Students are advised to be at the hall in plenty of time as classes start on the hour sharp. Students should attend both classes regularly if progress is to be realistically expected. If you will be missing for any class(es), please inform your instructor in advance as a matter of courtesy.
DO I NEED ANY PREVIOUS MARTIAL ART EXPERIENCE?
No previous experience is necessary. All you need is the desire to learn! Our beginners’ classes are tailored for new students with no previous martial art training. However, we welcome students of other martial arts who want to learn Taekwon Do.
DO I HAVE TO BE AN ATHLETE TO TRAIN?
No. Everyone trains at his or her own level. If you are not used to hard physical training, that’s fine. You will find that your strength, endurance, and flexibility increase steadily as you work out. (However, if you have any medical conditions that we should know about, please let us know). If you are a conditioned athlete, don't worry, you will get a good workout also. We welcome students of all backgrounds and abilities. Taekwon Do can be rewarding for anyone who wants to train.
ARE THERE ANY AGE LIMITS?
Anyone over the age of 8 is welcome to join. There is no upper age limit - it is never too late to start!
ARE THERE COMPETITIONS?
Yes, we runs between two and four well organised tournaments around the country each year, and students are encouraged to take part (although participation in tournaments is optional). We also travel away to competitions abroad. When the students reaches Black Belt level, they can try out for the national team and represent World Championships. For non-black belts, there is the ITF World Cup which is held annually in various locations around the world
WILL I PROGRESS THROUGH VARIOUS COLOURED BELTS?
Yes, Gradings are the promotion examinations through which the student progresses up through the grades and are held approximately every three to four months. The average time taken to go from beginner to 1st Degree Black Belt is between 3 and 5 years. Under the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) regulations, grading exams may only be conducted by 4th Degree Black Belt holders and above who have qualified as International Instructors.
DO I NEED A UNIFORM?
Not right away. Official Taekwon-Do uniforms are available through the School, but do not need to be purchased right away, and are not really required until the first grading exam (usually after two to three months of training). These uniforms are durable and last for many years. It can be considered as a one off purchase. The official uniform comes with ITF crests as well as the official Taekwon-Do logo on the back & free white belt.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Loose fitting clothing which allows freedom of movement is best, e.g. a tracksuit and t-shirt, or whatever you feel comfortable in yourself. Please do not wear any jewellery, watches etc during class. Bring water!
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The beginners’ programme is essentially an introduction to Taekwon-Do, consisting of stretching and exercise, basic Taekwon-Do techniques and movements, pad & target work, some basic self defence techniques, and the philosophy of the art.