Below you will find answers to questions we’re asked most often about the martial arts and Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do. However, if you have additional questions, please call us at any time and we will be happy to help you.

What is Tae Kwon Do and how is it different from other martial arts?
The martial arts were developed thousands of years ago as forms of self-defense. Karate originated in Japan and Kung Fu came from China. Tae Kwon Do is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts, making it ideal for improving balance, flexibility, and endurance. Tae Kwon Do is also an Olympic Sport and the most practiced form of martial arts in the world.

Will martial arts make my child more aggressive?
Absolutely not. Your child will be taught from the first lesson that true “Tae Kwon Do kids” never misuse their martial arts skills. Throughout their training, they will be reminded that being physically and mentally strong should never lead to bullying others. Instead, Tae Kwon Do students are taught to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. The instructors at Master Chong’s will continually teach your child that Tae Kwon Do is a form of exercise and self-improvement, not a tool for bullying.

How safe is it to learn?
Tae Kwon Do is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. Classes are taught by expert instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace. A thorough stretching routine, matted flooring, and protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety.

How often do I need to attend classes?
We offer a flexible class schedule—six days per week with both afternoon and evening sessions available. Most students find that attending two to three classes per week is sufficient to improve their fitness, improve their skills, and advance through the belt ranks at an enjoyable pace.

Am I too old to start training?
We have had numerous adult students start in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. In fact, we currently have students in their 70s continuing to enjoy and benefit from their training. Our World Class staff will work with you to evaluate your fitness level and set appropriate challenges and goals for your stage of fitness and capability.

How long does it take to earn a black belt?
On average a student that trains consistently 2-3 times per week can achieve a first degree Black Belt after 3-3½ years of consistent training. We have had the pleasure of watching thousands of students of all ages complete that journey. It is challenging, empowering and rewarding!

How will my child benefit from taking Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do can have a positive impact on many areas of your children’s life.
They will gain increased balance, coordination, and endurance that will improve their health and their athleticism for other sports. They will also increase their ability to focus and stay on task which will improve their success at school. They will gain confidence and self-esteem that will make them more goal-oriented and less resistant to peer pressure. Many parents also see that their child becomes more cooperative, respectful, and better behaved at home and in social settings.
Best of all your child will gain these skill sets while making friends and having fun!

Can Tae Kwon Do be used for self-defense?
Over time, Tae Kwon Do training will teach you a variety of blocks, kicks, strikes, and releases from grabs and holds that can be invaluable in self-defense situations. In addition to knowing the techniques, it is vital to practice consistently and intensely to develop the ability to respond to a situation quickly and powerfully.

Do I need to purchase equipment for classes?
Beginners only need a uniform, which is included in your trial program.
After achieving the first color belt rank, a yellow belt, students are required to purchase a safety gear package that they will wear when they spar with other students. Safety is our first priority during training and the use of protective equipment helps to further decrease any chance of injury.

At what age can children start?
Our experience has shown that children ages four and up will be able to enjoy the greatest advantage from Tae Kwon Do classes. Starting at age four, children can participate in our trial lesson program, which allows our instructors to work with them one on one and evaluate their readiness for group classes. Our staff will then use their experience to recommend the best course of action for you and your child.

Can I take classes with my child?
Yes. In fact, many families are finding Tae Kwon Do to be the perfect family activity, combining an exciting workout with a new learning experience. You have your choice of attending children and adult classes individually or coming together to our Family Class. Either way you’ll have a great time and create a special family bond.

What if I never did it before or if I’m out of shape?
At Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, we have ongoing enrollment, so beginners are always welcome. Our special trial program makes it easy for new students of all fitness levels to get started. First time students receive one-on-one instruction designed to answer common questions and provide an introduction to the basics of Tae Kwon Do. In addition, the belt system used in Tae Kwon Do allows all students to train at their own pace and improve their physical condition gradually.

What do I wear to my first class?
Our trial program includes a Tae Kwon Do uniform and belt which will allow you a full range of motion. During your trial lesson an instructor will teach you how to tie your belt. You will look and feel like a Tae Kwon Doist right away!

How do I earn different belt colors?
In Tae Kwon Do, the belt ranks that are earned become darker in color as a student advances. These colors are white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black. In addition, there are striped belts that serve as additional ranks between each color. Each belt is earned as a result of learning a well thought out curriculum specifically designed for that stage of a student’s training. The curriculum consists of a memorized pattern of Tae Kwon Do movements known as a form, self-defense techniques performed with a training partner, Tae Kwon Do kicking techniques, and at the later levels sparring and board breaking. The time to advance through each rank varies depending on a student’s effort and attendance, but as a general rule that progression takes 3-4 months at the beginner levels, and 4-6 months at the more advanced levels.

What happens after someone achieves a Black Belt?
After achieving a Black Belt, students qualify for more advanced Tae Kwon Do training.

Do I have to be athletic to do Tae Kwon Do?
Students with all different levels of athletic ability train in Tae Kwon Do.
The goal of the instructors is to improve and maximize each student’s individual ability. Our staff are patient, encouraging, and they know how to help students of any level of athletic ability to learn the Tae Kwon Do techniques for their level. Chances are, you will be amazed at what you or your child can do after just a few months of training.

At what belt do students start competing?
Competition is available to students at all levels, however, it is not required as part of our curriculum. Instead, competition is an optional choice for those students who are interested in the experience of testing their abilities and pursuing competitive experience. We offer two tournaments per year and have events including forms, board breaking, and sparring. Whether you choose to participate or just to spectate, tournaments are a lot of fun!

What benefits will I receive as an adult if I take classes, and how long until I see results?
You will be learning self defense techniques and the traditions of Tae Kwon Do from your very first class. Over the first few months of training you will likely feel a difference in your flexibility and endurance. In addition, Tae Kwon Do contributes to an overall sense of well being and a positive outlook. It is a great way to relieve stress and to get excited about pursuing your own personal goals both in and out of the martial arts. You can look forward to a more fit, focused and confident lifestyle as a result of your training. Plus, our students tell us that they truly enjoy the camaraderie that they experience with the staff and students at our school.