FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE KTIGERS TAEKWONDO?
KTigers Instructors are all World Taekwondo Federation accredited Black Belt and Master Instructors trained to make Taekwondo training fun, safe and educational. We offer over 6 classes per day in our large, mat covered, air conditioned classrooms. We define a good class as one in which the students are smiling, sweating and learning. We do our best everyday to empower our students to become the best they possibly can.
Furthermore, an additional benefit to training with KTigers Taekwondo versus other schools of various martial art styles is that once you’ve achieved black belt status, your belt will be recognized internationally and with all schools and Teakwondo associations - you’d even be qualified to try out for the Olympic Games. It’s a sad reality that a lot of other martial arts studios out there that have no affiliation with certification organizations because they are simply not qualified; after rigorous training, their students have received a black belt in name only that is non transferable and unrecognized by any other associations or martial arts schools.
To put it into perspective, it's like attending college and working towards earning a degree, only to find out that the university you were attending isn't really an accredited school. Nobody will recognize your degree because the curriculum was bubkes and nobody knows what you really learned! You would never dream of sending yourself or your kids to a school that had teachers that weren't qualified to teach, and a curriculum that was questionable. Certifications and affiliations may sound like nothing more than frivolous 'bragging', but it ensures that our students have the peace of mind of knowing that they're learning from qualified, exceptional instructors that are teaching a curriculum of substance, integrity, and authenticity - real, legitimate taekwondo, and nothing but.
WHAT IS TAEKWONDO AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MARTIAL ARTS?
Taekwondo, Mixed martial arts, Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu. There are many styles of martial arts out there, and it can get a bit confusing when you're trying to find the best fit for you. To explain it in a very simplified way, most styles differ in what their focal point of technique and applications are, and where they're point of origin is(what country developed what particular style of self-defense).
Karate originated in Japan, Kung Fu came from China, and Taekwondo is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques more than other martial arts (karate for example focuses on hand strikes), making it ideal for people who may not necessarily excel in upper body strength, since the legs have greater reach and are stronger than the arms. In addition to this is makes it a much more aerobic workout which will result in better physical conditioning. Taekwondo is also an Olympic sport whereas Karate, and many other martial arts styles are not. Furthermore, when looking at some of the more traditional martial arts, Taekwondo was not introduced to the western world until much later than Karate, and say, Kung Fu. Because of this, it retains many of it's more traditional characteristics, and for lack of a better phrase, hasn't been as 'watered down' and westernized as some of it's other stylistic counterparts.
AT WHAT AGE CAN STUDENTS START?
We accept students as young as 3 years old. A lot of parents have found that in as little as a year, children who were involved in Taekwondo had noticeably gained positive traits such as increased self-esteem, respect, overall physical fitness, and marked improvement in fine motor skills.
DO YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR ADULTS?
Yes. We offer adult programs for all shapes, sizes and skill levels. We encourage the participation of women, men, children, parents and even grandparents because everyone can benefit from the study of Taekwondo.
DOESN'T TAEKWONDO INCREASE AGGRESSIVENESS?
Quite the opposite. Martial Arts training cultivates a peaceful attitude in practitioners. Martial Arts training focuses on self-control, discipline, and self-defense. While children may emulate movies or television and play act violently towards each other, this behavior is frowned upon during Martial Arts instruction. Students quickly learn the power behind martial arts movements and appreciate the consequences that use of their training would entail.The instructors at KTigers Taekwondo will continually educate your child that Taekwondo is a form of exercise and self improvement, not a tool for bullying.
WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT FROM YOUR PROGRAMS?
For our youth programs, besides focusing on the physical portion of training, we put a strong emphasis on non-physical exercises, like academic achievement, leadership skills, better concentration, increased confidence, building self esteem and self discipline, respecting others, just to name a few!
Our adult student numbers are increasing steadily and they are experiencing benefits like releasing stress, improving flexibility, better productivity at work, weight loss, better physical conditioning, and many say that the KTigers program is THE BEST EXERCISE THEY EVER TRIED.
MAY I COME TO WATCH A CLASS?
All classes are open to be view from the front lobby. Parents of students are encouraged to view classes and give support to their children. A smile or thumbs up at the right time can really make a difference.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EARN A BLACK BELT?
It is the journey that is most important, not the destination. We consider ourselves a Black Belt school and treat every student as if they are on the path towards Black Belt from day one. On average, the journey to Black Belt takes about 3-5 years, however, everyone progresses at their own pace and there is no guarantee that you will achieve 'X' status, in 'X' amount of time.