Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Taekwondo?
- What is the difference between Taekwondo and Karate?
- Do I have to buy a uniform?
- Is it expensive? Are there any hidden costs?
- Are there contracts?
- What do different color belts mean?
- What do I need to do to advance to the next color belt?
- How long does it take to be promoted to the next color belt?
- How long does it take to get a black belt?
- Does Taekwondo teach self-defense and is it effective?
- How old do you have to be to train in Taekwondo?
- Is it healthy for kids?
- Can you get injured doing Taekwondo?
- How does it help with discipline?
1. What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo (also known as Tae Kwon Do) is the art of self defense that originated in Korea. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand) and Do (art).
The introduction of Taekwondo in the United States began during the 1950’s, when a handful of pioneering master instructors traveled to America to spread the art.
Throughout the next few decades Taekwondo grew in popularity, not only as a martial art, but as an international sport.
In 1973, Korea hosted the first Taekwondo World Championships. In that same year, the World Taekwondo Federation was established. Taekwondo is the most practiced martial art in the world!
2. What is the difference between Taekwondo and Karate?
Both are excellent forms of martial arts training, with each offering numerous benefits.
The core principles of both Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do) and Karate stress self-
discipline and a high code of personal conduct.
The main differences are:
* Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques, while Karate focuses on hand
* Taekwondo originated in Korea. Karate originated in Okinawa, Japan.
* Prearranged sequences of techniques, known as forms, are referred to as
poomsae in Taekwondo, and kata in Karate
* Taekwondo is an Olympic sport!
* The specific postures, stances, and movements differ significantly between
Taekwondo and Karate.
* Taekwondo tends to favor fast kicking but is well-rounded and involves learning
blocks, punches, open-handed strikes, take-downs, throws, and joint locks.
* Karate is known for hand techniques, but it also frequently includes knee and
elbow strikes, and does use kicking techniques to a certain extent.
3. Do I have to buy a uniform?
A white uniform is provided as a bonus when you begin training. As you advance in ranks, you may purchase a red, blue, or black uniform (depending on the rank).
4. Is it expensive? Are there any hidden costs?
No. We strive to support our community and provide affordable martial arts classes for the families. Our rate is generally lower than competitors’ and we offer family/sibling discounts. You are not required to purchase pricey gear to advance in ranks or to participate in our classes unless you choose to.
Our goal is to make the art of Taekwondo affordable for everyone who is interested.
5. Are there contracts?
No. We do not believe in contracts. We want you to keep training because you enjoy it, not because you are stuck in a contract.
6. What do different color belts mean?
Different color belts represent advancement in the art of Taekwondo.
White belt means innocence and purity. A student views the study of Taekwondo as a child, whether young or old.
Yellow belt symbolizes the sunrise and the dawning of knowledge when mental and physical changes begin.
Orange belt shows that the student is taking in knowledge and student’s basic techniques are growing.
Green belt symbolizes spring and the beginning of even more growth in the student.
Purple belt represents the darkening sky–heavy with the journey continuing to learn and
students must practice perseverance.
Blue belt represents the color of the sky and shows that the student is reaching up to the sky.
Brown belt symbolizes mountains and earth, strong foundation, getting closer to the black belt.
Red belt means sun, fire, danger. Even though student knows the techniques but must still work on control while executing them.
Black belt signifies knowledge and control, mastery of basics. This is when true Taekwondo journey begins.
The belt symbolizes ambition through humility and patience.
7. What do I need to do to advance to the next color belt?
You need to come to classes consistently, know basic Taekwondo punches, kicks and blocks, your breaking technique, self-defense, and Poomsae (form) for your belt level.
8. How long does it take to be promoted to the next color belt?
The time frame between tests is around 12 weeks.
9. How long does it take to get a black belt?
It can be earned in 3 years with hard work and dedication.
10. Does Taekwondo teach self-defense and is it effective?
Yes, it does and it is effective, but the practitioner should understand that the best self-defense is to avoid bad people, bad places, and bad times. Wisdom and education are the best self-defense.
11. How old do you have to be to train in Taekwondo?
Some students start as young as 3 years of age. We recommend the age of 4 and up, and training can continue well into the 70’s and even the 80’s.
12. Is it healthy for kids?
Yes. It is healthy both physically and emotionally for children. It is an active martial art that increases children’s physical abilities as well emotional confidence and maturity. Additionally, Taekwondo increases memory and thinking skills. It builds the whole individual in a wholesome and well-rounded way.
13. Can you get injured doing Taekwondo?
As with any activity, there is a risk of injury. However, if students follow their teacher’s instructions, the risk of injury is minimal or nonexistent.
14. How does it help with discipline?
It teaches discipline through goal setting, hard work, perseverance, and positive feelings from achieving goals.