Do I need to bow?
The bow is perhaps one of the most misunderstood traditions in martial arts. The bow is done to show humility and is used to express a lack of arrogance. In addition, it serves as a sign of mutual respect between teachers and students and between practitioners and opponents. You should bow when you enter a training area – think of this as clearing your mind of daily problems and events, so that you are concentrating on the training ahead. Just as you bow when you enter the training area, you should bow when you leave. This signifies that your training in the class has finished. At our Academy all Tae Kwon Do/Little Ninja classes are started by bowing towards the instructor to show our respect and gratitude for their teaching. Bowing should be done between two partners prior and immediately after training together. Bowing before working with your partner shows that you are alert and ready. The bow after shows gratitude to the other person for helping us to improve our skills and for the care they have taken to avoid injuring us during training.
Do I need sparring equipment and what equipment do I need?
Sparring equipment can be purchased at any point in your training but it must be TAGB recognised equipment with the TAGB logo on it. No other equipment is allowed to be used, this is the only equipment recognised by our insurer and governing body.
Sparring equipment can be purchased via our online store All students
will need sparring equipment when they are promoted to Green Belt Blue Stripe.
The equipment needed :- Headguard, Gloves, Foot Pads, Shin Guards, Gum Shield and Groin Guard(Boys & Men)
About Belt Promotions and Gradings
These are held every 4 months for Mini Ninjas, Little Ninjas and Ninjas. They take place after all the 8 skills have been covered twice and a ninja earns the 8 skill stickers in their book and the 8 skill stripes on their belt. Ninjas are tested by Master Fearn and they are £10.00Gradings
These are held every 3 months for Tae Kwon Do students but only of they know their syllabus and are ready to grade. Gradings are examined by an external examiner which is one of the TAGB World Masters, 8th Degree Black Belt or above. Coloured Belt Gradings are £30.00 Black Belt Gradings
Black belt gradings are every 6 months and are held at Bristol TKD Academy. Students must be Red Belt Black stripe or above and have satisfied the TAGB requirements. 5 World Masters from the TAGB examine this grading. Black Belt Gradings start at £155.00 depending on the grade a student is going for.