Q: How Many Classes Per Week Should I Attend?
A: We recommend 3 classes per week with a minimum of 2, plus a certain amount of practice time in between classes as the perfect level of training. This allows the student time to work on material between classes and become proficient before new concepts are introduced. Unlimited classes are available at no extra cost.
Q: Will There Be Other Beginners In My Class?
A: Starting your training at H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do is easy! You will be taught separately from the main class with personalized instruction at your own pace. In addition, we will also assign you a "buddy" so you can quickly learn about the school from an experienced student. You will feel at home here in no time at all.
Q: Will H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do Program Make My Child Overly Aggressive?
A: At H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do, children are taught that the martial arts are not to be used in aggression, but rather to defend oneself in problematic situations. Aggressive behavior is channelled into assertiveness to increase the child's self esteem, increase sef discipline and build character. Our program also helps the shy child to develop self confidence and become more assertive.
Q: Will My Classes Be Safe?
A: Absolutely. All classes taught at H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do are strictly monitored to ensure complete safety.
Q: What About Sparring?
A: You will learn safely through a step-by-step systematic method of gradually learned sparring strategies. In addition, all students are required to wear a complete set of safety equipment. Consequently, the chance of injury is very small. At H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do, sparring is easy to learn and lots of fun.
Q: How Long Will It Take Me To Become Reasonably Proficient?
A: The time it takes to become proficient varies with each individual depending on the effort they put forth. At H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do, students are very often amazed by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as six months. This training will give you the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations. Your real goal, however, should be to attain the rank of Black Belt. This level of proficiency typically takes three years. Once again, however, this will vary depending on your level of effort and desire.
Q: What Is The Difference Between Tae Kwon Do, Karate, And Kung Fu?
A: Nationality. Tae Kwon Do originated from Korea, Karate is from Japan, and Kung Fu is from China.
Often "hard" and "soft" are terms used to distinguish the differences, yet all have the same common goal-to accomplish strength in mind and body, to create confidence and peace.
Example: Climbing to the top of a mountain with the same difficulty but from different directions. The climbers may start with different techniques or knowledge, but sooner or later they will both have similar experiences in order to reach the top of the mountain. Therefore they are similar (those with a deeper understanding of the martial arts understand this principle). Of the three martial arts, Karate and Kung Fu are more often known by name but Tae Kwon Do is the most widely practiced martial art today. Tae Kwon Do gives its students the widest variety of techniques with an excellent balance between hard and soft styles.
Q: Why Do Martial Artists Bow?
A: Bowing demonstrates sincerity and respect along with the deep appreciation of oneself and of others. It also teaches us to be humble while training to become strong and confident in both body and mind.
Bowing is simply an Eastern form of greeting. It is equivalent to the Western handshake.
Q: Why Do Martial Artists Yell?
A: Yelling has several purposes:
Develops physical and mental strength, while gathering energy.
Breaks an opponent’s concentration, and
Is used to communicate with a partner in a group practice
Yell practice must be from the abdomen (dan jun), which we call "energy field".
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