One Should Always Remember that You are Competing Against Yourself, NOT Against Others.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I have never done martial arts before so what should I expect?
Don’t worry if you are inexperienced. Our classes are divided according to belt level, so you will be in a group with other newcomers as you learn the basics. Your instructors will start you out at the very beginning, teaching you how to stretch and warm up, how to kick, punch, and block, and how to work with other students as you train. Remember, there are no mistakes the first day, or even the first month! We understand that the martial arts are totally new for most people, and we remember what it was like on our first day … our only expectation is that you come ready to be enthusiastic and learn.
What are the benefits of training for:
- CHILDREN: The martial arts provide encouragement for children in every aspect of their lives. Taekwondo/Hapkido helps children develop and maintain great physical fitness, no matter where they are when they first sign up. We cultivate dedication and hard work, and students are not allowed to advance in our academy if they are not doing well in school. Children who are martial artists learn discipline and respect in a friendly environment, and they develop confidence and self-esteem from their successes in the academy.
- WOMEN: Taekwondo/Hapkido encompass a wide range of activities, each of which has benefits for women. The actual training itself is great for building strength and flexibility, and the workouts are different every day. Sparring and self-defense classes give women both the confidence and the knowledge necessary to feel safe in any situation. The martial arts are one place where women can succeed just as easily as men, and coming to class can be a great way to relieve stress and improve your health at the same time.
- MEN: Stress and stress-related health problems are a major concern for many men, and the martial arts provide a great outlet for pent-up tension and an easy way to stay in good shape. An academy can be better than a gym, because it provides a much more focused atmosphere in which to work out, with detailed instruction along the way from qualified instructors. And of course, the martial arts build strength, endurance, coordination, and self-confidence just as well for men as for everyone else, with many different ways for people to play to their personal interests.
- FAMILIES: The martial arts provide wonderful opportunities for families. There are many different aspects to the training, meaning that there will be something for everyone, whether it’s forms, sparring, self-defense, or kicking (or, to think of it another way, whether you’re looking for discipline, confidence, fitness, strength, or simply a new challenge). Taking classes together is a great way to spend time with your spouse and children, and families have an advantage in that they can practice together outside the academy. It’s a great way to bond, and the love and trust you get from helping each other along the way makes the journey all the more memorable.
- ELDERS: martial arts training is a great way for older people to either stay in shape, or get back into it. Our instructors know how to customize their teaching for all levels of fitness and confidence, so that everyone can be challenged without being pushed to try things that make them uncomfortable. Every bit of our training is step-by-step with explanations and personal attention, so no matter where your body is, you can develop it. And because so much of Taekwondo/Hapkido focus on breathing, flexibility, balance, and body awareness, it makes for a great way to take care of your body as a whole.
Am I too old to train in martial arts? Is it just for children?
There is no right or wrong age to begin martial arts. The benefits stretch across a lifetime, and it is never too late to start. Our classes have students of all ages at all levels, ranging from white belts to black belts, from grandchildren to grandparents. While age might affect the rate of your development or limit you in some activities, remember that you know yourself best, and our instructors will never push you forward or hold you back because you are a certain age.
Is it dangerous to train in martial arts? Are there frequent injuries?
The martial arts are much less dangerous than most people think. Each class begins with fifteen minutes of stretching and warm-ups, which prevent pulled muscles and injured joints. Students are taught how to fall safely on mats, and taught how to kick, punch, and block safely with padded targets and punching bags. Self-defense techniques are always performed under supervision, and they are never done at full power, with real punches and kicks. When students spar, they are not allowed to punch or kick on any area that is not padded. Of course, accidents can happen, but most students go through the training without ever receiving any serious injury.
How long does it take to earn a black belt?
Since each student progresses through the ranks at their own pace, the amount of time required to earn a black belt can vary a lot. Some students move up through the ranks very quickly, and earn their black belt after just a year and a half or two years. Other students enjoy spending more time on each belt, and may take as much as four or five years. Either way, all students must meet the same requirements in terms of attendance and participation. Our average student receives their black belt in their third year of training.
I have a family, a job, and go to school so I am busy. How time-consuming is the training?
The amount of time you devote to training is up to you. To really get the benefits of martial arts, it’s usually best to take class at least twice a week, so you’re looking at a minimum of about two hours a week in the academy. However, many students come much more often, some even every single day. Our schedule allows for a lot of flexibility, with classes to fit any schedule, and you’re always more than welcome to come to more than one class a night. Whether you like to come in the afternoon or the evening, on a regular schedule or just whenever you can find the time, we can make it work for you. Finally, if you have to miss a day or a week because of your schedule (or for any other reason), you can visit our website and click on “On-Line Lesson,” where you will find videos of all your techniques, so that you can keep up with the curriculum while you are away from the school. There’s almost no way for it to be too time-consuming.
Is it affordable to train? What are the costs?
- Martial Arts has its costs, just like sports, music lessons, or a gym membership. However, overall the training is affordable, and well worth it.
- Every student will need a uniform, but we offer free uniforms with some of our contracts.
- Monthly tuition, depending on the academy and the amount of training you plan on doing per week, and most academies offer family discounts.
- Belt tests, to move forward in rank, usually occur every two or three months, (Black belt testing costs are much higher because the tests are much more involved, but these occur only every two or three years). Most academies offer family discounts for belt tests, as well.
- Students who choose to participate in sparring classes will need to purchase protective gear.
- Tournaments, which are for competitive trainees only, and are not required for everyone, usually occur around six or eight times a year. (Travel & Prep. Training expenses are always additional.)
Why will some schools not give the costs over the phone?
Many masters and instructors do not like to give costs over the phone because some people think that the best academy is the one with the lowest price, and they don’t want to lose potential students because they offer a higher rate, or because of a misunderstanding. Our instructors would rather see you in person, and possibly offer you a trial program to let you really see what things are like. The best way to choose the right school is to visit each one, speak with the head instructor, observe a class in action, and ask the students how they rate the training. Remember, you get what you pay for!
I have some previous experience in martial arts. How will this be handled? Will it apply to my new training?
- There are several different ways for academies to incorporate students who already have experience. Most schools will honor your previous rank in one way or another.
- If you took martial arts at our school or a brother school in the past, but have been out for a while, you will be allowed to move through a “refresher course,” where you may ignore attendance requirements and move up through the ranks as quickly as you feel ready until you reach your previous rank. In honor of your previous training, your belt tests during the refresher course are free.
- If you took a different martial art, or the same art under a different system, your rank will usually be honored with a probationary belt. For example, if you are a black belt in karate and you wish to join our academy, you will be given a white belt with a black tip, treated as a black belt when divided by rank, and recognized as a black belt by our instructors, but you will not receive an actual black belt from our academy until you have become thoroughly familiar with our curriculum. Depending on the circumstances, you may move up through a refresher course, or you may simply train until you are ready to take a test that will certify your current rank. Again, your belt test fees will be waived.
Is martial arts training good for ADD/ADHD?
The martial arts are not a cure for kids with ADD/ADHD, but they can have a tremendous positive influence on their lives. The discipline, focus, and dedication required to succeed in the martial arts helps to teach attention-deficit students self-control and perseverance, and the belt-by-belt system of most academies gives them concrete goals to work towards and regular rewards for their effort. Every academy has standards of behavior and respect that must be met, and while it may take an attention-deficit child more time and effort to adjust to the martial arts world, a good academy will be willing to give him or her the attention needed to make a difference.
What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Karate, Kung Fu, and Jiujitsu?
Every martial art shares a common core. They are all designed to teach self-defense, discipline, strength, and respect. However, each art has its roots in a particular nation, and each art emphasizes various aspects in the training. For example, Jiujitsu, a Japanese art, has kicks and stances but is strongest with ground work and joint locks, while Hapkido, from Korea, utilizes joint locks and strikes while staying on your feet. Both of these arts are very focused on practical fighting ability and tend to have “soft” moves, which means that they flow from one technique to another. Karate (Japan) and Tae Kwon Do (Korea) are similar in many ways, and are known for “hard” moves: deep powerful stances and strong, focused punches and blocks. However, Tae Kwon Do is best known for its great variety of kicking techniques and footwork, while Karate often focuses more on the hands. Both of these arts include the same self-defense techniques as Jiujitsu and Hapkido, but are more oriented towards developing one’s health and integrity for life. Kung Fu, which is a Chinese art, contains many different subdivisions that have their own unique specialties: some are hard, some are soft, some are direct, some are evasive. Our academy teaches Tae Kwon Do, but the regular training also includes techniques from Hapkido to give you a well-rounded program.
What is a Kukkiwon (WTF) Dan certificate?
The World Tae Kwon Do Federation is the governing body that organizes and regulates Tae Kwon Do in Korea. Academies that operate under the WTF system can be different in many ways, but they all perform the same set of basic techniques, and they all meet a standard that is set by the highest Korean Tae Kwon Do masters. A Kukkiwon Dan certificate is a special certification that a student may wish to get when they earn their black belt. It can only be earned if the student receives their black belt from a certified WTF school, but once you have it, you will automatically be recognized as a legitimate black belt at any WTF school, in America and around the world.
Why do you learn and practice:
- Forms?The forms are the best way to work on the power and the precision of your techniques in combinations, without having to worry about whether or not you are hurting a partner. When doing forms, students learn practical sequences of moves and can build their reflexes and their body awareness as though they were doing self-defense against invisible attackers. They also get more and more complex as a student moves up through the ranks, so they make a great way to stay goal-oriented as you improve your skills.
- Sparring?Sparring is the only time when students get to practice their techniques without having to follow a preset pattern. By sparring students of greater skill, you can improve your reflexes and defensive skills; by sparring students who are not as good as you, you can improve your control and your accuracy. Sparring builds stamina, balance, and agility, and gives students a safe way to grow accustomed to dealing with real blows being thrown at them one after another. Since strikes may usually only land on the chest, which is padded, there is little risk of head or joint injury.
- Board breaking?When students practice board breaking, they learn to focus all of their power at a single point. Board breaking teaches correct technique, since a sloppy kick will almost never make it through the board, and as students learn harder and harder kicks, they can gradually become better and better with their concentration and determination.
- Belt tests?The belt tests are the system for keeping track of a student’s progress in the martial arts. Each belt has its own requirements, and the belts are always ordered so that each new set of techniques adds on to the foundation learned in the earlier ranks. Preparing for a belt test gives a student specific, concrete goals to work towards and passing is a major success and a way to measure your progress towards black belt. The belts also provide a way of organizing an academy, so that instructors and students know where each member is in terms of experience, and can call on them to help out accordingly.
- Kicks and strikes, blocks, rolls, and punches?These moves are the basics of martial arts, the building blocks of self-defense training. Every kick or strike has qualities that are useful in one situation or another, and practicing them builds strength, accuracy, and speed. Blocks and rolls are the best methods for defending against attacks and avoiding injury in a fight, and practicing them builds agility and improves reflexes. Punches are, of course, the simplest form of a strike, and are an important part of every martial art.
- Weapons training?Weapons are taught for many different reasons. Though less often these days, weapons are first and foremost taught as aids to self-defense, tools to use against an attacker. Practicing weapons also provides a focus for students to “extend” their senses beyond their own bodies. The use of weapons increases hand-eye coordination, dexterity, precision, reflexes, and fluidity of motion. Finally, weapons can be exciting and fun, and often are taught to more advanced ranks as a sign of their expertise and to provide an additional element to demonstration.
- Tournament training?Tournaments provide an opportunity for students from different schools to form connections and exchange knowledge. While getting ready for a tournament, students improve their technique in almost every area, and in competition they learn how to handle stress, unexpected surprises, and opponents of various skill levels, while at the same time gaining feedback from judges whose training might have been very different from their own.
- Self-defense training?Since the core of martial arts is combat, training with practical techniques against real opponents in controlled circumstances is critical for confidence, speed, and power. Most academies use mats, choreography, and gentle contact to ensure safety, but even so, going through the motions with a partner teaches students balance, strength, and coordination. Self-defense practice shows students which techniques work, and places them in situations where they must learn to adapt.
- Yell?Yelling serves three major purposes in the martial arts. First, a strong yell will often startle or frighten a halfhearted attacker, and it may attract attention if you are attacked while you are alone. Secondly, a strong yell can act as an energizing force, allowing you to bring up more strength than you knew you had in you. Finally, yelling provides focus, bringing all of your strength and attention to bear at a single moment. Like any other technique, a yell is something that must be practiced before it will come naturally and correctly, so many academies encourage students to yell with most of their techniques.
- Bow?The martial arts are grounded in respect of all forms: respect for your society, for your family, for your teachers, for your body, and for all life. Bowing is the clearest way to demonstrate your respect for an instructor or a fellow student, and it is something very specific that students can be taught, instead of just being told “Be respectful!” The very act of bowing, practicing it over and over as a student trains for years, ingrains in them a sense of self-control and humility.
- Speak a foreign language?Every last one of the Asian martial arts has a tradition that is deeply affected by the history of its parent nation. Learning the terminology associated with a particular martial art gives students a stronger sense of connection with the “ancestry” of the skills they are practicing. Some concepts do not translate very easily, and students who have learned the original names for moves can gain a clearer understanding of critical details. Finally, the martial arts are part of a culture that is simply very different from our own. Learning the foreign language makes the cultural experience of learning a martial art more enjoyable and interesting.
Will martial arts training make my child prone to violence?The quality of instruction has a lot to do with the results of training in any martial art. An academy that has a heavy emphasis on respect, self-control, and discipline will never cause a child to become violent. The techniques of the martial arts cannot be learned in a day or a week; by the time a child has stuck around long enough to learn moves that are truly dangerous, and has developed the power and precision needed to perform those moves, he or she will have also been trained in restraint and judgment. Students who are prone to temper tantrums and violence will be spotted quickly in any class, and will be given special attention until they develop enough maturity to continue their training. Most schools will suspend or expel students who abuse their training by getting into fights.
Do you teach the meaning behind the martial arts, or is it just the kicks and punches?
Most of what makes the martial arts special goes beyond the physical techniques. A typical black belt certificate will state that a student has demonstrated “physical skill, honor, respect, loyalty, and discipline” – the physical skill is only one part of the accomplishment. Training in the martial arts usually teaches a student many things. Martial artists have to have a basic understanding of how muscles and joints in the body work, how to align their joints for maximum power, and how to increase or decrease pain. Students will learn how to learn, as they develop discipline, humility, respect, leadership, and cooperation skills. Many schools give in-depth instruction on meditation, stretching, and how to channel and focus energy, and almost every art requires you to learn some of the basics of the culture and language of its parent nation. Finally, martial arts of all kinds teach their students an understanding of the meaning of self-defense and combat, so that every martial artist will know instinctively how to avoid a fight, what to do when a fight cannot be avoided, and what the costs of violence are, both to attacker and defender. Martial artists who have trained for a long time know that the physical activities are really an external expression of inner strength, calm, confidence, and focus.
If you’re looking for information about the best Taekwondo & Hapkido programs in Burlington and surrounding areas (like Elon, Graham, Mebane, and Gibsonville), you’ve come to the right place. Lee Brothers Taekwondo Academy will empower you with the self-defense and self-improvement programs you’ve been searching for!
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