Frequently Asked Questions


Following is a list of frequently asked questions:

  1. When are classes held?
  2. Who teaches the classes?
  3. What will I learn?
  4. What are the fees for participating in the class?
  5. Can I wear my old uniform in class?
  6. Are there any rules I am supposed to follow in class?
  7. What are my opportunities to compete?
  8. What else does the Stanford TKD club do?
  9. What are the requirements for testing?
  10. How do I choose my uniform size?
  11. How do I find out more information?

1. When are classes held?

Please refer to our schedule page for the most up to date class times for the current quarter. Classes for all belt levels are held two evenings during the week. For interested members of all belt levels, additional and optional workouts are offered on Saturday mornings. These classes offer more rigorous aerobic workouts and are sparring-oriented.

2. Who teaches the classes?

The Stanford Taekwondo Club is pleased to welcome 5th Dan Master Tim Ghormley as the master instructor for the club as of January 2000. Black belt student instructors (1st Dan - 3rd Dan) aid in class instruction for the beginner and intermediate classes.

3. What will I learn?

A typical class begins with some warm-up exercises and stretching. Next the class practices basic kicks and footwork, complemented by punches and blocks. Poomsae, which are memorized forms consisting of series of basic moves, and occasionally self-defense techniques are included. In the latter half of class we often practice kicking of paddles and partner drills with combination kicks. During Saturday classes the emphasis is on sparring to prepare members for tournament competition.

4. What are the fees for participating in the class?

The class requires a fee of $80 per quarter for access to all classes, equipment (including paddles and rebreakable boards for kicking), and other instruction. This fee covers a modest honorarium to our master instructor, the use of Burnham Pavilion and the Arillaga Mat room, as well as other Club activities and costs throughout the year. This registration fee is not refundable and cannot be prorated. Please follow the registration link on the About Page. It is due by the end of the second week of practice. High-quality ribbed uniforms imprinted with the Stanford logo are available for $45 each. Finally, quarterly color belt promotional tests require a $25 fee to cover administrative and equipment costs, as well as to subsidize our traditional post-test celebratory dinner.

5. Can I wear my old uniform in class?

Only uniforms without a logo of other martial arts studios or programs are allowed in class.

6. Are there any rules I am supposed to follow in class?

Please see the Rules (also accessible from the Documents page).

7. What are my opportunities to compete?

We participate every year in the NCTA Collegiate Nationals held in early Spring. This is a good opportunity for Stanford TKD members to enter poomsae and/or sparring competition. Other local and regional tournaments throughout the year are also good opportunities to get experience in competition.

8. What else does the Stanford TKD Club do?

We hold our annual Stanford Taekwondo Spring Open Tournament in late May or early June, where students often volunteer as judges, referees, and scorers. The Stanford Taekwondo Club performs demonstrations around campus throughout the year and in the past has performed for the International Festival and the Multicultural Springfest. We also do volunteer events like Children's Champions. Once or twice a year we organize special seminars on topics such as board-breaking, sparring strategies, and refereeing. Of course, we also have club dinners and other fun social events!

9. What are the requirements for testing?

In addition to attending sparring practices, it is at our coaches' discretion to refer you to test based on your performance during practice.

10. How do I choose my uniform size?

Please use the size chart linked or below to determine your appropriate uniform size.

Size - Height (Ft.) Weight (Lbs.)

2 - 4'8" - 5'1"                 90 - 110

3 - 5'1" - 5'6"                110 - 140

4 - 5'6" - 5'11"              140 - 170

5 - 5'11" - 6'2"              170 - 200

11. How do I find out more information?

Please see the Contact page for information on how to contact a particular club officer or staff member, and on how to sign up on one of our e-mail lists.



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