What is Taekwondo?
Answer: Taekwondo is a martial art originating in Korea. An amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese, and traditional Korean fighting styles, Taekwondo has become the world’s most commonly practiced martial art, and is the national sport of Korea as well as an Olympic sporting event. Taekwondo is loosely translated as “the way of the foot and the fist”. Taekwondo popularity has resulted in the divergent evolution of the martial art. As with many other martial arts, Taekwondo is a combination of combat technique, self-defence, sport, exercise, entertainment, and philosophy. Today, there are lots of reasons to have pride in Taekwondo. It has spread throughout the world, and has become the most widely practiced martial. In the year 2000 Taekwondo became an Olympic sport. Through disciplined training, Tae Kwon Do improves both the mind and body, placing great emphasis on the development of personal character. Students are taught that self control, self discipline, kindness and humility must accompany their increased physical strength and ability.
What is Grappling and Jiu-Jitsu?
At Kelowna Grappling we have combined: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling, focusing on the very best from each art. Our lessons are focused on teaching the principles of the different arts, including self-defense, basic techniques, and to commit the core movements of Grappling and Jiu-jitsu to muscle memory. Grappling covers techniques used in many disciplines and martial arts that are practiced both as sport and for real life scenarios. Some of the Grappling techniques we focus on at Kelowna Grappling are the following: Clinch fighting, Takedowns and Throws, Submission holds, Pinning or Controlling Techniques, Sweeps, Reversals, Ground Striking and Escapes.
What is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)?
Kelowna MMA classes are great for people who are just starting out and looking for a new challenge. Our curriculum consists of No-Gi Jujitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Submission Wrestling, Taekwondo, and much more. This sport became most popular due to the introduction of the UFC, it is a full contact sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground. At Kelowna MMA we understand that not everyone comes to do MMA because they want to fight, but to get in shape and learn many different Martial Arts. We concentrate on clearly explaining techniques, having patients and are attentive to our students needs.
What to wear to class?
Answer: In Taekwondo class, all students must wear uniforms (dobak). In MMA class, all students must wear rash guard and fight shorts. In grappling class, all students must wear rash guard and uniform pants or fight shorts. If it is your first time trying the class then it is appropriate to wear a T-shirt and shorts or sweat pants. There is also no jewellery allowed so please remove all watches, earnings, and rings before you come to class.
How long will it take me to get my Black Belt?
Answer: In most cases it will vary from one student to the next, but on average it should take anywhere from three to five years.
What age do I have to be to learn Martial Arts?
Answer: Generally, students ranging from about 5 to 70-years-old (or even more) can do just fine — as long as they are able to follow basic instructions and have no overwhelming physical barriers. Certainly Taekwondo is a wonderful activity for young children, and our kids program accommodates kids as young as six.
Can Martial Arts make a child aggressive?
Answer: No. At Kelowna Taekwondo we build confidence and discipline through traditional guidelines which are taught by highly engaged instructors. Aggression can be channelled into a positive activity. Also, learning empathy for others is part of this martial art, so children are expected to grow kinder and more honourable through the practice, not less.
How Do I move up through the ranks?
Answer: Over a period of time, the instructor will make evaluations
of each student. Those who are chosen to be promoted will have to take a
formal test based on their physical techniques and mental attitude.
Because it’s important that students practice their forms and drills many
times before moving on, there are minimum standards for the number
of classes a student can attend before being allowed to test for a new belt.
If you have more questions or would like to watch a class, please come down to see us
and one of the instructors will be more then happy to speak with you.