Studio Rules and Taekwondo Etiquette
Frequently Asked Questions
- Please arrive on time for class. (5-10 minutes before class start time is perfect)
- Children Must Wear Uniforms to Class
- Children must be wearing a uniform and belt to receive the stripes required to advance to the next belt.
- From Memorial Day to Labor Day, students may wear an Akula t-shirt in lieu of the uniform top. Only Akula t-shirts are considered part of the uniform.
- It’s always ok to wear the full uniform.
- Hang jackets and put shoes in shoe cubbies.
- Sign in on the tablet at the mat entrance.
- Once the mat is clear for your class, bow on and find your spot.
- If you are late for class:
- Sign In to class, then wait quietly at the mat entrance.
- Once an instructor gives you a signal to come onto the mat, bow onto the mat and join class.
- Fingernails and toenails should be clipped, and hands and feet should be clean.
- If your child is ill, please keep them at home.
- Do not wear jewelry of any kind to class. This is for the safety of the student wearing jewelry and for their training partners.
- Do not wear jeans, sweat pants, or other clothing under your uniform.
- Do not eat or drink in the studio. Only water is allowed.
- No shoes on the mat.
- If you are watching a class, please do not attempt to communicate with students on the mat. It is distracting to the students and instructors.
- Be quiet in the lobby. No phone conversations in the studio.
- Do not leave children unattended in the lobby. We are not responsible for children who are not in class.
- Please pick up your child promptly after class.
If you have any other questions that are not addressed here, please ask in the office.
How to Tie a Taekwondo Belt
Questions Before Enrolling
Yes. We require all students to come for an Introductory Lesson before joining group classes. This prepares them for joining the group and creates the best experience for everyone. To schedule an appointment, please fill out our contact form. We will text you soon.
Comfortable athletic clothing. In summer, shorts and a t-shirt. If it’s cooler outside, leggings or track pants and a t-shirt.
Our students do not wear shoes on our training mat. Working barefoot is great for improving balance and movement and strengthens the ankles.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with roots over 2,000 years old. Taekwondo can be translated as “the way of the foot and fist,” “the art of kicking and punching,” or “the art of unarmed combat.” Tae means to kick or strike with the foot. Kwon means fist or to strike with the hand. Do refers to a discipline or an art.
Karate refers to Japanese striking martial arts, while Taekwondo is a specific Korean martial art. Both Taekwondo and Karate are open hand (weaponless) fighting styles. The word “karate” has appeared more commonly in western cultures and is often used as a default name for martial arts.
Both Karate and Taekwondo classes offer are positive, healthy activity with many benefits. So why do we recommend a World Taekwondo school like Akula? Taekwondo is currently the most popular martial arts in the world. Forms (poomsae), strikes, and sparring rules are standardized. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to find World Taekwondo peers, clubs, and schools.
Taekwondo can help children improve balance, flexibility, motor coordination, endurance, and strength. Regular activity for children is an essential component of healthy physical development. Equally important is the development of mental skills such as focus, concentration, self-awareness, and self-control. Further, consistent training helps kids cultivate important traits such as being respectful, valuing goal-setting, patience, self-improvement, friendship, integrity, confidence, positive attitude, dedication, courtesy, self-discipline, perseverance, character, and commitment.
Yes! Our adult classes are designed for students ages 16 and up. We teach beginners, as well as students continuing with or returning to martial arts. Several of our students told us they “always wanted to learn martial arts” and are thrilled to finally have the opportunity.
In addition to fun and community, Taekwondo classes reduce the stress of daily life, teach self-defense strategies, and improve fitness, strength, flexibility, and focus. Many of our students report that Taekwondo changes their outlook on life.
Questions from Students and Parents
Yes. We wear traditional Taekwondo uniforms (called dobak) in our martial art classes. The uniform prepares the student mentally for class, keeps them focused, and instills pride.
Children ages 4 to 6 should attend Little Kickers classes. The curriculum is designed especially for their abilities and attention span.
New students ages 7 to 15 should attend our White and Yellow Belt classes. In these classes, we focus on the fundamental skills and techniques that lay a solid foundation for Taekwondo practice.
Children who are 7 to 10 years old and have earned an Orange Belt should attend Kids Classes for Ages 7 to 10.
Children who are 10 to 15 years old and have earned an Orange Belt should attend Kids Classes for Ages 10 – 15.
Why do we divide classes by age and belt rank?
How students are learning is just as important as what students are learning. Our classes are designed to meet the needs of various ages and skill levels.
Four to six year olds learn very differently from seven to ten year olds. And older kids and adults also have their own learning styles and paces. Further, beginner students have different needs from students who have been training for a year–who have different needs and abilities from students who have been training for 5 years or more. By dividing classes by age and belt rank, we ensure that students are in the proper learning group based on their personal level of development.
Every student is different and learns (and progresses) at his or her own pace. The main factors that affect progression include:
- How often the student attends class
- The student’s age
- The student’s fitness level
- Natural talent
Though some schools promise a black belt in three years or less, this is never a good thing. At Akula Taekwondo, every student advances at their own pace, based on their own merits. It generally takes five to seven years to earn a Black Belt.