1What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo, literally translated as “foot-fist-way”, is the traditional martial art and Olympic sport of Korea. It differs from Japanese karate in that it features kicking skills but utilizes all parts of the body for self-defense. At CHOSUN, we teach a pure form of taekwondo focusing on cultivating the mind, body and spirit.
2 How does traditional and sport taekwondo differ?
Traditional taekwondo, as taught at CHOSUN, is based on a system of self-defense, character enrichment and physical improvement through a sincere study of the martial arts. Sport, or Olympic-style taekwondo focuses primarily on competition with the exclusion of many valuable techniques and philosophical principles unique to traditional taekwondo.
3 Do I need to be physically fit to begin training?
No. Physical fitness and weight control are ancillary benefits of consistent training. Not only will you realize enhanced flexibility, but you will also notice an increase in aerobic endurance, agility, discipline and concentration over time.
4Am I too old to begin training in taekwondo?
Since our school focuses on the traditional martial art of taekwondo rather than the sport, you are never too old to start. In fact, the vast majority of our members are between 30 and 70 years of age. Naturally, we cater to the needs of teens and children as well.
5How can children benefit from taekwondo?
Taekwondo training cultivates courtesy, respect and self-control in children of all ages. Discipline, confidence and social skills are also emphasized. Furthermore, at CHOSUN adolescents and adults are instructed how to calm and focus their energy through the practice of mediation. Our comprehensive curriculum contributes to a more productive life experience both at home and in school. And, it is fun!
6Must I keep pace with everyone else in the class?
No. You are competing with no one but yourself. It is important to enjoy your training while developing perseverance and a positive will on a personal level.
7Do I need to invest a lot of time to realize steady progress?
Just as in any discipline of this nature, the more time you invest the greater the rewards. However, we generally recommend two classes per week and since classes are unlimited, you may arrange your own schedule and attend as often as you like.
8Is there a chance of injury?
As with any physical pursuit, there is always a minor chance of injury. However, since we do not focus on sport sparring, contact during self-defense practice is highly controlled. The intensity of which is left up to the individual. The primary goal of our academy is to provide authentic martial arts training in a safe and encouraging training environment.
9How often are new belts awarded?
Promotion examinations are held every three months. Students are invited to test based on their ability to learn new techniques within that time frame. However, there is no rush and the decision to test is ultimately left up to the student. Taekwondo is a process rather than a destination.
10How long does it take to earn a Black Belt?
The time it takes to earn the coveted first-degree Black Belt is a function of attendance and dedication to the art. Generally, a student who attends class regularly and is invited to test on a consistent basis can earn a Black Belt within three years.
11Do I need to sign an annual membership contract?
No, absolutely not. Tuition is billed on a monthly basis payable by check or cash. However, tuition payments, due the first of each month, must be submitted on a consistent basis as long as the student wishes to remain an active member of the school regardless of the number of classes taken within a given month.
12Is it expensive to train in taekwondo?
We are neither the most expensive nor the least expensive school in the area. However, the benefits of taekwondo training at CHOSUN dramatically outweigh the costs. It is difficult to put a price on the sense of achievement, empowerment and well being that is a direct result of consistent training. Join us and discover the joy associated with a focused, passionate study of the Asian martial arts.