Frequently Asked Questions
About Why People Love RIOT!
Question #1: What Is Tae Kwon Do?
It is a form of martial art training from Korea that is over 3000 years old. It aims to achieve a student’s development of: courtesy, integrity, self confidence, self control, perseverance, commitment, and indomitable spirit.
Tae Kwon Do is NOT a cult or religious sect nor is it, as the movies depict, a violent militant group that teaches students to beat up people.
Tae Kwon Do IS a very sensible method of consistent mental and physical training that is a year-round, lifetime system of self defense, exercise, and personal development.
Question #2: At what age do children start?
Our experience has shown that children ages four and up will be able to take the greatest advantage from Tae Kwon Do classes. Starting at age four, children are eligible to participate in our trial program, which allows our instructors to work with them one on one and evaluate their readiness for group classes. Our staff will then use their experience to recommend the best course of action for you to take with your child.
Question #3: Is there a risk of injury to my child if they study Tae Kwon Do?
Our programs are extremely safe. We take every precaution to insure that you child is safe and will have fun.
Question #4: Will they become more aggressive?
Absolutely not! All children are taught from the first lesson that a true “Tae Kwon Do kid” never misuses their martial arts skills. Throughout their training students are reminded that being physically and mentally tough doesn’t allow one to be tough with others. Instead, Tae Kwon Do students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. Our instructors continuously remind students that Tae Kwon Do is a form of exercise and self improvement not a tool for bullying.
Question 5: Can my child participate in Tae Kwon Do if they are not athletic?
Yes! Tae Kwon Do is for every kid whether they are athletic or not.
Question #6: Can I attend classes with my child?
Definitely! In fact many families are finding Tae Kwon Do to be the perfect family activity, combining an exciting workout with a new learning experience. At Reitenbach’s Tae Kwon Do you have your choice of attending a children’s or adults’ class separately or coming together as a group to our family class. Either way you’ll have a great time and create a special family bond.
Question #7: How safe is it to learn?
Tae Kwon Do is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities. Classes are taught by expert instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace. A thorough stretching routine, matted flooring, and protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety.
Question #8: Is there a short list of the benefits you can expect?
- Tae Kwon Do is a great form of family fitnessIt’s unlikely that your son or daughter could participate in the same sports team as you. And you would probably feel a little out of place if you joined in with your son or daughter’s soccer team. Yet at Tae Kwon Do, every age of family member can train together side by side. This is a great chance to gain respect for each family member’s abilities and an opportunity to learn from one another. As a parent, you will also be setting an invaluable example for your child about the importance of regular exercise.
In addition, Tae Kwon Do combines the best of several forms of physical training. Stretching and calisthenics will improve your flexibility and balance. Kicking drills and partner work will improve your endurance as well as timing, and the different forms and curriculum requirements will improve your strength and muscle tone.
Best of all, no two classes are alike. You and your children will appreciate the varied, high-energy workouts and be motivated to attend lessons regularly.
- Tae Kwon Do is excellent at creating a strong family bondThe pursuit of Black Belt excellence is a worthwhile goal that will bring your family closer together. It is likely that different members of your family will progress at different rates. As a result, you will have the chance to assist, coach and cheer one another on through the different requirements.
You will also share the pride of seeing each family member advance and move on to a new belt. It is something that the entire family will be proud of!
Many parents also appreciate the fact that Tae Kwon Do is based on the principles of courtesy, respect, and cooperation. They find that as a result of taking Tae Kwon Do, children are more well-mannered and behave better at home. They also tend to get along with their siblings and treat household chores more responsibly.
- The Tae Kwon Do school is a great place to meet other positive people and good role models!As a parent, I’m sure you are always aware of the places your child goes and the people that surround them. Even when it comes to yourself, I’m sure you’ve always realized that the quality of people in your life often determines the quality of your life. At Reitenbach’s Tae Kwon Do, you can be confident that you and your family will be developing relationships with sincere, motivated, healthy families dedicated to self- improvement.
- You’ll also be pleased to know that in addition to our regular classes, we also offer a full calendar of dynamic events designed to improve your martial arts experience and foster friendships among students. Our past years’ events include an Annual Awards Banquet, Summer Picnic, World Class Championships, and board Break-A-Thon for charity. It’s our goal to make our Tae Kwon Do school a valuable resource for your family, providing a place to exercise, socialize, and network. We are a “family club!”
Question 9: Are group and private classes available? Yes
Question 10: WHAT IS A BELT FOR?
Belts are goals that are set for students to meet on their road to Tae Kwon Do training and personal improvement. To obtain the first belts, the goals are more easily met and involve more help from the instructor. Techniques are fairly simple early on and increase in difficulty as the students progress. Students will progress at the speed that’s equal to their personal abilities. There are nine belts, or goals in the sequence starting with white on up to, “the ultimate goal”, Black Belt.
Question #11: HOW ARE THE BELTS RANKED?
Promotion testings are conducted every three months from the beginning of a session for lower belts and six months for higher belts. Our belts are ranked as follows: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black.
Juniors, or students under the age of 15, will earn a Junior Black Belt, or Poom. Adults earn a first degree Black Belt, or 1st Dan. Black Belts are then ranked from 1st degree on up to 9th degree. The highest rank of distinction is a 10th degree black belt who is considered to be the founder or successor of a style or Kwan (School).
In some cases, as with younger students, there may be, what we call, a half step promotion for lower ranks – white belt with a yellow stripe, green stripe, blue stripe, red stripe and black stripe. Pooms also have, what we call, stage testing. They will test for 4 stages before becoming eligible for their yellow belt.
Question #13: WHAT DOES CERTIFICATION MEAN?
In our Tae Kwon Do system, colored belt ranks are certified, or officially recognized, through the Kukkiwon, World Tae Kwon Do Association, and USAT. Because Master Reitenbach and Master Reeser are certified Examiners for the Kukkiwon, all the colored belt rankings certified are officially recognized worldwide as official rank, within WTF schools, whether it is a white belt or black belt. Upon the recommendation of Master Reitenbach, black belts are certified and registered with the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea, the headquarters for the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.
Question #14: WHAT IS A BLACK BELT?
A Junior Black Belt (Poom) or Adult Black Belt (Dan) is a student recognized for their commitment to Tae Kwon Do who has achieved a high level of proficiency and knowledge in the art of kicking and punching. This proficiency includes speed, accuracy, strength, and thorough knowledge of a large amount of technique; both theory and application, as well as information and history. A Black belt is worn by a person who possesses the quality of courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit in addition to demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of the aspects of Tae Kwon Do as presented to them by their instructor.
Question #15: WHAT IS A MASTER?
A master is the title given to a 5th Dan Black Belt or higher. This title is given in recognition of the level of expertise that a person has upon attaining such a rank. In some cases, as head of an association, a 5th Dan or higher is called a Kwan Jang Nim. Master Instructors have shown the knowledge and technical skills to be a leader in the Martial Arts world. Only Master Instructors can conduct certified promotion tests.
Question #16: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER REACHING BLACK BELT?
Upon reaching black belt, a student will realize that black belt is not an end, but a beginning. While a black belt often helps instruct other students and beginners, they also recognize how much more there is for them to learn and continue their own training, advancement and individual betterment, while they also pass on what they have learned to new students.
Teaching others teaches a student many things about themselves and their own technique. By analyzing and teaching a technique the student is also analyzing their own abilities and makes them become better. This is part of the circle of Tae Kwon Do.
Of all the training learned from an instructor, upon reaching black belt, a student becomes the teacher, or assistant, and gives that knowledge back to the program in the form of teaching new students who may one day do the same. This keeps the art of Tae Kwon Do alive for many generations and is the principle on which Tae Kwon Do has sustained itself for over 3000 years. The knowledge and art of Tae Kwon Do is a gift that is meant to be shared with others who strive to learn and to better themselves.
Question #17: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE INSTRUCTOR?
The instructor’s goals are to build and support the development of confident students. These students are individuals with goals, discipline, and a sense of proper direction in their lives. Students will also have needs and the instructors are there to see that those needs are met in the training to help students become better human beings. The method of training, in all aspects, is a goal-oriented system, which serves as a positive reinforcement to growth as individuals.
Question #18: HOW DOES THE INSTRUCTOR DISCIPLINE WHEN NECESSARY?
Since Tae Kwon Do aims to help individuals become better persons, there is an appropriate place for discipline within the training. When a student fails to perform or behave in an appropriate manner, disciplinary actions may include; push-ups, sitting out, verbal scolding, or in extreme cases, demotion or expulsion from the gym. Any disciplinary action taken in any case will be discussed with the student or parent(s) in private so that the nature of the circumstances and discipline are fully understood. Parents should not hesitate to include the instructor if there is a discipline problem outside the school.
Question #19: WHAT IS BELT TESTING?
Once again, promotion tests are conducted every three months. When the student has completed the required time and material training requirements, then he/she will be eligible to test. As in any educational institution, the instructors know when a student is ready to test so please trust their judgment.
The colored belt exams are open for family and friends to attend and watch. The student will perform the required material in front of the testing instructor as well as the audience, then finish by breaking the required board or boards, and sparring will advance to the next level.
Beginner students and children are given the assistance if needed to help them fulfill the requirements to earn their belt. This helps build confidence and teaches them to know what is expected of them. Advanced students are expected to complete the exam with little or no assistance. Junior and adult black belt tests are not open to family or friends and must be passed with no assistance.
Question #20: CAN A STUDENT FAIL?
No. If a student continues to try, perseveres, then he/she will never fail. He/she may not complete all the requirements at the time of the test, but re-tests are always offered a week later on material missed for colored belts and a month later for black belts.
Tae Kwon Do is not about failing, but succeeding. Instructors will see that each student can succeed no matter what it takes. In our dojang (school), four letter words like “can’t” and “don’t” are replaced with “can”, “do” and “try”. There is no giving up so there is no failing.
Question #21: WHAT ARE TEST FEES?
There is a fee for each level of belt testing. This fee covers the costs of belts, boards, certification, examiner’s fee, and, in some cases, travel. There is a one-time fee for each rank. Test fees are due prior to testing and monthly dues must be current in order to test. Any special arrangements with testing fees must be made with the instructor and examiner prior to the test date.
Question #22: WHY ARE THE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO BOW?
Bowing is a tradition in Korea used when entering or leaving the gym. It is also used when asking a question of an instructor or entering the gym in which higher ranks and black belts are present. It is a sign of respect for their experience, knowledge and commitment to Tae Kwon Do. It is also out of respect for the gym, the ranks, and the instructors. It is similar to an American handshake.
When you meet someone it is proper etiquette to shake his/her hand. In Korea, and especially Tae Kwon Do, it is proper to greet people in this way each time they meet. This method of recognizing authority, experience, and greater knowledge helps to strengthen a student’s respect for authority in and out of the gym whether it is parents, teachers, police, adults or other persons of stature. It also fosters a sense of respect for the training, the goals and the person they aspire to become.
Question #23: WHY LEARN KOREAN TERMINOLOGY?
Korean is the universal language of Tae Kwon Do. Students could go to any Tae Kwon Do training center in the world and understand the training. Learning and using Korean is also very crucial to know in the event that other Masters, Grand Masters or even the Great Grand Master should make a visit to our school. Instructors from Korea, naturally, conduct their classes, training, and commands in Korean and are always impressed when American students understand them. Learning Korean prepares students for competition, as all competition and commands in the sport arena are conducted and given in Korean. It is also fun for the students to learn words in another language.
Question #24: CAN AND SHOULD PARENTS STAY AND WATCH THEIR CHILDREN IN CLASS?
Parents are always welcome to stay during their children’s class as long as they are neither disruptive nor distracting. Most children and beginners have very short attention spans and are easily distracted. We, as instructors want the students and parents to be comfortable with class, and can do our best job when we have the undivided and complete attention of the students, but if the child is continuously running to his/her parent, this could be a problem. A benefit for the children to having their parent watch is that the parents can help their children at home. By watching the parents can pick up things a child might have missed, and the parents can write the techniques down for their children.
Question #25: WHAT IF A STUDENT WANTS TO QUIT?
Almost all students reach this point periodically and need guidance and encouragement from their parents and their instructor. Each belt can be viewed as a short-term commitment and used as an evaluation point. The long-term commitment may be the black belt with the smaller goals established to get a student there.
Tae Kwon Do is a means for learning how to establish, set, and achieve goals as well as setting new goals and creating long-term goals. Small set backs or frustrations should not deter a student from their short or long term goals. Many times a child is unable to make long term decisions like this. They are more concerned with the here and now.
Parents need to give their children guidance and not just let them quit and give up. On the other hand, we understand that it may be difficult to convince a child to continue to do something once their mind has been made up to quit. In this case have the child achieve or finish the short-term goal of their next rank and see if that accomplishment changes their mind. If not, take a break from training.
It is very difficult to try to teach a student that does not really want to be in our gym training. In our experience once a student quits they do not return and the student that gives up generally wishes they would not have at some point down the road. Parents or students with concerns are always encouraged to talk to their instructor.
Question #26: HOW MUCH DO STUDENTS NEED TO PRACTICE?
As with anything, the more you practice the better you will be. As a beginning student it is not important to remember everything and expect perfection. If you can only remember how to do techniques, such as a kick, block, strike or stance and not a sequence or series of moves, then only practice the techniques you can, even this will make your ability better.
Question #27: WHAT IF STUDENTS USE THEIR TAE KWON DO TO HIT, KICK, OR INJURE SOMEONE?
The instructor needs to know about such behavior immediately. Whether it happens on the playground with classmates or at home with siblings, this should be addressed immediately and can only be done with your help. In some cases, teachers will report such behavior directly to us. It is important to remember that Tae Kwon Do is for self-defense only, not malicious attacks or horseplay; someone could get hurt. If we find out that this was the case and not in self-defense the student will no longer be allowed to train. We will examine all of the circumstances before making a final decision.
Question #28: ARE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO COMPETE IN TOURNAMENTS?
It is not required, but strongly recommended that students participate in a tournament or two during their training.
Question #29: CAN SOMEONE COMPETE ON THE STATE, NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL LEVEL?
Anyone interested in competing in a high level of competition has every opportunity to do so. See Master Reitenbach or M. Kissinger on the requirements of becoming a team member. We have a lot of experience as competitors and coaches with this level of competition and have had many students medal at such tournaments, as well as ourselves.
Question 30: WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO TO GET THE MOST OUT OF TAE KWON DO?
The most important thing students, as well as parents, can do to ensure the best possible training available is to trust the instructors with the training for you and/or your child. The instructors work very hard to develop the best training programs they can with every step taken, every method used for a reason. Your confidence and support guarantees that you will get the most from your Tae Kwon Do training.
Question 31: WHY IS TAE KWON DO SO POPULAR?
Tae Kwon Do’s popularity comes mainly from the fact that it is not a passing fad. It has withstood the tests of time. It is much more than self-defense skills training. It is a lifestyle of physical and mental training and challenges that encourage an individual to strive to do more and be more. The training is proven to develop an individual’s complete being, mentally and physically, joined by an indomitable spirit.
Question 32: Can you help me in other areas of my life or my child’s life.
Absolutely! Go into our Pro Shop Gallery and you will find a variety of programs and services we offer to help you in most areas of your life or our child’s life.
Question 33: As a new beginner, will I have sore muscles?
Yes, this is very likely. Your body is communicating to you that it needs exercise and conditioning. Body strength and toning are lost through inactivity. Similarly, exercise strengthens and tones your body.
Question 34: What should I do to alleviate the pain of sore muscles?
Don’t skip class, get the blood circulating in those muscles with light stretching and light Taekwondo conditioning. Your muscles so they become stronger and able to deal with any strenuous activity.
Question 35: What should I eat before and after training to become a healthier athlete?
Basically, “living waters and live foods”, which means food that are high in water content such as fruit and vegetables. These foods are quickly absorbed into the body, require little energy to digest (saving that energy for your training), and are converted quickly to energy, which you can use. These foods’ high water content is essential for hydration before and after training.
Question 36: How long will it take to get my Black Belt?
With consistent practice, it should take you approximately 3½-5 years or 6 Belts.
Question 37: How many classes can I do a week?
We encourage you to do 2-3 classes per week. Little tigers can do one visit per week but everyone else needs at least 2 for maximum physical and mindset results.
Question 38: Will I lose weight whilst practicing Tae Kwon Do?
Yes, very likely. Combined with proper nutrition and exercise, you will lose body fat and tone your muscles. If weight loss is not your desire, then you should speak to us about tailoring a diet program and exercise program to “bulk you up” rather than reduce your weight.
Question 39: How can I improve my health and energy right now?
Practice “Power breathing”. Breathe in to the count of 1, hold for 4 counts, and slowly release the breath to the count of 2. This is a ratio of 1,4,2.
Question 39: How often do you have Championships and what kind of Championships do you run?
Club Championships for all belt levels are run at least once a year. State and National Championships for yellow belts upwards, are held twice a year for those who are showing an interest in competition.
Question 40: Can I join a Demo Team?
Yes, you will be invited to participate in Demo Team Training once you have reached Black Belt. Demo Teams are part of our Black Belt programs and something students look forward to.
Question 41: Are there Black Belt Camps?
Yes, again, Black Belts Camps are Black Belt programs, run annually for Juniors. These are extremely popular, fun events building friendships and confidence, honing black belt skills and development for 3 days.
Question 42: Are there extra programs for the Adults?
Yes we provide a variety of personal development programs in the major areas of a person’s life. Not restricted to Club Members, we have wellness, health, fitness and life success programs for continual improvement.
Question 43: Are private lessons available?
Yes, very popular.
Question 44: When do I get a membership card?
Our memberships are on a computerized system. You will receive a personal ID bar-coded membership card to scan each visit.
Question 45: Do you have social events?
Yes. Never compulsory, but always fun.
Question 45: Will my classes be safe?
Absolutely. All classes are taught by Kukkiwon qualified black belt instructors and are strictly monitored to ensure complete safety.
Question 45: What about sparring?
You will gradually learn, through a safe, step-by-step method, sparring strategies. In addition, all students are required to wear a complete set of safety equipment. Consequently, the chance of injury is very small to none. Students find sparring is easy to learn and lots of fun.
Question 46: How long will it take me to become proficient?
It varies with each individual depending on the effort put forth. Students are very often amazed by their own ability and accomplishments in as little as 6 months. Tae Kwon Do will give you the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations. Your real goal, however, should be to attain the rank of black belt. This level of proficiency typically takes 3 years. Once again, however, this will vary depending on your level of effort and desire.
Question 47: I am 66 years old… May I take Tae Kwon Do with my Grandchild?
We have many Grandparents that train with their Grandchildren as well as entire families! We have children as young as 4 years old and adults well into their 70’s. Each student trains at his or her own physical level.
Question 48: How do we get started?
Just give us a call and we can schedule a private class to try Tae Kwon Do at no charge. Call 650-992-3939
Quick Start Offer
All new students at the Reitenbach Institute begin with a Quick Start Trial Program. It’s perfect for beginners, with no prior experience necessary. The Quick Start Program includes both private and group instruction. This allows both children and adults to learn at their own pace and to try it out before making a commitment for ongoing classes. You will have a chance to observe classes, speak with the instructors, and learn about the benefits of Tae Kwon Do training.
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It is valued at $175.00 conducted by World Tae Kwon Do Federation, USAT and Kukkiwon certified and professional black belt instructors. They will teach your child or you some of the basics of our Olympic Style martial arts system and answer any questions you have regarding scheduling, tuition, and how classes operate. There is no pressure. No risk. No contracts.
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Any other questions that may not have been addressed in the previous pages are always welcome at any time.
Feel free to call Master Reitenbach or M. Kissinger at 650-992-3939. By now we’re sure that you are interested in trying out Tae Kwon Do for your family. The best way to do that is through our trial program.
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