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Information for New Students

"As a new student to Tae Kwon-Do, what will I be doing?"
Over the coming months you will be learning the basic stances, blocks, punches and kicks of Tae Kwon-Do, together with some basic self–defence techniques. You will also improve your fitness levels via a wide range of exercises, stretches and pad work. After learning these basic techniques, you will build upon the foundation of your Tae Kwon-Do abilities and continue to learn new exciting skills and methods of self-defence.

"Do I need a training suit?"
When you first start learning Tae Kwon-Do, just wear loose clothing (i.e. t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms). You may purchase a training suit (Dobok) at anytime up until your first grading which will be your first formal occasion (typically after 3 months of training).

You should also bring a non-fizzy drink and a small towel to your training classes. No footwear is needed and you should remove any jewellery/watches etc before a training class begins.

"Do I need insurance?"
Yes, towards the end of your first month of training you will need to purchase your annual licence/insurance. This combines your membership of the club as well as an insurance policy (via WAKO GB) against accidental injury and member to member liability.
"What are gradings?"
When you first start training you might only be thinking of getting fitter and learning self-defence, however gradings are an integral part of Tae Kwon-Do, a barometer of measuring ones skill. Each time you pass a grading it enables you to learn a new set of skills, therefore a student will never tire of Tae Kwon-Do.
"I think I’m too unfit?"
Your fitness level will be built up gradually and depending on age and ability you’ll be surprised how much fitter you feel after just one months training.
"Am I too old to start?"
You’re never too old to start Tae Kwon-Do. We have experience of teaching all age groups, from 6 years to 60+.
"I think I’m too shy?"
Classes are structured so that no one feels embarrassed or incapable. Training classes will also build confidence and every member of the group is treated with equal respect.
"Can I attend on my own?"
Of course you can, many people start Tae Kwon-Do not only to learn a self-defence but to make new friends.
"How much will training cost?"
When you start training in Tae Kwon-Do, your first induction lesson is absolutely FREE. This provides you with an opportunity to try Tae Kwon-Do at no cost to see if you enjoy the classes and wish to continue. After your first lesson, you can continue training by paying monthly training fees
"We’d like to come as a family, but are worried about the cost?"
We offer special discounted rates for families, these are available from your instructor.

"Are there any other costs involved during my initial training in Tae Kwon-Do?"
Following your first free lesson, you will be required to pay monthly training fees
. During your first month you will also be asked to purchase a licence/insurance and given the opportunity to purchase a Dobok. As you progress through your training and belt grades, you will also need to purchase safety equipment (head/hand/feet protectors etc for sparring), but that won’t be for several months after you’ve started your training.

"I’ve done Tae Kwon-Do before, will I have to start from scratch?"
It depends on how long it’s been since you last trained and what organisation you last trained with. Your instructor will discuss this with you. Sometimes a re-grade may be necessary just to determine your current level of ability. For more information, select '
Experienced in TKD' from the menu.



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