• Frequently Asked Questions

    • Will Taekwondo help me lose weight?

      Yes! But this all depends, like any exercise program, on a healthy eating and regular workout plan. Your instructor will be able to greatly help you in this area if you are interested. For the 150-pound person, martial art activity will burn on an average of 680 calories per hour. For the 200-pound person, this number jumps to 819 calories per hour!

    • How long will it take me to earn my Black Belt?

      This answer depends on the student. Time invested in practice is the key. The more time one spends practicing, the better they will become. It will take the average student about 3 years to reach the rank of 1st Degree Decided Black Belt in Abishai Taekwondo. Some students will take longer, and some a little less, depending on the effort they put into the sport.

    • How many ranks of belts are there in Abishai Taekwondo (CBBA)?

      There are seven colored belts (White, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Brown, Red), as well as half-tone belts (White/Orange, Orange/Yellow, Yellow/Green, Green/Blue, Blue/Brown*, Brown/Red*, Red/Black*).  There are also seven degrees of the Black Belt.
      *denotes required half-tone belts

    • What does Abishai mean?

      Defeating your giants.

    • Will Taekwondo cause my child to become more aggressive?

      Quite the opposite actually. Children learn discipline and self-control through their practice of Taekwondo. The defensive nature of Taekwondo is continually reinforced in our classes. In many cases, the self-confidence gained by learning how to defend oneself will help a shy withdrawn child become more outgoing and confident. On the other hand, an aggressive child will become calm and respectful of others.

    • I would like to see my child’s confidence increase. Will Taekwondo really help?

      Yes. Our entire system is based on building self-confidence - from daily successes in class, to earning new stripes and belts, to breaking their first board, to the day they become a black belt. Confidence will soar not only in Taekwondo, but also at home, with friends, and at school.

    • What other benefits are there for my child?

      We insist that our students succeed outside of our classroom as well as inside. Unless our students do well in school and show respect to their parents, siblings, teachers, and other adults, they will not be allowed to continue in our program. We encourage parents to use our “Student Report Cards” as much as they would like. We want to do all we can to instill the qualities in your child that will carry him or her throughout their life.

    • Is Taekwondo for me?

      Yes! It does not matter if you are male or female, child or adult, we offer taekwondo classes for everyone ages 4 and up.

    • Am I too old to take taekwondo lessons?

      Absolutely not! You are never too old to start taekwondo as long as you are physically able to train. Of course, the older you get the more difficult it will be to do certain things, but the most important aspect of a training is that you feel good about the training and that you make progress on both a physical and a mental level.

    • I am not flexible at all! Can I still learn taekwondo?

      Yes you can. Flexibility is very practical for high kicks but it is not an absolute must. Speed has a big influence as well. You will see that using proper technique and speed, you will reach pretty high, even if you are not the most flexible in your class!

    • I am not very fit…will that be a problem?

      No, start training right away! Taekwondo will help you to become fit in a (relatively) short amount of time.

    • Will I ever be able to do the splits?

      This answer depends on several variables. First of all, some people are naturally more flexible than others. However, everyone, adult or child, male or female, provided they don’t have any defects in their hips or lower back, can get a split. It can take students between six weeks to six months or more of consistent, dedicated practice and stretching to get comfortably into a split. Both pre and post workout stretches are an excellent tool to gain flexibility.