Frequently Asked Martial Arts Questions

Q: Could martial arts influence my child to be too aggressive?

A: At Chung Won Institute of Taekwondo (CWIOT), children and parents learn that martial arts is not an act of violence, but the art of how to handle oneself in a difficult situation. Aggressive behaviour is channelled into positive energy to increase the child’s self-esteem and build discipline and character.


Q: Will there be other beginners in my class?

A: Yes, at CWIOT you can expect to be grouped with students of similar rank and skill levels, but within a mixed group class which is comprised of all skill levels. This way, the newer students benefit from observing and learning from more experienced students.


Q: How can I choose the right martial art school for myself or my children?

A: Choosing the right school is an important decision. Not everyone can teach you or your loved ones. First, we recommend that you visit the school, interview with instructors or staff members and then observe a class or attend a trial class. It’s also important to check out the credentials of schools and head instructors to decide whether or not the program and school is right for you.


Q: Are Taekwondo classes safe?

A: All of Chung Won Institute of Taekwondo classes are taught with your safety in mind. We have a “no contact” rule for beginners and gradually teach kicks or punching techniques with full control. Classmates are partners, not enemies. Students interested in contact training for sports competition may do so at special classes under supervision and with the proper safety equipment. The chances of getting injured are very small since training is constantly supervised by our instructors.


Q: Could Tai Chi help me increase my energy level and yet relax and sleep better at night?

A: Just read what one of our newest students has to say about Tai Chi:

“I’ve only been taking Tai Chi for 4 months and I’ve already experienced an overall feeling of well being. I’ve suffered from insomnia for several years and I am now able to sleep well almost every night. Tai Chi has improved my flexibility and instead of waking up with stiff joints in the morning, I wake up relaxed from a good night’s sleep and with plenty of energy to get me through the day. I think having energy to spare is the most positive benefit of Tai Chi. I enjoy the classes immensely and believe it’s time for me to get in touch with my body, relax and tune out the world.”


Q: How can I choose the right Tai Chi school for myself?

A: Choosing the right school is an important decision. Not everyone is professional enough to teach you. First, we recommend that you visit the school, interview with instructors or staff members then observe a class or attend a trial class. It’s important to check out the credentials of the schools and head instructors to decide whether or not the program and school are right for you.


Q: Am I too old to learn Tai Chi?

A: For those willing to persevere, the benefits are amazing and are not diminished by the constraints of old age; in fact, there are many practitioners around the world in their 80s still teaching.


Q: Why should I learn Tai Chi?

A: The most important reason is that when you finally reach the place where you understand what life is all about, you’ll have the health to enjoy what’s left of it.

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