When is a good age to start training?
Any age. People start martial arts training at all ages from as young as 4 to people in their 60's.
Some days my child gives me a hard time about coming to class, but then loves it once he's there. What do I do?
You and your child have made a commitment to better health and fitness. You know your child loves class, he is just wrapped up in the moment at whatever he is doing. Be clear to your child that it is not an option. He signed up for class, he will attend. He'll enjoy it once he's here.
Is previous training needed?
Absolutely not, most people who start with us have never had previous training. Just a desire to learn.
Will you be teaching my child violence? (hitting and such)
He will learn to hit and kick on a bag and with sparring gear on, but we are sure to teach the students this is for Self-defense....never to be used on friends, family, etc.
I am hearing impaired, can I learn Taekwondo?
You sure can. We have experience working with hearing impaired students.
How often should I attend class?
We recommend at least twice per week but you can come more often if you like.
I have arthritis, will this prevent me from learning?
No, actually training is the best thing for you. To keep your joints moving will help relieve arthritis pain.
I have previous training, will you recognize my rank?
We would have to do an evaluation to see where you would fall into our belt system. Not all schools teach the same curriculum so there maybe a lot to learn or just a little. We will need to see your certificate for proof of rank.
What if my child decides to quit?
First of all, how do you feel about this? Did you sign your child up to learn self-defense, self-control and discipline? Have they accomplished that yet? Our society is allowing too much quiting. Kids quit one sport after another. Teenagers are quiting school. Adults are quiting marriage and jobs. Please encourage your child to see through a committment.
We have found that martial arts training can make a huge difference in a person's life. Seeing it through to black belt and beyond will be an accomplishment of a lifetime!
Where do I get a uniform?
We have them at the school. We keep many sizes in stock.
Do you teach contact or no contact sparring?
We teach contact. Why? We can teach you/your child many types of self defense moves, but if you have never experienced contact you will go into shock if you are attacked. Contact sparring also teaches you when and how to move to avoid being hit and how to get to the areas needed on your attacker.
Do many people get hurt sparring?
We have had very minimal injuries. We take many steps to prevent injury, such as protective equipment and strong supervision.
How often do students promote to next belt?
There are minimum months/classes between belts but it mostly depends on each individual student. We will not promote until the student is ready.
Should I "shop around"?
Yes, you should. You need to find the school that fits your personality. We encourage people to check out other schools because we are confident of what we offer. Our school is a TRUE martial arts school. Our students will learn to defend themselves and learn to behave and be respectful.
Don't be fooled by schools with large ads, that doesn't mean their better. We are a small school that cares about our students. We are not about seeing how many students we can get through our school, we are about making the ones we have the best they can be.
Do I have to pay extra for 'special training'?
NO, we do not 'up sell'. Meaning, all our training is included in one monthly fee. No one gets 'better' training because they can afford more. All students are treated equally.
Be careful of schools trying to get you to sign up for long term before you have a chance to check them out. Ask about 'clubs' and special training classes. We don't have them.
MY Ex won't bring my child to class, what should I do?
We see this way too much. This is something important to you and is very beneficial for your child. You may not want to, but you need to sit your ex down and explain that this is a commitment your child has made and it is important to both of you. If you can't reason with the ex, then just get your child to class as often as you can. This is a very unfortunate situation.