Q:  What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts like Karate?

A:  There are a plethora of different martial arts all originating from different regions of the world. Karate is native to the Japanese culture, whereas Tae Kwon Do is native to the Korean culture. In terms of techniques and skills attained, Tae Kwon Do is known for its dynamic kicks and emphasizes kicks more than any other art. There is a stronger emphasis on kicks because it is one of the strongest parts of our body and the longest. Because Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicks, those who practice the art of Tae Kwon Do improve their balance, flexibility, coordination, and develop high endurance. Besides the physical benefits, Tae Kwon Do also encourages the growth of self-confidence and self-discipline. As a sport, Tae Kwon Do is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is a sport found in the Olympic Games. Tae Kwon Do is one of the most popular martial arts forms in the world.

Q:  At what age can children begin?

A:  Here at Black Belt USA we have students begin at the age of 4 and up. We ask that our youngest students begin at age 4 because it is during this time their coordination is better and they have the ability to take direction from instructors.  

Q:  Will Tae Kwon Do encourage my child to be more aggressive?

A:  During their Tae Kwon Do class we encourage our students to be aggressive in their learning and practicing. This is after all a combative sport. With this said, we also instill in our students the concept of Respect. To respect others and not use the skills learned in the studio to hurt, but rather to help others. Our students are expected to be respectful, humble, and courteous in their everyday lives. 

Q:  Is it safe to learn?

A:  Tae Kwon Do is safe and fun to learn for any and everyone who is interested. All classes are taught by Master Kang who is a 7th degree Black Belt and one of the most well known Tae Kwon Do Masters in San Diego. All students are taught techniques; step-by-step on a soft matted flooring that covers the entire studio. Each class begins with warm ups and stretches to minimize soreness with all of the equipment meant and used to safely develop the student's skills. 

Q:  How long does it take to become a Black Belt?

A:  The Black Belt is a symbol of advanced mental, physical and emotional growth. The length of time it takes for a student to reach the high level of Black Belt is dependent upon the person, but on average it will take 3 years from White to Black Belt.

Q:  How flexible is the schedule?

A:  We have created a schedule that would maximize flexibility for our students. Students are required to come at least twice a week and at most three times a week. Students are not limited to certain days, rather as long as there is a class that matches the students' belt rank, then the student is more than welcome to come on that day. For instance, if a student normally comes Mon and Wed at 3:30, but for some reason cannot come Wed, then a student can come Tues., Thurs, Fri., or Sat. We have found much success with this type of schedule as it allows parents a high level of flexibility and gives students opportunities to make up missed classes. 

Q:  Can I train with my family? 

A:  Yes! We highly encourage parents to join and learn with their children. It's one of the best experiences a family can have and we have many families who have trained and learned Tae Kwon Do together. It's great family fun!