Village Taekwondo
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Taekwondo America?
A: Taekwondo America is a national organization with member schools across the United States. All the schools adhere to the same principles, standards, and procedures which guide the way the schools teach, promote students in rank, and project their image and reputation within the community.  Click HERE for more information.


Q: How old does a child need to be to start Taekwondo?
A: It depends on the child. Many five-year-olds demonstrate the maturity to pay attention during a 35-minute class and follow instructions well. On the other hand, some kids who are much older behave in such a way that shows they do not have the same maturity. It has less to do with physical ability and age than it does with willingness to try hard. That's one of the reasons we encourage everyone to try a free class first. And it's also why we added the Little Dragons program for ages 4-5. We expect all students to:
   . be able to focus and understand simple instructions
   . follow instructions immediately and with minimal reminders
   . treat all instructors and other students with respect and courtesy
   . treat the school and equipment with respect
   . obey safety rules
   . behave according to the Tenets of Taekwondo
   . handle bathroom needs without instructor assistance
   . try hard and participate in all class activities with enthusiasm


Q: How many times a week should my child or I come to class?
A: Students are allowed to attend any and all classes for their age and belt level every week, but we recommend 2-3 classes a week consistently for the best results. Setting a schedule and being consistent is important. It is better to do 2 classes every week than missing a week or two and then trying to make it up with 6 classes in one week. Students who do not come to class consistently often feel out of place and then do not want to come to class. However, students who do come on a consistent basis feel better and actually look forward to coming to class.


Q: What are the uniform requirements?
A:
Each martial arts student is issued an official Taekwondo America Uniform upon enrollment. All martial arts students are required to wear either their full uniform or their uniform pants with an HTA or Taekwondo America T-shirt and their belt. T-shirts other than HTA or TA may not be worn in class. When in full uniform, females must wear a plain white T-shirt under their uniform jacket and males do not wear any t-shirt under their uniform jacket. Anyone with hair below their ears must pull their hair back. Jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, watches and bracelets are not to be worn during class, testings or tournaments because they can injure you or your workout partners.


Q: Should students practice at home?
A:
There's a difference between a student practicing their form and/or one-steps at home in a safe space and trying to spar, punch and kick family members, friends and the furniture. Students should never spar outside the school or perform martial arts techniques that could hurt themselves or others (or your furniture).

And there's a difference between a student deciding on their own to practice their form and parents forcing kids to do their form over and over, or worse, trying to teach their kids based on what they've seen from the lobby. Parents, we know how tempting it can be to watch class, take notes and then try to "help" your child at home, especially if you feel they're not learning as quickly as other students. But that is one of the fastest ways to kill your child's desire to learn martial arts. As long as students are attending 2-3 classes a week consistently, at the beginner level, there is no need for additional practice at home.

At the higher ranks, especially Black Belt level, students are highly encouraged to practice their form (and old forms to work toward earning their instructor collar) at home in addition to participating in class at least 3 times a week.

We do not want students to injure themselves or a friend in an attempt to demonstrate kicks and punches they have learned in class. Breaking wood is never to be done outside of the school until the student is a senior blue belt belt and both the student and parent/guardians have been taught proper technique.

And, just in case you think it would be a great idea to have our instructors babysit or hang out with your child, so they can help them with their form outside of the school, that's one of the fastest ways for our instructors to lose their teaching collar.


Q: How do I find out what is happening in the school?
A:
Visit the website regularly and, if you typically drop your child off, stop in the school from time to time. The calendar and news page on the website are updated regularly with information about upcoming events and changes, including the testing schedule. We also post a list of upcoming events at the counter and on the front door. And there are often posters for the next event posted around the school, and we announce any changes and information about the next several events after each class. We're also on facebook.


Q: What if my child misuses Taekwondo at home or at school?
A:
Tell Mr. Weislogel IMMEDIATELY. While they understand that students can be a little over-anxious to share and show off, this can be dangerous. Please inform us as soon as possible so that we can take steps to correct the situation.


Q: What do the instructors expect from the students?
A:
We expect our students to give their best effort. Technique at the early stages of training is not as important as a positive attitude. If a student tries hard, is respectful and has a good attitude, they will develop better technique over time because they are listening and learning.


Q: How do the students earn colored "stripes" in class?
A:
Each stripe is earned in class for achieving a short term goal that breaks up the requirements for advancement from one belt to the next. At the higher ranks it may take longer to earn certain stripes because the form and other skills are more challenging.


Q: What is testing?
A:
Testing is a process where we evaluate the skills of the student to determine whether they are ready to progress to the next level of training. What is expected of students depends on the rank, age and physical ability of the student. What is required to pass testing increases dramatically as a student increases in rank. Little Dragons and White through Probationary Black Belts test every 2 months for a testing fee of $55 per testing. For First Decided Black Belt through 2nd Degree Black Belts, their testing fee is $100. If a student does not pass testing, you do not pay again to have them retest for the same rank, unless they have received 3 no-changes in a row for the same rank.


Q: How long does it take to become a Black Belt?
A:
It is mathematically possible to become a Black Belt in about 2 1/2 years. However, it takes most people longer to attain that rank. But remember, Black Belt is just the beginning, not the end, of serious training. Black Belt indicates that the wearer is a master of the basics and is now a serious student of the art.


Q: Who are the staff members?
A:
Mr. David Weislogel is the school owner and Chief Instructor at Village Taekwondo. Ms. Jessica Weislogel is a level 1 instructor and assists in teaching a few days a week. 

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Village Taekwondo - 8730 Moreland Street - Powell, Ohio - (740) 917-5028

Learn self-defense, build confidence and get in shape in 2012! 
Fun Martial Arts in Powell Ohio, located in the Golf Village Retail Center. 
Providing instruction students in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center, Worthington and 
Southern Delaware County.