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Frequently asked questions

On this page you will perhaps find some of the answers to what may be many questions you may have when thinking of joining Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo.

What are the main activities of the club?

Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo is very much a traditional Taekwondo club. Its activities are based on traditional basics, patterns (poomsae), light and controlled sparring and self defence Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo follows very strictly the BTCB syllabus.

What are the physical benefits of Taekwondo?

Increased Strength and Stamina boosting your energy so you can feel great all day long.

Improved Reflexes, balance and Coordination enhances your performance in all Physical activities.

Increased Flexibility throughout your body.

Can help with Weight Control for better overall health and fitness.

Great Cardiovascular Work Out may help you in good shape physically.

Stretching

What are the internal health benefits of Taekwondo?

Improved Concentration level for better work and study habits.

Stress Reduction and Increased Levels of Relaxation for a potentially longer, healthier Life.

The Peace of Mind that comes from knowing that you are potentially more able to Protect Yourself and Your Family.

Increased Self Confidence and Self Discipline to develop a positive attitude Toward life!

What are the social benefits of Taekwondo?

Great "family orientated" club, welcoming all ages and abilities.

Meet new people and friends.

Become more confident interacting with both single and groups of people.

Share an interest and a common aim.

Superb camaraderie and team spirit.

I am not really a "fit and flexible" person, will I be fit enough?

The thought of starting a new venture of any kind makes people nervous! and the same would apply when considering taking up a martial art. Many would have seen various types of martial arts performed by an “expert” (e.g. in films) and wonder if they would ever be able to do the same? – All martial artists have experienced the same feeling but found that, soon after starting, their nervousness has disappeared.

What do I need to purchase when, or before I start?

Other than your yearly licence with the BTCB, there is nothing to purchase before or when you start. Three to four weeks after your first training session, you will be required to buy a “Dobock” (white Taekwondo suit) and the Club Administration Manager (Norma) will advise you. You can, however, purchase the suit from day one if you wish.

When practicing self defence or free sparring (even without contact) the BTC, the Insurance Company and the BTCB require that all Students practicing Taekwondo wear full body protection for their own SAFETY. Such a requirement also applies to Carlton - Arena Taekwondo, even as a traditional (non full contact) Club. Please discuss this particular matter with the Instructor when you visit Carlton - Arena Taekwondo

You will be insured as soon as you take up a licence with the BTCB. Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo, as a club, is fully insured and so are the Instructors.

How many times a week would I need to attend?

All students should train twice per week in order to progress. Many train more often particularly when preparing for a higher grade.

How long does it take from white belt to black belt?

On average it takes four years for a Student to present him or herself for promotion to black belt first Dan. No one is, however, forced to grade rapidly and it may take a student longer.

Am I too old? are my children too young?

No one is too old to take up Taekwondo! as an example, the founder of Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo retired at the age of 74.

Children may start when they are five years old.

Does the club have a child care, and health and Safety policy?

Yes to both! The documents can be inspected at any time by a parent/carer or student.

All officials of Carlton-Arena-Taekwondo are Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checked.

Two child care officers have also been appointed.

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Page last updated : 1st January 2014