Q: How many classes per week should
A: We recommend 3 classes per week with a minimum of 2,
plus a certain amount of practice time in between classes
as the perfect level of training. This allows the student
time to work on material between classes and become proficient
before new concepts are introduced. Unlimited classes are
available at no extra cost.
Q: Will there be other beginners
in my class?
A: Starting your training at H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon
Do is easy! You will be taught separately from the main
class with personalized instruction at your own pace. In
addition, we will also assign you a "buddy" so
you can quickly learn about the school from an experienced
student. You will feel at home here in no time at all.
Q: Will H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do
program make my child overly aggressive?
A: At H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do, children are taught that
the martial arts are not to be used in aggression, but rather
to defend oneself in problematic situations. Aggressive
behavior is channelled into assertiveness to increase the
child's self esteem, increase sef discipline and build character.
Our program also helps the shy child to develop self confidence
and become more assertive.
Q: Will my classes be safe?
A: Absolutely. All classes taught at H.K. Lee Tae Kwon
Do are strictly monitored to ensure complete safety.
Q: What about sparring?
A: You will learn safely through a step-by-step systematic
method of gradually learned sparring strategies. In addition,
all students are required to wear a complete set of safety
equipment. Consequently, the chance of injury is very small.
At H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do, sparring is easy to learn
and lots of fun.
Q: How long will it take me to
become reasonably proficient?
A: The time it takes to become proficient varies with
each individual depending on the effort they put forth.
At H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do, students are very often amazed
by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as
six months. This training will give you the confidence of
knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations.
Your real goal, however, should be to attain the rank of
Black Belt. This level of proficiency typically takes three
years. Once again, however, this will vary depending on
your level of effort and desire.
Q: What is the difference between
Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu?
A: Nationality. Tae Kwon Do originated from Korea, Karate
is from Japan, and Kung Fu is from China.
Often "hard" and "soft" are terms used
to distinguish the differences, yet all have the same common
goal-to accomplish strength in mind and body, to create
confidence and peace.
Example: Climbing to the top of a mountain with the same
difficulty but from different directions. The climbers may
start with different techniques or knowledge, but sooner
or later they will both have similar experiences in order
to reach the top of the mountain. Therefore they are similar
(those with a deeper understanding of the martial arts understand
this principle). Of the three martial arts, Karate and Kung
Fu are more often known by name but Tae Kwon Do is the most
widely practiced martial art today. Tae Kwon Do gives its
students the widest variety of techniques with an excellent
balance between hard and soft styles.
Q: Why do martial artists bow?
A: Bowing demonstrates sincerity and respect along with
the deep appreciation of oneself and of others. It also
teaches us to be humble while training to become strong
and confident in both body and mind.
Bowing is simply an Eastern form of greeting. It is equivalent
to the Western handshake.
Q: Why do martial artists yell?
A: Yelling has several purposes:
Develops physical and mental strength, while gathering
Breaks an opponent’s concentration, and
Is used to communicate with a partner in a group practice
Yell practice must be from the abdomen (dan jun), which
we call "energy field".