Check here for answers to questions about classes at Red Phoenix Tae Kwon Do. if your question hasn't been answered after reviewing the questions, please contact us.
- What are the benefits of Tae Kwon Do?
From parents with children in Tae Kwon Do, we often hear how their child has improved focus and concentration, and better self discipline. Improved school grades often accompany improved focus. Physically, many students report that they see improvements in coordination and balance, and are delighted with new-found flexibility.
- How do I know which class to choose?
In general, 3.5 - 5 year old students should consider the Saturday morning classes. Classes for Kindergarten-age students (5 or 6 years old) occur on either Saturdays or on weekdays afterschool.
After a trial class, Master Cha can advise on the class that would be best suited for your child. For primary and elementary-age students, classes are organized generally based on their experience level in Tae Kwon Do and students are grouped with others near their age.
Most older teenage students can attend the adult class.
- How many belt levels are there at Red Phoenix?
There are ten belt levels, with the progression as follows: white belt, yellow-stripe belt, yellow belt, green-stripe belt, green belt, blue-stripe belt, blue belt, red-stripe belt, red belt, black-stripe belt, and finally, black belt.
- How do students progress from one belt level to the next?
Each belt level has specific curriculum requirements outlined to progress to the next level; requirements include fundamental skills including specific kicks and punches, combinations, sparring.
- How long does it take to move up to the next belt level?
Students attending lessons twice weekly will generally complete the requirements to progress to the next belt level in about three months. Most students take about three years to reach black belt level.
- Do all students learn sparring?
Once students have completed their first belt test (for yellow stripe level, about 3 months after they begin), students are invited to participate in sparring portion of the Tae Kwon Do class. Generally, Monday and Tuesday classes focus on Poomsae and fundamental skills and techniques, and Wednesday/Thursday classes include sparring practice.
- What equipment is required for sparring?
All required equipment is available for purchase at the do-jang. Students require a chest protector, head gear, hand and forearm guards, shin and foot guards, a groin guard, and a mouth guard.
- Do students have to enter competitions?
Participating in competitions is up to the student and his or her parents.