FAQ

How do I sign up?

New students are required to contact us in advance of starting lessons. New students begin lessons during the first week of each new month.


Can I watch a class?

Yes. We encourage visitors to drop in anytime. Feel free to ask the instructor any questions that may come up. Please email us for directions and class times or go the contact and schedule pages. New students are required to sign up by contacting us prior to starting lessons.


What is Taekwon-Do?

This is answered in the philosophy section.


Who can practice Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is a family art in the sense that all students can train together. Children must be at least nine years-old to enroll and we do not make exceptions to this rule.


Do I have to be in good shape to start to practice Taekwon-Do?

People who wish to enroll should be in reasonably good physical condition, and a physical exam by their doctor prior to beginning lessons is recommended. Many people use Taekwon-Do as a way to increase their cardiovascular health or to increase their muscle tone and flexibility. Everyone progresses at their own rate so there is no pressure to compete with anyone other than yourself.


Will I, or my child, be hurt practicing Taekwon-Do?

As with any form of physical exercise, there is some risk of physical injury. However, classes are designed with safety in mind, and sparring is of a non-contact philosophy. Taekwon-Do is not an art that requires students to attempt dangerous feats. It is a positive art that teaches each individual to reach his or her full potential both physically and mentally.


Are the classes co-ed and will I be working out with beginners?

All of our classes are coed.

All of of the regular classes include students of all ranks. This may at first sound intimidating but actually makes for a great system of instruction. Practicing along side students of higher rank allows you to benefit from their input as well as that of the instructor. Additionally, often when a new student attends his or her first class a Black Belt is assigned to instruct him or her one-on-one.


Are there any contracts to sign?

No. Other than a simple liability waiver to sign, there are no contracts. Students pay on a month to month basis, and are not required to commit for any length of time.


What is the cost of tuition?

This is answered on the Rates page.


Do you break boards as part of your curriculum?

Board breaking is used as a tool for the student to further develop accuracy and power with the techniques they are learning. After achieving the rank of blue belt, students are allowed to, and encouraged to, practice breaking regularly.


How long until I receive a black belt?

Every student progresses at their own rate mostly depending on his or her dedication. Your instructor decides when it’s time for you to promote for each belt. One can expect that it will take about 4 years to earn their 1st degree black belt.


I have prior experience in a different style of martial art. Can I join your class?

We welcome students who have prior/ other experience. Transfer students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, as experience can vary. All new students (including transfer students) begin training as a white belt, regardless of the rank previously achieved. In accordance with the rules of our associate Bailey’s Traditional Taekwon Do College, transfer students may advance through more than one rank with their first belt promotion, at the discretion of the Head Instructor.


Do I have to wear a uniform?

Beginning students are not required to wear a uniform (or do-bok). Sweat pants or something similar usually work well. Uniforms are required at the time you test for your yellow belt. Uniforms can be purchased on line in the links section.


What kind of shoes should I wear?

Shoes are not required as Traditional Taekwon Do is practiced barefoot.


Can I wear my eye glasses?

Yes, but we recommend using some type of restraining strap.


Do you teach weapon techniques?

The literal translation of Taekwon-Do is “The way of the foot and fist”. With this in mind we do not teach offensive weapon techniques. However we do study defensive techniques in response to an opponent armed with certain weapons.