WELCOME TO IMPACT TAEKWONDO CENTER IN RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA
where learning Taekwondo goes hand in hand with learning skills for life
and where students learn to live a fulfilled life in accordance with the tenets
courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit
Q: How is Taekwondo good for character development when you teach students to fight?
A: All of our instructors have been practicing Taekwondo for years (yes, they are still students) and they role model the tenets of Taekwondo (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit) while they teach. Also, in our dojang, we do not tolerate any negative behaviors and we encourage personal growth and cooperation to reach goals. We also use a mentor-system, where higher ranking students help those who are beginners or junior ranking students. This also promotes leaderships skills and a sense of paying-it-forward, as well as cooperation and teamwork, while focusing on individual progress based on students’ skill level and mastery. We practice the five tenets of Taekwondo, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit and will teach our students to do the same.
Q: Why do you bow all the time?
A: Bowing is a sign of respect, this is why we bow when we enter or leave the dodging or step on the mat or before/after exercises with a partner or before and after sparring.
Q: What type of Taekwondo do you teach?
A: We teach Taekwondo in accordance with the guidelines of the World Taekwondo
Federation(WTF)/Kukkiwon based in Seoul, South Korea. This is Olympic Style Taekwondo.
Q: How many times can I or my child train per week?
A: You or your child(ren) can train as little or as much as you want in the classes that are appropriate for your or your child’s belt ranking and age. We recommend that you train at least two times per week for maximum benefit for you.
Q: How long will it take me to get a black belt?
A: If you train and meet the requirements set forth by the World Taekwondo Federation, it will take you about 3.5 to 4 years to earn your black belt. However, in many ways, Taekwondo is a self-paced training because you determine how often and how hard you train to meet the requirements to advance in belt ranking and with that, how long it will take you to earn your black belt..
Q: Is Taekwondo safe?
A: Like any other sport, there is always a risk of injury. In Taekwondo, there are many safe- guards to protect from injury, such as proper warm-ups and stretching and we were protective gear for sparring exercises in accordance with the requirements of the WTF.
Q: Do I have to go to tournaments?
A: No, you do not have to go to tournaments. However, we do offer and encourage participation in tournaments so students can demonstrate their skills, confidence and show the results of their hard work and have their moment to shine.
Q: What are your expectations for students?
A: We expect our students to follow the guidelines in our handbook, that they train hard and always give their best, which will also help their positive character development. We expect our students to encourage and help other students, and do so in a positive and polite way.
Q: Do I have to pay membership fees for other organization as a student in your school?
A: Only if you or your child wants to participate in tournaments.
Questions from Parents
Q: Why do you have a sign-in sheet for the students?
A: To monitor the hours of training required by the governing body to progress in belt rank.
Q: Does Taekwondo teach life lessons? What are really the benefits?
A: Taekwondo promotes discipline, a sense of motivation, perseverance and indomitable spirit to progess, manners, courtesy and respect, self control (physical and mental, mentorship and leadership, cooperation and teamwork, individual development, living a healthy life-style (fitness, strength and stress reduction).
Q: I don’t want to be a spectator of my child’s sports anymore, can I practice with my child? Can our entire family practice together?
A: Yes, of course you can and we encourage this for many reasons: you practice and learn together, it shows that you are a great role model for motivation and achievement and most of all, practicing Taekwondo together will allow for bonding creating great memories.
Q: At what age can my child start to practice Taekwondo and will my child participate in belt tests?
A: We believe that the best age for children to start their Teakwondo practice is four-years old. However, they are younger students who enjoy learning martial arts as well, it all depends on the developmental level of your child. With regard to belt testing for younger ages, if they are able to master the skills required then there is no reason for them not to test and advance.
Q: My child can’t focus, can Taekwondo help?
A: Yes, it can. Taekwondo practice requires focus and to learn the skills to advance to a higher belt rank because of the focus on repletion of skill that leads to mastery of skills. Students will focus on working hard to advance in belt rand, which are skills that students can transfer into school and work.
Q: My child has very little confidence, can Taekwondo change that?
A: Taekwondo promotes self-confidence in students of all ages. Over time, students will learn to master skills that are becoming increasingly difficult as they progress in belt rank. While new skills and techniques might be intimidating in the beginning, through repetition and positive enforcement and immediate feedback from instructors, students will improve their skill level, which makes them more confident to tackle new tasks, be those tasks inside our outside the dojang. .
Q: My child wants to learn a sport that he/she can be good at. Is Taekwondo good for him and will he/she be in a group?
A: Our instructors teach their students according to their skill level and students learn over time to be “good” to perform skills and techniques in order to advance to another belt level. Yes, your child(ren) will be practicing in a group with many different exercises, but our instructors will also get to know your child and you to be able to focus on the individual development of each student.
Questions from Adults / Seniors and Women
Q: I have no balance and like to do something about it, can Taekwondo help?
A: Yes, absolutely, Taekwondo can help. Teakwondo uses movements that require different stances and stepping distances that increase balance and a firmer step and better and safer walking. Additionally, Taekwondo teaches skills that require the whole body to be involved, which also improve balance.
Q: I am getting older and I am not flexible anymore, what can Taekwondo do for me?
A: In short, a lot. In the beginning you will take “baby” with regard to your flexibility, but our stretching and exercises will loosen you up and you will see changes and improvements soon. As with gaining better balance, the movements that you will perform will also improve your overall flexibilty.
Q: I see you offer Inter-Generational Training. How is that different from Family Practice?
A: In our inter-generational training class, older adults and children train together, while the children learn from older adults, improve their understanding of older adults and their learn to better socially interact with others. Older adults can gain motivation from younger individuals, feel less lonely and possibly less isolated and both groups can learn from each other.
Q: I am really not very fit at all, can I still practice Taekwondo?
A: Yes, you can. Students who start to learn Taekwondo come in all shapes and sizes and all kinds of fitness levels. Even though you might not feel that fit anymore, Taekwondo practice will increase your fitness level, overall strength and stress level.
Q: Am I too old to learn Taekwondo?
A: No, you are not to old. There is no age-limit that prevents you from learning this martial art, and students begin their practice at different age-levels.
Q: I would like to work out to get into better shape, but as I woman, I feel uncomfortable do ing so around men. Do you have classes that are just for women?
A: Yes, we do, for that reason especially. In our women’s class you find like-minded practitioners and the environment is non-judgmental and encouraging.
Q: Sometimes I don’t feel safe, what can Taekwondo do to help with that?
A: Taekwondo improves confidence and even the way your walk and your posture, and it teaches powerful kicks and punches as well as self-defense techniques, that will improve your sense of safety.