Ready For Your First Class?Coming to your first martial arts class can cause a bit of apprehension. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare.
A dojang (Korean for martial arts training hall) has different expectations for respectful behavior than a gym. You will do a lot of bowing. Donít worry though. We donít expect you to know rules yet, just keep an open mind and listen to the instructors and observe other students in the class.
Liability Release: Liability Release
Before taking any classes you will need to sign a liability release. Students under the age of 19 will need a legal guardian to sign the release as well, and students under 17 must be accompanied by a legal guardian to their first class. To speed things up you may print out and complete this Liability Release Form and bring it with you.
We have a single restroom which is large enough for you to change in but we do not have a locker room or shower facilities. Most students come to class already dressed for a workout, though a few change on site.
What you will learn:
Hapkido emphasizes using all parts of the body. Typically students learn from the ďground up.Ē Your first class you can expect to learn basic warm up exercises, practice stances (which means learning new ways of standing and moving) and a few basic blocks, kicks, or strikes. One of the most important things you will learn is how to fall correctly. Hapkido utilizes several takedowns and throws, it is important that the student knows how to fall correctly so we can practice safely and efficiently. Your first class will progress slowly. We will work with you to make sure you learn the basics before we move on to more difficult and demanding techniques.