Frequently Asked Questions
What martial art do you teach? What is Tae Kwon Do? How does it differ from karate (or other martial arts)?
The main style of martial art we teach is tae kwon do (TKD). We also have blended some other forms of martial art in our curriculum (such as hapkido, judo, and kickboxing).
There are similarities in all martial arts. But Tae Kwon Do (unlike other martial arts) is a lot like karate in that it’s a striking martial art. This makes it very friendly for children and adults as it doesn’t put unnecessary strain on the body. In fact, Tae Kwon Do is often referred to as Korean Karate.
Tae Kwon Do and karate use similar techniques, but TKD emphasizes much more on the kicking. This makes it ideal for improving balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance. It also emphasizes using the strongest part of your body – your legs/lower half.
More than differences in martial arts, there will be differences in instruction. Even across TKD schools, different material is being taught. The focus should be on the instructors and how they teach, not the martial art. We believe that it is most important you feel comfortable with the school, its instructors, and its goals and values. We have an excellent staff that works well with student of all ages. We personally talk to each student to make sure we understand why he/she is taking class and what he/she is looking to achieve.
That’s why we invite you to come by and speak to our masters and staff personally. You can see the facility and how classes are run, and if you like what you see, sign up for a trial program. This trial gives you everything you need to try our classes. This will allow you to experience the full range of what we have to offer and allows you to see how we can help achieve your goals.
At what age can students start?
At the youngest, we accept as early as 3 years old. We have a special program known as Lil’ Champs for children ages 3-5 (see Lil’ Champs page).
For adults, we have no maximum age. We have had students older than 70 years old take it! We understand your hesitancy in doing martial art at your age.
“I’m too old to do this.” → You’re never too old to try.
“Isn’t this only for children?” → We have students of all ages. We also have a family program that
allows you to take classes with your child. If you make excuses, then it’s setting a poor example for your child to follow.
“I’m not in shape enough.” → That’s precisely why you take classes! We will help you meet your
fitness goals!! It’s a lot more interactive and fun than just “working out.”
Do not worry about any of these excuses. You’re never too old to try. We are here to guide you every step of the way. We have a family program as well as an adult program that focuses more on self-defense and physical fitness.
I (or My child) has never taken or practiced martial arts. Is that okay?
That is perfectly fine. In fact, all of our students started without any experience, and everyone starts as a beginner/white belt. Nobody is born knowing this already.
We have ongoing enrollment so beginners are always welcome. Our special trial program makes it easy for new students at all levels to get started, no matter the age or level.
First-time students will receive one-on-one instruction designed to give some general rules and procedures of our school as well as some basic fundamental techniques. This will allow the student to feel more comfortable as they get integrated into our group classes.
We also have a special orientation for you to meet all of the new students that are starting at the same time with you, so that you get to better know those that are starting this journey with you. We also use the orientation to go over more information about our school and program, and allow parents to ask questions that have come up since starting lessons here.
How long does a class last? How many times do we need to attend?
45 minutes for regular classes. 30 mins for Lil’ Champs
We recommend a minimum of twice per week. Generally, we found this to be the minimum for a student to progress through the ranks. But a student can attend more classes if they really enjoy our program or need additional instruction. When you become a member, you are entitled to an unlimited number of classes at any of our locations.
We have an “open” schedule, which allows you to choose which of our class offerings you want to attend. Classes vary by rank as well as age. Choose the class that best fits you, and find the time that best fits your schedule.
Can I come by to see a class? Can I take a free class?
We encourage you to come and watch a class. We just ask that you make an appointment in advance so that we are expecting you.
We encourage all new members to enroll in our trial special, which is a low-cost, low-commitment program. Our curriculum is so expansive that not all of it can be covered in one day. Plus, it’s impossible to teach character development in one day, nor can we help you accomplish your goals in one day. The trial also comes with one-on-one instruction as well as an orientation to help ensure that no one is lost!
That’s why we invite you to come by and speak to our masters and staff personally. You can see the facility and how classes are run, and if you like what you see, sign up for a trial program. That’s why we invite you to come by and speak to our masters and staff personally. You can see the facility and how classes are run, and if you like what you see, sign up for a trial program. This trial gives you everything you need to try our classes. This will allow you to experience the full range of what we have to offer and allows you to see how we can help achieve your goals.
Does martial arts increase aggressiveness?
Absolutely not!! Your child will be taught from the first lesson that being a true practitioner/master means never misusing their martial arts skills. With great power comes great responsibility.
Throughout their training, they will be reminded of this. They will also be told that being mentally and physically tough does not give them the right to be tough to others. Training should only be used for defensive purposes or to help those in need.
Students are also taught and are expected to be courteous, respectful, and humble.
Lastly, martial arts is a great way to help channel some of your child’s energy in a more positive manner. This will give your child a “release” for energy, and therefore, much more likely that your child will be less aggressive.
My child has physical/behavioral/health issues. Is that okay? How can you help with this? Etc.
That is perfectly fine! In fact, part of taking martial art is to help improve these physical/behavior issues. We have had many students with physical/health issues as well as students. We work with them and ensure that their health or physical disability is not a hindrance to learning. We have also had students with ADHD/ADD, autism, and ODD, but now have improved so much that you would not be able to tell. Our parents and teachers have really noticed the change in the child and the benefits of taking lessons from our school.
We work with each student to make sure we know your purpose for taking martial art, and we work with each student to ensure that this purpose is met.
One of the great things about our school is that we are very inclusive and have a nurturing environment. We recognize that each student is different. Everyone’s here for different purposes; everyone has different learning styles, etc. It’s a self-paced program, and a student is not bound by what the others do, unlike team sports. So it’s a great way for the student to go at his/her own pace while engaging in a fun extracurricular activity that improves both physical fitness and character.
Our program largely emphasizes character development. We have the 5 tenets of TKD: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. We also have life skills we teach at each level, such as respect, humility, and discipline.
Classes are very structured so that students learn discipline and control. And we also are very patient as students work towards achieving their goals. These goals help develop confidence/esteem.