Piasa Martial Arts

Black Belt School of Excellence

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm interested in having my child begin class.  How old should the student be?

A: At Piasa Martial Arts, we have students ranging in age from 3 to 64.  A good rule of thumb is that your child should know left from right and be able to follow simple instructions like you would in playing a game of Simon Says.

Q: I've looked at other schools, and I know that they typically have contracts.  I've looked at the web site, and I don't see a copy that I can review.

A: At Piasa Martial Arts, we do not have contracts with our students.  Our students pay by the month.

Q: How long does it take the average student to attain the rank of black belt?

A: Each student will have a unique experience at Piasa Martial Arts. Depending on the student's conditioning, attendance, and discipline, a student could earn a black belt within 2.5 - 3 years of training. Some students, especially our adult students, have other commitments, and it might take longer. A couple of our black belts took about 1 year at each rank before taking their black belt tests.

Q: How many ranks are there to Black Belt in your school?

A: At Piasa Martial Arts, we follow the traditional Gup ranking system:

Q: How often do students test at your school?

A: Tests are usually scheduled every two months. Students are encouraged to test when they are ready. At lower ranks, there is less technical material to learn and develop, so it might be easier to keep that schedule. At higher ranks, some students might test every four months. Again, it will be the student's conditioning, attendance, and discipline that will factor in that schedule. When students attain brown belt, there is a six-month disciplinary period before the student may test for black belt.

Q: I am looking at the calendar for this next month, and I see that a test is scheduled.  What does my student need to do to prepare for the test?

A: In the two weeks leading up to the scheduled test, we ask that our students validate their skills (earn their tapes).  When the student is ready, he/she asks one of the black belts to validate their skill.  We use the following system:

The student shows he/she is ready by earning all four tapes.

Q: What is your school's primary style or martial art?

A: At Piasa Martial Arts, our primary style is Taekwondo; however, we are not style exclusive, but style inclusive.  We have an appreciation for other martial arts and study techniques from Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, and other arts.

Q: When do you need to purchase a uniform?

A: Students will need to purchase a uniform by the time that they take their first test. Students may purchase uniforms through Mrs. Hatten at the front desk.