Q - What is Tang Soo Do?
A - Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art that traces its roots back
approximately 2,000 years. It is comprised of elements of Korean and Chinese
styles. Tang Soo Do literally translates into: The Way Of The China
Q - Is my child old enough for martial arts?
A - Generally, six years old is a good starting age. Most children by
this age have developed enough both physically and mentally to take and benefit
from instruction. As everyone is unique, there have been students who started
at a younger age.
Q - Will my child become unruly or aggressive?
A - Just the opposite. Discipline and respect for others are
cornerstones of any good Martial Arts program. Students are taught the
consequences of their bad behavior - be it at AMAC or in their lives away from
us - up to and including dismissal from AMAC if it is determined that they have
misused what they have learned.
Q - Will I or my child get injured doing martial
A - Any physical activity can lead to injury, however great care is
taken by our instructors to ensure our students' safety. This includes strict
no-head contact rules in sparring, both at AMAC and within the entire Cheezic
Q - My child has a medical condition; would be safe to
try martial arts?
A - As long as your child's doctor gives approval, we have no problem;
it can only help.
Q - Am I too old for martial arts?
A - Never! Some students in the Cheezic Federation have started as old
as 50, and some practitioners are well into their 70s.
Q - What is the Cheezic Federation?
A - The Cheezic Federation is a federation of Tang Soo Do Schools, first
started by Grandmaster Robert
Cheezic. Grandmaster Cheezic was one of the first people to bring Tang Soo
Do to America, having studied it and earned his 1st Degree Blackbelt in South
Korea in 1960. Based in Connecticut, there are now over 60 schools and programs
worldwide in the federation.
Q - I have several children who are interested in
martial arts; can I afford AMAC?
A - Yes. AMAC rates are extremely competitive, and are on a simple month
to month basis; we do not use long term contracts. Our individual membership
fee is $65.00 per month, and we also offer a family plan (for immediate family
members) as follows:
Q - Why should I choose AMAC over another school?
A - We offer the highest quality of training, from Masters with decades
of experience, in a friendly, family-like atmosphere. There are no cliques and
no abuse of our students. All students are treated with equal respect and are
expected to reciprocate that respect. You are more than welcome to stop by,
observe our classes, and decide for yourself.
Q - Do Martial Arts really work in the real world?
A - If by "work" you mean give you the ability to fight like Jet Li in
the movies...then no, not unless you are committed to spending years training
6-8 hours a day (and can afford a good director, producer and choreographer.)
However if by "work" you mean give you the knowledge and ability to defend
yourself and escape from a bad situation, then yes. While the core of AMAC is
traditional Tang Soo Do, we also teach specific self-defense techniques against
common "street attacks" e.g. a choke attack from behind, being assaulted with a
weapon, etc. It does not matter if a technique is taken from another style of
martial arts or even military combat training. What is important is that the
technique works if properly executed. We also stress the importance of being
able to perceive and react to potentially dangerous situations, and better
still, how to avoid them in the first place.
Q - How long have you been teaching / has the school
A - Master Ken Saucier began teaching in 1986. AMAC has been in Foster,
RI since 1994.
Q - When do students get promoted to a higher belt?
How long does it take me to get a Black Belt? How does all of that work?
A - There is a set of curricula to achieve each belt level. In addition
to the minimum waiting period between each rank, students must show proficiency
in both the new and all previously learned curricula. AMAC generally has three
Gup (under Black Belt) grading ceremonies each year. Gup gradings are open to
students' families. Black Belt gradings are performed at the Federation level,
and are closed to all except existing Black Belts and the Black Belt candidates
Q - We have a pretty hectic schedule; how often do I
need to come to class?
A - What you put in is what you get out. Generally a minimum of twice a
week plus some additional training on your own at home will achieve the best
results. Of course, life for everybody is indeed hectic, and we understand that
sometimes you or your child will need to miss class.
Q - I noticed when I observed your classes that there
is a lot of tumbling. Do I need to be able to do gymnastics and acrobatics?
A - While being able to perform such feats will certainly enhance your
abilities and experience in martial arts, God made us all with our unique set
of abilitites and limitations. We will teach you how to perform basic rolls and
how to break a fall, both to prevent injury in class and if ever need be,
assist you in a real-world self defense situation.
Q - Do you have tournaments? If so, what are they
like? Is participation required to advance at AMAC?
A - The Cheezic Federation does sponsor four yearly inter-club
(Federation schools only) tournaments, as well as the yearly Connecticut Yankee
National Tournament which is open to all styles. There are also tournaments
that other Federations and styles sponsor that some of our students choose to
attend. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Tournaments provide
students, espscially children, a way to gauge their achievements and abilities,
as well as a way to meet and make new friends; they are fun!
Q - How do I begin training at Martial Arts Fitness
A - Just come by, see one of the Master belts, and sign up. There are no
special start dates.