Age for participation:

Our traditional class is suitable for children ages 7 and up.  Our Jr. Warriors class, is suitable for kids ages 5-10. 


For children under the age of 7, we require that a parent or designated adult remain in the do-jang during class.

Preparation for class:

All students must have a water bottle.  Yellow belts and above must have a mouth guard at every class.  Blue belts and above MUST bring sparring gear to every class.


Uniforms and clothing

New students and white belts may wear any comfortable clothing that allows for stretching and jumping. Shoes, socks, and hats shall not be worn.  Jewelry shall not be worn in class as it presents a hazard.

A dobok (uniform) is required after white belt.  A plain white undershirt may be worn instead of the top on hot days.  Underclothes should not interfere with the workout and should not protrude from the uniform.  

Exceptions to the uniform policy are made for clothing worn for religious or medical purposes- please see instructor.

The Do-jang. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to use The Blue Sage Center for the Arts and The Yoga Tree in Hotchkiss as our practice spaces.  Please remember to demonstrate respect and bow in and out of the do-jang.  Please help us keep the space tidy, and clean up any spills or messes promptly.  Food may not be consumed in the do-jang and students shall not use phones, ipads, or other screens in the do-jang.   Running and horse-play is not allowed.  

Before, During, and After Class

Students are encouraged to arrive up to 15 minutes early for class.  Early arrival enables students to practice on their own and with other students.  Students should plan to stretch and/or practice patterns (forms) while waiting for class to begin.

We shall begin each class promptly at the designated time and we ask that students respect each other's time and arrive early with sufficient time to change into their uniforms.  Students must be in the do-jang in appropriate clothing to be considered on time.   Students more than 10 minutes late are not permitted to join the class as it creates a disruption to others.

All students shall help with cleanup after class (approximately 10 minutes).  We must be cleared out of our space within 15 minutes of the end of class and all students and families must be out of the building.

Belt levels and advancement

With regular attendance and instructor approval colored belts  may test for advancement 3 times per year (depending on readiness level and attendance record).   There is a minimum waiting period of 6 months prior to testing for black belt.   Students who have earned a belt rank with any school in the past may retain their rank, but will be required to demonstrate knowledge and patterns for all previous levels when advancing to the next belt rank.   REMEMBER- Testing is a privilege not a right- you must train hard, attend class regularly, and ask your instructor for permission to test.


            White   - 10th/9th Gup

            Yellow -  8th Gup

            High yellow – 7th Gup

            Green -6th Gup

            High Green -5th Gup

            Blue – 4th Gup

            High Blue- 4th Gup

            Red -2rd Gup

            High Red -1st Gup

            Black (9 levels)


Testing Schedule: 

We test 3 times per year.  Testing forms will be handed out and fees will be collected one week in advance.  Testing will be followed by a pot-luck banquet during which new ranks will be assigned and awarded. 




What does it take to become a black belt in Taekwon-Do??

With twice a week formal training and practice at home, it is possible to earn a first degree black belt in our school in approximately 4 years.  In addition to physical training, students wishing to test for black belt must demonstrate a passion for taekwon-do through embodiment of the 5 tenants of taekwon-do (courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit).  This is achieved through:

  • Tournament competition

  • Participation in special training seminars

  • Referee certification

  • Knowledge of Korean terminology, language, and history

  • Assisting the instructor/teaching other students

  • Demonstrating a commitment to our local community (volunteerism)

Earning a black belt is just the beginning of a lifetime journey.   There are 9 levels of black belt in taekwon-do.  To achieve the highest rank of Grand Master requires over 45 years of training and instructing!  


Payment:  Payment for each season due by the 2nd week of class.  Checks may be made out to “Paonia Taekwon-Do LLC”.