FAQ’s

ata-belts-posterFrequently Asked Questions – Foundation

 

Where does the ATA patch go?

The ATA patch is placed on the right chest.

 

How is the uniform worn?

The left side of the uniform goes over the right side of the uniform.

 

What is the graduation cycle?

Each graduation cycle lasts for approximately seven weeks.

 

Where are graduations held?

Graduations are held in the school during the student’s class.

 

How many classes can I attend?

You may attend two classes a week in the basic program.

 

How can I pay for graduation?

You can pay via cash, check or charge (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) in the studio. Additionally you can pay by using your account on file.

 

How much does it cost to graduate?

The fee to graduate is $75 if payment is received by the time the student graduates. After that time, payments are subject to an additional $10 late fee.

 

When does the Basic Program end?

The basic program ends when the student is ready to commit to their Black Belt or when they are ready to graduate to camouflage belt.

 

How do I get a Karate for Kids patch?

You can earn a Karate for Kids patch by bringing a friend to class.

 

Where does the Karate for Kids patch go on the uniform?

It goes on the left side of the uniform on the chest area.

 

How many belts are there to Black Belt and how long does it take to reach that level?

There are nine belts to reach Black Belt and it takes approximately 3-5 years to reach that milestone.

 

Is it alright if I take an extended vacation or time off?

Yes – we do ask that you inform Master Landrum or Mr. Kennedy in advance of your plans to do so.

 

How do Karate for Kids patches work?

The student receives the blue and white patch when they receive the Karate for Kids patch, and as they accumulate sewn-on stars, they will receive new patches. Upon reaching 25 sewn-on stars, the student receives a Silver patch. Upon reaching 50 sewn-on stars, the student receives a Gold patch. Upon reaching 75 sewn-on stars, the student receives a blue and gold patch.

 

How do I earn stars?

A Gold Star is earned for straight A’s or another outstanding academic achievement.   Silver Stars are earned for straight honor roll or other significant academic achievement. Bringing in 5 “A” papers (3 for Tiny Tigers) from school will earn a Silver Star. Red Stars are for tournament participation or courage, such as any extracurricular special activity such as recitals or for presentations in class. Blue Stars are for demonstrating the daily class themes or having a great Taekwondo attitude.

 

What do I do with paper stars earned in class?

Five paper stars from class earns a blue sewn-on star.

 

How do I request a star?

Use the Star Recommendation Form on the counter.

 

Are private lessons available?

Yes they are sold by hour increments. The fee is $125 for the staff instructors or a package of ten for $999.50. The instructors will be glad to spend a few extra minutes in a one-on-one setting with the student for no extra charge.

 

How often should I practice?

Every day, for at least five minutes daily.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Leadership Program

 

Who can be a State Champion?

Anyone in the Leadership Program can be State Champion, regardless of rank.

 

In what events can I be State Champion?

You can earn the title of State Champion in Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, XMA Forms and XMA Weapons. All events are broken down into divisions based on rank and age.

 

How do I become State Champion?

To become State Champion, you need to attend tournaments. For each first, second or third place performance, you earn points which accumulate during the year. The student who has accumulated the most points during the tournament year (June-June) is awarded the title of State Champion.

 

How often can I attend class?

You can attend as many classes as you want each week. We encourage students to attend at least two classes a week.

 

Can I attend ATA Extreme classes?

Yes – you will start off in our Extreme Basic classes.

 

What type of weapons training is done?

The weapon that is practiced varies each graduation cycle, but includes bahng mung ees, ssohng joel bangs, ground fighting and self-defense.

 

How do I advance in rank?

By completing the entire Taekwondo form, weapons form and performing appropriate sparring techniques, the student will advance two steps.

 

Can I move up two steps at Purple Belt Decided and above?

No – all students will receive two blue, two brown and two red belts without exception.

 

Is it alright if I take an extended vacation or time off?

Yes – we do ask that you inform Master Landrum or Mr. Kennedy in advance of your plans to do so.

 

How do Karate for Kids patches work?

The student receives the blue and white patch when they receive the Karate for Kids patch, and as they accumulate sewn-on stars, they will receive new patches. Upon reaching 25 sewn-on stars, the student receives a Silver patch. Upon reaching 50 sewn-on stars, the student receives a Gold patch. Upon reaching 75 sewn-on stars, the student receives a blue and gold patch.

 

How do I earn stars?

A Gold Star is earned for straight A’s or another outstanding academic achievement.   Silver Stars are earned for straight honor roll or other significant academic achievement. Bringing in 5 “A” papers (3 for Tiny Tigers) from school will earn a Silver Star. Red Stars are for tournament participation or courage, such as any extracurricular special activity such as recitals or for presentations in class. Blue Stars are for demonstrating the daily class themes or having a great Taekwondo attitude.

 

What do I do with paper stars earned in class?

Five paper stars from class earns a blue sewn-on star.

 

How do I request a star?

Use the Star Recommendation Form on the counter.

 

Are private lessons available?

Yes they are sold by hour increments. The fee is $125 for the staff instructors or a package of ten for $999.50. The instructors will be glad to spend a few extra minutes in a one-on-one setting with the student for no extra charge.

 

How often should I practice?

Every day, for at least five minutes daily.

 

How do I obtain a Leadership uniform?

Speak with Mater Landrum or Mr. Kennedy about ordering a uniform.

 

When do I start coming to the Black Belt class?

You will come to the Black Belt class after receiving an invitation from Master Landrum following your testing for Red/Black Belt.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Black Belts

 

What is the midterm cycle for Black Belts?

The midterm cycle for Black Belts is every seven weeks.

 

What is the material required for each midterm?

Your form, weapons technique, sparring and board breaking.

 

How do I learn the form?

We teach each Black Belt form in quarters. Over a six-month period, the student will learn their entire form.

 

What are regional graduations?

Regional graduations are held when a student is testing for a rank (no midterm), starting with their testing for First Degree Black Belt Decided. They are held two times a year in March, and September, and are held within the region at sites such as Lowell, MA and Amherst, NH

 

In what events can I be State Champion?

You can earn the title of State Champion in Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, Combat Weapons Sparring, Creative Forms, Creative Weapons, XMA Forms and XMA Weapons. All events are broken down into divisions based on rank and age.

 

How do I become State Champion?

To become State Champion, you need to attend tournaments. For each first, second or third place performance, you earn points which accumulate during the year. The student who has accumulated the most points during the tournament year (June - May) is awarded the title of State Champion.

 

In what events can I be District Champion?

You can earn the title of District Champion in Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, Combat Weapons Sparring, Creative Forms, Creative Weapons, XMA Forms and XMA Weapons. All events are broken down into divisions based on rank and age.

 

How do I become District Champion?

This is the highest level that a color belt can achieve. To become District Champion, you need to be in the top ten for State Champion to qualify for the District Championships in June. Compete at District Championships and win your event in your age group to become District Champion as a color belt or black belt.   Becoming a District Champion as a Black Belt will qualify you to be in the top ten for World Champion.

 

How do I qualify to become World Champion?

There are two ways to qualify for the title of World Champion: 1) You must accumulate enough points to be in the Top Ten in the World, in your division; 2) You must become a District Champion for the current year. At World Championships each June or July, there is a Tournament of Champions where participants compete for the title of World Champion in their division.

 

Can I do freestyle weapons at the Black Belt level like I did as a color belt?

No – you need to do a complete weapons form that is taught in class.

 

What is the Candlelight Ceremony?

The Candlelight Ceremony is a special ceremony where students receive their black belts in a very dignified manner.

 

How can I teach classes or help out in the Academy?

You must enroll into the Legacy Program. Please set up an appointment with Master Landrum to discuss potential opportunities.

 

What is the minimum time spent at each rank, assuming all qualifications are met on time?

First Degree Black Belt Recommended (Red/Black) – 6 months

First Degree Black Belt Decided – 1 year

Second Degree Black Belt Recommended – 6 months

Second Degree Black Belt Decided – 2 years

 

What does the Korean word on my First Degree Black Belt say?

It says Victory, since achieving your First Degree Black Belt is a major victory for each student.

 

What does the Korean words on my Second/Third Degree Black Belts say?

We allow Second and Third Degrees to choose the Taekwondo-related words on their belts.