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Welcome to the Shirley Tae Kwon-Do Club. Now that you have become a member you will probably have a few questions that you would like to ask.

As it can be difficult to approach people that you don’t feel you know yet, we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions below.

If your query is not here, please do not hesitate to speak to any of the senior grades or the instructor, who will be more than happy to help you find the answers you are looking for.

What does Tae Kwon-do consist of?
Tae Kwon Do consists of three basic elements- Patterns, Sparring & Destruction. Patterns are the artistic form of Tae Kwon Do. Sparring is the fighting element and Destruction is the highly skilful breaking technique performed by black belts.

How often can I train?
You can train as many times as you like.

Where can I train?
You can train in any TAGB school in your Area (prior permission should be obtained from the relevant instructor), providing that you train twice a week with your own instructor.

What do the different coloured belts mean?
The different belts show what level or Grade you have achieved in Tae Kwon Do. Each belt colour has two levels, one plain & one striped. The strip shows you are between two belt colours, working towards the colour of the strip. These levels are also called Kups, with a white belt being a 10th Kup and a black strip being a 1st Kup. Once you attain black belt status, these become Dans, starting with 1st Danand working up.

What is a Grading?
A grading is an examination to determine whether you have learnt & developed the required skills of your belt and are ready to proceed to the next Kup. There is a fee of £26.00 for each colour belt grading that you take. All grading examinations are carried out by 9th Dan grading examiners.

How often must I Grade?     
On average there are between 3 to 4 gradings a year, however your progress is monitored by your instructor through pre-grading lessons before an actual grading. Your instructor will assess and determine whether you should grade.

What is my licence for?
Your licence is your membership to the T.A.G.B. and the B.T.C. (British Tae Kwon Do Council) and means that you are insured as a member of these organisations. Should you injure yourself or other members through practicing Tae Kwon Do you will be covered through a schedule of liabilities. It also is an official record of all your gradings taken and also provides useful theory information. All students who train must hold a current membership licence, currently the cost of which is £36.00 for the year.

Do I have to spar?
Sparring is not part of the grading syllabus until you reach Blue Stripe (5thKup). However, many people like to spar very early on in their training. There are 2 distinctive types of sparring called "Point and Continuous".

What equipment do I need?
If you are going to spar you will need a full set of approved protective equipment. This consists of a helmet, hand and foot pads, shin pads, gum shields and for males a groin guard.

Where can I buy equipment / Clothing?
Any advise on equipment can be obtained from your instructor and anyequipment or clothing you need can be purchased through your club.

Can I enter competitions / Tournaments?
Once you have taken your first grading, you can enter tournaments for both patterns and sparring. Details of each tournament are given out during class, via the website or on the club’s facebook page. Please make sure that you keep yourself informed through any or all of these sources.