Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the main difference between Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan?
The main difference between these two styles is that Tae Kwon Do focuses more on leg techniques than Shotokan does. Shotokan uses about 50% hands and 50% legs compared to Tae Kwon Do’s 70% legs and 30% hands. Also, Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art and Shotokan has its origins in Japan.
Do I have to be in good physical condition prior to learning Shotokan?
One need not be in top shape, only the desire to learn and better yourself. Eventually the workouts will get you there, but of course, it won’t hurt to be in good physical condition.
Is breaking boards required?
Will I have to fight in class?
We do not “fight” in class. Fighting is venting aggression. We interact with others to learn proper timing and distancing, as well as what a technique should feel like. We also teach and learn from each other when we interact. Without interaction with a partner, it’s like learning how to swim on dry land.
Do males and females practice together?
Yes, all classes are coed.
How will Shotokan help my child in school?
By learning how to focus on perfecting their techniques in class, this mindset permeates into other aspects of their lives.
How does Shotokan help in sports?
By learning and exercising proper body dynamics in class, and developing a tenacious attitude, a student builds a firm foundation for any physical endeavor.
Will the benefits of Shotokan show immediately?
It depends. It depends on how much energy and effort one puts into training. The benefits are proportional to one’s efforts.
Does one have to enter tournaments?
Students are not required to enter competitions but are encouraged to do so, especially youth students. Tournament competition is the closest one will get to a real situation without ever being in one. Competition also helps to motivate one to achieve higher levels of learning.