These are some of the commonly asked questions. If what you are looking for is not here please email [email protected]
Is there a monthly fee?
No. There is no monthly fee and never has been. You only pay for sessions you attend.
How much will I have to spend initially?
The first lesson is free and £3 a session there after. A suit ranges from £15-20 depending on size and a yearly licence is between £15-20 depending on age.
Do the instructors have C.R.B (Criminal Records Bureau) checks?
Yes. All the Instructors have D.B.S (C.R.B) checks.
Can I / my child join right away?
Yes. But we recommend you take a few lessons to see if you or your child really likes it before you spend any money on a suit and licence.
What do I / my child wear on first lesson?
Loose fitting clothes, removing all jewellery and rings.
How qualified are the instructors?
The Chief Instructor is a 6th Dan, meaning he has 6 ranks in black belt. The Assistant Instructors are 3rd Dans.
Are there any other benefits to training than learning how to defend myself?
Yes. As well as the physical fitness aspect, we and Tang Soo Do focus on the whole person, developing the student's confidence, respect, restraint, and humility.
I / my child has X grade in X style of martial arts, will the grade be carried across?
It will all depend on how similar your previous style is to ours. You will probably have to start one or two belts lower than your current grade or at white. This is common with most other styles.
How long does it take to get belts?
There is at least three months between the lower grades, white - blue and as much time as needed for the senior grades red - black. It will take a minimum of 3 years to get a black belt.
Will I / my child get injured?
Well, martial arts are a contact activity and bumps and scrapes do happen, but we are a safety conscious club and have never had a serious injury.
Will I / my child be expected to do competitions?
No. Through the years we have found our style does not sit well with point-based competition fighting so we withdrew from competitions.
Does this work if I / my child is attacked?
Every self-defence situation is different and dangerous and prone to many variables. The Chief Instructor and other members have had the unfortunate experience of needing their Tang Soo Do to protect themselves and so far it has proved effective. Each belt also has self-defence elements that feature escapes from holds.