Page 2: What is "Tae Kwon Do"?

Page 3: What are the belts for?

Page 4: What is Belt Testing?

Page 5: What is a Black Belt?

Page 6: Why learn Korean terminology?

Page 7: Why does a student bow?

Page 8: Are students required to complete in tournaments?


What is Tae Kwon Do?

Tae Kwon Do is a form of martial art training from Korea that is derived from ancient martial arts that are over 2000 years old. Tae Kwon Do's goal is to help the student grow and develop in the areas of: courtesy, integrity, self confidence, self control, perseverance, commitment, and unbreakable spirit. Tae Kwon Do is NOT a cult or religious sect nor is Tae Kwon Do, as the movies depict, a violent militant group that teaches students to beat up people. Tae Kwon Do IS a very sensible method of consistent mental and physical training that is a year-round, life-time system of exercise and personal development.



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What are the belts for?

Belts are goals that are set for students to meet on their road to Tae Kwon Do training and personal improvement. To obtain the first belts, the goals are more easily met and involve more help from the instructor. Techniques are fairly simple early on and increase in difficulty as the students progress. Each student will progress at the speed that is equal to their personal abilities.




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What is Belt Testing?

When the student has completed the required time and material training requirements a test date be set. As in any educational institution, the instructors know when a student is ready to test to, please trust their judgment. The belt exams are open for family and friends to attend and watch. The student will perform the required material in front of the testing instructor as well as the audience.

Beginner students and children are given the assistance needed to help them fulfill the requirements to earn their belt. This helps build confidence. Advanced students are required to complete the exam with little or no assistance. Junior and adult black belt tests must be passed with no assistance.

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What is a Black Belt?

A Junior Black Belt (black with white stripe) or Adult Black Belt is a student recognized for their commitment to Tae Kwon Do who has achieved a high level of proficiency and knowledge in the art of kicking and punching. This proficiency includes that a student's conduct outside the school is a direct reflection of the art, the instructor and the student themselves.

Upon reaching black belt, a student will realize how much more there is to learn and continue their own training, advancement and individual improvement, while they also pass on what they have learned to new students. This is part of the circle of Tae Kwon Do -- passing on all the training once learned by teaching new students who may one day do the same.

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Why learn Korean terminology?

Korean is the universal language of Tae Kwon Do. It is also fun for the students to learn words in another language. It prepares students for competition, as all competition and commands in the sport arena are conducted and given in Korean. Students could go to any Tae Kwon Do training center in the world and understand the training. Instructors from Korea, naturally, conduct their classes, training, and commands in Korean and are always impressed when American students understand them.


Why does a student bow?

Bowing is a tradition in Korea used when entering or leaving the gym. It is also used when asking a question of an instructor or entering the school in which higher ranks and black belts are present. It is a sign of respect for their for their experience, knowledge and commitment to Tae Kwon Do. It is also out of respect for the gym, the ranks, and the instructors. It is similar to an American handshake. When you meet someone it is proper etiquette to shake their hand. In Korea, and especially Tae Kwon Do, it is proper to greet people in this way each time they meet. This method of recognizing authority, experience, and greater knowledge helps to strengthen a student's respect for authority in and out of the school whether it is parents, teachers, police, adults or other persons of stature. It also fosters a sense of respect for the training, the goals, and the person they aspire to become.


Are students required to complete in tournaments?

It is not required, but strongly recommended that students participate in a tournament or two during their training. The intsructor will suggest when the student is ready to compete. Then it's up to the student (and the parent, if necessary) whether he or she wants to.




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