1. If you haven’t already then please use the ‘contact us’ button, include your name and contact details, and feel free to ask any questions our site hasn’t already answered.
2. In your inquiry please specify which venue and date you would like to come along for your first time. Then we can keep an eye out for you if you’re lost or nervous. And don’t forget you get to try for free of course!
3. If you are under 18 you will need to bring a parent/guardian on the first time as a simple form needs to be filled in for every new starter before you can join in. Very often mums and dads end up joining in to when they see the benefits of TKD.
4. Wear something comfortable, tracksuit and t-shirt is fine. TKD is done bare foot so no need to worry about trendy trainers. Oh and bring a bottle of water too!
5. You don’t have to have a minimum level of fitness, but if you are concerned then simply speak to your GP beforehand. There are many members who will vouch for their lack of fitness or flexibility before they joined TKD compared to how positive they feel today. Not to mention the thousands of calories we have burnt off.
6. Gradings are held every three months for those who are ready to aim for grade promotion. Gradings are not compulsory but everyone seems to want to go for it and get that next belt, even those that simply started to get fit, to get out of the house or just to start a hobby.
7. Try not to be too nervous on your first night, we don’t bite and we ALL started off as beginners. You won’t be thrown in at the deep end, you will be with other beginners and one of the black belt instructors to start you off while your confidence and skills grow.
8. What is Tae Kwon-Do?
Tae Kwon-Do is the Korean art of self-defence and means “The Art of Hand and Foot Fighting”. Tae Kwon-do indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints. Most of all Tae Kwon-do is about self-imposed discipline.
9. Am I too old to start?
We have members of all ages who train in Tae Kwon-Do. You truely are your own limits. Age is just a number.
10. How old must my children be before the can start Tae Kwon-Do?
We take children from 5 years of age. Your child, by then, will have the basic motor skills required and will be able to concentrate longer than younger children.
11. Do I have to be fit?
Tae Kwon-Do will improve your own level of fitness.
12. Do I have to be flexible?
Tae Kwon-Do will improve your flexibility and mobility and your all round fitness.
13. Do I have to have a special uniform?
Any loose fitting clothes will do to start off with. ie. tracksuit bottoms and a teeshirt.
14. Who will be in my class?
All our classes are mixed ability, beginners through to black belts, letting you advance at your own pace under the tuition of qualified instructors.
15. Will I be able to defend myself?
Yes, the skills you will learn will enable you to be able to react to different attack situations using blocks, restraints, punches, kicks that have been taught in the class.
16. Do I have to grade (take belts)?
It is purely optional but advisable. A belt is a visual sign of how well you have progressed. All new beginners are given a white belt indicating the first level of Tae Kwon-Do.
17. Can I achieve my black belt?
Yes. There are ten steps to black belt. Starting with the white belt which is given to you at the beginning. To get to black belt it will take approximately four years. This will enable you to become mentally and physically competent at Tae Kwon-Do.
18. Do I have to enter competitions?
No. Competitions are optional, yet are great fun and social days away.
19. Does Tae Kwon-Do cater for people with disabilities?
Yes. We will do our best to make Tae Kwon-Do fit your abilities. The TAGB have black belt students who have disabilities, ie. amputies, blind, and deaf, etc.