Some frequently asked questions and their answers.
What do I need to bring with me to a class?
To your first class please bring a bottle of water to drink during the session, as you can get hot and sweaty when running round. (Only water or squash please…No fizzy pop). If you spar, you must bring your kit with you to each lesson.
What do I wear?
For your first few lessons, you can wear jogging bottoms and a t-shirt (something easy to move in) with bare feet. After you have been for a few lessons and decide to continue attending you will need to purchase a dobok which should be worn every lesson with a belt.
Please note that no jewellery of any kind is permitted to be worn during training. If you have jewellery that can’t be removed it must be completely wrapped up.
What age do you have to be to start?
We take students from 8 years old up to any age. All we ask is that you are physically capable and able to concentrate. You do not have to be super fit to join, but you will get fitter if you do. (Mums and Dads have no excuse!)
How long does it take to gain a Black Belt?
It takes a minimum of three years to attain Black Belt and this is if you attend training on a regular basis and show a commitment to the martial art. Typically most students who get to Black Belt level take around four years.
How physical is the martial art?
Taekwon-Do is a contact art and is therefore quite physical however self-control is a big part of what we teach. Please bear in mind that although very rare, sometimes injuries can occur.
Is Taekwon-Do for me?
The only way to know this is to come and have a go but please accept that I will be honest and if I do not think it is for you we will tell you!!
What will not be tolerated?
Taekwon-Do is a Martial Art and we are very disciplined, so silly, dangerous or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated in the club.