Frequently Asked Questions...
What should I wear? Do I need a uniform?
Be comfortable! Lightweight stretchy fabrics, such as gymwear or sweats will work just fine. We do work out barefoot, so please trim toenails for safety.
Is there a chance I'll get hurt?
Red River Taekwon-Do takes student safety very seriously. No horseplay is allowed, and everyone will receive instructions on proper form. However, we can't promise you won't get a bump or bruise at some point. We do hands-on self defense, light contact sparring, breakfalls, jumping, midair/flying kicks, rolls, and many other activities that can cause injury if not performed correctly. Accidents can happen, but we carefully monitor every class, and provide consistent instruction.
What are the belt ranks and colors?
10th gup - white belt
Do I have to participate in tournaments?
Yes, in order to be a well-rounded Taekwon-Do student, you must participate in tournaments. Tournament events typically include Patterns, Sparring, and Breaking. Some tournaments also include events such as self defense, speed kicking, blindfold patterns, etc. Red River Taekwon-Do typically hosts a tournament each year.
What should I expect for my first class?
Come ready to work out and learn! Trying a class will give you a much better idea than watching a class. Our classes include an opening ceremony, warm-up, instruction on 2-3 different aspects of Taekwon-Do, cool-down and closing ceremony.
Do I need any special gear?
No special equipment is needed, although Taekwon-Do uniforms are very comfortable and allow freedom of movement. Uniforms are required prior to participating in a formal Taekwon-Do event, such as a belt test, tournament, seminar, or camp.
Who can participate in classes?
Anyone who has access to the Choctaw Wellness Center is welcome; due to class length and size, students should be age 10 or older. A waiver is required to participate.
Do you do full contact sparring? Is this like MMA?
At no point do we teach or allow full contact sparring, nor do we practice Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). White and yellow belt students will practice "no-contact" sparring as they learn techniques, safety and coordinated attacks and defenses.
Can I get private lessons?
In special situations, private lessons may be available. Contact the instructor for more information.
How much do classes cost?
There is no charge for our classes. Students have the option of simply working out, or learning more advanced techniques and progressing through the Taekwon-Do ranks. Each belt rank test costs $35 to cover certification fees, belt, breaking materials, test board, etc. Students generally test every 3-6 months, depending on attendance, aptitude, and practice outside of class. Students may purchase a Taekwon-Do uniform through the instructor for $35; it includes jacket, pants, white belt, Red River Taekwon-Do patch and USA flag patch.
I have some previous training. Can I join your class?
Sure! If you've trained in another martial arts style, or even had Taekwon-Do training in the past and would like to join our class, please come watch a class or try it out!
What is Taekwon-Do, anyway?
According to founder General Choi, Hong Hi, "Taekwon-Do is the mental training and techniques of unarmed combat for self defense as well as health. It involves the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet for the rapid destruction of a moving opponent or opponents."
Do you have kids' classes?
Due to time constraints, we do not offer kids-only classes. Our classes are appropriate for age 10 and older, and include adults of all ages. It's important that we provide a safe, focused learning environment for ALL of our students, and we aren't able to give younger children the attention they require.