Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. When and where do you practice?
  2. Who's allowed to join?
  3. Can I join in the middle of the year or in the middle of the term?
  4. What's the difference between being in the club or just taking TKD for PE credit?
  5. What if I sign up for PE but don't come to enough practices to receive credit?
  6. What if I have an x-hour on Tuesday or some other commitment that prevents me from practicing?
  7. What's the deal with Friday practices? Who are they meant for?
  8. What's the deal with Saturday practices? Who are they meant for? 
  9. Do I need a uniform? How do I get one?  

When and where do you practice?

We practice in the West Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:20 PM and on Saturdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. 

Tues/Thu classes are taught by instructors, while Saturdays are led by students.  

The West Gym is located downstairs where the basketball courts are.  Walk into the main entrance of Alumni Gym, turn right, walk down the stairs and through the double doors.

Who's allowed to join?

Anyone from the Dartmouth community - this includes undergrads, grad students, faculty, and staff.  If you're affiliated with Dartmouth, you can join.  You don't need ANY previous martial arts experience!!  We have wonderful instructors with years of teaching experience.

Unfortunately, due to Dartmouth regulations other Hanover community members cannot join.  However, Blue Wave TaeKwonDo (the organization we're affiliated with) has a school nearby - go to the Blue Wave website and click on "Locations" for more information.

Can I join in the middle of the year or in the middle of the term?

Yes! You can join ANYTIME.  You need not have taken TKD in the fall to join in the winter, and you can even join half way through the term.

What's the difference between being in the club or just taking TKD for PE credit?

Almost nothing.  If you're taking TKD for Phys Ed (sign up on bannerstudent), you're in the taekwondo club, however this means you have to make a certain number of practices to receive credit (13).  Official PE classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are the only ones which count for credit, but attending Friday practices is strongly encouraged for all club members.  You can only take TKD for PE credit twice due to Dartmouth Phys Ed requirements, however you can be in the club for as long as you want!

What if I sign up for PE but don't come to enough practices to receive credit?

Shame on you.  The Phys Ed department is very strict about this - they charge you a $50 fine and a "Fail" goes on your transcript.  To prevent this, make sure you withdraw from the class before the deadline if you feel like you just don't have the time or if something comes up.  This also applies to injuries - you must contact Rhonda Martin to withdraw from the PE class officially.

What if I have an x-hour on Tuesday or some other commitment that prevents me from practicing?

Unfortunately this could be a problem.  The only classes which count towards PE credit are the Tuesday and Thursdays.  However, you don't need to be signed up for PE credit to practice TKD.  You can still practice on a restricted schedule and be a contributing club member if you are extra good about coming to class whenever you are able.  

What's the deal with Friday practices? Who are they meant for?

Friday practices are student led and  are intended for students with previous martial arts experience.  This includes students who have practiced at a different martial arts school or Dartmouth TKD students with a yellow belt or above.  The reason for this is that the time you spend as a white belt is very important and its best if you learn from qualified instructors.   However, if you can come then do so.  Fridays are a lot of fun - you get to try new things, see different styles of TKD practitioners leading class, and work on techniques that you've been dying to try or that you need help with.

Whats the deal with Saturday practices? Who are they meant for?

Saturday practices are for yellow belts and above.  The practices are 2 hours long and are focused on conditioning and sparring training, although one doesn't have to spar during a Saturday practice.  Anyone with a yellow belt or above is encouraged to give Saturday sparring a try, whether or not you've sparred before.

Do I need a uniform? How do I get one?

Although you don't have to have a uniform, we would encourage those who anticipate sticking with TKD for more than one term to invest in one (just after you get your yellow belt).  The cost is about $45 (fully embroidered and with flags) and you can ask one of the officers about purchasing one.  Of course, if you already own a uniform from previous martial arts experience feel free to use it!

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