How old do you have to be to train in Taekwondo?
We train students as young as 4 years of age.
Will martial arts training make a child aggressive?
No, we teach a practical, responsible self-defense program. Children learn that martial arts is not about violence but about developing skills they can use safely in a tough situation. Any aggression the child brings into the program usually disappears with continued training and increased self-esteem.
My child or I have ADHD/ADD can I take classes?
YES! There are many studies supporting the advantages of martial arts helping anyone with ADHD. Some of the advantages of martial arts include having a positive outlook, a high self-esteem, and a secure confidence. Several positive effects that are offered include self-discipline, self-restraint, and self-respect. The mind and body dualism works well in training children/adults with ADHD/ADD to control some of their undesirable behaviors. Taekwondo teaches us to be aware of our emotions and seek alternative ways of dealing with problems. Taekwondo is fast paced activity that helps us eliminate some of our extra energy that might get them us trouble. It teaches us how to calm themselves through breathing exercises. Plus it gives them the self-assurance that a lot of us with ADHD/ADD lack.
Am I too old to start training?
You are never too old, as long as you are physically able. The most important attribute of our training is feeling good about yourself and individual personal progress on both physical and mental levels.
I’m out of shape. Will that be a problem?
Not at all! Start training today and you will soon notice a difference!
Is Taekwondo just about kicking?
No, Songahm Taekwondo covers all disciplines to become a well-rounded martial artist.
What is the most effective martial art when it comes to street fighting or self-defense?
It’s not the style of the martial art that matters: it’s the individual. With the training our students receive they will effectively defend themselves in any altercation or dangerous situation.
How do students earn a new belt?
In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member’s proven level of competence and the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect. To receive your next rank a student must meet the time requirements needed and demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt’s techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring, and Forms.
When do we learn to spar?
Students begin sparring when they are ready as determined by their instructor. To learn how to defend yourself, it is important to practice against a moving opponent, similar to a real confrontation. Students develop enhanced reflexes, quick judgment, timing, and distancing. It’s better to learn to block, punch, and kick without hurting ourselves before trying the techniques on moving targets. Then we learn how to spar using respect and good control. Sparring is always supervised closely by the instructor, and students are required to wear protective gear.
How often is belt testing?
We hold testing every two months. Parents and friends are invited to come and watch. No classes are held on testing days. After a successful testing, the student is awarded a new rank and given a rank certificate in belt ceremonies.
How long does it take to become a black belt?
Our program is self-paced. As long as you learn the required material, train 2-3 days a week , test regularly, it should take approximately 2-3 years.
Who can benefit from Taekwondo?
The ATA philosophy is that anyone can excel at Taekwondo and enjoy doing so. ATA students range in age from preschoolers to octogenarians, and the ATA has the largest number of active women black belts of any martial arts organization in the world. The number of women in ATA Taekwondo has more than tripled in recent years and today represents more than 30% of all practicing students. In addition, the ATA makes a special effort to accommodate the needs of people with physical or other disabilities.
Taekwondo is more than a physical sport. It also develops a combination of balance, coordination, and flexibility while instilling a sense of self-discipline that can carry over into all aspects of your life. Students’ progress at their own pace, and the ATA program is designed to help people meet individual goals rather than judging them in comparison to other students.
Fitness – The principles of Taekwondo techniques are based on the design of your body. For power you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As you progress in Taekwondo, you will learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your body’s strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot.
Self-Defense – When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attacker’s body, the results can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.
Self-Confidence – This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.
Self Defense- Children’s self-defense takes many forms. Taekwondo teaches children to think instead of panic in potentially serious situations as well as how to appropriately react to threats from other kids and how to handle peer pressure.
Self Confidence- It doesn’t come naturally for many children, but rather is developed over a period of time. As a child accomplishes new goals, his or her confidence levels increases. Children become more (self-confident) in Taekwondo because they progress individually at their own pace and are not judged by others.
Better Grades- Being a Karate Kid also means being a better student. All kids in the Karate for Kids program learn skills, such as following directions, paying attention in class, and participating in class activities that help them to become better students.
Coordination- Taekwondo challenges the entire body, developing coordination, balance, agility, and poise, often neglected in many team sports available to children in this age group.
Additional Benefits- Taekwondo offers many other benefits for children such as improved concentration and self-discipline both of which contribute to improved performance in school.
Classes for Children Only- We pride ourselves in offering classes for children only. As professional instructors, we realize that children have specific training needs and requirements that can be best answered in their classes since they learn differently from teenagers and adults.
Every Child Wins in Taekwondo! Every child can be a winner instead of a bench sitter because Taekwondo allows children to reach for their own potential rather than directly competing against other kids.