Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few commonly asked questions.
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What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a Modern Korean Martial Art, which teaches students self-defense with unarmed hands and feet. Taekwondo is a Martial Art and its training objectives are to improve focus, discipline, confidence, athletic abilities and self-defense skills. Taekwondo training is an educational program, so it requires consistency and commitment. Taekwondo training stimulates the body and the brain, improving focus and discipline with the coordination, balance, agility and flexibility. Taekwondo became an Official Olympic Event in 1988 for its popularity around the World.
What does the word "Taekwondo" mean?
There are many interpretations of the name Tae Kwon Do, such as "The art of kicking and punching", or "The way of the hand and foot", or "The art of unarmed hands".
What is a Dojan and what does it mean?
Dojan is the Taekwondo school, the place where Taekwondo is practiced. Dojan means a place of discipline and hard work.
- Students must practice proper taekwondo discipline at the school and remember that discipline, respect and proper behavior are important for all students inside and outside of the Dojan!
- At the taekwondo school, students and families are encouraged to keep noise down and respect staff members and ongoing classes.
- No shoes allowed in the training area, only approved and clean martial art shoes are allowed during your training.
What is the difference between Taekwondo, Karate or Kung Fu?
- Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art; Karate is a Japanese Martial Art and Kung Fu is a Chinese Martial Art
- Taekwondo uses Korean Language Commands; Karate uses Japanese Language Commands and Kung Fu uses Chinese Language Commands
- Taekwondo Uniform and Rank System are different than Karate and Kung Fu
- Taekwondo, Karate and Kung Fu have very different sparring rules
- Taekwondo Forms are different than Karate and Kung Fu Forms
- Taekwondo is an Official Olympic Sport, and Karate and Kung Fu are not
What ages do you teach Taekwondo?
We teach Taekwondo for ages 3 and up. Contact us for more information.
What do the different belt colors mean?
It means different ranks which are achieved by attending classes and understanding rank techniques. The different colored belts show an increasing level of skill and understanding. To make it simple, think about the belts as a ladder where you are only allowed to climb to the next step once your instructor believes you have achieved all the knowledge you need to make that step. Each step has its own specifications of what needs to be accomplished. Likewise, each student needs to show their acquired set of skills at a belt test before being honored with the next belt color.
How much does it cost?
We recommend that you start out with just trying a few classes to make sure that Taekwondo is right for you. Once you have decided to become a member, we offer different value packages that are competitively priced. Each package gives you full access to all classes for your belt level. For current prices, please call us at (303) 933 0500
How long does it take to become a black belt?
First of all, it's not about time, but commitment, dedication and the right attitude. Usually, to get a black belt in Taekwondo it takes 500-1000 classes, depending on each individual, their commitment, physical abilities, and age.
How do I test for the next rank?
Most martial art schools have different rank requirements and belt systems. In our school students must:
- Meet your rank requirements.
- Understand and be able to perform all rank techniques during the week of the belt test.
- Have your name listed on the information board at the school, on the Attendance and Technical Eligibility List.
- Pick up an application and return it at least 1 day before the scheduled belt test with parents and Master Instructor approval.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled belt test with proper equipment and be ready to perform your best!
What will I need for sparring classes?
The complete sparring equipment must be approved by the Master Instructor for the student's safety and ability to perform during classes with contact training which must include:
- TKD Chest Protector
- TKD Head Gear
- TKD Shin and Foot Pads
- TKD Arm Pads
- TKD Gloves
- TKD Groin Protector
- Mouth Guard
All equipment must be kept clean and remember to keep fingers and toenails trimmed and have your complete equipment for all sparring classes.
Please check with your instructor which sparring class will be best for your size and age.
Knee braces, ankle braces, arm braces, back braces, full face covered head gear are optional and available.
Littleton Taekwondo provides all top quality Taekwondo sparring equipment at reasonable prices at the school store. Contact our store for sizing and pricing information.
Does your school compete?
Yes, Littleton TKD has a Competition Team that trains with state of the art Daedo equipment. For more information about our Competition Team, please feel free to contact us at 303-933-0500.