Parallax Taekwon-Do FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I wear for my first class?
A: Anything you feel comfortable in! For children just something similar to their PE kit is fine. Adults should wear suitable clothing for exercise.

Q: Are the classes female friendly?
A: Yes. we have a good mix of males and females throughout all our classes.

Q: Do I need any previous experience?
A: No, beginners are always very welcome in our classes. You will find a very supportive environment within the class that will enable you to progress at a pace that builds a solid foundation of skills..

Q: Are any grades or skills that I achieve in the classes only recognised at the club or locally?
A: No. Parallax Taekwon-Do is a member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), a World recognised
professional organisation. Any grades that you achieve will be recognised worldwide, the ITF also provides the opportunity to participate in events and competions internationally.

Q: Are your Instructors Working with Children Checked?
A: Yes. All our Instructors are Working with Children certified. Our WWC numbers and relevant details can be given on request.

Q: Are your Instructors first aid trained?
A: Yes. All our Instructors are first aid certified. We attend regular courses to keep our skills updated.

Q: Can I bring something to drink during the class?
A: Yes, we highly recommend that you bring either a bottle of water or a sports drink of your choice. It is very important that you keep yourself hydrated during exercise. Regular water breaks are given during the class, or you are free to take on water when you require.

Q: What time should I arrive for the class?
A: We ask that students try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start. This avoids disruption to classes in progress and allows you to take part in the warm up, which physically prepares you for the fitness portion of the class.

Q: Will martial arts classes make my child aggressive or violent?
A: Quite the opposite. Children who have a positive outlet for their energy, who are taught self-control and who participate in activities that boost their confidence and self esteem, have proven to be calmer, less prone to violent outbursts and more adept at resolving conflict without becoming physical. They are also taught to understand that with acquired skills comes responsibility.

Q: What age is too young or too old to join?
A: We enroll students in our classes from the age of 6 years old. I have seen many people start Taekwon-Oo at a later age, even up to 70 years old. There are so many ways that you can benefit both physically and mentally from the practice of Taekwon-Do, no matter what age!

Q: Will I have to spar or compete at competitions?
A: Sparring is a part of Taekwon-Do. however, we make sure sparring is practiced in a controlled and safe environment. We never allow our students to be put in a dangerous situation. We attend many competitions throughout the year and it is the students choice if they would like to compete. There are many aspects of Taekwon-Do that students can benefit from, ranging from the fitness aspect through to gaining self confidence. Competing is not essential and we will never pressure students to compete.

Q: Do I need to purchase a uniform straight away?
A: No, You do not need to purchase a Dobok (practice suit) straight away. But you are required to have one after your first grading, which is usually around 3 months after you start training.

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Marc Fitzsimons
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0444 565 400

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What Does Taekwon-Do Offer You?

Taekwon-Do can give you the ability and confidence to defend yourself powerfully and effectively. Whilst learning the various techniques you will also be developing a high level of fitness, flexibility and self-discipline. Rarely does another martial art offer the same strong blend of intense body conditioning and defensive skill development. Training in Taekwon-Do is very enjoyable and can bring with it a range of benefits:

Self-defence skills - You will learn basic and advanced offensive and defensive skills which will increase your ability to defend yourself from attack by one or more opponents. Significant training time is spent on defending against knives and other hand weapons, and against multiple opponents.

Moral code - Courtesy and respect toward others is an important part of training. Mental and spiritual development goes hand-in-hand with physical training in Taekwon-Do.

Improved health & fitness - Taekwon-Do sessions contain cardiovascular workouts, callisthenics, endurance training and all over strength development. This promotes weight loss, muscle development and suppleness.

Confidence and self discipline - Almost all people training in Taekwon-Do say that their confidence has improved and that this positivity extends beyond training into other areas of their lives.

Social interaction - Getting the most from Taekwon-Do is often about group spirit and teamworking with other students to develop your skills. Mutual encouragement and the intensity of training makes for a friendly and positive class environment.

Taekwon-Do classes are generally 1-1:30 hours in duration. Special training classes and seminars may be longer. The classes are generally split into 2 or 3 phases with the first phase almost always being a warm-up/fitness regime. Training may be pad-work, patterns, technical kicking, blocking, weapon-defence, grappling, sparring and various other types of training to develop technique, accuracy, speed and power. Clothing should be loose-fitting and stretchable - for example tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt - and no footwear is required.

Brief History

Taekwon-Do means literally "The art of hand and foot". It was founded by General Choi Hong Hi (9th Degree) of Korea. Taekwon-Do gained official recognition on April 11th, 1955. It was developed as the result of many years of research into other martial arts and into the application of modern physics to blocking and striking techniques. The aim with Taekwon-Do was to develop the most powerful martial art in existence, and science was the tool used to make this possible.

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Who is Taekwon-Do For?

Taekwon-Do is hugely popular in Australia and around the world because it is very inclusive. Anybody who wishes to learn the art can do so, at a pace that suits you. Young or old, whatever your size or build, male or female - all can benefit from Taekwon-Do training. Children greatly enjoy Taekwon-Do training because of its high level of focussed activity. They tend to develop increased physical coordination, discipline and concentration which carries over into their other activities at school and elsewhere. Taekwon-Do emphasizes hard work and courteous behaviour from students without sacrificing fun and enjoyable training. Many people with disabilities study Taekwon-Do and gain greatly from it because training is flexible and geared to ability.

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Taekwon-Do Gradings

Gradings are the means by which a student progresses through the Taekwon-Do syllabus. These are testing sessions held every three months to assess a students readiness to promote to a higher grade or belt. Taekwon-Do belts are: White - Yellow - Green - Blue - Red - Black. Each colour belt has one stage in between called a "Tag" and black belts are graded from 1st to 9th Degree. Typical time from white belt to 1st Degree black belt with regular training is 4 years. Being part of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, any grades that you achieve with Parallax Taekwon-Do are recognised Worldwide.

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Patterns are various fundamental movements, most of which represent either attack or defense techniques, set to a fixed and logical sequence. The student systematically deals with several imaginary opponents under various assumptions, using every available attacking and blocking tool from different directions.

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Black Belt Sparring


Sparring is the physical application of attack and defence techniques gained from pattern and fundamental exercise against an actual moving opponent or opponents under various situations.

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Turning kick destruction


Destruction is part of the Taekwon-Do syllabus for promotion of adult students to their next grade level. The requirement to break boards starts at green belt and continues on through to the Black Belt levels.

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These techniques are not only the most interesting in Taekwon-Do but also the most advanced. They are, in every sense, for practical self-defense.

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