Here are some questions to ask when evaluating a school.
- Is the head instructor a full-time or part-time instructor/owner?
- How long has the school been open?
- Do you use no-contact, light-contact, or full contact sparring?
- Do you teach Olympic style Taekwondo?
- Do you teach practical self-defense techniques?
- Do you teach ground fighting/grappling? What type?
- Is the school matted for use in throws or falls?
- Is board breaking required in training? For testing?
- Is free-sparring required? If yes:
- What is total cost of all required sparring equipment?
- Must all equipment be bought through the studio?
- Is contact allowed in sparring?
- Is kicking to the head allowed, if so, is it mandatory?
- Is kicking to the head in tournaments allowed, if so, is it mandatory?
- What training equipment is required to be purchased, other than for sparring, such as target pads, re-breakable boards, etc?
- What are the class hours?
- Are instructors nationally certified thru a recognized organization? What is the organization and its history?
- Is the instruction by group or private?
- Is private instruction available at an extra cost?
- How many classes may I attend each week?
- Do you use youth instructors?
- Do you charge belt testing fees? What are they?
- Do you have written requirements for each belt/stripe test?
- How often are tests conducted?
- Is free-sparring required for tests?
- Is board breaking required tests?
- Is tournament attendance required?
- Do you award black belts to youths? If yes:
- Starting at what age?
- What is the average time for a youth to get a black belt?
- Must I sign a contract? (Beware of hidden costs, get full disclosure before you sign any contract)
- May I have a copy to review before I sign it?
- How long is the contract for?
- How much is the contract for?
- What do I get for the money?
- Are payments made to a third party?
- What/who may cancel the contract?
- What if I am sick or on vacation?
- What if I am injured and cannot train?