Frequently asked Questions

You can call me on 07850 567 018 to speak to me or simply turn up 10 minutes before the start of our classes and come have a chat. Note I won’t be able to speak to you once classes have started.

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I found your club, how do I start/join?
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Simply come to one of our venues for up to 3 FREE no obligation trial lessons. Just wear loose clothing and don't worry about your fitness, as it will improve with training. Call me in advance if you would like to have chat with me beforehand and I will get to the venue a little early.

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How many times a week do you train and how much?
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Currently you are only required to training twice a week. However you can train 4 days a week using both venues and beginners and advanced sessions at no extra charge

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What is the minimum age to join? What age group is your school aimed at?
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Normally 11 years and above. Exceptional children younger than 10 have been allowed but will have to be very well behaved or/and accompanied with older sibling or parent in training. Exceptions made to kids with previous martial arts experience.

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How do I pay? Do I have to sign a contract?
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We do not do contracts nor are there any obligation to pay if you do not train. We charge a monthly fee payable by standing order or Paypal Subscription or cash. We also charge a small annual fee to cover the student licence.

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I have done TKD ages ago, but forgotten some of my moves. will I have to start again?
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No. You will start from where you left off, but you will need to retrain and remember all before you can get you next grade. Bring any proof of past grading/training if you can

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I am a green belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do, will I have to start from the beginning again. Can I use my old suit?
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Depends on ability. You may be recognised as a green belt in WTF Taekwondo however you will need to learn ITF style patterns before you can grade or progress. Bring any proof of past grading/training if you can

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What is the difference between WTF and ITF
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The biggest difference is in how we fight in competitions. The WTF wear more body protection and do not permit hand punches to the face. ITF wear similar head, hand and feet protection but without the body armour and we use both hand and feet techniques to body or head. Also ITF competitors regularly compete against kickboxers in tournaments due to similarity in styles.

ITF taekwondo is considered a traditional martial arts while WTF taekwondo is considered a modern Olympic sport.

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I would like to do Taekwondo at the Olympics, can you help?
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NLTKD encourages and attends numerous TKD tournaments a year. For the next 2016 Olympics, exceptionally skilled Taekwondo students could seek selection for the GB Olympics team via Fighting Chance: Battle4Brazil The top British Olympics Taekwondo fighters, have an ITF style background and to make sure we give Great Britain the best chance of success at Taekwondo, selection is made from ANY kicking orientated martial arts, including Taekwondo. Also see BBC website.

Ruebyn Richards from our member club GTI Derby is now part of Team GB Taekwondo from which final Olympic selection is made. Jade Jones, London 2012 Taekwondo Gold medalist originally practiced ITF style Taekowndo and selected via the Talent 2012: Fighting Chance.
One of our students, Daniel CT, made it to the final stages for selection to the Rio Olympics 2016, but narrowly missed out at the very last stage due to the extremely high standards.

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I would like to train Taekwondo with my child but I have an old injury (or other excuse).
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Training Taekwondo alongside your child offers parents the opportunity to spend regular quality time and share a 4 year journey to black belt with their children. Also by training with your child, you will provide moral support for each other and the experiences, memories and bond you will share will be priceless.

Most NLTKD instructors are training or have trained with their children. There is a discount for members of same family making training more affordable.