No. Everyone starts with their first two lessons free. If you like it and want to continue Tae Kwon Do training you can either pay a monthly fee by direct debit or at the start of each month in your lesson. We can provide you with full costs for individual students or family membership upon request.
Do I need to be fit or flexible to start Tae Kwon Do?
Absolutely not. Fitness and flexibility are developed through training. However, if you have any existing medical conditions, or sustain any injuries between classes, please ensure you inform the instructor BEFORE training commences.
Is there an age limit for Tae Kwon Do?
No there isn't. We welcome all ages in our club to train with us and we have children as young as 6 and adults well into their senior years. Younger children often have different levels of attention and therefore your free trial sessions are a good way to see if Tae Kwon Do is appropriate for them.
When are the Tae Kwon Do training sessions?
To help with work and family commitments we train at Thursday evenings at 7pm - 8pm and Sunday evenings at 6pm - 7pm.
Where are the Weston-super-Mare Tae Kwon Do Training Sessions?
Our club trains at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Hutton Moor Road, Avon, Weston-super-Mare BS22 8LY
What equipment do I need?
You don't need any equipment to start training. Once you are sure you wish to continue you will need a uniform, which is called a Dobok. These are compulsory for official events such as competitions and gradings. We can advise you on this.
Do I need my own sparring equipment?
Sparring equipment is not normally required for students in the lower grades, unless you wish to compete in tournaments. For gradings from blue strip and above sparring equipment is compulsory, however, this is usually at least 1½ years after starting your training.
Can I sit and wait for my child?
Of course. Parents are welcome to sit at the back and watch their children practice, however, whilst the class is running we request that you do not talk on your mobile phone or talk to people at the back of the class. We are trying to create an atmosphere for study and practice and people talking often puts our students off.
What does Tae Kwon Do mean?
Literally translated, Tae Kwon Do means "the way of the hand and foot". The most important part of the word is "Do" as this translated means "the correct way". Learning to kick and punch are only physical attributes. By practising "Do" and the principles of Tae Kwon Do you become an overall martial artist, both physically and mentally.
How is Tae Kwon Do different to Karate and other Martial Arts?
Like Karate, students of Tae Kwon Do perform a lot of upper body techniques like punching, blocking and striking. What distinguishes Tae Kwon Do from other martial arts is it's superior kicking techniques. In Tae Kwon Do students can learn to perform multiple kicks whilst flying and jumping in the air.
What is the belt system?
There are 10 belts up to Black Belt 1st Dan. Beginners start with what is know as a white belt and as you undergo gradings your belt colour will change.
Do I have to grade for belts at set interval?
No. Gradings take place every 3 months but there is no obligation to grade. Students are assessed in class and are only put forward for gradings when both you and the instructor are confident in your ability and the you feel ready and willing to progress.
How long will it take to get my Black Belt?
With regular attendance and personal practice it is possible to go from white belt to black belt in under 5 years. Obtaining your Black Belt is a long term goal.
What happens when I reach Black Belt?
When you achieve your Black Belt you automatically become a 1st Dan. To qualify for 2nd Dan you must train hard for a minium of 2 years and your instructor then decides if you are ready to apply for your 2nd Dan promotion. You may have to wait longer if you have missed training for any reason or ifyour instructor doesn't think you are ready. For 3rd Dan you have to train for an additional 3 yeras after achieving your 2nd Dan, a further 4 years for 4th Dan and a further 5 yeras training for 5th Dan, etc.