Are there testing fees?
We do have testing fees. This nominal fee covers the cost of belts, certificates and testing procedures. The testing fee will be honored until the student passes. There will be no additional fee if the student must re-test.
How long does it take to promote to the next belt rank, how long until I get a Black Belt?
It is different at each belt level and for each student. If the students adhere to our recommendation of attending classes 2 to 3 times per week, the beginning belt ranks, white, yellow, and orange, take 1 to 3 months each. The intermediate belt ranks green belt through blue belt, take between 3 and 6 months each, and the advanced ranks, brown belt and up, take between 4 and 12 months each. A few of our students have attained a Black Belt in as little as 3 years. This is a rare case however and only achieved by those students who attend class very often and sometimes supplement their training by taking private instruction. On average, it takes a student who attends 3 to 4 classes per week between 3 ½ and 5 years.
Are there any other items I will be required to purchase?
At yellow belt, the students will begin sparring. It is mandatory that all students have protective gear for safety reasons. There is additional cost for the sparring gear, which is ordered through the office, it will last for years and is not refundable. Usually the footgear and headgear are the pieces that students outgrow eventually, and those pieces are available for purchase separately. At purple belt, the students will begin to learn to use the “Bo” Staff and at blue belt students will learn the Sai, all of which are ordered and available for purchase through the office.
I am sore after class, is that normal?
Yes, you will be using and stretching muscles in a capacity that you are not used to. Slow stretching immediately after exercising, hot baths and over the counter remedies such as Icy Hot or Tiger Balm will help to ease sore muscles. Please consult with your physician before using any medications.
I have an old injury (Back or Knee for example) can I still join? Or
I am really out of shape, I don’t know if I can keep up.
If you have concerns related to previous injuries or health, consult a physician before joining. Only a physician who knows your medical history may be able to properly advise you. We work hard to prevent our students from incurring injuries or aggravate an existing injury further. Every student will progress at his or her own rate. In this respect, we challenge students by setting realistic goals per the individual. This could include strengthening supporting areas or working at alternate exercises. During class, please use common sense. If something feels like it could get injured or re-injured, withdraw from that activity.
My child has been diagnosed with A.D.D. or has other special needs. How can Tae Kwon Do help?
Tae Kwon Do is a style of martial arts that has many different drills that quickly switch from one structured activity to another structured activity. This constant change requires students to develop focus by paying attention in class. It is in this type of environment where students diagnosed with A.D.D. seem to thrive. The constant change helps them to focus on what they are doing by challenging them with newer and increasingly more demanding exercises. The structure of the class and the drills being taught keeps them on a path to their next goal and self-esteem is built by achieving those goals.