FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Contact

Where are you located?


Twin Kicks Karate
346 South Ave East
Westfield, NJ 07090




How can I contact you?


1. Complete the form on our wesbite
2. Email- TwinKicksKarate@gmail.com
3. Social Media - Click the links in the top right corner
4. Phone- (908)400-4078 or (908)612-7579 5. In Person- Come visit us at our Westfield Location between 4pm and 9pm weekdays.





Starting Karate

How old do you need to be to start karate lessons?


Our Mighty Might program is designed for children ages 4-6. All students participate in a trial introductory lesson and will be assessed by our instructors to see if your child is ready for lessons. All children have different skills and abilities. If we feel they are not quite ready we encourage parents to try again in a few months. We strive to provide the greatest value at Twin Kicks Karate and it is important that a student is able to fully experience the benefits. Our Tae Kwon Do program is designed for ages 7 and above. This includes teens and adults too! We offer a family atmosphere and enjoy parents to join their child in their martial arts journey. The saying goes, "The family that kicks together, sticks together!"




How many classes do you offer for my rank?


Basic membership includes 1 to 2 classes per week. There is typically at least 3 choices of classes, though this will vary based on rank. For beginners we do not reccomend more than 2 classes per week. We offer a deluxe package which allows a student to attend an unlimited number of classes per week as well as some awesome special classes like weapons and gymnastics. This is a package we reccomend to students who have a "black belt attitude" and are committed to their training and want to experience all Twin Kicks Karate has to offer. See an Instructor for more information.




When do you accept new enrollments?


We have an open and on-going enrollment policy. You can begin your road to Black Belt Excellence immediately. You will be placed in a beginner class with others who have also recently started their journey.




Do you need to be in excellent/good shape in order to do karate?


Absolutely not! We believe in a personal best philosophy. As long as you are moving towards your personal goal then the level that you are performing at is absolutely fine! Karate will help to build skills such as flexibility, coordination, focus and perserverance while also physically shaping your body, mind and spirit. We often offer alternative exercises so students can see how to modify an activtiy but see the same results. Our classes are built on a positive, supportive, family-style atmosphere. Remember, " A Journey of A Thousand Miles, Starts With A Single Step". And you will be surprised how much fun and rewarding that journey can be at Twin Kicks Karate!




Help! How do I tie my belt?


Upon receiving your first belt, the instructor will explain how to tie your belt properly. This is a skill that may take some practice at first. There is a step by step (with pictures) guide in your Student Handbook. You are also welcomed to see an instructor, before or after class, and they can help you. Also, our advanced students are always eager to help other Twin Kicks Karate Family members. Feel free to ask them too!




How long is a class?


Our classes are about 45 minutes long. It is important that students are on time for class in order to ensure they get the most out of that day's lesson. Sometimes our instructors get really excited and will go over the 45 minute mark. We also strive to start classes on time to the best of our ability. If class is running a few minutes late, you will still recieve a 45 minute class. There are built in breaks into the schedule to allow for this and allow smooth transition between classes. This block of time is also when the instructor is available for quick questions ( please schedule an appointment if you would like to speak at length with our instructors to ensure classes can begin and end on time). We are available by email too!




What is Tae Kwon Do?


Translated literally "Tae" stands for the foot or to kick with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist or to punch with the fist. "Do" means an art or way.

Thus taken collectively "Taekwondo " indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid defeat of the moving opponent or opponents. The aspect of art denotes self control and thought coupled with the other movements.

Taekwondo is primarily a kicking art which makes it very exciting to watch and practice and is one of the reasons why Taekwondp is so much fun to learn!




What can I expect from my child?


* Develop a sense of achievement from reaching their goals *Learning to cooperate within a group setting *Wanting to be a leader by being a good example to classmates *Gain a deeper sense of self-respect and respect for others *They will have FUN!!! We make hard work and discipline, fun and exciting to learn! We believe in building self-esteem, teaching goal-setting techniques for your child and using focused energy that fosters positive results.




What should I do as a parent when my child starts karate?


Here are some important tips that will help your child get the most out of our program - Make sure your child attends class regularly. Children adjust to consistency. If taking class becomes an option and not a priority, they will not adjust as well. If you child is going to miss a class for any reason, try and make it up as soon as possible. - Watch your child participate often. Your child wants to make you proud. The best way they can show you how well they are doing is for you to see for yourself - Monitor your child’s progress. While earning a tip every week is not always possible (no matter how hard someone works) it should still be happening regularly, especially if their attendance and effort is good. You may want to encourage your child to try for a tip (they may be nervous and just need some extra encouragement from you), or consult an instructor if they are having trouble completing the requirements (often times students make things harder on themselves by focusing on the wrong things). Talking with an instructor helps keep everyone on the same page. - Invite family, friends and teachers to your child’s belt promotion. This is a big event for your child in his or her martial arts training that only comes around every 2 – 3 months. For your child, 2 – 3 months is a long time. Make it a big event and your child’s confidence will grow! - Try to set up training time at home. Using a punching bag or hand target, doing stretches & exercises, using curriculum DVD’s, anything extra will make you better - The best thing you can do for your child’s progress is to take class yourself. Not only will it help in their understanding of the skills but it’s a great bonding experience.




Should I practice at home?


Just like homework or any other endeavor, the more you put in, the more you get out. Practicing at home is something that should be fun and beneficial. Kids, make sure you ask your parents if it is ok for you to practice at home and also where and when. Some great things to do while training at home are your exercises/stretches, hand techniques, forms, kicks (if ample space) or utilize a piece of training equipment like a hand target or punching bag.





Policies and Procedures

Do I really need to take off my shoes?


Yes. Not only is this a traditional practice that shows respect in the dojo, it is done for safety reasons. Socks are also not permitted in the training area. Socks will cause students to slide on the mats creating a situation for possible injury and also making some activties not possible. Parents and children in the waiting area may keep their shoes on. If for any reason you must step on the mats or walk through the training area we ask that you then remove your shoes. Shoes can be stored in cubbies in the waiting area or in your martial arts training bags.




If I arrive early, what can I do?


Students who arrive early are welcomed to stretch quietly on the edge of the mats. Students should limit their activities to stretching in order to ensure the safety of yourself and others as well as limit disruptions and distractions to the current class in progress.




What happens if I need to order something?


Payments are due at the time of placing the order unless prior arrangements have been made with the Master Instructors. Orders that are not currently in stock take about 7-10 business days to recieve (sometimes sooner!). When your order is in you will receive a call or an email to let you know it's ready for pick up! All items are "pick-up at the school" only, we do not ship any items. If the item is in-stock you can take it home that day.




I bought an uniform but it doesn't fit. What can I do?


Uniforms run on a size scale all their own. We reccomend students try on the uniform before purchasing to ensure that it is the correct size and that it fits properly. Uniforms can be exchanged up to 7 days after the date of sales so a uniform of another size. Our policy is one of exchange, not refund. The smallest size available for uniforms is 0000 (similar to child XS) and the largest size available is 8 (similar to adult XXL).




Can I buy equipment from another vendor or use equipment previously purchased from another school/student?


No. Due to insurance reasons, all gear and equipment must be purchased through our school. Safety is very important to us at Twin Kicks Karate. Gear must also be in acceptable condition in order to participate in class. Gear that is torn, damaged or ill-fitting will not be permitted for use in class. See Sparring Rules and Gear for more info.




How can I find out about school closings?


Weather-Related closings are announced on all social media platforms, email and available on our telephone answering service. Additional closings, such as holidays, will be announced well in advanced and posted around the school.




What do I do if I am going to miss my class?


If you are going to be absent for more than one week call or email us to let us know. Make up classes are not available.




Can I drop my child off and pick them up later?


No. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21 at all times. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the waiting without parent or guardian supervision. Students are expected to adhere to the code of conduct at all times. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child's conduct while in the dojo. Due to space limitations, students are asked to exit the dojo once their class has ended in order to ensure smooth transitions between class sessions.




What Pricing Options are there?


We have a variety of flexible payment methods. From month-to-month payments to yearly memberships- where you can save money. Sibling discounts and family plans are also available to help you get the most value out of our programs.

We accept: Visa, MasterCard and Discover Cards
Personal checks Monthly electronic auto-deduction
Cash Payments Our instructors will sit down with you and reccomend which options would be best for you and the student's needs and skill level.




What is the Twin Kicks Karate Code of Conduct?


As you train in the martial arts, you will see improvements in your speed, flexibility, coordination, discipline, confidence and ability to focus your mind. Your will find that the skills that it takes to succeed in martial arts can be applied to everything else in your life including your education, career, relationships and philosophy of life. Being a good martial artist means developing a code of conduct. Principles to remember are character, sincerity, discipline, self-control, courtesy and gratitude. Students and families are expected to conduct themselves in this manner at all times. Parents, as well as students, must follow the guidelines outlined in this handbook in order to ensure the staff can provide the best service possible and provide a positive and enriching environment for student growth. Students and families who fail to follow the Twin Kicks Karate rules and procedures may have their lessons terminated.





Sparring

Do you do sparring?


Yes. We teach light contact sparring for green belts and above. Sparring is part of the curriculum and required in order to pass your belt test and to graduate to the next belt. Mighty Mights will spar with instructors only with no direct contact.




Will I have to fight someone my first day/ right away?


No. We believe in teaching philosophy before fighting. Students are required to demonstrate basic karate technique, skills as well as self-control and an approriate mindset. Students will be shown techniques that they will later use while practicing sparring. Sparring is presented in small steps to appropriatley acclimate students to sparring in a positive, healthy and respectful way while building their self-confidence and motor skills. As students advance they will participate in slow rhytm sparring, fast rhytm sparring, free sparring and point sparring. All sparring is done following the guidelines provided in the student handbook, using all appropriate and approved gear and done under instructor supervision only.




What gear do I need to wear?


All students participating in sparring and/or sparring activties must have ALL of the following gear. No exceptions. Head Gear, Face Shield, Mouth Guard, Chest Protector, Hand Gear, Shin Gear, Foot Gear, and Groin Protector (males only). All gear must be in acceptable condition and be free from rips, tears or be otherwise damaged or ill-fitting. Students can replace pieces of gear by placing an order with our staff. Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery.




When do I need to bring my gear to class? Do we do sparring every class?


Sparring is one part of your diverse belt curriculum. There will be classes that focus on specific pieces of the curriculum and classes that incorporate a varitey of skills. There will be classes in which no sparring will take place that day. There are classes that may involve sparring and sparring activities for the duration of the class. Classes are structured to best fit students needs Fridays are forms day and there is no sparring. Monday-Thursday classes should bring their gear to each class. Students without gear will not be allowed to participate in sparring, no exceptions.




What is Sparring?


Sparring is a form of training common in many combat type sports. Rules and styles can vary but is always done with enough rules, customs and agreements to minimize injuries. Sparring is the application of skills and techniques, such as kicking, punching, blocking and evading learned against a live partner. Sparring is not actual "fighting". Matches begin with both students bowing. This shows mutal respect and the acknowledgement that the purpose is for both students to learn, not hurt.

Sparring is an essential ingredient to your progress. You may have different concepts of what sparring is and its purpose. There are many different levels and degrees of sparring from no contact, controlled contact, rhythm, free and point sparring. Some sparring will be required as you advance. Students are required to wear full, appropriate gear in order to participate in sparring activities. There is no contact to the eyes, below the belt, to the throat or spine. There are no sweeps or takedowns allowed. Students are only permitted to spar under instructor supervision.





Current Students

When is my class?


Check out the schedule page in our "Student Corner", Social Media or posted around the school.




When am I testing for my next belt?


Only instructors are qualified to judge when a student is ready to test. Studentsshould never ask to test. Your instructor will let you know when they think you are ready. Consideration for promotion is given when a student: •Demonstrates proficiency of required material •Displays proper attitude and behaviors •Has earned their conduct stripes and maintained acceptable academics •Has completed the minimum time requirements •Attends class consistently Remember that testing is a privilege, not a right. We offer instruction in Martial Arts, however, rank progression is always earned and it is not guaranteed. There are many circumstances (ex. Age, prior experience, attitude, natural ability etc.) which accounts for the students progressing at different rates. Test fees vary depending on the program and rank for which you are testing. Test dates will be noted on our monthly announcements, social media accounts and emails.




What is the Mighty Might Student Creed?





How long will I be at a certain rank?


Each ranking level takes longer to achieve than the previous level since you need to remember and keep improving your previous material as well as learn your new material. When first learning a technique we will focus on proper mechanics. The second stage will be working on smoothness of motion and the third stage will be to add speed and power to the technique. As you progress to advanced level there will be more focus on detail, sharpness, and deeper understanding of how the techniques are applied. As you advance, the expectations become higher!




What are Conduct Stripes? How do they work?


Students under the age of 16 are required to earn their conduct stripes for each belt. Student will not be promoted to their new belt if they have not earned these stripes. Students are expected to live by the principles of a Black Belt outside the dojo as well. Students who demonstrate each of these behaviors can earn the cooresponding stripe. All three stripes will need to be re-earned with each belt. Red
Keeping their room and body clean
White
Getting GoodGradesandBehavingatSchool
Blue
Showing respect to parents and everyone else around them
Conduct stripes are available from instructors before or after classes. Conduct stripes can be awarded one at a time, or all at once. If your child is not living by our principles you may remove their conduct stripe from their belt. That stripe can be re-awarded at a later date if your child has modified their behaviors.




Can I ask another student to teach me new material?


No. Only an instructor is permitted to teach new material. Do not ask a fellow student for new material. Many skills may lead to possible injury if not done correctly. We also believe in "PERFECT practice, makes perfect". You do not want to build a muscle memory for a movement that is technically not correct. Instructors have many years of training in how to break down techniques and skills and all the fine tuned details to make our students the best martial artists they can be.




What Korean words should I know?


Tae Kwon Do is the type of martial arts that we practice. It comes from Korea and means practice using your feet, hands and mind, or the way of the foot and the fist. In class your instructor will use common Tae Kwon Do commands which are in the Korean Language. Work Out Area -- Doh Jahng (Dojo) Attention-- Chery Utt Bow-- Kyung Yay Ready Position-- Choon Bee Yell--Kiahp





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