Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone benefit from martial arts like Ko Am Mu-Do?
“Yes”. Everyone can learn Ko Am Mu-Do. Regardless of age or sex, it’s never too late to begin practice. People of all ages, young and old, of all physiques, wide or long, can learn and excel. It will improve your physical and mental health! Ko Am Mu-Do is a non-violent system that consists of much more than kicking and punching and fighting techniques. Physical strength is not required to overcome an opponent in Ko Am Mu-DO. The student uses the opponents’ power against him, by following the natural laws of physics. Our classes have students ranging from age 4 up to our elder students. We’ve had a 90 year old woman earn a black belt! They can see the change in themselves and without comparing themselves to others.

When are classes held?
There is a class schedule available that lists days and times for attendance. The schedule is designed to maximize the effectiveness of training based on student’s level, age, etc. Changes are rare, but during summer months, we do make updates based on parent requests and input.

How often should our children attend class?
Attendance depends on the individual’s needs and capabilities, and which program he or she has enrolled in.

Is Ko Am Mu-Do safe for my children and our family?
Our Ko Am Mu-Do will improve the self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth of any child from the age of five and up. Improving their self-esteem and confidence will reduce any “bully” like tendencies and actually make them better academic students. Even children with Attention Deficit disorders will improve dramatically. Our program teaches weapons as well as self-defense techniques that may seem violent to a new parent or student. The key is the way it is taught and philosophy on how and when to use it that makes a difference. Ko Am Mu-Do is centered on “traditional” Korean teaching techniques that make a positive difference. Courtesy and self-control is practiced by all adults in our school!

Is weapon training safe or not?
Yes. The weapons training provided for children is safe by emphasizing respect, courtesy and carefulness. The weapons for children are all rubber-made.

Does traditional martial arts involve only sports style sparring (fighting)?
No. Traditional martial arts includes much more. Find out more about the Ko Am Mu-Do curriculum and what it offers.

Should beginners receive weapon training?
Yes. Our Ko Am Mu-Do system takes into consideration the fact that beginners in martial arts are also beginners in weapon training. The weapon curriculum accommodates accordingly. Also, weapon training is a great way to begin hand and eye coordination training, which is essential to becoming a true martial artist. Beginners will start off with simply maneuvers and techniques with the nun-chuks and advance to the bo staff and the sword.

What are the weaponry skills taught in Ko Am Mu-Do?
Let us start off with the weapon we begin teaching at the white belt level, the ssang jul-bong or nun-chuks. We start by teaching just the basics: how to properly move your hand, your wrist and your shoulder, just like the techniques you saw Bruce Lee demonstrate in “Enter the Dragon”. But so as not to make learning these basics boring we have incorporated them into a nun-chuk forms. Then, as the student advances through the belt ranks the nun-chuk forms become more intricate and challenging requiring the student to master more and more difficult skills. After the first few belt ranks, we begin introducing other weapons such as the Jang Bong or the bo staff and the Jook-do or bamboo sword. At the brown belt level we begin teaching the wooden sword. Again, we start with basic techniques taught as short forms. Students learn various blocks, attacks, and the correct posture and technique of slicing. This training makes it easy to learn movements that are repetitious and that might otherwise be boring. Then by the time students reach black belt they are taught an advanced, full length sword form. But weapons training by no means ends when you reach black belt. More advanced techniques and forms are taught all the way through the fifth degree master level. By the time a student reaches the fifth degree level in Ko Am Mu-Do they will truly be a master of over 5 different weapons.

Why teach multiple types of weapon techniques?
Weapons training in Ko Am Mu-Do are essential for very important reasons. It is not only for mental balance, but for physical conditioning as well, especially flexibility and coordination in the upper body. Learning to properly use a weapon helps the body and mind achieve a natural balance through the required use of both the right and left sides of the body. Hand-Eye coordination and concentration increases. Another reason to train with a weapon is the fact that if you understand how a weapon is used, you will be better able to defend yourself against that weapon. And besides that, learning to use a weapon is fun!

Does my child wear anything other than a uniform to class?
Except for the summer months when students are permitted to wear our USMA t-shirts, students are required to wear proper USMA uniforms. Uniforms from other martial arts schools are prohibited.

Am I too old to train?
You are never too old to train. We’ve had a 90 year old woman earn her black belt here!

How much does it cost?
We have many different programs and many different prices. Visit us today and find out what the current specials are.

How often are promotion tests?
Promotion tests are held once every 2 months. Throughout the 2 months, masters and instructors will closely watch each and every student, making sure the student has met a certain level of competency of the required skills and techniques for the respective belt ranks. Given the student has shown a certain level of competency, the masters and instructors will let the Grandmaster know the student is ready to test. Once the Grandmaster OKs, the student will be eligible to partake in promotion testing. To be sure, students WILL NOT be able to test without having mastered his or her requirements.