FAQs

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How long does it take to get a black belt?

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It takes about three years to receive a black belt

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How many classes per week should I attend?

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We recommend 3 classes per week with a minimum of 2, plus a certain amount of practice time in between classes as the perfect level of training. This allows the student time to work on material between classes and become proficient before new concepts are introduced. Unlimited classes are available at no extra cost. The more you practice, the better your skills will be !

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Will there be other beginners in my class?

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Starting your training at UMS Martial Arts is easy! You will be taught separately from the main class with personalized instruction at your own pace. In addition, we will also assign you a “buddy” so you can quickly learn about the school from an experienced student. You will feel at home here in no time at all.

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Will UMS Martial Arts program make my child overly aggressive?

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Children are taught that martial arts is not to be used in aggression, but rather to defend oneself in a problematic situations. Aggressive behavior is channeled into assertiveness to increase the child’s self esteem, increase self discipline, and build character. Our program also helps children who tend to be shy to develop self confidence and become more assertive.

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Will my classes be safe?

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Absolutely. All classes taught at UMS Martial Arts are strictly monitored by our certified instructors to ensure complete safety.

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What about sparring?

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You will learn safely through a step-by-step systematic method of gradually learned sparring strategies. In addition, all students are required to wear a complete set of safety equipment. Consequently, the chance of injury is very small. At UMS Martial Arts, sparring is easy to learn and lots of fun.

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How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient?

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The time it takes to become proficient varies with each individual depending on the effort they put forth. Students are very often amazed by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as six months. This training will give you the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations. Your real goal, however, should be to attain the rank of Black Belt. This level of proficiency typically takes three years. Once again, however, this will vary depending on your level of effort and desire.

Relatively, Hap Ki Do takes much longer to be reasonably proficient compared to Tae Kwon Do.  The reason, being very obvious, is that there is lot to learn in Hap Ki Do; check a Typical Day in Hap Ki Do Class in the Hap Ki Do section to understand what you would learn and the time you would devote.  A minimum of first Degree black belt will ensure proficiency in basic skills of Hap Ki Do.

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What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, Karate, and Kung Fu?

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Nationality. Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do originated from Korea, Karate is from Japan, and Kung Fu is from China.

Often “hard” and “soft” are terms used to distinguish the differences, yet all have the same common goal-to accomplish strength in mind and body, to create confidence and peace.

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Why do martial artists bow?

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Bowing demonstrates sincerity and respect along with the deep appreciation of oneself and of others. It also teaches us to be humble while training to become strong and confident in both body and mind.

Bowing is simply an Eastern form of greeting. It is equivalent to the Western handshake.

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Why do martial artists yell?

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Yelling has several purposes:

Develops physical and mental strength, while gathering Ki energy.

Breaks an opponent’s concentration, and is used to communicate with a partner in a group practice

Yell practice must be from the abdomen (dan jun), which we call “energy field”.  There are specific breathing techniques in Hap Ki Do that emphasize the concept of yelling.

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What can you benefit from studying Tae Kwon Do or Hap Ki Do ?

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Self-Defense……Since Hap Ki Do & Tae Kwon Do requires use of legs, which are longer and 3 times stronger than the arms, and by using joint manipulation, your body becomes an excellent self-defense weapon.

Self-Confidence……Since you are required to fully master the techniques at each level before moving up to the next rank, you’ll be rewarded with self confidence and satisfaction of achievement whenever you move up each level.

Self-discipline……Since Tae Kwon Do requires full concentration and focus at each step of the way, you’ll find yourself more disciplined that before.

Weight control…..Since Tae Kwon Do is an excellent cardiovascular activity, your muscles will be lean and toned. You get good exercise and lose weight at the same time!

Respect for others….Since Tae Kwon Do came from a culture where they highly value respect, adults and children will learn this important concept.

Positive attitude….Since Tae Kwon Do teaches a “Yes, I can !” attitude, you can use this philosophy in your daily life.
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