1. What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu?
Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea, Karate in Okinawa, and Kung Fu in China. Each of these martial arts has common elements, but each style was developed using different principles to maximise their effectiveness. In Tae Kwon Do, we generally use more leg techniques to give an increased reach advantage and to keep assailants outside their striking range. As your legs can deliver twice the amount of force to an attacker faster than the hands, a Tae Kwon Do practitioner may end a self-defence situation very quickly. In Karate they use more hand techniques, and in Kung Fu they use mostly arms.
2. At what age can my child start Rhee Tae Kwon Do training?
We accept children from the age of Year 1 attendance. At the age of 6 years, most children have a working understanding of the moral concepts and consequences of right and wrong. When teaching children martial arts, they must have a basic degree of maturity to control their actions; at 6, most have achieved this. In addition, starting children before they have learned the ability to keep their focus over an hour-long class can be a waste of time for both children and parents. Another potential problem is that by starting a child too early, you risk turning the child off martial arts training and all its long-term life skill benefits.
3. At what age would I be 'too old' for training?
Age is a relative matter depending on the mindset of the individual. Generally, we would say once in your 50s you are nearing the maximum commencement age, but this does not mean that 60 is too old. We have many Rhee Tae Kwon Do students, mostly Black Belts well into their 60s and beyond, training every week. We generally find people in their 30s and 40s to be some of the best students, as they have the focus to set goals and can organise themselves to achieve their targets.
4. Is Rhee Tae Kwon Do good for fitness and health?
Yes. Every class starts with warm-up exercises designed to increase your body's strength, coordination, balance, endurance, and flexibility. During training, we employ all the major muscle groups, giving you an all-round cardio workout. As we use a great deal of leg techniques (the body's largest muscle group), we significantly increase your ability to burn masses of calories, which assists with losing weight.
5. How much does it cost?
We do not have contracts or direct debits; you simply pay each calendar month at the start of the month. (You do not pay for months in which you do not train.) We believe people should train if they want to learn the art, not because they are locked into a contract or billing agreement. Our monthly training fees are the lowest, on average, that you will find anywhere in Australia due to the fact that we are Australia's largest martial art school. Thus, the larger Dojangs (Branches) support the smaller Dojangs. The Dojang Sabum (Branch Instructors) are all senior students; most have been continuously training in Rhee Tae Kwon Do for between 15 to 35 years each. The Sabum (Instructors) all have their own full-time professions and teach because they love the art, not to make an income. We teach to offer the community the multiple benefits of Rhee Tae Kwon Do training and to keep our art alive with the energy of new incoming students. Please call or email us for the child/student and adult monthly training fees.
6. What is the difference between Rhee Tae Kwon Do and other Taekwondo schools?
We need to start with a little background history. In Rhee Tae Kwon Do, we train in the original military style of Tae Kwon Do designed for unarmed self-defence. As a South Korean marine, World Master Chong Chul Rhee taught hand-to-hand combat to the armed forces and was selected to assist in the formalisation of the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Master Rhee is one of the twelve original Masters of Tae Kwon Do officially appointed by the South Korean government to spread their art across the world. Master Rhee is the founder and head of our school, and as such it is a traditional Kwan (school) employing traditional martial etiquette to ensure the safety of all students whilst training. Following the military method also gives students a systematic, tried-and-tested curriculum that supports ease in learning the art correctly and effectively. We offer students the security and future of being part of Australia's largest martial art school that spreads across the breadth of our country, as compared to being just a member of a local club or association. Students have the recognition of training under and being directly graded by the Father of Australian Tae Kwon Do, World Master Chong Chul Rhee.
7. What 'style' of Tae Kwon Do does Rhee Tae Kwon Do teach and train in?
We teach the original style of Tae Kwon Do that some refer to, in Korean, as "Chang-Hon." Our style is the Tae Kwon Do that the ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) derived from and that the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) went the sporting way from. All current Tae Kwon Do styles worldwide ultimately came from the same style we continue to train and persevere in within Rhee Tae Kwon Do.
8. Can I compete in tournaments with Rhee Tae Kwon Do?
No. Rhee Tae Kwon Do is a traditional martial art, not a sport. We train to perfect technique for self-defence applications, not for points or competition. We believe that, as opposed to the sport way, the traditional martial art way builds physically stronger and more mentally confident practitioners.
9. Can I cross-train in another martial art or martial sport?
No. The traditional martial art way is to owe loyalty to one master, and Rhee Tae Kwon Do follows this principle. In addition, we train for self-defence purposes where physical confrontations will be over very quickly, so it is vital to have a strong, reliable set of skills rather than be 'average' at many skills.
10. Can I transfer my belt rank (Kup or Dan grade) from another school/Kwan or Tae Kwon Do style?
No, but Master Rhee assesses every student on his quarterly grading visits to Perth, and if students have strong, adaptable skills and the correct attitude then they are upgraded accordingly.
11. How long does it take to become a Black Belt?
This is relative to a student's ability and dedication. Generally, about four years of continuously attending class twice a week as a junior belt/Kup and three times a week as a senior belt/Kup will see a student be ready to apply for a Black Belt grading under Master Rhee. Again, this depends on the individual. Only a small percentage of those that commence Rhee Tae Kwon Do training achieve Black Belt level, as training is far more than just kicking and punching. For those that have the determination and spirit, achieving Black Belt status is the commencement of learning the 'Art.'
12. Why does Rhee Tae Kwon Do have so many training centres/Dojangs compared to other martial art schools/clubs in Perth?
We have been established in Western Australia since 1970, with our first Dojang located at the University of Western Australia in Crawley. We are Perth's first established Tae Kwon Do school, so over all those continuous years of operation our school has steadily grown to cover most of the metropolitan area. Over the decades, our school has trained up to three generations of some Perth families.
13. Do you train weapons in Rhee Tae Kwon Do?
No. In Australia, members of the public may not legally carry weapons, but we do carry around our bodies and minds 24 hours a day, so they are the tools of self-defence we train to protect ourselves with. We do train against weapons and practise disarming techniques.
"Most people would say that the hardest part of martial arts training was walking through the Dojang door that first night, not knowing who or what to expect. Once you get through that door and find most people are just like you, but are simply at different levels of learning, it is not daunting. Remember that everyone in that Dojang wearing a white dobok (uniform) was once a beginner; they can all recall that initial awkwardness and will make you feel welcome. Training in Rhee Tae Kwon Do will be challenging but extremely rewarding and enjoyable; come along for a trial lesson and see if it suits you!"