How much does it cost? On average, a full time professional martial arts school will cost between $100 and $200 per month tuition. Our tuition is both reasonable and competitive and we have programs for most every budget. We consider ourselves a "Family" school and offer discounts for additional family members. Yes, there are clubs that offer classes for around $50 - $60 per month. And many of those have excellent instructors. The difference? Many clubs are run by martial artists that work full time jobs and teach as a hobby. Unlike a full time professional school like ours, they can't always offer flexible class schedules, top of the line training equipment and safety floors, assistant instructors and staff that continually upgrade their martial arts training and education
What About Eastern Mysticism?
A lot of martial arts do include eastern mysticism and even elements of the occult. Taekwondo does not generally fall into that category and is based more on modern day physics mixed with age old self defense techniques. Master Karpiuk is a committed Christian and is careful not to bring in any questionable philosophy to his teaching. He started his training at Baptist Bible College where he graduated with a degree in Secondary Education. His instructor and mentor is Master Tony Isaacs who teaches Taekwondo in Florida where he is the Associate Pastor of Perine Baptist Church.
Are you available for Demonstrations?
Master Karpiuk and the demonstration team is available to perform for church youth groups, school groups etc. where Taekwondo is used to speak to individuals on such topics as Drugs & Alcohol, Peer Pressure and Self Confidence. Master Karpiuk is also available for "Show & Tells" within the regular school classroom.
Is it necessary to attend all my child's classes?
You and the instructor can make this judgment together. Our Staff of Instructors are committed to increase your child's level of concentration and confidence. It is not necessary that the parent attend every class. The child must learn to concentrate, which sometimes can be difficult when the parent is in the room.
Besides Self Defence, what will my child learn?
Master Karpiuk and the staff of instructors know how impressionable children are and their goal is to teach children the tenets of Taekwondo (respect, discipline, courtesy, honour, integrity, self control and perseverance ) and instill in them self confidence to meet the challenges this world has to offer. Black Belt Academy uses the ATA Life Skills Curriculum to achieve this. Students continue, throughout their training, to improve themselves mentally as well as physically. The following definitions describe the mental goals which are an integral part of the program.
Discipline -Training that is expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement. Controlled behavior resulting from training.
Honor - Personal integrity maintained without legal or other obligation.
Integrity - Rigid adherence to a code of standard values. The quality or condition of being whole undivided.
Self Control - Control of one's emotions, desires, or actions, by one's own will.
Self Esteem - Pride in oneself.
Respect - To feel or show a different regard for; to esteem or show esteem. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
Pride - A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in one's work or achievements.
Courtesy - Polite behavior; gracious manner or manners.
Perseverance - Continuing strength or patience, withstanding difficulties or resistance; striving for a goal. Adherence to moral principles in the face of opposition.
Concentration - Directing or drawing one's attention toward a common focus. Directing one's thoughts or attention.
Attention Span - The period of time one remains focused on an object. The length of time one remains attentive while observing or listening.
Personal Victory - Individual improvement based on successfully achieving one's own goals, not measured by comparison to the progress or talents of others.