Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and other Martial Arts?
There is a wide variety of Martial Arts in the world. Traditionally Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea, Karate in Japan (via Okinawa), and Kung Fu in China. Each Art shares common elements with each other, but each one is developed using different principles and approaches to maximise its effectiveness. Tae Kwon Do, generally uses a greater percentage of leg techniques to give an increased reach advantage and to keep opponents outside their preferred striking range.
At what age can my child start training at Kin Tae Kwon Do?
All potential students need to have a basic understanding of moral concepts and the consequences of their actions. They also need to be able to understand and follow instructions, and be able to maintain reasonable focus over an hour-long class, otherwise they will not be able to benefit from the training. We find that starting a child at too early an age can be frustrating for them and could potentially dissuade them from Martial Arts, which would deprive them of the long term benefits. In general, most children are at this level of understanding around the age of six. For younger children, we recommend introductory gymnastics training as an excellent foundation on which to build Kin Tae Kwon Do training.
How fit do I have to be to start training?
The Instructors are very understanding that everyone is at various levels of fitness when they train. You will need to have a basic level of fitness so that you can participate in class, however we support and modify training to assist each individual at whatever level of fitness achieve their best. We do not pressure beginning students to 'keep up' in terms of physical fitness; it is no problem at all to do your best, 'step out' or adjust an exercise. It is important that you look after yourself and listen to your body and its boundaries.
"Great things are possible when one man's wisdom and an hour's effort are combined. "
General Choi Hong Hi
"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class. "
General Choi Hong Hi
Is training in Martial Arts dangerous?
It is a common misunderstanding that training in Martial Arts is dangerous, with a relatively high risk of injury. Safety and respect is a vital part in learning a traditional Martial Art. While there is always some risk of physical injury, most students will not encounter injuries or only very minor injuries. We generally find that the types of injuries seen in school sports, such as basketball, football or netball are more severe than what we encounter.
How long does it take to become a Black Belt?
This is a very common question, but there is no set answer. At Kin Tae Kwon Do we believe that each individual is their own master, and the answer to this question depends very much on each individual's ability and dedication. Once a Black Belt is achieved, a different kind of training commences, this is often more focused on advanced skill, superior leadership skills and the learning of the ‘Art’.
Can I transfer my rank or grade from another Tae Kwon Do school or another martial art?
It is unlikely that you will transfer your grade directly across. Each student is individually assessed and those students who demonstrate the right attitude and skills will be recognised and ranked in our school accordingly. This is largely due to a difference of values, goals and skills taught between schools.
Do you train with weapons?
No, in Australia members of the public cannot legally carry weapons. We instead train our bodies and minds to be used as a tool or weapon. We do train against weapons (e.g. plastic knives and batons), and practice disarming and self-defence techniques in class.