Here are some of the common questions about taekwondo and our school, and their answers.
WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD START TAEKWONDO?
At the Cambridge location, we begin students as young as age 3 in our “pee wee” class, a special high-energy class offered three times a week. Our regular children’s classes meet six days a week and are for age groups 5-8 and 9-12. It’s never too late to start taekwondo and each child advances at their own pace.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAEKWONDO?
Practicing a martial art provides both physical and mental benefits. Stress relief and mental focus come through the physical practice and the concentration on perfecting the moves. The moves themselves build tensile muscle strength, balance, core strength, flexibility, and coordination. It is hard to imagine a better full-body workout than a taekwondo class, which combines cardiovascular exercise with skills-building.
AM I TOO OLD FOR TAEKWONDO?
No. We have students in every decade of their lives. Some did not start learning taekwondo until they were middle aged or retired. Each student moves at their own pace as far as how often to work out and how hard to work out. Regular practice will build physical strength and stamina and allow the student to do more and more.
IS TAEKWONDO GOOD FOR WOMEN?
Taekwondo is excellent for women. The kicking movements in taekwondo utilize hip flexibility and leg strength, two areas where women often have the advantage. Taekwondo also fosters a respectful attitude among its instructors and students, making for a cooperative rather than “macho” atmosphere. This is a benefit to all students, not just the women, but is one reason why so many women enjoy our school.
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE? IS IT NICE AND CLEAN?
Yes! We have a beautiful and large dedicated space that is our school. We have a main training floor that is padded and surrounded by mirrors. A smaller workout area is on our lower level, suitable for private lessons or groups of 2-3 students to work together. We also have two equipment areas with Paramount weight machines and free weights for cross-training with. Here’s a view of the interior of our main training hall and weight lifting facility:
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HOW FAST CAN I GET A BLACK BELT?
How quickly a student moves is dependent on how often that student trains and how diligently. Some prodigies advance quickly through the ranks while others do not hurry to master each level. Every 4-6 weeks there is a promotion test which some number of students will elect to take. At the lower ranks, tests come quickly, but as the ranks advance, the techniques to be demonstrated on the test increase in difficulty and take more practice to master. On average, an adult student who is training moderately three times a week without long periods of time off for injury or sabbatical, may expect to gain their black belt in about the same amount of time as an undergraduate degree. At our school we encourage our students to constantly be challenging themselves and improving. Those who are driven to advance will be given the chance to, while those who prefer a slower pace will still derive the benefits of a great workout and increased ability.