Frequently asked questions
Starting your journey as a taekwondo student is exciting, but it can also be a little daunting. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that may help. We also encourage you to talk to your instructors, fellow students and parents. Open and active communication creates a stable, supportive learning environment.
As a beginner, will I have sore muscles?
Yes, this is likely. Your body is communicating to you that it needs exercise and conditioning. Body strength and toning are lost through inactivity. Similarly, exercise strengthens and tones your muscles.
What should I do to lessen the pain of sore muscles?
Don’t skip class! Get the blood circulating in your muscles with simple stretching and light taekwondo conditioning. As your muscles become stronger they’ll adapt to strenuous activity.
What should I eat before and after training to become a healthier athlete?
Eat ‘living waters and live foods’. That is, foods high in water content such as fruit and vegetables. These are quickly absorbed by the body, require little energy to digest (which saves that energy for training) and convert quickly to usable energy. The water content helps with hydration before and after training.
How long will it take to get my black belt?
With consistent practise, it should take you about two-and-a-half years or 10 cycles to reach your black belt. Learn more about the journey to black belt with our TKD 360° Syllabus.
How many classes per week can I do?
We encourage you to do 2 to 3 classes per week. Joeys can do one visit per week but everyone else needs at least 2 classes for maximum physical and mindset results. You can train at any of our centres for one inclusive monthly or term fee.
Will I lose weight doing taekwondo?
Yes, very likely. Proper nutrition and exercise will reduce body fat and tone your muscles. If weight loss isn’t your goal, speak to us about tailoring a diet and exercise program to bulk up rather than slim down.
How can I improve my health and energy right now?
Practise ‘power breathing’. Breathe in to the count of 1, hold for 4 counts, and slowly release the breath to the count of 2. It really is as easy as breathing! Just remember the ratio of 1:4:2.
What kind of championships do you run and how often?
We hold club championships for all belt levels at least once a year. State and national championships for yellow belts and beyond are held twice a year for those interested in competition.
Can I join a demonstration team?
Yes, you could be invited to take part in demonstration team training once you’ve earned your black belt. Demo teams are a valuable part of our Beyond Black Belt Syllabus and something students look forward to.
What are black belt camps?
Special 3-day camps for black belts are a popular part of the Beyond Black Belt Syllabus and run every year for Juniors. Camps build friendships and confidence, and hone black belt skills. They’re run by our qualified instructors and YMCA staff at regional locations.
Do you have any other programs for adults?
Our HIIT 360° program is a unique 30-minute fitness class for members and non-members, combining high intensity interval training (HIIT) with martial arts and functional strength exercises. HIIT 360° fast-tracks physical and cardiovascular health, and even 15 minutes of intense effort makes a difference.
Can I organise a private lesson?
Yes, Hall’s Taekwondo private lessons are very popular. You can work one-on-one with a private instructor to hone a difficult skill, achieve a specific goal or just catch up on a class.
When do I get my membership card?
When you join, we’ll take a head-and-shoulders photo for your Membership Photo ID. Your card will be processed at Head Office and you’ll receive it next lesson. Use it from then on to scan and log your attendance for every class or visit.
Do you have social events?
Yes, of course. Our social events are never compulsory, but always fun. From dress-up days to open nights, we’re always happy to see you. Check News and Events for the latest social happenings at Hall’s Taekwondo.