FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?


No, that is an urban myth. Martial artists are not required to register their hands.




Do I have to be in good shape before I start training with Mac's Gym?


No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises you will learn as you progress through the curriculum, which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques in the ring or the street.




Am I too old to begin martial arts training?


No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. Many people have the misconception that you have to start young to be successful. In truth, martial arts focus not only on the physical apsects, but the mental as well. It's never too late to learn something new and begin improving your lifestyle.




I am very busy with my work schedule. How much time do I need to devote to classes?


Two to three 1-hour classes per week are recommended, as is practicing at home. If you want more individualized attention as you progress through the curriculum, we offer 1-hour private lessons which can help further progress your skills.




How long does it take to achieve a black belt in TaeKwonDo?


Between two and three years, depending on the time you have to devote to progressing in your TaeKwonDo skills. Black belts signify that you have mastered the basics, so you will achieve your black belt once you reach that level of mastery, no matter how long it takes.




Is TaeKwonDo just for kids?


Absolutely not. We have both kids and adult TaeKwonDo programs. The organization we are involved in, TaeKwonDo America, actually has a large amount of adult members. Many MMA fighters are also black belts. If you want to compete, TaeKwonDo is a great place to start. TaeKwonDo is also a good program for adults who want to set goals for themselves and work toward each belt.




What equipment do I need for kickboxing class?


For your first class, just bring yourself and some clothes to work out in and we will provide the rest. After that, you will need to purchase hand wraps, gloves, Muay Thai shin guards, and (for men) a cup. Those are the only things that are required for class. If you would like, you can also get a mouth guard and head gear for more intense sparring sessions. You can also buy your own jump rope if you prefer to not use the ones that the gym provides.