New students without prior training will start at the rank of White Belt. An Assistant Instructor or senior student will give each new student individualised instruction in the early stages of training.
Please feel free to consult your Instructor regarding scheduling or any other questions concerning beginners Classes.
Class attendance once or twice a week is generally recommended in order to learn effectively and develop the skills properly. Light training and stretching may be performed on a daily basis.
However, it is a good idea to allow a day of rest in between classes in order to allow your body to recuperate fully. If, for whatever reason, you cannot attend your scheduled classes, it is considered good etiquette to call your Instructor in advance to let him or her know that you will be absent or late.
Starting at the White Belt Senior level, students begin practicing the blocking defence drills. These drills are designed to enhance the development of self-defence skills by teaching the student how to apply movements learned in basics, patterns, and combinations to self-defence situations. In keeping with Taekwondo basic philosophy, these drills are non-competitive.
Students work with one another as partners, rather than against each other as opponents. Heavy contact or actually hitting another student is prohibited.
As covered in this section, the purpose of the Grading is to evaluate the student in order to provide for their progress. In keeping with our basic philosophy of human development, we want to emphasize that the promotional test is not a high pressure, win or lose competitive event. Rather, it is intended to be a positive learning experience for the child.
We ask that parents try to relay this as much as possible to the child giving your support and encouragement in order to ease some of the fear and nervousness regarding the test. Consult with the Instructors concerning any questions you may have about either the test or the testing procedure.
It is the sincere goal of Haktari Taekwondo to encourage children to excel, not only in Taekwondo but also in their school work as well. The concentration skills developed in class, along with encouragement from Instructors, usually brings a definite improvement in this area.
On Maintaining Your Child's Interest Level
Children, by nature, do not have the same level of commitment as adult students, and therefore tend to lose interest in taekwondo from time to time as in any other activity. In order to deal with this problem, here are some things a parent should consider:
1. It is important that the parent and the Instructor take an encouraging stand in not letting a child quit simply because they may be temporarily tired or bored with taekwondo. Gentle yet firm guidance is sometimes necessary in helping children realise the importance of following through with commitments.
2. Even though a child must understand that this is an important commitment, Taekwondo practice must never be made to become a chore. Parents should not put excessive pressure on a child to practice too much, nor too often. It is recommended that two to three classes a week are sufficient for progress, and that more frequent attendance is unnecessary, and can lead to problems when trying to balance taekwondo with a child's other activities.
The main idea here is that Taekwondo training should be fun, enjoyable, and individually rewarding in order for a child to stick with the programme. Excessive pressure to progress quickly and/or excel, will cause more harm than good, and is against the entire philosophy of our system.
3. If your child is having a problem with motivation, always consult with the Head Instructor who is trained in dealing with these matters. In this way, both parent and the Instructor can find the actual reason for a child's lack of interest, and work together towards re-motivating the individual and ensuring the child's continual progress.