FAQs by Prospective Students
Q: What is Taekwondo?
A: Taekyon, the earliest known form of Taekwondo, was first practiced in approximately 50 B.C. Tae Kyon became known as Subak during the Koryo Dynasty (935-1392) and as Taekwondo in 1957. Tae means to kick or strike with the foot. Kwon mean to strike with the hand. Do means art, discipline, or method. The word Taekwondo is most often translated as: the art of kicking and punching; however, Taekwondo is much more than simple kicking and punching techniques. Taekwondo has evolved from a system of unarmed combat to a dynamic kicking sport. Following its successful 1988 Olympic debut, Taekwondo has become the most popular martial art in the United States. Sacramento Taekwondo Club is dedicated to promoting balanced human development through the instruction of Olympic Style Taekwondo. As STC students train to increase agility, flexibility, core strength, and cardiovascular fitness, they are encouraged to develop a strong moral code, self-restraint, humility, and kindness. Serious students do not see mere physical prowess as the ultimate goal. At Sacramento Taekwondo Club, Taekwondo is taught in a positive, encouraging learning environment wherein student development is the primary priority. Sacramento Taekwondo Club's national governing body is USA Taekwondo, and its international governing body is the World Taekwondo Federation.
Q: How is Taekwondo different from Karate and Kung Fu?
A. Karate styles, which originate in Japan, value strong linear hand techniques and low linear kicks. Kung Fu styles, which originate in China, value circular motion in both hand techniques and kicking. Taekwondo incorporates the linear movements of Karate styles and the circular movements of Kung Fu styles. While Taekwondo is considered a dynamic kicking art that features jump kicks, spin kicks and jump spin kicks, many dynamic hand techniques are utilized as well.
Q: At what age, can children become Sacramento Taekwondo Club students?
A: At Laguna Creek Racquet Club and Club at Natomas Park, children must be 6 years old to join. At Natomas Racquet Club, a pilot program for 5 year old students is underway. If the pilot program is successful, 5 year old students will be able to join in all three clubs in March, 2008.
Q: Am I too old to become a student?
A: While our students range from 5-54 years old, there is no age limit. Your attitude and outlook is much more important than your age.
Q: Who will teach me?
A: To learn about the Head Instructor, Click here
Q: Can I try a class before I start?
A: You can arrange to take a free trial class by contacting Master Brand. You can do this by Clicking here.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: To learn how to become a member of Sacramento Taekwondo Club, Click here to go to Orientation.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract?
A: No, you will not sign a contract. Payment is made on a month-to-month basis.
For members of Club at Natomas Park, payment is made at the Club's front desk on the first class day of each month.
Members of Natomas Racquet Club and Laguna Creek Racquet Club may fill out a Member Action Request form (located at the front desk) to have Taekwondo fees automatically charged to their account.
For non-members of Natomas Racquet Club and Laguna Creek Racquet Club, payment is made at the clubs' front desk on the first class day of each month.
Q: What equipment do I need to begin?
A: Students need only to purchase a Taekwondo uniform, which is available through Master Brand.
Q: Will I get kicked? Is there a lot of contact?
A: Beginners use target bags and paddles as they learn basic kicking and hand techniques and gradually move on to non-contact sparring. Once students promote from white belt to yellow belt, students use protective gear (headgear, mouth piece, chest gear, forearm protectors, shin/instep protectors, optional gloves, protective groin cup for males) as they learn how to spar because they do make contact with each other. We value strategy over brute power. We teach sparring as a game of physical chess in as safe an environment as possible.
Q: Do I have to spar?
A: Our curriculum requires sparring because it is a fundamental part of Taekwondo. Sparring helps students develop strategy, agility, control, timing, speed, and power.
Q: How often can I promote to the next belt rank?
A: Promotion exams are held in February, June and October. White belts and yellow belts test on a selected Friday night, and all other ranks test on a selected Saturday. In order to be a promotion exam candidate, a student must pass the pre-test, which is given during regularly scheduled class approximately four weeks prior to the exam.
Q: How long will it take me to become a Black Belt?
A: There is a chasm between possessing a black belt and being a Black Belt. Sacramento Taekwondo Club is not a Black Belt factory. We do not guarantee that students will reach the rank of Black Belt in 24 or 30 months, or in any other arbitrary period of time. How could we when every student is unique and develops according to his/her natural growth rate? That said, some of our STC adults and youths who began our program at age 10 or older have been able to move from white to Black Belt in 4-5 years. Students who began instruction at age 9 or under have typically taken longer to move through the belt ranks.