Class Information

 

Students and instructors at Hups TaeKwon-Do in January, 2011

 

Class Schedule

Both classes are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday.   The PeeWee class begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 7:30 PM.   The All-Ages class begins at 6:30 and ends at 8:00 PM.   You should be in your uniform and ready to go before class begins.  Each class starts with stretching exercises so you do not need to stretch before class unless you wish to.  The classes are run through the City of Westminster and registration for the classes can be completed at The MAC center (where the class is run) or at any Westminster Recreation Center.   The classes are scheduled every month but the TaeKwon-Do teachings are continuous...meaning that you will continue with your training regardless of the monthly class cycle.  This is important since it takes a minimum of three months training to be eligible for advancement to the next level.   The monthly charge for the class is dictated by the City of Westminster.  Click here to see if class has been cancelled due to weather, holidays or other reasons.

Class Etiquette

Class etiquette (manners) is a very important aspect of TaeKwon-Do.   TaeKwon-Do is a para-military discipline and as such, certain classroom (Do-Jang) requirements are maintained.   While common courtesy combined with common sense should be exercised, other manners will be maintained as well.   These may vary slightly between Do-Jangs but the fundamentals are the same and you will learn ours over time.   However, here are a few that you should know immediately:

  • Refer to others by Mr/Mrs/Ms if you know their last name.  If it is not known, refer to people as Sir or Ma'am.
     
  • Always stand at attention, then bow into the Do-Jang when entering or exiting.

  • Stand at attention when addressing someone of senior rank - even those younger than yourself.

  • Never argue with your seniors or instructors.   Discussions can occur after class with a sense of mutual respect.
  • Remain focused and in a "listening mode" when in conversation.   No fidgeting, talking or disrupting the class!

  • Remember, common courtesy and common sense will never get you into trouble.

  • Follow the Golden Rule.

 
Uniforms (Do-Baks)

This is easy...when working out, we require participants to wear clean, properly maintained Do-Baks.   However, we recommend that new students wait a while before purchasing a Do-Bak to see if they wish to stay with TaeKwon-Do.  The Do-Bak is an additional expense -- discuss Do-Bak information with your instructor (sizes, prices, etc).   Also, please do not wear any jewelry (rings, earrings, watches, necklaces, etc).   It's not that we don't like jewelry, it's just to prevent it from getting broken and to prevent any unwanted injuries.  You Do-Bak cannot be worn as a Halloween costume!  If you wish to wear a T-shirt under your uniform top when working out, it should be white only.

Class Testings

Once you feel you have mastered the requirements for advancing, at least 3 months through most color belt ranks, you must ask permission of your instructor to test for the next level (belt rank.)  Testing is very exciting and you will be supported and cheered on by all of the other students and your instructors. Testing is NOT a right...it is a privilege...and one that should not be taken lightly.   The testings are a chance for you to show your proficiencies in front of other students, a testing board (consisting of black belts), your friends and family members (remember to invite them in advance!).

There are fees associated with testings and these vary depending upon which belt rank you are attempting to achieve.  

A Black Belt testing

Testings typically occur the first or second week of every third month.   The current testing months are March, June, September, and December.   There is an additional fee associated with testing that varies based on the belt rank for which you are testing.

For additional information regarding testings, fees, etc., please talk with your instructors.


Class Banquets

In an attempt to enjoy your successful testing and make it even more memorable, our class has a banquet approximately 2 weeks after each testing.   It's a great way to relax, chat with others, and take pride in your success.   At the banquet, you will receive your advancement certificates and belts.   In addition, the senior ranks often get together prior to the banquet and discuss which students have demonstrated, through their actions in and outside of class, the tenets of

TaeKwon-Do -- remember Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit?  If they have felt you have really demonstrated one or more of these, you may also receive recognition for this at our banquets.

The banquets vary every time....it might be a pot luck dinner, a catered dinner, a dinner at a local restaurant, or even cake & ice cream.   Unless you are independently wealthy and would like to pay for the entire class, these functions are "Dutch-treat" -- pay for your own meals.   We will let you know the who, what, where, when, why information after testings.   Also, any suggestions or ideas you may have regarding the banquets is more than welcome.  The dress code for students at banquets is casual street clothes but they should be neat and clean.  Students receiving certificates should not be dressed sloppily or too casually!

Tournaments

There are also many tournaments each year in Colorado and across the United States.  These are exciting and well organized one day events where you will have a chance to compete against others with similar rank as you in patterns, sparring and breaking.  You can choose which of these events you wish to compete or you can compete in all three.   It is a great opportunity to meet people from other classes and develop new friendships and bonds with others who are enjoying the same experience as you!  Hups TaeKwon-Do students are known to be great competitors and win many awards at virtually every tournament they enter.  

Students in the class are highly encouraged to participate in at least one tournament each year (they are a ton of fun so more tournaments is even better!).  Each year the Traditional TaeKwon-Do Alliance holds its annual Fall Championship Tournament (usually in September).  It is an open tournament which allows our students an opportunity to compete against other organizations and styles as well as against other students in our class.

Patterns are one of the key events during a tournament you will be able to compete in if you wish.  In a patterns competition, two competitors will each perform their pattern simultaneously.  A panel of judges will determine which competitor completed the pattern best with the fewest mistakes and that competitor will be able to continue by competing against the winners of the other matches.  Judges will be looking for such things as good technique, power, correct balance and timing among other things.  One of the great things about competing in patterns is that you can practice your patterns at home or the office at just about any time - you don't have to wait for class to practice!

A Patterns Competition at a Tournament

To compete in sparring, you will need to have a complete set of regulation pads (hands, feet and helmet for Pee Wee's and Juniors), a mouthguard and boy's are required to wear a cup.   Most of this equipment can be purchased directly through the class or at many other locations including the internet.  Your instructors will be able to help you find the right equipment.  You do not need to have pads to participate in sparring in regular classes although it is strongly advised if you wish to have the most fun!

 Sparring at Sereff's Juniors Tournament

Once you have reached a minimum level of competency and rank, you will be able to practice breaking boards (1" thick pine) in class.  These are real boards and require both property technique and power to break.  Most tournaments have a board breaking competition and it is a great opportunity to show what you have learned to do.  Generally, you will have the opportunity to break as many boards as you can both with your feet and your hands using specific breaking techniques.  You'll know how many to try by your successes in class so you will be well prepared for this event.

Board Breaking at a Tournament

Dress Code for Tournaments and Class Testings 

There are specific dress codes and rules of etiquitte to follow when you are at a tournament or a testing.  When competing in any tournament, a clean, pressed sanctioned uniform with all appropriate patches must be worn.  

If you are not competing but will be helping those who are running the tournament or on the competition floor to coach a competitor, you will need to be in black slacks, a light blue collared dress shirt, blue tie and black athletic shoes.  A blue blazer is also suggested for lower ranked students and required for those of higher ranks. 

Whether you are testing, judging or just observing, the dress code at color belt testings, is your normal class uniform cleaned and pressed.  At Black Belt testings, only the students who are testing and those who will be participating in the testing as a Ho Sin Sul partner or step sparring partner should wear their class uniform.  You will be informed if that is the case.  All others should wear their "dress blues".

Students should follow the rules of etiquette very closely at both tournaments and testings.  Particularly when there are Master or senior level instructors present.  Always remember to end a question or answer with "Sir" or "Ma'am".  Do not interupt when seniors are talking.  Come to attention as you approach a senior and wait to be acknowledged before speaking if they are in conversation with someone else.  Do not be too casual when around senior ranks or you may find yourself doing push-ups!

Taekwon-Do Demos

These are REALLY fun!  Hups TaeKwon-Do has a long history of participating in the demonstration of the art of TaeKwon-Do at public events.  Members our class have participated in demonstrations during half-time events at the Denver Coliseum, the Bladium and in local city fairs in front of audiences as large as 3500 people.  Students from just about every rank can participate so, if you practice hard and get Grand Master Hups' permission, you may be able to be in the next demo as well!

 

The 2007 USTF Demonstration Team

 

The 2008 Demo at the Bladium

 Community Service

Community Service is an important part of TaeKwon-Do.   By helping improve our communities, we in turn, become better people.   This is so important...a certain number of community service hours are required for each black belt degree.   We feel that community service is a personal thing, therefore, you can choose what you feel provides the most reward for your community and you!    Each year we decide on some type of charity that we will focus on during the holiday season.   Some of our past projects include sending Christmas cards to the elderly and adopting a family for Christmas.   We are always looking for additional things we can do to help build a more peaceful world, so please bring in your ideas for community service.  Community service is a great opportunity to practice what we learn from the Tenets of TaeKwon-Do!


 

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