FAQ

Do you have safety measures for training during the outbreak?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we are training outdoors with very limited contact.

See our Covid-19 training plan for detailed information and instructions.

What’s the difference between taekwon-do and karate?

Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that emphasizes high kicks. Karate is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes hand strikes.

Is taekwon-do effective in a street confrontation?

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is there are two primary factors that determine any martial art’s effectiveness in a street situation:

The practitioner’s mindset and their skill level.

A skilled practitioner with the appropriate mindset can de-escalate street confrontations to avoid the fight. There are few situations for which it is worth risking bodily harm or death.

For those few situation where the fight is unavoidable, the skilled practitioner’s training can help them end the fight quickly while minimizing the risk to themselves and their attacker.

At this school, we train to develop a mindset for de-escalating the confrontation and avoid the fight while also developing the skills to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

It takes as long as the student wants it to take.

Some students are class regulars. They rarely missing class and they train at home when they must miss one. When they’re in the dojang, they respect, help, and encourage their training partners while demonstrate the skills and attitude we expect from black belts.

We test every 2-3 months at the lower rank levels and every 6 months to 1 year at the upper rank levels. So, there is ample opportunity for you to earn promotions, with the emphasis on earn.

Do I have to break boards?

We have students break boards for two reasons: (1) to demonstrate their understanding of proper striking skills and (2) to eliminate the mental obstacle the board represents.

At the youngest ranks, the board’s are far thinner than those used for the older childrens’, teen, and adult breaks.

Safety is always our first priority. We have students demonstrate their breaking ability only when we’re confident they will succeed. When we test a student and ask them to break a board, it’s a spotlight moment for them. We’ve set them up for success in front of a supportive crowd because we’ve seen them demonstrate the level of proficiency required for that moment many times in class.

Do I have to spar?

No, but avoiding sparring in martial arts training will inhibit your development, and thus, your true potential as a martial artist.

Imagine taking driving lessons in a parking lot, but never driving on a road or highway with other vehicles.

You may know how to steer, accelerate, and brake, but you won’t learn to make effective, real-time decisions at the higher speeds many roads and all highways require.

You also won’t learn to react to other drivers’ sometimes unpredictable behavior.

From the taekwon-do perspective, the temporary sense of security you perceive when limiting your taekwon-do training will leave you unprepared should you face a confrontation outside the dojang.

Why not?

You won’t be accustomed to controlling your nerves and your breathing.

You won’t intuitively adjust your distance to your attacker for offensive and defensive purposes.

You won’t know what it feels like to really be hit, so the shock of the blow may make you freeze because you haven’t developed the instinct to parry or counter-strike when hit.

If you’re reluctant to spar, we hope you’ll have a conversation with us. We can ease you into it, building your confidence and comfort level until you’re participating to whatever intensity level works for you.

We encourage you to try before you rule it out.

Do I have to compete in tournaments?

No, but the same answer regarding sparring applies, only to a much lesser degree.

We have three school rules for tournament participation:

1. Safety first. Yours, and your opponent’s.
2. Secure the fight. Train to the best of your ability.
3. Have fun.

If you decide to try tournament competition, we will help you train for it. Master Jason has a great deal of competition experience as well as experience training successful competitors.

How much does it cost to participate in a tournament?

They typically vary from $80 -100 depending on the number of participants and events (forms, sparring, team forms/sparring, etc).

The tournament organizer determines the cost.

Do I have to get a uniform? How much does it cost?

Students buy a uniform when they’re ready to buy a uniform. We don’t want anyone not to train because they can’t afford a uniform.

We have a long-term relationship with our supplier, so our uniforms are very inexpensive relative to what some schools and online stores charge.

Adding patches to your uniform drives up the cost for the custom work involved.

Our uniforms are durable, so with proper care and cleaning, you can expect them to last for years.

Feel free to pull us aside in class or contact us for specific pricing.

What equipment do I need as a beginner?

Eventually, you’ll want a uniform and protective equipment for sparring.

A complete set of protective equipment runs up to $100 and lasts for years with proper care and cleaning.

How do you know I’m ready to test?

We observe your attitude toward your training and training partners.

We observe your skills when performing forms, drilling techniques, and sparring.

We check in with you or your parents to be sure you’re doing well in school and at home.

We also check your attendance.

If we feel you’ve earned a promotion, we’ll invite you to test because we’re proud of your accomplishment and we want to celebrate it.

What happens if I fail a test?

The only way to fail a test is to fail to appear for your test, or to not demonstrate the conduct and put forth the effort we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in class.

Can I help the instructors?

Yes. We have an assistant’s program that trains interested students in helping instructors run the class.

I have previous martial arts experience. What rank will I be in your school?

It depends on the martial art and the martial artist.

For example, you may have an extensive judo background, but little or no experience with the kicking fundamental to taekwon-do. However, the posture, strength, coordination, and balance you gained from your judo training would make you a fast learner in taekwon-do, allowing us to accelerate your promotional track.

If your previous experience is in taekwon-do or a similar striking art such as tang soo do, we’re inclined to honor your rank.

If you’re a black belt, we’ll need a copy of your Dan certificate.