Des Moines, IA

   

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that develops self-defense, confidence, concentration, physical fitness, positive attitude, and self-esteem. The name comes from Tae (foot), Kwon (fist) and Do (art, way of life), literally meaning "the art of hand and foot". Currently, Taekwondo is practiced in over 158 countries with nearly 30 million practitioners are registered with the World Taekwondo Federation.

What is Judo?
Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various choke holds or joint locks until submission.

How much does it cost?
We have several membership packages available depending on your personal needs and goals. We have options ranging from single memberships to discounts for families. We welcome you to contact our staff to discuss these options with you. We can work our price into your budget.

We encourage you to sign up for a no-risk free trial to see if we're right for you.

What are the differences between Taekwondo, Judo & Karate?
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. Training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. It often incorporates self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts, such as hapkido and judo. Taekwondo sparring has been an Olympic event since 2000.

Judo a relatively modern Japanese martial art (created in 1882). The goal of judo is to either throw or takedown one's opponent to the ground and immobilize or subdue them with a grappling maneuver, joint lock, strangle hold, or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet or weapons are only allowed in pre-arranged forms (kata), and are not allowed in competition or free practice.

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from indigenous fighting methods from Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.

How long will it take to get my Black Belt?
The time it will take to earn your black belt varies greatly depending on age and personal dedication. A dedicated student whom seldom misses classes and takes the opportunity to practice outside of the classroom will progress much more successfully than one that only meets minimum requirements. Students should ask their instructor what is safe and appropriate to practice outside of class.

Are students required to compete in tournaments?
Tournament participation is not required. Many students find it is an enjoyable addition to their regular curriculum practice in the dojang (school). Students find the sense of competition heightens their mental focus and helps them push to new limits in their physical conditioning. The camaraderie and team building that goes along with participation in competitions helps encourage togetherness and healthy sport engagement among a school's students.

Can I compete on the state and national level?
Absolutely!

Tournaments at these levels are available for students who desire to push themselves towards higher competition challenges. State and National qualifying and championship tournaments are held yearly. Many of our instructors and fellow students have experience training, competing, and coaching on these levels. Preparing for these types of competitions includes very rigorous training. This training greatly helps focus the student who chooses to pursue this level of the sport and offers an incredible sense of personal accomplishment.

What ages are appropriate for studying martial arts?
We currently have students between the ages of 4 and 74 years old! You are never too old to begin Taekwondo. There are numerous physical and mental benefits that can be obtained by students of all ages. Parents find Taekwondo training for their children helps build concentration, focus, self-discipline, and respect in and out of the dojang (school). This benefits the child in their education and later in life. Adult and more mature students find the physical benefits of increased flexibility, muscle toning, cardiovascular stamina and endurance, balance and coordination help improve their overall quality of life.

Can parents stay to watch class?
Yes.

Parents are encouraged to observe their children in any and all classes they attend. In addition to helping new students feel comfortable in their training environment, parents' observations can help the student develop confidence. We welcome parents to maintain an active dialog with our instructors to help guide the students' progress in and out of the dojang (school).

We would like to see parents actively participating with their children as our programs offer an excellent opportunity to share time and bond in a unique, challenging, and fun method of physical exercise.
 
Does studying Martial Arts encourage violent behavior?
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.

Does the student always have to workout barefoot?
It is customary to train without shoes. However, if the student has special considerations and the wearing of shoes is warranted, there are specific shoes designed for martial arts training which are available and can be purchased through your instructor.

When can I start?
You can sign up for one of our no-risk free trial sessions at any time! We have numerous days/times available each month for evaluation sessions to determine if Taekwondo is right for you.

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Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000