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1)      What is Tae Kwon Do?

2)      What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts, like Karate or MMA for example

3)      Does your school compete in tournaments?

4)      What age groups do you have classes for?

5)      Do you have classes for adults or is Tae Kwon Do just for kids?

6)      How often can I come to class?

7)      What do you offer?

8)      Do you offer training with weapons?

9)      Iím coming from another martial arts and I have worked hard for my current belt? Do I have to start over as a white belt?

9)      Do you teach the same kind of Tae Kwon Do that is seen in the Olympics?

 

 

1) Tae Kwon Do is the Korean martial art. Though itís official start was in the 1940s, itís development was over the course of hundred of years. Tae Kwon Do is one of the most trained martial arts with the most schools in the world. It is also one of the two only martial arts recognized by the Olympic association. The Koreans to this day continue to integrate Tae Kwon Do in their Army Airforce, and Law Enforcement.

 

2) Tae Kwon Do has some similarities with other martial arts. Certain kicks, punches, and blocks are utilized by other styles. What separates Tae Kwon Do from others is the principle and theories of power and execution of the technique. The basis of Tae Kwon Do originated from the ancient Korean art of foot fighting, Taek Kyon, it also has some influence from Hapkido and Karate. Tae Kwon Do, however was intentionally designed to be more refined and superior than that of itís predecessors and to combat Karate, once again utilizing what works and fixing the flaws within. As far as other Martial Arts like Judo (a ground art) or MMA (mixed martial arts), Tae Kwon Do is designed for multiple attackers and still works very well against one. Ground arts like Judo and Ju-jitsu have there strong points and as a martial art, we respect the styles. Most instructors will tell you though that those styles are not primarly designed for multiple attackers. The same is for MMA in which is more of a sport and so focuses on mostly one opponent at a time.

 

3) Yes. We actively compete in several tournaments a year both in and out of state. That is also including the tournaments where competitors can advance up a ladder and compete not only in the national level, but on the international level as well. We also host our own tournament annually. We don't require students to compete so those who are only doing Tae Kwon Do for the excersice doesn't feel pressured. However we highly recommend it due to the many benifits one can get from the experience.

 

4) We prefer to take students no younger than 5 years of age, though we have in some cases accepted students at the age of 4. Otherwise, there is no limit to how old one can be to train in Tae Kwon Do. As of lately, the oldest we have had participating in Tae Kwon Do training is seventy.

 

5) Tae Kwon Do was developed for all ages. Though a majority of martial art schools out there have mostly kids in attendance, martial arts can be very healthy and enjoyable for adults. Adults will even get more out a Tae Kwon Do than most kids will. We at Eclipse Tae Kwon Do have classes set aside for adults as well as general classes better suited for the family.

 

6) There is no limit to the number of times a student can come to class; in fact, we encourage such dedication to their training. Our classes are now available five days a week, therefore a student may choose to participate in all five days if they desire, without additional cost. However, we do recommend a minimum of two hours, or two classes a week of training. We only charge additional fees for ďspecial,Ē or seasonal classes, such as Ladyís Self Defense, Cardio Kickboxing or Weapon Classes.

 

7) We offer many varieties of things on top of Tae Kwon Do, such as demo classes to encourage students to test their limits and sparring(fighting) classes. Other things that we offer are seasonal self-defense and cardio kickboxing classes. We also offer Aikido, Hapkido, kickboxing, as well as training in different types of weapons. Most of these things are already integrated in to the normal class structure, so though one may never see the difference, the lessons are taught.

 

8) Yes. The style of training is both on the demo and practical levels. Not only do we teach you how to swing a weapon around, but also how to use it as an extension of your body to use in practical defense. Also a part of the training is focused on how to defend against the weapon. The weapons we train with is the staff, sticks, sword, kamas, tonfas, knives, and spear.

 

9) Though it is recommended by us to start over, it is not mandatory. We do honor belt ranks from other martial arts and if it is your wish, we will start you out with the Tae Kwon Do equivalent to your belt rank. However, it is important that you learn the forms and techniques in Tae Kwon Do up to your rank before any advancement in our organization.

9) Yes and No. The style of Tae Kwon Do seen in the Olympics is a sport style originated from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. We do teach an Olympic style class for those who would like to pursue the sport aspect of Tae Kwon Do. We do not teach the patterns that is taught in that particular style of Tae Kwon Do.