Here are some of the most common questions. Email us is you have any other questions.
Gradings are conducted every 6 to 12 weeks depending on the region. Fees start at $60 for yellow belt and includes the cost of the new belt, certificate and examination fees. Little Tigers are graded in class and are not charged a grading fee.
Tuition fees vary slightly between all centres starting from $12.00 per week.
We have full and part time centres which are open from 1 to 6 times per week.
Our part time centres charge a monthly rate of around $50 to $60, which works out the most economical if training twice per week.
Full time centres which open 6 times per week charge slightly more due to the overheads, extra classes available and facilities involved.
When comparing tuition fees, it is important to compare quality of the instructor and not price alone.
Taekwondo is relative inexpensive to learn.
Apart from your tuition fees, there is an initial start up cost.
The Joining fee covers 12 months annual membership.
Annual Membership includes
- 4 lessons per year training at our headquarters with Master Michael Tan.
- Public liability and limited accident insurance
- Grading book
- Introduction DVD
Our uniforms are made from the highest quality fabric. All uniforms are fully embroidered.
Eventually every child will say “I don’t feel like going to class today”, or “I’m to tired” or even I don’t like it anymore. Your child probably doesn’t really mean that, it’s just that they don’t want to go to class right then. With your help and the help of us, your child has an opportunity to learn about determination and commitment. After class, they will feel good about themselves for having gone to class. Don’t worry about “pushing it on your child”. If you didn’t push them to go to school, they wouldn’t do that either. There’s a big difference between helping a child follow through on a goal and forcing something on a child. One good strategy is to make sure your child is doing something less interesting to him or her a half hour prior to going to class. For instance, a child doing homework or chores will usually jump at the chance to take a break and go to class. On the other hand, a child playing video games may not want to stop to go to class. If your child is outside playing with friends, is it any surprise that they don’t want to stop to go to class?
Another good strategy is to help your child set short-term goals when they begin classes. For example, each new belt level is a goal. Once they achieve that goal, their new belt, they can then decide if they want to continue with the classes, but with the understanding that there will be no quitting until the next belt is achieved. Usually a child is so excited to receive their new belt they would of course want to stay and learn their new material.
While the physical aspects of the martial arts are well known, they are but the tip of the iceberg. Confidence, Respect, Self-Discipline, a Positive Attitude and a never give up attitude are just a few of the character benefits inherent in martial arts training. While every student is unique and therefore develops at their own pace, these qualities usually start to appear in 2 or 3 months. We make participation fun so regular exercise becomes enjoyable and a habit. The martial arts are specifically designed to develop individuals with strong minds, bodies, and character.
While there are martial art styles that are better for certain age groups, as long as there is an interest, it is a good time to start. Remember to watch actual classes to get a feel for the particular style of martial art, teaching style of the instructor and atmosphere of the school. All of these are important considerations when deciding to start training in the martial arts. Most schools will start young children at 4 or 5 years of age.
No. Students learn self-restraint and discipline as part of the training. This is one of the great things about any martial arts training. Students are taught when it is appropriate to use what they learn. The martial arts tend to normalise students. If the student is too aggressive or too passive (neither state being optimal) they will be brought toward a balance.
We recommend two classes per week, plus a certain amount of practice time in between classes as the perfect level of training. This allows the student time to work on material between classes and become proficient before new concepts are introduced.
All our new students start in the beginner program to develop confidence in their martial art skills. Our students progress at their own pace. You cannot earn a black belt in a couple of months, it takes time, patience and perseverance. “Excellence takes time.” You do not have to be fit to start. Some students come to us in good shape, some others out of shape and most students come to us with limited flexibility.
It is important to realise that when you are looking for a good Martial Arts school, you are really looking for a good instructor. Every school is different because every instructor is different from school to school. Don’t get confused by the different martial art styles. The only style that matters is the teaching style of the instructor and how you or your child will respond to him or her.
You need to see an actual class to see how the instructor interacts with the students. Make sure you or your child participates in a regular class taught by the regular instructor. Remember, instruction in the martial arts is one of the most important activities you or your child may undertake. Take some extra time to be sure the school you have chosen is the best for you.
It is very difficult to put a value on martial art lessons. What value is the knowledge that you have the skills to protect yourself should the need ever arise. What is it worth to know that your child is developing the self-confidence and strength to stand up against peer pressure? And there is so much more. How do you put a price on that?
Fortunately, it’s good to know that it’s worth a lot more than it costs. Practically speaking though, never shop for the martial arts based upon price and location alone. Schools tend to charge what they think they are worth. At Tans we have an introduction of 3 lessons for $20. After the introduction you will be able to judge the value for on going lessons.
There can be a risk of injury in any kind of activity. However, Martial Arts training under the supervision of a qualified instructor is far safer than most other activities. To put things in perspective, let’s look at some statistics. Martial Arts training has had about:
a seventh less injuries than soccer
a fourteenth less injuries than football
a twenty-third less injuries than bicycling
and a twenty-fourth less injuries than basketball