to participate, I encourage then to come and cheer on their school mates and to volunteer their services if help is required.

How often do I get tested?

It depends on the level of the belts. Usually every two months and after blue belt every four months.

Do you have to wear a uniform?

Yes, all students must wear the official Taekwon-do uniform(with school logo): "dobook". This signifies uniformity amongst the students as well as respect for the school, instructor and the art. Uniforms can be obtained through the school.

What equipment do I need to start Taekwondo?

You basically do not need any equipment to start training in Taekwondo. Once you are sure that you wish to continue to train you will need a uniform (dobok) which are compulsory for official events such as competitions and gradings.
Ask your instructor for more information on equipment.

I am not flexible at all! Can I still learn taekwondo?

Yes you can. Flexibility is very practical for high kicks but it is not an absolute must. Speed has a big influence as well. You will see that using proper technique and speed, you will reach pretty high, even if you are not the most flexible in your class!

How long does it take to start seeing results?

Studying TaeKwonDo has lifelong benefits and is designed to be a lifelong study. However, initial benefits start appearing after a few months of consistent practice. Children begin to show improved listening, confidence and self discipline. Adults gain more energy and feel healthier. Over time, the benefits become even more apparent and dramatic. As with learning any skill, consistent attendance and personal effort make a big impact on one's knowledge and rate of progress. One thing is certain, whether you are interested in the benefits of TaeKwonDo for yourself or your child, now is a great time to start!