Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I try it before I sign up?
A: Absolutely! Come try out a class free of charge or come and watch any time you'd like. If you would like to work out with the class, you will be asked to fill out the release waiver form for the gym you attend.
Q: What should I wear to my first class?
A: Wear loose clothing such as warm-ups, sweats or shorts, and a t-shirt. Instructors have all-black uniforms and patches available to purchase at a minimal cost.
Q: What is the cost of monthly tuition?
A: Please contact your local instructor for complete details regarding the cost of monthly tuition and all available discounts. See Gyms and Classes.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract?
A: There are no long-term participation contracts. Student participation is on a month-to-month basis. Students must register with the Intermountain Hapkido Alliance and sign a registration & release waiver form.
Q: Is there any free sparring?
A:We do controlled step-sparring at varying speeds. Free sparring is completely optional, and only with willing participants, in the higher belt ranks. We also practice Hapkido locking/throwing techniques (points) with a partner.
Q: What is the minimum age a student can start?
A: Generally, five-years old is the minimum, however, your local instructor can make exceptions based on your child's ability.
Q: What should I expect on my first class?
A: To sweat a lot and have fun! After learning some basic stances, class begins with warm-ups, then core development, punching & striking, and kicking. The last part of class is reserved for practicing other techniques such as breakfalls, rolls, or points (Hapkido locking/takedown techniques), as well as other areas of focus.
Q: Are there any competitions or tournaments?
A: No. Hapkido is specifically designed to be a self defense / military / law enforcement martial art. However, students can participate in tournaments if they so choose, but it is not a requirement of the martial art.