Bowing is a way to show respect. It is comparable to a Western handshake, not worship. There is no religion in taekwondo. However, you must bow to your instructors and to other students to show that you respect them. They will also bow to you to show you the same respect.
We typically find the opposite to be true, for a number of reasons. Our goals for our students include:
- Improving self-discipline to help them make better choices to try to avoid conflict
- Developing the self-control to resolve problems as peacefully as possible
- Increasing their self-confidence
- Understanding and living the values of the Tenets of Taekwondo
We teach a practical, responsible self defense program. Children learn that martial arts is not about violence but about developing skills they can use safely in a tough situation. Any aggression the child brings in to the program usually disappears with continued training and increased self-esteem.
We take students as young as 4 1/2 years old but it depends on the child. Just because a child has reached the age, doesn’t mean that a child is ready to start martial arts training. Many five-year-olds demonstrate the maturity to pay attention during a 45-minute class and follow instructions well. On the other hand, some children who are much older behave in such a way that shows they do not have the same maturity. It has less to do with physical ability and age than it does with willingness to try hard and be respectful. That’s why we encourage everyone to try a complimentary class first. We expect all students to:
- treat all instructors and other students with respect and courtesy
- be able to focus and follow instructions
- treat the school and equipment with respect
- obey safety rules
- try hard and participate in all class activities with enthusiasm
You are never too old to start taekwondo, as long as you do not have existing joint or back problems. Properly taught, taekwondo does not usually create injuries, but it can exacerbate existing conditions.
You will receive a free uniform when you join.
- Annual membership and insurance for Taekwondo Australia
- A monthly membership fee
- Testing fees
- The cost to purchase sparring gear
- Replacement uniforms or gear
Optional expenses may include:
- Tournament entry fees
DOS Taekwondo students must pass a test to earn a higher rank. We hold a testing every three months. Parents and friends are invited to come and watch. No classes are held on testing days. After a successful testing, the student is awarded a new rank and given a rank certificate in class.
This depends somewhat on your age (young children take longer), your abilities, and how much time you can allocate to classes and personal workouts. It takes most students 90 – 120 hours, spread out over 15 – 18 months of in-class training under the supervision of a Certified Instructor to achieve the rank of 1st cup. At this point, self-defense should be automatic and instinctive. After Red Belt it takes another 6 months to earn the rank of First Degree Decided Black Belt. At this point you have mastered the basics. There is much, much more to learn.
Yellow belt level, and yes, you do. To learn how to defend yourself, it is important to practice against a moving opponent, similar to a real confrontation. Students develop enhanced reflexes, quick judgment, timing, and distancing. Our students begin learning to free spar at yellow belt, about 6 months into their training. It’s better to learn to block, punch, and kick without hurting ourselves before trying the techniques on moving targets. Then we learn how to spar using respect and good control. Sparring is always supervised closely by the instructor, and students are required to wear protective gear.
Contrary to popular belief, Tae Kwon Do is not just for the boys. At DOS TAEKWONDO 55-60% of the enrolled students are female. Some of our best martial artists, including instructors and assistants, are female. Because taekwondo is a kicking art, it is particularly effective as a practical self-defense program for women and children.
While completely optional, the next tournament is always much-anticipated! DOS Taekwondo competes in inter-school, state, national and international levels of competition. Our students always do exceptionally well at these events, taking good sportsmanship with them and bringing home trophies and medals!