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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to become proficient in Tang Soo Do?

The time it takes to become proficient varies with each individual depending on the effort they put forth. At Keystone Martial Arts, students are very often amazed by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as three to six months. This training will give you the confidence that comes with knowing you can defend yourself in most situations. Your real goal, however, should be to attain the rank of Black Belt. This level of proficiency typically takes about three to four years. This too, though, will vary depending on your level of effort and commitment.

Will there be other beginners in my class?

At Keystone Martial Arts, students will train primarily with other students of the same rank and general age. Beginners are no different. Your first week or two of classes will be spent with other beginners learning the basics. Beginners are welcome at any time and frequently get one-on-one training with an instructor for their first few classes.

How many classes should I attend?

Our classes are held multiple times per week. It is recommended that you participate in all classes, plus a little extra practice time on your own between classes, in order to maintain a certain level of understanding. This allows the student time to work on material between classes and become proficient before new concepts are introduced.

Will my classes be safe?

Yes. All classes are strictly monitored by the instructors to ensure complete safety.

What about sparring?

All students interested in sparring are required to wear protective equipment (head, foot, and hand gear, mouthguard, and protective cup for boys) Sparring is allowed ONLY under the direct supervision of a certified instructor.

Are there any age limits?

Children aged 4 to 6 are eligible to join our Little Dragons program. Anyone 7 years of age and older is welcome to join our traditional classes. Children will train in a separate group, but in some cases may also train with the adult students. There is no upper age limit. As many senior citizen black belts have shown, it is never too late to start.

Will the martial arts make my child overly aggressive?

Children are taught that the martial arts are not to be used as an offensive weapon, but rather only to defend oneself in certain situations. Aggressive behavior is channeled into assertiveness to increase the child's self esteem, increase self-discipline, and build character. Our program also helps the shy child to develop self-confidence and become more assertive. Studies have shown that, on the average, children who study martial arts are actually less likely to get into fights.

Will I learn useful self-defense?

Absolutely. Practical self-defense is an important part of training in Tang Soo Do. How to roll, fall, break out of a hold, use joint locks and manipulation, and defend against weapons are some of the aspects of self-defense taught for real life situations. Students will learn techniques that will help them defend against larger, stronger attackers, and advanced students learn techniques to defend against multiple attackers.

Do I have to be an athlete to train?

No. Everyone trains at his or her own level. If you are not used to hard physical training, that's fine. You will find that your strength, endurance, and flexibility increase steadily as you work out. If you are a conditioned athlete however, don't worry; you will get a good workout. We welcome students of all backgrounds and abilities. People who are physically challenged are encouraged to join. Tang Soo Do is very much a personal art.

Do I need any experience?

No previous experience in the martial arts is required. All you need is the desire to learn. However, we welcome students of any martial arts background.

Do I have to buy a uniform?

Not right away. If you enjoy the class and continue to train, you will be required to purchase a Martial Arts uniform. You are welcome to 'shop around' for an approved uniform, but we offer them at a discount at the studio with the proper patches and printing.

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