1. HOW IS TAE KWON DO DIFFERENT TO OTHER MARTIAL ARTS?
Taekwondo is predominantly a kicking and punching martial art (like Karate, Kung Fu and Kickboxing) rather than grappling or floor based martial art (Judo or Ju-Jitsu). It is known for its jumping and spinning kicks.
2. WHAT ARE ITF AND WTF TAE KWON DO?
These are the two main styles of Taekwondo. WTF stands for World Tae Kwon Do Federation and ITF stands for International Tae Kwon Do Federation. Each has its own syllabus with different forms (patterns)and different sparring styles and rules. We follow and teach the ITF syllabus.
3. AM I TOO OLD/TOO YOUNG/TOO UNFIT TO START TAEKWONDO?
No! We cater for all ages from 6 to 60. Some of our clubs have separate children's classes (catering for ages 6-12) and adult classes (ages 13+) but some will have mixed ages and mixed ability sessions. Our personal approach to teaching means that each student is able to work at their own pace and within their own abilities. You will be challenged but will never feel out of your depth.
4. HOW LONG DOES A CLASS LAST?
Our classes are generally between 45 minutes and an hour long.
5. HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK CAN I TRAIN?
We have different membership plans which enable students to either train once a week or up to 7 times a week at any of our venues (you are not restricted to one venue - even on the once a week plan). All our students are encouraged to cross train at different clubs to benefit and learn from each of our different instructors' experience and approaches. The more a student trains, the quicker they will progress through the grades.
6. WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS OR GO AWAY?
If you miss a class, you'll be able to make it up at another class (either on a different evening or at another club). If you go away for a month or more, we can freeze your training fees until you return.
7. I HAVE INJURIES FROM PREVIOUS SPORTS/ A PHYSICAL DISABILITY - CAN I STILL TRAIN?
Yes, our highly personalised approach to teaching means that we can adapt and cater for your personal needs. Please let us know when you book your trial class of your special circumstances and we will do our homework and ensure that your training with us is safe and comfortable for you.
8. I USED TO DO TAE KWON DO / AM EXPERIENCED IN ANOTHER MARTIAL ART, CAN I KEEP MY GRADE OR DO I NEED TO START AGAIN?
Whatever your previous experience, we can take this into account when you start with us - whether it is with ITF or WTF Tae Kwon Do. Your instructor will discuss with you where to slot you in the belt system. If you have trained in other martial arts to a high level, we will take this into account and will introduce you into our belt system as an intermediate or senior grade, after discussion with your instructor.
9. I/MY CHILDREN HAVE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES - CAN WE STILL TRAIN?
Our organisation is highly respected for our inclusiveness and our many years' experience teaching students with ADHD, ASD and Aspergers. We have many students with Aspergers who have progressed to black belt with huge improvements in their co-ordination, confidence and concentration. Many medical professionals highly recommend martial arts for those with learning difficulties or developmental disabilities and our instructors will tailor classes to ensure easy inclusion . Most of our instructors have assistants who provide additional support for students where needed.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.