FAQ Martial Arts Classes

Answers to our most often asked questions about martial arts at Master Shim's World Class Tae Kwon Do. (If you have additional questions, please contact us - we're happy to help.)

What is Tae Kwon Do?

The martial arts were developed thousands of years ago as forms of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do is the martial art developed in Korea. In terms of techniques, Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts, making it ideal for improving your child's balance, flexibility, and endurance.

At what age can children start?

Our experience has shown that most children ages four and up are able to participate in Tae Kwon Do classes. At this age your child can take our trial lesson program, which allows our instructors to work with them one-on-one and evaluate their readiness for group classes.

Can I take classes with my child?

Yes. Many parents find Tae Kwon Do to be the perfect family activity - it blends an exciting workout with a new learning experience the entire family can do together.

Do martial arts increase aggressiveness?

Your child will be taught from the start to never misuse the martial arts skills they learn. The instructors at Master Shim's will continually educate your child that martial arts are a form of exercise and self improvement, not a tool for bullying. Tae Kwon Do students are taught to be humble, courteous, and respectful along with being careful about when and where they practice their self-defense skills.

How safe is it to learn martial arts?

Tae Kwon Do is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. Classes are taught by expert instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace. A thorough stretching routine, matted flooring, and protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety.

What if I never did martial arts before or if I'm out of shape?

Beginners are always welcome at Master Shim's. Our beginner's martial arts program makes it easy to get started. New students receive one-on-one instruction designed to provide an introduction to the basics of Tae Kwon Do. Plus, our belt system allows all students to train at their own pace and improve their physical condition gradually.

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5 Tenants of Tae Kwon Do

  • Courtesy (Ye Ui)
    Taekwon-Do students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others.
  • Integrity (Yom Chi)
    One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong.
  • Perseverance (In Nae)
    Perseverance means having patience.
  • Self-Control (Guk Gi)
    Without self-control, a Taekwon-Do student is just like any fighter in the street.
  • Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)
    A true student of Taekwon-Do will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds.