Here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we offer 2 free weeks of classes to any prospective student (6 years old and older). We start that free trial period off with an Introductory Lesson – a scheduled time during one of our regular classes in which that brand new student gets to work with an instructor, getting to know us, the Traditional Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won™, and how we teach it.
Here are some suggestions for how to prepare for your or your child’s Introductory Lesson:
1. Please come ready to have fun! We work hard at making anyone’s first experience in our school as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. You (or your child) may feel nervous, or embarrassed, or excited – we understand, and we probably felt something like that when we first came to a class ourselves. Don’t let those feelings get in your way – everyone here is simply interested in giving you the opportunity to try things out.
2. Wear comfortable clothes for moving around. Registered students will be wearing black uniforms, called “doh bahks,” and belts that recognize and indicate each student’s experience level. But we have new folks trying out classes all the time, so everyone here is used to seeing students during their two free week trial period taking classes in shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt. Everyone, including you, will be barefoot in class, so clean feet and trimmed nails are recommended.
3. You will MOVE! While the instructor who leads your Introductory Lesson will do some talking and be willing to answer your questions, this is a martial arts classroom, and the best way to teach and learn is by DOING. If your Introductory Lesson is during our Adult class, your class will start with a workout that is meant to challenge – work hard, but be smart about taking care of your body’s needs and abilities.
4. We’ll have a packet of information called our Student Handbook that is chock full of information about us, Kuk Sool Won™, and our parent organization, the World Kuk Sool Association. Please read through it as soon as you can, then keep it around as a reference as you or your student continues. Information that may not seem particularly pertinent on your first day may be exactly the answer you need to a question that comes up later.
5. One of the most important things that we teach here is a system of etiquette – the behaviors and skills that insure safe and effective learning of a martial art AND that help us to be better people and better at all of our interpersonal interactions and relationships. Etiquette is something that we teach – just like kicking or our techniques or meditation, we don’t expect anyone to already know these skills on his or her first day.
6. You can talk to us! Teaching and training and running a school means we’re busy people, but we want to answer your questions or hear your concerns. If you have concerns or information you think would be helpful for us to know, please communicate that – email is great for either getting that information to us or in requesting a time to talk. We want to make this a good and valuable experience for you or your child, so please feel free to let us know if you have questions or worries.