Taekwondo

Academy

2F Prince George Road, London N16 8 BY   |  020 7241 3377  |  wayne.blackbelt@gmail.com

Grand Master Beom Jhoo Lee, 9th Dan (left) presenting Master Wayne Muhammad,

Taekwondo Academy, Founder and Chief Instructor 

with his 4th Dan in 1997.

​Master Wayne has over 40 years of Martial Arts experience including Boxing.

FAQ ABOUT CHILDREN'S CLASSES
WILL TAEKWONDO TEACH MY CHILD TO BE HOSTILE AND AGGRESSIVE?


Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behaviour problems often become very respectful and calm.

DOES MY CHILD FACE A RISK FOR INJURY WITH TAEKWONDO?

Our program is extremely safe. We have measures upon measures in place to insure that your child will stay safe, and have a great time. From stretching to warmups to very close supervision - we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes - but they're quite rare.

CAN MY CHILD STILL PARTICIPATE IN TAEKWONDO IF HE/SHE IS NOT ATHLETIC?

Yes! In fact, Taekwondo is kind of a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who never could throw a ball well or run fast find that Taekwondo is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars.

DO KIDS ENJOY TAEKWONDO? DO THEY STICK WITH IT FOR A WHILE?

Kids have a blast here. There's smiling and laughter throughout every class. We have our moments of intense concentration and focus... but we always balance things out with fun and games to keep everything alive and light.

DO CHILDREN'S CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM GROW WITH TAEKWONDO?

Absolutely. Kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.

WHAT AGES ARE THE OTHER KIDS IN THE CLASS?

We have classes for kids as young as 5, and as old as teenagers. Taekwondo is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they're younger, it's more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.






FAQ ABOUT ADULT'S CLASSES

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO BECOME REASONABLY PROFICIENT IN TAEKWONDO?

The time it takes to become proficient varies upon each persons abilities and conditioning level. In most cases one can feel fairly confident in defence situations in about 6 months. Age is another factor that plays into the learning process. Very young children cannot be expected to progress at the same rate teenagers or adults do. The best part of Tae Kwon Do is that everyone is treated as an individual and trained according to their learning style and speed.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A BLACK BELT?
This question too has different answers for different people. It depends on the amount of time and dedication that you have to put into the art. Some people attain their Black Belt in as little as three years; for others, it could take 4-6 years. Any school that gives you an exact time is not awarding Black Belts on competency or skill, but merely on a timed schedule. Please be aware that it is most important that you truly attain mastery of the lower techniques to the best of your ability. to be a good Black Belt.

HOW DO I BECOME A BLACK BELT?
To measure a student's level of technical expertise they must take gradings. A grading is a test that a student takes every 2-3 months (they must have at least attended 16 classes) if they pass the examination a different colour belt will be awarded to them. There are 10 stages before a student acquires a black belt status, the first being a white belt.

HOW MANY CLASSES SHOULD I ATTEND PER WEEK?
We recommend a minimum of two classes per week. Progress develops ever quicker if you dedicate more time than this, however the time commitment depends on your schedule. Our convenient schedule helps everyone fit Tae Kwon Do into their active lifestyles.

WILL THERE BE OTHER BEGINNERS IN MY CLASS?
​At our school we allow new students to sign up at any time. Classes are divided by rank, to alleviate distraction, and allow for optimum learning, however some classes are grouped by ability.

CAN WOMEN BENEFIT FROM TAEKWONDO?
Absolutely! The women who train at our school find themselves stronger, healthier, and more capable to defend themselves.

WHAT IF I AM NOT COORDINATED ENOUGH TO DO TAEKWONDO?
Then you have come to the right place! Taekwondo is an excellent tool to improve your balance and coordination.

IS THERE A RISK OF INJURY WITH TAEKWONDO?
As with any sport or physical activity, there is a risk of injury. However, safety is our top priority and injuries are rare with proper training and instruction. Many of our students have found that because of the increased fitness and flexibility that comes with Taekwondo training that they are less likely to injure themselves in their day to day lives.


WHAT LEVEL OF FITNESS IS REQUIRED FOR TAEKWONDO?

You'll get in shape as you go. You don't have to be in great shape to start.

The great thing about Taekwondo is you can be at any fitness level and do great. That's because there's no rush or pressure to do anything quickly. You can learn at your own pace.

If you have a knack for it, you can speed through techniques. If it's a bit harder for you, take your time. All we care about is that you're having fun, learning and progressing, and staying safe.

IS TAEKWONDO VIOLENT?

No! Because self-defence technique is taught in Taekwondo, it's often thought of as violent. However, the philosophies behind Taekwondo revolve around peace and harmony. The moves are more of a way to become connected with your body. We teach diplomacy and friendship. However, if a violent situation ever arises in your life, you'll have powerful tools to defend yourself and your loved ones.