Q: How is Taekwondo different from other martial art styles?
A: While most martial arts adhere to the same basic moral philosophy, the application and execution of techniques are very different. Practitioners of Judo train throws and holds, Karate utilizes a variety of punches and strikes and Jujitsu practices the use of grappling techniques and joint manipulations. Taekwondo, especially the Olympic style, is characterized by its dynamic kicking techniques. We kick faster and stronger than any other martial art.
Q: Is Taekwondo the best martial art?
A: More people practice Taekwondo than any other style. This in itself does not make it the best. All martial arts are good. The physical, mental and social benefits from participation in martial arts are appealing to almost everyone. But choosing a particular style is a personal choice. You have to determine what’s best for you. If you are interested in joining a club, check it out. Most schools offer trial classes. Ask questions. Talk to other students. Compare the skill levels of students of schools of similar style and rank. Check instructor’s credentials. Beware of flashy advertising. Is the instructor trying to teach you something or sell you something? Once you have carefully made your decision, you will discover the martial art you chose is the best…for you!
Q: How old should children be in order to start Taekwondo?
A: Children must be mature enough to understand the structure of class. Some children have the attentiveness at an early while some older children may not. We generally accept children who are ages 5 and older, however it depends on the maturity of the child.
Q: How long does it take to become a black belt?
A: On average, it takes 3-4 years of consistent in-class training to attain black belt. But progression through the ranks is self-paced. Some people train more often than others while others may grasp the concepts a little faster. Therefore a specific time frame cannot be given. There are three components taken into consideration for one to progress: attendance, ability and attitude. After one has put in the time, knows the techniques well and has displayed the proper attitude, they would be eligible for promotion.
It is important to note that HI-PERFORMANCE TAEKWONDO is a “quality” school. We follow a curriculum that all students, regardless of age, must follow. We expect a lot from our students technically, behaviorally and academically. At HI-PERFORMANCE TAEKWONDO we only promote those who are qualified and will not deviate from this philosophy.
Q: Who can do TKD?
A: Most people can benefit from Taekwondo training. You do not need to be an athlete, be super flexible or anything like that. All you need is a positive attitude and a willingness to try something new. I would suggest that anyone with medical problems consult a physician prior to starting any exercise program.
Q: Is Taekwondo “fun?”
A: Taekwondo training can be quite enjoyable and we do try to add an element of “fun” at times. However, it is imperative that everyone understands that the techniques can cause serious injury and for that reason 100% concentration and focus is to maintained at all times. This is particularly important for children.
Q: What do I need to start?
A: There are certain equipment requirements that you need as you become more involved: uniform, arm and shin pads, mouthpiece, chest protector and helmet. But to start, all you need is track pants and a t-shirt.
Q: How often should I train?
A: As with any activity, the more you practice, the better you get. For the average student, a minimum of two-three classes per week is adequate.
Q: Do I have to compete to advance to higher ranks?
A: No. While we do practice Olympic techniques and sparring, no one has to compete. Like other sports, people take part for recreational purposes only. For those who are interested in competition but do not want to compete there is coaching, judging, refereeing and a host of other roles. And still, this is optional.
Q: Are there special classes or “clubs” I need to join in order to advance?
A: No! At Hi-Performance Taekwondo, we teach the Olympic Sport and Martial Art of Taekwondo…period! There are no specific “clubs” that you need to join in order for you to advance to black belt or to compete locally. For those who wish to compete out of province, there are competition courses in order to prepare.
If you have any further questions or comments, contact us and we will be only to glad to respond.