Red Phoenix has organized the class schedule by age and experience level. New students and yellow stripe belt students can register for Beginner classes, and students at yellow belt and above can register in the other classes suitable for their age. Master Cha will advise on an appropriate class and grouping to ensure safety and a great experience for all students.
A Typical Class
- Preschool (Children ages 3.5 to 6) -- A fun class for independent preschoolers. This class has an emphasis on developing balance, flexibility, and agility. Following a warm- up to music and stretching, children learn Tae Kwon Do basics. In this high-energy environment, students learn Tae Kwon Do basics while building concentration and attention.
- Children/Youth (Kindergarten to grade 6) -- Children's energy is channelled into a motivating and confidence-building environment where they learn proper Tae Kwon Do stances and the correct techniques for kicks, blocks, and punches. After learning the fundamentals, students will practice the Poomse (patterns) required for their belt test (promotion test). Students will also learn non-contact sparring, breathing and meditation exercises, as well as building flexibility, agility, and developing a good character, concentration and discipline.
- Youth/Teen (grades 6 to 12) -- Youth and teens learn to focus their energy on perfecting their techniques and patterns. The disciplined, structured atmosphere of Tae Kwon Do mixes with the enjoyable environment to create a class all about reaching your personal goals. Students will practice the Poomse (patterns) required for their promotion test. Students will also learn non-contact sparring, breathing and meditation exercises, as well as building flexibility, agility, and developing a good character, concentration and discipline.
- Teen/Adult Class (ages 15 +) -- Check out a new approach to fitness and health. Beginners are welcome at any time. All ages and abilities welcomed!
- Open class -- All levels may attend, supervision by instructors, individual correction available
- Family class -- A chance for enrolled parents and children (ages 6 +) to practice together.
- Classes will include the following components on a rotation basis:
- Stretching - Flexibility exercises are a key component of Tae Kwon Do.
- Warm-up - Activities to promote blood flow and warm up the muscles.
- Breathing and Concentration exercises - These meditative exercises help the students focus on control and concentration, and allow the student to develop self-discipline.
- Conditioning- Basic aerobic activities to promote cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
- Poomse (pronounced Poom-say) - Also referred to as forms or patterns, are a series of choreographed movements that combine kicks, blocks, and punches learned at the particular belt level.
- Non-contact sparring - Also called one-step sparring, or pre-arranged sparring. Involves partners learning a choreographed set of offensive and defensive actions, to apply class material without full body contact.
- Self-defense (Hosinshul) - As Tae Kwon Do is a sport with origins as self-defense, all students learn self-defense training. At the higher belt levels, students will learn more advanced techniques.
- Kyuk Pa (Breaking boards) - Students show off their Tae Kwon Do techniques, combined with concentration, focus, and physical fitness by breaking boards using kick, strikes, or punches. Once students complete a belt test, and if they desire, they will learn the step-by-step techniques involved in breaking boards