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FAQs for Kids Classes

Are classes safe?

Kuk Sool is a highly supervised activity. The children are never asked to perform any movement that would put them in danger of injury. Our children’s curriculum has been specifically designed to accommodate ages 4 and up. This curriculum has been modified so children of those ages can successfully learn to perform all the moves necessary to excel. Kuk Sool will teach your child how to spot and avoid danger, what to do in an emergency, and if necessary how to protect themselves from danger. This invaluable skill will not only increase their confidence in themselves, but may even save their lives.

Will my child have fun?

Kuk Sool is good, clean fun and a great way to give kids a head start on life. It has been our understanding that parents want the lasting benefits of confidence, respect, self-esteem and self-discipline that Kuk Sool offers, however, we don’t want to struggle with the children when it’s time to get ready for class. Our instructors have become leaders in the field of motivating children. Motivation, excitement and fun are the essential tools we use to increase the learning and performance of our kids. We also offer various school events that teach children how to get along better with others, thus creating a spirit of teamwork and a sense of belonging. Our carefully structured environment will help your child develop physically, mentally and socially. Because your children will be surrounded by others with similar goals and aspirations, they will develop positive friendships and healthy peer groups.

Will my child learn to be abusive?

Absolutely not! Kuk Sool is self-defense, not self-offense. Every child is taught our “student creed,” which is a necessary part of learning the philosophy of our school. Student creed verse number three states “I will use common sense before self-defense and never be abusive or offensive.” Our creed is a commitment students learn in order to maintain the courtesy and integrity of our art.

What is the focus of the program?

Our primary focus is to teach children “life skills.” Because a structure of respect, courtesy and honesty is built into Kuk Sool, children develop the ability to listen, learn and achieve within a highly regulated environment. Most sports don’t build leadership traits. If you have the necessary skills to perform, you’re in the game. If not, you’re on the bench. Kuk Sool is different. The program is designed to develop such traits as confidence, self-discipline, better listening skills, honesty, integrity and much, much more. The classes combine the fun and excitement of Martial Arts training with weekly mental and philosophical lessons designed to strengthen our children mentally and physically. Perhaps the scariest problem for many parents today is the thought that their child might get involved with drugs. The number of “good kids” who end up taking drugs at a younger and younger age is staggering. At Kuk Sool Won, our programs are designed to promote self confidence and self esteem to give your child the courage to say NO to unhealthy choices despite peer pressure. Recent studies have shown that programs which focus on personal achievement, such as Martial Arts, are vastly more effective in fighting this problem than any other activity.

Over the years, we have seen hundreds of children benefit from our unique programs:

  • Overweight kids who lost a few pounds through self-discipline and exercise and gained massive amounts of self esteem and confidence.
  • Smart kids, bored with school, who learned to set goals and reach higher.
  • Wild kids who learned how to focus and channel their energy in a more positive direction.
  • Shy kids who were brought out of their shell

All these children and the hundreds of others who have experienced our program have gained a foundation in the basic tools of success that will last them a lifetime. Much as learning to ride a bike or learning to swim, once the skills of success and achievement are introduced to your children they never go away. The payoff just keeps on going for the rest of their lives. Lives filled with proud moments of achievement backed by good health and happiness. Where do children learn such wonderful tools? At Kuk Sool Won!!

But my child already participates in a dozen different activities! How does Kuk Sool fit into his busy schedule?

We understand kids have other interests too: Cub Scouts, Baseball, Piano Lessons, you name it. And that’s okay! Kuk Sool never tries to compete with these activities. In fact, Kuk Sool training actually enhances a child’s performance in other sports or activities by improving concentration, accuracy, endurance, motor skills and confidence.

We offer numerous classes at different times after school five days a week, so you’re sure to find a class time that will fit into your busy schedule.

I am trying to decide whether to sign my children up for soccer or for Kuk Sool Won. We don’t have time for both. How can I decide which will be better for them?

Any type of activity can potentially be beneficial for children, but a traditional martial arts system teaches not only physical skills and competitiveness (which, if not taught properly, can easily lead to aggressive behavior), but also positive values such as respect, self-confidence, self-discipline, goal-setting, etc. A good martial arts school, like Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won offers young children a supportive environment with positive role models to help them develop into confident, polite and respectful citizens. Remember, it has been said that “values can’t be taught, they can only be caught” at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won we feel that it is our job to give our young students the opportunity to “catch” as many good values as possible.

When is a good age to start? Also, I would like to have a family activity, but since I am older and my child is 6, will I be held back to her level if we take at the same time?

At Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won we generally start children at about 5-6 years old (based on attention span and other factors), although we do start them at a younger age if a parent or older sibling trains with us, as well. This is because younger children are still able to learn and progress if they are able to get help at home.

To allow both parent and child to progress, however, classes are split into age- and rank-specific groups which allows both adults and children to progress at their own pace.

The great thing about families training together is that, very often, the kids are able to help the parents to learn forms or techniques — we have found that this is a tremendous confidence builder for your kids!

I would like for my son to take Kuk Sool Won but he’s got a bad temper. I’m just worried that he might use this to hurt other kids. Should someone like him take martial arts?

One of the great benefits of training at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won is that the main lesson that we want to impart to our kids is “martial arts etiquette” — simply respect and good manners. We emphasize to our kids that the techniques they learn in class are for self-defense ONLY and should never be used against their friends or siblings.

Many times an aggressive nature is little more than too much physical energy with no appropriate outlet to channel it away, martial arts training is a great outlet for kids and the perfect activity to channel their aggression into a more positive area.

My daughter is little and shy. I would like to get her into something to build her self-confidence and physical condition. Is Kuk Sool Won right for her? Will she get hurt?

This is the other side of the coin to the question above. While some kids might be loud and aggressive, many other children are quiet and shy. Martial arts training helps to inspire confidence in children in a way no other organized activity is able to do.

Unlike most organized sporting activities like baseball or soccer, the martial arts really doesn’t have “stars” and “benchwarmers” (and what destroys a child’s confidence more than being involved in a sport where they are always sitting out on the bench because of a coach who cares more about “winning the game” than developing the children on the team?). In a martial arts class everybody participates, and there are so many different elements in traditional martial arts training that all of the kids can be “one of the best” at something.

In addition, at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won part of the training is allowing the kids to come up in front of the group (when we feel they are comfortable with it) and leading the rest of the kids in part of the class (such as exercises, punches and kicks, etc.). This is not only a GREAT confidence-builder in itself, it also helps to teach the child associated skills such as leadership, speaking in front of a group, and so on that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.

Punching and kicking are great, but at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won we believe that the MOST valuable lessons we can give to a child are the intangibles that will help them to be more confident, out-going and successful citizens.

How young can children start Kuk Sool?

Children as young as 4 can get started in martial arts. Our special Tiny Tigers class caters to children between the ages of 4 and 8. For children between the ages of 8 and 13, our children’s program offers the right balance of energy, discipline and fun!


P.S. It’s not just for Kids!

Men-Women-Parents, too! At Kuk Sool Won, no matter what your age, career or interests, you will gain new confidence while improving your overall physical conditioning. Kuk Sool Won will train you in techniques which will enhance your capability to effectively defend yourself. And you now have an activity that you can participate in with your children while they grow mentally and physically.

Stop in any of our three training centers today and have your child try a one-on-one class with a Black Belt instrcutor for free. There is no obligation, and you can ask as many questions as you like.

Click here to contact us today with your questions or to set up a free trial class!