Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to be in shape to take Tae Kwon Do/Hap Ki Do?
Absolutely not. It is our job to slowly and gradually get you into shape.
2. What is comprised in each Tae Kwon Do class?
Each Younger Child (three and older), Older Child (ages eight and older) and Adult Class has a specific level: Beginner, Advanced or Open. Beginner classes are specifically for White-Green Belts. Advanced classes are for Hi-Green to Black Belts. Open classes are for everyone. Most typically on Friday evenings, classes are activity specific such as sparring or demonstration team class.
A typical open class begins with a low impact warm up, followed by a step by step stretching routine and then martial art exercises such as kicking or punching a pad. After a brief break, the adult class will conclude with a cool down exercise which consists of Tae Kwon Do forms and Hap Ki Do self defense skills; while the children's class will conclude with Tae Kwon Do forms, optional board breaking practice or a fun activity.
3. How long do the classes typically last?
Classes typically last 30-45 minutes for children depending on their age and 60 minutes for adults.
4. At what age can my child begin to take martial arts?
We can accept any child three years old and older; however, this also depends on how well your child can cope in class. Also, we have a Mini-Tigers program geared specifically for three and four year olds in order to prepare them for the higher level Tae Kwon Do classes.
5. What is the frequency of classes that I would attend each week?
It is recommended that most beginning children and adult students attend two classes per week. Innitially, it is not unusual for adults to feel some of the effects from newly training in a martial arts specific exercise. Two classes a week can give the body adequate time to recover.
6. Can I request private lessons?
Absolutely. You may schedule a private session with a specific instructor to accompany your current Tae Kwon Do training or request a specific private program in which you are exclusively instructed each week.
7. What should I do if I want to observe or try out a Tae Kwon Do class?
Just give us a call at (773) 631-8989. We will be glad to make an appointment for you to experience one of our exiciting classes. However, anyone under the age of 18 or still under the guidance of a parent or legal guardian must be accompanied by them when arriving to a trial class.