Below are frequently asked questions when people are considering training with Hwarangdo Australia.
If you have a question that is not listed here, please ask your own question.
- When can my children begin training?
- Are there Hwarangdo classes for my age group?
- How many classes should I be attending?
- What should I expect during a class?
- What should I wear/bring to training?
- How fit and flexible should I be before I begin training?
- How is Hwarangdo different from other styles of Taekwondo?
- How will Hwarangdo benefit me?
- How long before I can grade?
- When can I start participating in tournaments?
When can my children begin training?
Children should be 5 years old before they can begin training. At this age, most kids have greater control of their body movements and co-ordination.
Please browse the Locations section to find out which Dojangs (training centres) hold specific classes for young children.
Some Dojangs may hold an early combined class where young children may attend, followed by a mixed class for intermediate and senior students.
Are there Hwarangdo classes for my age group?
We have classes that have been designed to cater for all ages and abilities. We have childrens classes to cater for kids from 5 years of age right up to mixed classes to cater for teenagers and adults.
We have 50 and 60 year old members still training with us!
How many classes should I be attending?
The more classes you attended the earlier you will develop the skills and techniques that are taught within Hwarangdo and Taekwondo. This will enable you to improve your ability to execute the techniques effectively without having to consciously think about each technique or each part of a technique.
Depending on your circumstances, you can attend once per week or seven days a week, however, it is recommended that you attend twice a week as a minimum.
What should I expect during a class?
Classes normally begin with a warm up. This may involve some light exercises followed by stretching. Students are encouraged to do some of their own warm up and stretching before a class starts.
There is a technical part of the class which involves core techniques demonstrated by the instructor. Every student will participate in this part of the class, with the techniques modified/replaced according to their ranking. Some partner training will also undertaken to understand the techniques more thoroughly.
There is generally a few minutes break for all students to recover and take on board some fluids.
After the break, student will practice compulsory 1-Step Sparring techniques and Poomse (patterns) appropriate to their ranking. Some free sparring and self defence techniques will follow.
Towards the end of the class there may be a physical conditioning period where students compete against each other.
Finally, students will do some cooling down stretches.
Our classes are fun and dynamic. All instructors will guide new students into the curriculum and the senior ranked students are always willing to help.
What should I wear/bring to training?
For your free trial lesson, please wear comfortable, loose fitting sportswear. No jewelery or shoes should be worn whilst training. Taekwondo training shoes are permitted.
Ensure you bring a towel, a change of clothes and water.
Members will require to wear a dobok (uniform).
How fit and flexible should I be before I begin training?
If you have any health concerns or problems, please consult your doctor before you begin training.
Beginners are exposed to techniques that will gradually increase their fitness and flexibility. Generally, a new student will notice an improvement in their overall condition within a month or two
New students will feel a significant improvement in their fitness, strength, flexibility and overall health by the time they grade for their first belt.
How is Hwarangdo different from other styles of Taekwondo?
Many styles of taekwondo nowadays focus heavily on the sports style. These styles will suit people who are looking to compete in tournaments. The sports style of taekwondo involves players to wear a red/blue chest guard, a head guard and other forms of protective equipment. Players then compete on a points based system.
Whilst Hwarangdo has specialised programs for students who are interested in tournament sparring, Hwarangdo draws from ancient combat techniques and we mainly focus on self defence and the martial art way.
How will Hwarangdo benefit me?
Hwarangdo provides many personal benefits.
On a physical level, students will feel improved physical condition, including improved strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, reflexes, muscle tone.
On a mental level, students will feel improved mental well being, including confidence, self esteem, concentration, mental discipline.
Many instructors have witnessed noticeable positive changes in the confidence, behaviour and discipline in the young children that train with us.
How long before I can grade?
You must be a member and be training with Hwa Rang Taekwondo for a minimum of 3 months before you can be considered for your first grading. This will give you enough time to learn the basic stances, punches and kicks of Hwarangdo and Taekwondo. Ask your instructor if you are eligible to grade.
When can I start participating in tournaments?
From Yellow Belt you can register yourself to compete in tournaments. Tournaments events include Full-contact Free-Sparring, Poomsae (patterns) demonstration and Breaking demonstrations. To participate in the Full-contact Free-Sparring competitions, you are need to attend tournament training classes. If you are interested in participating in Poomsae competitions, please let your instructor know so arrangements can be made for additional training.