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Benefits of Taekwondo are massive, especially for children
With the massive benefits of Taekwondo, everyone can learn Taekwondo at any age. We have students starting as young as three and seniors in their fifties and even sixties.
For young children at 3, they may not be physically, intellectually or emotionally ready for the full Taekwondo training, but the benefits of attending classes are tremendous. 3-year old’s have good abilities to run, jump, climb, and perform other large-muscle activities as well as catch and throw a ball. They have short concentration span and are easily distracted but they are great imitators and like to follow others during class. In the first few weeks, they may not follow the full class and wander off on their own, but they generally become more aware of the class structure and quickly adapts. They gain motor skills, learn social skills, learn discipline and develop a sense of confidence through Taekwondo classes.
It is never too late to start Taekwondo. You may not be able to kick as high as the teenagers, do the splits well or are unfit but there is no reason why you can't learn self-defence techniques as well as they do. You can still improve on your fitness and flexibility through training. It is the commitment and willingness to keep going that is important, regardless of age. Don't let bad knee, shoulder or back hold you back either. You can always adapt and train differently under Grandmaster No's guidance.
Unlike some sports where speed, size, ability and strength matter, Taekwondo is an excellent activity that parent and child can train together in the same class regardless of age and size.
Children are often inspired by their parents and find more enjoyment doing the same activity as their parents.
Parents get to keep fit, as well as learn a new skill, instead of just sitting and watching your child train
Parent and child can practice at home, both learn quicker and develop skills together
Common interest and shared passion deepens bond between parent and child
Lifelong proud memories for your child having trained or graded with dad and/or mum
Child is more likely to be motivated and stay longer in training with parent training together
Starting is easy. We offer two free trials. Just come to any centre near you in comfortable exercise clothing for a free trial. No booking is necessary. At the end of your free trials, you can complete the membership application form and start your Taekwondo journey with us.
No free trials on following days but you are welcome to come and watch : Club Championships, Sparring Challenges and Grading Days (check website for dates)
Yes, you are always welcome to watch how your child is doing at training. Some children feel more secure with parents around while others are easily distracted with parents around. Parents who watch the class may be in a better position to help their children practice at home with the techniques, especially for younger children. On the other hand, an insecure child may run to his parents continuously and disrupt his training. You will be able to determine what works best for your child after a while. However, parents are requested to respect the instructors and not to interfere with training during class as this is disruptive and impolite.
A typical training class begins with important warm up exercises and ends with cool down exercises. Warm up exercises get the body ready for exercise and ensure you can train at your full potential, minimise injuries and reduce muscle stiffness. Cooling down exercises aid in the breakdown of waste products including lactic acid, reduce the chances of dizziness or fainting, lessen the level of adrenaline in the blood and let your heart rate return to its resting rate.
Training at each class includes but not limited to :
Fees are on three months or one-year basis from the date of enrolment after first month introductory fees. Discounts apply for families. Due to Christmas break at year end, the 3 monthly fees paid between October to December will cover 4 months instead of 3 months.
To effectively learn Taekwondo, a minimum of two times training per week is strongly encouraged. Grandmaster No emphasizes the importance of regular and sufficient training to improve and progress well. It is inevitable and acceptable that some can train only once weekly; it will just take a longer time to progress especially for younger children.
Classes run as usual during the school holidays except at year end between Christmas and Australian Day. Some locations run on combined classes timetable. No classes on all public holidays.
It is commonly misunderstood that Taekwondo promote violence in children. On the contrary, children learning Taekwondo learn not to be violent. Children understand that their Taekwondo skills are not to be misused outside of class but to help them handle tough situations if necessary. Through the teaching of Taekwondo that emphasizes on courtesy, humility and respect, children develop self-control, confidence and increased self-esteem to resolve conflicts peacefully and reduce aggression.
At some point, every child will make excuses not to go to training. Your child may not really mean that, it’s just that he doesn't want to go to class right then. With your help and encouragement, your child has an opportunity to learn about determination and commitment. There is a difference between helping a child follow through on a goal and pushing the child, forcing something on him. One good strategy is to ensure your child is doing something less interesting to him half hour prior to going to class for example homework or chores. If your child is playing games or with friends, he will not want to stop to go to class.
Another good strategy is to help your child set short-term goals when they begin classes. Each belt can be viewed as a short-term commitment, and the Black Belt long-term goal. Taekwondo is a means for learning how to set and achieve goals as well as setting new goals and creating long-term goals. Parents are encouraged to give their child guidance and not have him give up easily to promote perseverance in their child.
Ensuring that your child is not too overloaded with different activities is another important consideration. With too many different activities, your child may not be able to attend sufficient training and keep up, resulting in him losing interest if he falls behind his fellow student. He may be more exhausted physically and mentally from the various activities making him difficult to focus. At the end of the day, he may not be able to perform to his best abilities in all the activities and produce mediocre results in all. It is advisable to focus on one or two activities and do well in them with sufficient time and attention.
The DOBOK (uniform) 도복 is a primary necessity in both training and tournament. The dobok white was believed that the essence of the universe, and the origin of all things are in colour white. The wearing of the dobok should instil pride in the student as a practitioner of Taekwondo. It identifies the degree of skill and cultural education in Taekwondo that the individual has attained. Grade is indicated by the belt colour. It is very important for the student to keep his dobok clean at all times, wear it correctly and treat it with the respect he owes to his art.
All students must wear the full dobok - shirt, pant and belt to training except new students and sport training. If student forgets his uniform or belt, he is still allowed to train but will stand at end of class, same as beginners.
Sport training (Tiger Team Training) is a totally separate aspect of Taekwondo. Sport training is intensive training and for practical reasons, the full dobok is not required. Tiger Team athletes wear dobok pants and t shirt to Tiger Team Training.
Bowing is a tradition in Korea used when entering or leaving the DOJANG (Training Hall) 도장. It is a sign of respect for instructor's experience, knowledge and commitment to Taekwondo. It is also out of respect for the dojang, the art and the ranks. This method of recognizing authority, experience, and greater knowledge helps to strengthen a student’s respect for authority in and out of the dojang. It also fosters a sense of respect for the training, the goals and the person they aspire to become. And in time through training, they learn to respect themselves.
When bowing, you must not look at the person you are bowing this. This is deemed rude and disrespectful. Bow by standing in front of the recipient and bending from the waist at about 30-degree angle for three seconds, with hands by the side and eyes on the ground.
When you greet a Taekwondo instructor or black belt you should bow as above, with your left arm bent horizontally across your front. Then you can shake hands with your right hand. It's also good practice to greet fellow students this way, especially as a beginner Taekwondo student. Traditionally, your bow shows the recipient that you respect and trust him; in return, the recipient bows as way of appreciating and reciprocating your feelings.
Lining up in class correctly is also important to show respect. The highest ranked student stands at the front of the class on the right side of the Dojang facing in from the door. When the first line is full, the next line works the same way according to rank. If you are the same grade as another fellow student, stand on the left of him if you are younger or if you have been training less time than him. If you are unsure, standing in the position of the lower rank shows courtesy and respect.
The correct etiquette to adjust uniform or belt during class is to turn around with your back facing your instructor before you adjust your uniform or belt, and then turn to face him when finished. It is rude and disrespectful to adjust uniform and belt facing your instructor.
Learning and practicing kicking and punching techniques in class are only half the training. Unless you have been in a physically threatened position, you won't know how you will react and if you will be able to apply the techniques learnt in class. Fear may overcome you and you may not be able to think clearly without panicking.
Sparring is one of the best training exercises in the Taekwondo program. It sharpens and develops many fighting attributes while completely conditioning your body for sport combat fighting as well as self-defence. More importantly, Taekwondo sparring teaches you the importance of timing and judgment of distance in relation to your offensive and defensive techniques. It also conditions your body to withstand the impact of blows and kicks. It is a training methodology used to develop combative attributes and rhythm. No amount of static training can prepare you in a real-life situation without sparring / combat training and experience.
Class sparring and club championships aim to train all students to be able to apply self-defence techniques in a controlled friendly combat environment.
Each poom of the poomsae has been inherited through a long history of about 5,000 years, finally as a product of scientific technique formulated on the basis of the traditional national spirit and practical experiments. Sparring is a practical application of the poomsae and the Taekwondo spirit is manifested in the actions of poomsae.
The poomsae is a series of movements for offense and defence techniques which can be practiced and trained, without a partner or even an instructor, in accordance with the fixed moves. The poomsae can be trained along the imaginary or drawn poomsae line which marks the position of foot and the line direction to move along. As poomsae can be practiced without a partner, you are able to focus on your own performance without distraction. Learning poomsae is a mental test. The process of mastering poomsae improves concentration, coordination, focus, memory and sharpens the mind as well as develops mental discipline and applies to all ages. Under Grandmaster No's guidance, our students as young as four years old are able to learn and practice poomsae in class.
Grandmaster No places strong focus on poomsae, as this is the foundation for self-defence and sparring. All students train and practice from basic pattern to their next rank poomsae at training regardless of age. At Joon No's Taekwondo, all students are expected to be well versed in all poomsae up to their next belt rank. They do not learn and practice only their next rank poomsae for the purpose of grading, and cease to practice lower rank poomsae.
The Tenets of Taekwondo deal with the fundamental elements of etiquette. Each of the Tenets is of equal importance and coexists with each other.
Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang. Show courtesy in the dojang :
In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilty if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right. In the dojang, show integrity by not cheating at training. If your instructor asks for 20 push ups, don't do 15 so you can finish first. If you commit to a task, ensure that you carry it through with commitment and enthusiasm.
Perseverance means steady persistence in a course of action or purpose, in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Taekwondo training is physically demanding, and learning the techniques properly requires a lot of repetition. When you start learning a technique, it may be difficult at first but you must persevere through the time and practice required to master it, and not be discouraged. Without perseverance, you will not progress well in the art and it takes perseverance to have an indomitable spirit.
A serious student must learn not to be impatient, to continue steadfastly and to persevere. He must conduct himself with control whether inside or outside the dojang. Taekwondo is not to be used for aggression, but for defence. This is one reason why as a student of Taekwondo, you must learn self-control while learning techniques. In class, physical self-control is vital to avoid accidentally harming yourself or fellow students with the powerful techniques learnt. Impressive self-control is shown by many black belt students sparring fellow students. With Taekwondo training, you learn to develop more control over yourself, and this helps you to think more clearly about what you do or say.
5. Indomitable Spirit
You may not always succeed on the first try at everything that you attempt in Taekwondo, or in life. The indomitable spirit has the courage and confidence to try again and not be discouraged in the face of fear or failure. The indomitable spirit perseveres. It comes from pushing yourself through physical and mental exhaustion and goes further than you thought possible.
In keeping with the rich culture of Korea and reinforcing tradition, Korean terminology is used by Grandmaster No during class and tested at grading. Learning Taekwondo is not limited to the techniques, but covers the language and culture in the spirit of martial arts.
When you come for a free trial, Grandmaster No will assess your skills and techniques and recommend the level you should start. A number of students choose to start from white belt if they cannot keep up with the training regime at their previous belt level due to different skills levels attained at another school.
There are 11 gradings to reach Black Belt and grading is once every 3 months. With consistent training and dedication, one can possibly achieve Black Belt in 3 years. Grandmaster No has high standards for Black Belts and decides if one is ready to grade to Black Belt. It is up to individual students to set and pursue their goals towards Black Belt through dedication and commitment.
Grading ranks as below
Colour Belt Gup Grading is held every quarter in March, June, September and December just before the school holidays. Grading to Cho Dan Bo (Provisional Black Belt) and Cho Dan (Black Belt) requires Grandmaster No's prior approval.
Black Belt higher Poom/Dan Grading is twice yearly in May and November. Grandmaster No has high standards for Black Belts and grading to higher Poom/Dan is by invitation only. Meeting Kukkiwon minimum time period from last Poom/Dan grading does not automatically qualify for grading. Grandmaster No looks at various attributes in a Black Belt for promotion : attitude, dedication, commitment, techniques, class assistance, character etc.
With regular training, most students manage grading well. Some students may need more practice in some areas of the grading, especially at higher belt level. Grandmaster No will advise individual students at grading on the areas to improve for retest in two weeks during class. In rare cases where students do badly at grading, he will be required to go for full grading at next main grading.
At Joon No's Taekwondo, all Black Belts are awarded the only internationally certified and recognised Kukkiwon Certificate and card. Every Black Belt recognised by Kukkiwon is on the global database accessible to the public. There are no separate club or association certification with extra grading fees. Below is the FAQ from Kukkiwon website.
What is the Kukkiwon Taekwondo Black Belt/Dan/Poom Certification?
Kukkiwon is the World Taekwondo Federation Headquarters for Dan/Poom certification and it is located in Seoul Korea. A Kukkiwon certificate is widely regarded as the most prestigious of all the black belt certificates within the art of Taekwondo. The World Taekwondo Federation, which is the international governing body for Taekwondo, requires that all those who wish to compete at International level be Kukkiwon certified. Those that do not have Kukkiwon certification may also find that they might not be able to qualify in official courses such as International Referee, etc.
Who can authorize Kukkiwon Taekwondo Dan certification?
Only a 4th Dan or above, who is Kukkiwon certified can apply for the "Right to Recommend," a Kukkiwon Dan certificate on behalf of those successfully passing the Dan / Poom test.
Black Belts under 15 years old are issued the Poom rank and over 15 years old are issued the Dan rank. The same rank for Poom and Dan are the same grade, the only differentiation is the age. If you have a Poom rank and turn 15, you will be converted to a Dan rank at next Dan grading.
Taekwondo as a martial art is a life long journey. The Black Belt is a symbol of excellence, not a symbol of destination. Getting a Black Belt is not the purpose of training. Being a Black Belt is the natural consequence of years of sweat, effort and determination that continue in all aspects of life. A new Black Belt signifies that the holder of such rank is accomplished enough in the basics to begin serious training.
While a Black Belt helps instruct other students and passes on what he has learned, he also recognizes how much more there is for him to learn and continue his own training and advancement. By teaching others, the student is also analysing his own abilities and makes them become better. This is part of the circle of Taekwondo. This keeps the art of Taekwondo alive for many generations and is the principle on which Taekwondo has sustained itself for thousands of years. The knowledge and art of Taekwondo is a gift that is meant to be shared with others who strive to learn and to improve themselves.
Grandmaster No holds monthly Black Belt training focusing on break falls, grappling, and advance self-defence techniques. Dedicated Black Belts attend these monthly training to continuously improve their skills and techniques.