Frequently Asked Questions
about Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts

Let’s begin by first answering some of the common questions new students have when getting involved with Tae Kwon Do.

Question #1: What is Tae Kwon Do and how is it different from other martial arts?

The different martial arts all originated in different countries thousands of years ago as forms of self-defense. Karate comes from Japan and Kung Fu from China. Tae Kwon Do is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts, making it ideal for improving kids' balance, flexibility, and endurance. It also provides a great workout for adults while teaching powerful self-defense skills.

Question #2: At what age do children start?

Our experience has shown that children ages four and up will be able to take the greatest advantage from Tae Kwon Do classes. Starting at age four, children are eligible to participate in our trial program, which allows our instructors to work with them one on one and evaluate their readiness for group classes. Our staff will then use their experience to recommend the best course of action for you to take with your child.

Question #3: Will they become more aggressive?

Absolutely not! All children are taught from the first lesson that a true "Tae Kwon Do kid" never misuses their martial arts skills. Throughout their training students are reminded that being physically and mentally tough doesn't allow one to be tough with others. Instead, Tae Kwon Do students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. The instructors at Master Cho's continuously remind students that Tae Kwon Do is a form of exercise and self improvement not a tool for bullying.

Question #4: Will I attend classes with my child?

Definitely! In fact many families are finding Tae Kwon Do to be the perfect family activity, combining an exciting workout with a new learning experience. At Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts you have your choice of attending a children's or adults' class separately or coming together as a group to our family class. Either way you'll have a great time and create a special family bond.

Question #5: How safe is it to learn?

Tae Kwon Do is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. Classes are taught by expert instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace. A thorough stretching routine, matted flooring, and protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety.

Once you do get started, here is just a short list of the benefits you can expect...

  • Tae Kwon Do is a great form of family fitness

    It's unlikely that your son or daughter could participate in the same sports team as you. And you would probably feel a little out of place if you joined in with your son or daughter's soccer team. Yet at Tae Kwon Do, every age of family member can train together side by side. This is a great chance to gain respect for each family member's abilities and an opportunity to learn from one another. As a parent, you will also be setting an invaluable example for your child about the importance of regular exercise.

    In addition, Tae Kwon Do combines the best of several forms of physical training. Stretching and calisthenics will improve your flexibility and balance. Kicking drills and partner work will improve your endurance as well as timing, and the different forms and curriculum requirements will improve your strength and muscle tone.

    Best of all, no two classes are alike. You and your children will appreciate the varied, high-energy workouts and be motivated to attend lessons regularly.

  • Tae Kwon Do is excellent at creating a strong family bond

    The pursuit of Black Belt excellence is a worthwhile goal that will bring your family closer together. It is likely that different members of your family will progress at different rates. As a result, you will have the chance to assist, coach and cheer one another on through the different requirements.

    You will also share the pride of seeing each family member advance and move on to a new belt. It is something that the entire family will be proud of!

    Many parents also appreciate the fact that Tae Kwon Do is based on the principles of courtesy, respect, and cooperation. They find that as a result of taking Tae Kwon Do, children are more well-mannered and behave better at home. They also tend to get along with their siblings and treat household chores more responsibly.

  • The Tae Kwon Do school is a great place to meet other positive people and good role models!

    As a parent, I'm sure you are always aware of the places your child goes and the people that surround them. Even when it comes to yourself, I'm sure you've always realized that the quality of people in your life often determines the quality of your life. At Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts, you can be confident that you and your family will be developing relationships with sincere, motivated, healthy families dedicated to self- improvement.

    You'll also be pleased to know that in addition to our regular classes, we also offer a full calendar of dynamic events designed to improve your martial arts experience and foster friendships among students. Our past years' events include an Annual Awards Banquet, Summer Picnic, World Class Championships, and board Break-A-Thon for charity. It's our goal to make our Tae Kwon Do school a valuable resource for your family, providing a place to exercise, socialize, and network. We are a "family club!"

By now I'm sure that you are interested in trying out Tae Kwon Do for your family. The best way to do that is through our trial program. The best way to try out Tae Kwon Do is through our Quick Start program. Please take a moment to read and fill out our quick start page, or call us at one of our convenient locations:

Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts
Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Centers, serving Glen Allen and Richmond VA

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