Why do we have to bow all the time?
In a word, we bow out of respect. We respect GrandMaster Cho, instructors and fellow students. There are also cultural influences as well. Bowing in Korea is a greeting that is equivalent to a sturdy handshake or a wave of the hand. In general it is respectful to greet the insturctors and fellow students when you see them
What do I do about missed classes and tests?
Any classes missed can be made up throughout the regular monthly schedule. For example if you missed a class last week you should take an extra class next week. If you miss a test there is a ten dollar fee and you will take the next test which should be two months later.
What is the difference between all the belts?
The orders of the various rankings follow this sequence: White, Yellow, Green, Green High, Blue, Blue High, Brown, Brown I, Brown Space, Brown II, Brown Space, Brown III and Black. After the BlackBelt, you begin your training with your goal of attaining the first degree. The degrees in Taekwondo go up to nine. It is important to understand that lower belts should respect those that are a higher rank because of their experience and knowledge.
When will I know when I am ready to get sparring equipment?
First thing to clarigy is that sparring is not mandatory nor is it required. It is an optional aspect of training provided to the student. The instructors will let you know when you are ready for sparring. Usually that is when the student has been training for at least 4-6 months, or if you feel you are ready you can ask the instructors to buy sparring gear. The reason students do not begin sparring right away is because they have no knowledge nor do they have any experience to participate in an activity such as sparring.
Where do I get the sparring equipment?
All the the sparring equipment is available at the school. When you are ready, a instructor will fit you and customize your sparring equipment so it is the correct size. Equipment includes footgear, gloves, shin guards, headgear, and a bag. The question that follows is usually why we have to purchase the equipment at the school. The answer to that is simple: the school is about uniformity and standardization. It is a rule to purchase equipment at the school so every one has the same equipment and every one is matching. This is also the reason why it is a requirement that we wear the same uniforms, belts, and patches.
How often are there testings?
Promotinal rank testing is held every two months. It is usually towards the end of the month. Dates for tests are posted in advance at the front of the school. Since there are exams every two months, it is important to stay consistent and practice on a regular basis
When will I know if I am ready to test?
Similar to the sparring equipment question, the instructors will let you now in advance when you are ready to take the test. You should have no doubts in your ability or your chances in passing the test if the instructors tell you that you can take the test. However, it is the student who is responsible for their performance at the test. Nervousness, anxiety, and blacking out during your test cannot be predicted.