Below you will find answers to our most often asked questions.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at any time.
What is Tae Kwon Do and how is it different from other martial arts?
Tae Kwon Do is a type of martial arts. Often misinterpreted as "karate" the two styles originate from two different countries. Tae Kwon Do emerged from Korea while Karate originated from Japan. Tae Kwon Do when translated is "The way of foot and fist" and its history dates from about 2,300 years ago. It was officially recognized as an organization combining many different styles of martial arts in the early 1940s. Tae Kwon Do became popular in the United States in the 1960s largely in part thanks to Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, known as the "Founder of American Tae Kwon Do."
At what age can children start?
The "best age" to start is when the child is ready! We offer the "Panda & Parent" program that starts at 3 years old which is a parent participation class and emphasizes developing basic body coordination, strengthening, and flexibility. Our independent classes start at 4.5 years old. It also depends on the child's personality. If a child is typically shy in new situations and environments the parent participation class may be a better option.
Does martial arts increase aggressiveness?
Absolutely not. One of our most important motto's is "MIGHT FOR RIGHT," which students say at the end of every class. This emphasizes the importance of using the mind first over the body, words before fists. True "TKD kids" understand that learning martial arts means that you use it only as a last resort. Our program develops children to be confident about themselves and in making the right decisions.
How safe is it to learn martial arts?
We make Tae Kwon Do as safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. But like all active sports, some risks involved are sports injuries. In order to maintain the safest environment, classes are taught by trained instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace.