We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. If after reading this you still have questions, simply call us at 416-755-5993 or e-mail us at 5104@itf-toronto.com.

 

Frequently Asked Questions Answered Below

• What do I need for the first trial class?
• I’m not in ideal physical shape at this moment in time. Are there prerequisites for training?
• Is there a minimum / maximum age limit for training Taekwon-Do?
• Who are you affiliated with?
• I have trained in another style of martial art. Can I maintain the rank I achieved if I train at your school?
• I have trained in another style of Taekwon-Do. Do I need to acquire a new uniform?
• I am an ITF student visiting Toronto. Can I train at your do-jang?
• How long does it take to achieve a first degree black belt?
• Are there tournaments available?

 


 

Q: What do I need for the first trial class?
A: Clothes suitable for training (e.g. gym pants, t-shirt) short toenails and fingernails and all jewelry removed. Please do not wear jeans or cargo pants.

Q: I’m not in ideal physical shape at this moment in time. Are there prerequisites for training?
A: As long as your physician has cleared you for physical activities, we have no other prerequisite. Our training is rigorous and intense, however through our traditional and disciplined environment, we work with students to bring them to the level they are seeking to achieve.

Q: Is there a minimum / maximum age limit for training Taekwon-Do?
A: We typically admit students from age six and up. We find that many students younger than six tend to copy and mimic rather than learn. This approach sticks with them and as the techniques become more complicated they become frustrated and quit. Although we have admitted students younger than six, this is at the discretion of the instructor following an evaluation following the two trial classes. As for a maximum age, as long as your physician has cleared you for physical activity, we have no age limit!

Q: Who are you affiliated with?
A: Globally with the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), which means that ranks achieved at our do-jang are valid in over 120 countries. Nationally, with the Canadian National Taekwon-Do Group.

Q: I have trained in another style of martial art. Can I maintain the rank I achieved if I train at your school?
A: If the patterns and overall theory taught in the style you previously studied are in line with our training, this is possible and has been done before. You will need your previous instructor’s contact information as well as your current rank certificate. After Master Caputo performs an evaluation of your technical level, he will let you know your options.

Q: I have trained in another style of Taekwon-Do. Do I need to acquire a new uniform?
A: All of our students are required to wear official ITF uniforms.

Q: I am an ITF student visiting Toronto. Can I train at your do-jang?
A: Absolutely! We often host traveling students and find that training with ITF students from other schools enriches the training of all involved, traveler and host alike. Simply send us an e-mail at itf.toronto@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming!

Q: How long does it take to achieve a first degree black belt?
A: The answer to this question will vary between styles and schools. Our three decades of instruction has shown that it takes an average of four to six years of regular training (twice a week) for a student to have the sufficient technical, physical and mental ability to successfully pass a first degree test. Rank promotion is based solely on ability and character, not time trained.

Q: Are there tournaments available?
A: Every year there are local, provincial, national and international tournaments available for our students. All of our instructors have competed, many with international and world-level competition experience.