Brighton Martial Arts FAQs

Simply, choose the right class for yourself and come along at least 5-10 minutes before the start of the class. You will be required to complete a registration form before you can join in (completed by a parent or guardian if under 18 years) wear appropriate clothing for exercise, such as jogging bottoms and t-shirt, we train bare foot, bring a bottle of water and you will need to pay for the class. Please see the ‘Getting Started’ page of the website. For class times, venues and prices.

No! You don’t have to be fit to start Taekwon-Do. The way in which we train within the club is to enable everybody, whatever level to be able to train together. Each person trains at their own rate and is encouraged by the instructor and by the group to develop and improve their fitness and their progress in Taekwon-Do.

The culture of the teaching at Brighton Martial Arts is designed to accommodate your personal goals.

Initially you should wear appropriate clothing for exercise such as jogging bottoms and t-shirt, we train bare foot. You will receive your training suit (called a dobok in Korean) after you have paid the one-off joining fee (see ‘Getting Started’). This is included in the joining fee.

Yes! It is possible to pay as you go, you are not required to agree to a minimum term contract. You can pay each class as you come along. However, to reduce admin and encourage regular, frequent training there is a price reduction if you pay monthly in advance and a further saving if you pay by standing order and maintain the standing order with no breaks. 

To see the payment options please see ‘class times, venues and prices’.

No! Apart from getting much fitter through training in Taekwon-Do you will greatly increase your flexibility. Although the majority of the martial arts techniques are hand and arm techniques, Taekwon-Do is famous for its spectacular and exciting kicks. As you train and learn these stunning Taekwon-Do kicks, part of your training will include the improvement of your flexibility.

Different clubs start children at different ages. At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do School we have one class for children aged 3-6 years and 7 classes each week for those aged 5-12 years.

You are never too old to start Taekwon-Do. The oldest student I have ever had start Taekwon-Do was 72 and I have had other students start in their 70s and train for several years.

Martial Arts is about the individual development and not about winning the world championships. Anybody of any age can benefit from martial arts classes and at Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do we especially work with the individual to reach their personal goals.

At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do School we have separate classes for children aged 3-6 years, separate classes for children aged 5-12 years and then separate classes for teens and adults.

No! We have several competitions each year a student can take part in. However, some students have no interest in competition and there is no pressure to take part.

At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do we hold the martial arts gradings approximately every 2 months. It is possible to do every grading for your first 4 gradings. This will depend on many factors; how often you train, how much practice you put in, if you have a natural ability at the movements and learning new movements. However, it is not a race and the most important things is getting each level to a good standard before moving to the next.

After the first four gradings then there is a minimum time period that increases at each belt level. This can be reduced by attaining an ‘A’ (advanced) pass at the previous grading.

We have a saying within the world of martial arts; “ it is better to be a good yellow belt than a poor green belt.”

This is a very big question, one very often asked.

This will vary very much from person to person. There are many different factors that influence how long it takes a student to earn their black belt in a martial art. The most important factor is if you enjoy the classes. If you stick with the training then it is almost certain one day you will earn your black belt. The average length of time is probably 5-6 years but some students earn their black belt withing 3-4 years and some will take 10 years or more. The culture of the teaching at Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do is designed to accommodate your personal goals and allows for all different levels.

An important aspect of training in a martial art is character development and so attaining your black belt should be a tough but achievable challenge. At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do this is very true.

At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do we do everything to make learning a martial art as safe as possible. Students are learning to defend themselves and it is important to test their knowledge, technical ability and progress in as real a situation as possible. Within the classes we have many different ways to practice the techniques and different sparring exercises to test your skills. Each person is tested at a higher gradient when they are ready to move up a level. Sometimes, but I am very pleased to say very rarely accidents happen. The worst a student can usually expect is just the occasional bruise.

The complete opposite is true. All the evidence shows that through training in traditional martial arts such as ITF Taekwon-Do makes people less violent. This is for many reasons, not least the student’s development in self-discipline and self-regulation and is demonstrated most in children.

At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do School we have seen many students develop to a high standard training just once per week, however, from experience, to make good and consistent progress in martial arts and for fitness it is best to train 2-3 x times per week.

One of the great benefits of training at Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do School is the number of classes we run each week. We have one class for children aged 3-6 years and 7 classes each week for those aged 5-12 years as well as 6 classes each week for teens and adults. Please see the full class list; ‘class times, venues and prices’.

At Brighton & Hove Taekwon-Do it is a very friendly atmosphere, a very typical Brighton atmosphere. Everybody talks to everybody and it is very socialable place to be. If you are nervous about coming along on your own, please, don’t be, there is always somebody as well as the instructor who will come up and chat to you. As well as the friendliness of the club just by the nature of the training you will quickly make new friends, many to go on to last a life time.

Classes change depending on many factors. A beginner can usually expect a warm-up followed by strength and stamina exercises. After the general fitness part of the class then we normally cover Taekwon-Do technique often followed by padwork or practical training aspects of Taekwon-Do. In many classes towards the end a student learns sparring, for a beginner this will be a basic level with absolutely no contact. At the end of the class we have the cool down followed by stretching. There is always a chance for students to ask questions at the end of the class. This is a general guide but I often like to add something new to the class or mix things up.

If you have a specific question that hasn’t been answered here, please email me: brightontaekwondo@gmail.com