WHAT TO EXPECT IN TAEKWON-DO CLASS
Class Format and Expectations
Taekwon-Do is a paramilitary art. Its structure and formality has roots in Ancient Korea. Etiquette is an important part of learning Taekwon-Do. The classroom or studio in which you study Taekwon-Do is called the dojang. Students should take care of the dojang and keep it clean.
Class begins with everyone kneeling on the floor with a ceremony and brief meditation. Following this, you can expect to warm up with a series of stretches and exercises to prepare your body for a dynamic workout.
It is appropriate to remain quiet during class unless called on, as this shows a high level of respect for your Instructor and fellow students. If you have a question you can come to attention and raise your hand. Once called upon, you can ask your question and receive your answer.
Below you will see sections that describe the activities that you will enjoy in class.
Class ends similarly to the start of class with a 'bow out' ceremony.
Visit a TKD Class:
No appointment needed.
Please check the calendar for available classes.
Mon. & Wed.
Dubbeld TKD -
Highland High School
Community of Grace TKD - Community of Grace Presbyterian Church
Mon. & Thurs.
Ohdoilkwan TKD -
Tues. & Thurs.
The Tenets of Taekwon-Do
Courtesy Integrity Perseverence
Self- Control Indomitable Spirit
Technique Line Drills
Your instructor will guide you in your Taekwon-Do journey, teaching proper hand and foot position and motions through the strikes and kicks you are practicing. In class we run line drills to practice techniques. The repetition of moves will help to make your techniques effective in the dojang and in the event you must defend yourself in life.
We use sparring in Taekwon-Do to help develop skills in improving reaction time, control, blocking strikes, and building stamina. In competition, the center referee's job is to keep the fighters safe. Students executing strikes in USTF sparring are trying to contact, but not injure their opponent.
The techniques you learn in Taekwon-Do are meant to be applicable in life as well as in the dojang. If someone grabs you, you should know how to release yourself from their grasp. If an attacker persists in bringing you harm, you should know many ways to stop the attack from continuing. You will learn how to truly defend yourself by using Taekwon-Do.
In Taekwon-Do there are choreographed sets of moves that simulate a fight against multiple attackers. These are called patterns. Students will learn one pattern with each advancement through color belt ranks. There are 24 patterns to learn in your study of Taekwon-Do.
We will help you learn to apply the techniques you are studying. One fun way of doing this is to break wooden boards and cement roofing tiles. These materials offer predictable resistance that must be overcome with speed, accuracy, focus, and the appropriate striking tool if they are to break.