Frequently asked questions
What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is the art of self-defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for it’s appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (art).
The introduction of Taekwondo in the United States began during the 1950’s when a handful of pioneering master instructors traveled to America to spread the art. Throughout the next few decades Taekwondo grew in popularity, not only as a martial art, but as an international sport.
In 1973, Korea hosted the first Taekwondo World Championships. In that same year, the World Taekwondo Federation was established as the international governing body for the sport aspects of Taekwondo. Today the WTF counts 120 separate countries as its memebers, representing 20 million practitioners. These numbers earn Taekwondo the distinction of being the most practiced martial art in the world.
Taekwondo first gained acceptance as an Olympic sport when it appeared as a demonstration event in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Taekwondo became a full medal sport competition beginning in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics.
What is the difference between Karate and Taekwondo?
Whenever someone is considering beginning martial arts classes, they often ask us “How are Taekwondo and Karate different?” To answer this, we’ll start by saying that both are excellent forms of martial arts training, with each offering numerous benefits. The core principles of both Taekwondo and Karate stress self-discipline and a high code of personal conduct. Both have a sport competition aspect, however this makes up only part of the entire curriculum.
So, how are they different?
- Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques, while Karate focuses on hand strikes.
- Taekwondo= Korea, Karate= Okinawa, Japan (with roots from hand fighting in China.)
- Prearranged sequences of techniques, generally known as forms, are referred to as poomsae in Taekwondo, and kata in Karate.
- Taekwondo is an Olympic sport.
- The specific postures, stances and movements differ significantly between Taekwondo and Karate.
- It should be noted that although Taekwondo tends to favor fast kicking, Taekwondo training is well-rounded and involves learning blocks, punches, open-handed strikes, take-downs, throws and joint locks.
How do belt testings work and how much do they cost?
Our belt testings will be on the last Friday of every month. We will cancel classes to create a private setting for all testing candidates to come in with their families to test for their next belt level! The testing fee is $45, which provides for new belts, boards and certificates.
Is there any required equipment?
Yes! When you or your child achieves Yellow Belt they will be required to purchase a safety gear package to ensure safe practice of Olympic sparring in class. This is a one-time fee unless replacement or sizing-up is needed.
What happens if my child wants to quit?
It is common for both children and adults to experience periods of demotivation during their training. We expect it, and we welcome those challenges! We do ask that you immediately communicate to us directly any dips or changes in your training or your child’s training.
Master Roberts’ World Class Taekwondo is Oviedo’s elite family-owned martial arts studio for all ages. Our mission is to motivate, empower and inspire you to discover and tap into your highest potential. Our World Class program will equip students with confident self-defense and martial arts techniques as well as instill valuable life skills.
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