Q. What is the difference between taekwondo and other martial arts?
Taekwondo in a Korean Martial Art that has developed over a long period of time based on skills used for combat, war, and self-defense; combining ideas from other martial arts like Hapkido and Taekyon, and most notably Karate. Taekwondo stands out from other martial arts for its dynamic and advanced kicking skills; using kicks around 70% of the time and using other techniques such as punches, blocks and take-downs about 30% of the time. Some of the kicks in Taekwondo use a jumping or spinning approach because many early practitioners had to fight calvary and knock horesmen off their steads. It was named "Taekwondo" in 1955, and since then has spread across the world over the last 60 years to emerge also as a dynamic sport using a point-scoring system for victory rather than debilitating blows to the opponent. This developmental process of Taekwondo has made it a rich and complex martial art/sport, a highly competitive arena both on the mat and as a physical activity option, and an inclusive and rewarding pastime accessible to people regardless of their backgrounds. Taekwondo is the most popular single martial arts style worldwide, with over 70 million practitioners and is also an Olympic sport.
Q. How much does it cost?
As with all sports, there are costs involved in participating in Taekwondo. For Taekwondo these include annual insurance, regular training, equipment and grading expenses. Our club is a non-for profit organization and we offer competitive rates; with our instructors providing this service for the love of Taekwondo rather than to make money out of it. We do not have any lock-in contracts or pre-paid lump sums - although some of our instructors offer generous term discounts for those students who are already committed and wish to pay this way. Please contact us if you would like to know more about the rates or offers available at a specific location.
Q. Is Taekwondo a good sport for health and fitness?
Taekwondo is an ideal form of exercise – combining anaerobic and aerobic, locomotive, strength, balance, stability, and lengthening training. Exercise has been linked to a whole range of health benefits. It regulates your metabolism, makes your muscles and bones stronger, reduces your risk of cancer, improves the immune system, and counter-balances the negative effects of stress hormones. Exercise decreases your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes by improving your cardio-vascular system, and has been shown to improve cognitive performance, as compared to those who are sedentary. Taekwondo with its demands for speed and power while covering distance, using the legs for high kicks (our largest muscle groups) is a high aerobic exercise - which also means high-calorie burning exercise! Taekwondo rates third in all forms of exercise/ sports, following running and rollerblading, as a high-calorie burning cardio sport – an average of 752 calories (for a 73kg person) burned per hour of Taekwondo! [Values from the Mayo Clinic Exercise for Weight Loss Chart: www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercsie/SM00109]
Q. How long does it take to become a black belt with Yun Hap Taekwondo?
Q. At what age can my child start Yun Hap Taekwondo?
We generally accept students from five years old, and we do not have any specific classes for children under five years old at the moment. However, some of our Instructors will accept younger students into their classes depending on the situation of the family training, and the child's ability to follow instructions, focus and participate. If you have a child under five that you wish to enroll in your local club, please contact us for more information.
Q. Am I "too old" to participate?
We believe no-one is ever "too old" to participate in Taekwondo, and our club welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Adult participants are quite often the most driven, dedicated and achieve outstanding results with their training, many making it a lifestyle for the years to come. If you are starting out as an adult, you will already know how to work hard and apply yourself, so just keep in mind your personal limitations (physical or otherwise) and set realistic goals to avoid disappointment or injury.
Q. My child has trouble paying attention - will Taekwondo help?
Taekwondo has been noted for its benefits to children and their development in many ways. Of recent years, rather than just in hearsay, there is a growing body of evidence and research to support the claims that Taekwondo has changed many children's behaviour, school grades, and the lives of many people around them. Long-term participation particularly has been linked to maintenance of a neutral (calm) mood both within the training period and outside of it. “Both Kurian (1994 ) and Konzak, and Boudreau (1984) assessed personality characteristics following extended martial arts training and found that students with extended training had increased self-awareness, self-reliance, confidence, assertiveness, relaxation, alertness and calmer mood”. (Brown, 2004). There are also many reports of improved motor-coordination, self-control, less anger and anxiety, and better navigation of social situations in Autistic children as being attributable to TKD participation, and also many great results in Taekwondo classes around the world specifically focussed on helping children with these disorders. This may be attributable, not only to the benefits of Taekwondo as a form of 'exercise', but also to the discipline, control, and ethical nature of the Dojang.
Q. Can I transfer my current rank from another martial arts school?
We recognise and uphold any Taekwondo qualification from other WTF affiliated clubs. Outside of this, if you have trained with a Taekwondo club or other martial arts club, you will need to talk to your Instructor and perhaps attend a Yun Hap grading, and our grading instructors will assign an equivalent rank related to the curriculum of our club. Please be aware that for non-taekwondo experience, this will usually mean starting from white belt.