FAQ-United Tae Kwon Do

United Tae Kwon Do

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What ages can a child start Taekwondo from?
A: Ages 5 years old and up. 

Q: What is the class schedule?
A: Please see Class Schedule for all the details.

Q: Where is your school?
A: 669A Burnside Ave in East Hartford. Directly across from School Street, near the Police Station and Dollar Tree.

Q: What is the price for the classes?
A: $125.00 per student for unlimited classes. Prices in surrounding towns range from $150 - $200/mo, so we try to keep our price the lowest in the area, so we can serve the most people.

Q: Is there a signup fee or start-up cost?
A: No, the $125 for your first month is all you need to get started.  We don't charge any type of sign-up fee.  We don't require you to buy an "equipment package" or anything like that.  And, currently, in Connecticut there is no sales tax either, so $125 is all you need.  (We accept cash, check, and all credit/debit cards)

Q: Are there any introductory promotions?
A: Yes, each student receives a free free uniform, which is a $35 value.  See Pricing/Specials for more information/details.  In addition, we are delighted for you and/or your child to take a trial class or two, if that help you identify if our school is a good fit for you.  :)

Q: What is involved in the signup process?
A: It takes about 30 minutes and includes sign-up paperwork, school rules, and uniform. Parents and student children must attend signup together and payment in full for the next month is required at that time.  All sign-ups must be scheduled in advance - just give us a call at 860-289-8008 now.  If for any reason you can't attend your scheduled sign-up, please just give us a call to let us know and reschedule.

Q: How does the payment cycle work?
A: It runs monthly from the day you start. For example, if your first class is on the 10th of August, your next payment will be due on the 10th of September.  If you pay by credit card, you will be automatically charged on your payment day.  If not, we'll send you an invoice by Email about 10 days prior, which you can pay in-person or online using a checking account, Apple Pay, or any credit card.

Q: Are there any discounts?
A: Yes, we offer a generous Family Discount (Family is defined as people living at the same residence.)
      1st student: $125/mo
      2nd student: $75/mo
      3rd student and more: $60/person/mo

Q: Do I have to sign a long-term contract or make a one-year commitment?
A: While we do offer minimal discounts for 3-mo or 12-month prepayment, we do not require long-term contracts.  Most of our students just pay monthly.  If for any reason, you want to take a month or more off, just let us know 7 days before your payment day and we'll gladly suspend your tuition.  We would never want to lock you in to something you weren't getting benefit from.

Q: What days are the school holidays?
A: Please see the bottom of the Class Schedule page for the current year's holiday closings.

Q: Do you teach (my child) how to fight?
A: We do not teach fighting -- Absolutely NOT!  We teach our students how to have an outstanding mind and body, which results in self-defense as a natural by-product, not as our primary objective.

Q: Can we try a class?
A: Yes, anyone age 5+ can try a class or two for free, appropriate for the age group of the student. Please see Pricing/Specials for a list of the Trial Class Rules.  Then give us a call at 860-289-8008 now to schedule your trial class.  Please mention how you heard about us and the age(s) of those attending the trial class.  If for any reason you can't attend your scheduled trial class please just give us a call to let us know and reschedule. 

Q: Can I join my child's trial class, too?
A: YES!  We strongly encourage moms, dads, siblings, and spouses to join in the trial classes -- IT'S FUN TO TRAIN TOGETHER AS A FAMILY!!

Q: Is there a charge for belt promotion tests?
Yes, we have promotion tests 4 times a year and they range from $35-$99, based on the student's rank.  Not all students will be ready to test at every scheduled test.  Black belt tests cost more, as they are administered through the World Taekwondo Headquarters (Kukkiwon) in Seoul, Korea.

Q: Is the school closed today due to bad weather?
A: Typcailly, if East Hartford schools are closed, then we close also.  However, there are some exceptions, so just call our main number 860-289-8008 and we will have a special voicemail answer stating "This is an imporant message -- Due to inclement weather all activities are cancelled today" if we are closed.  Feel free to call back and check during the day, as weather can change often here in New England.

Q: Can special needs students take classes?
A: Yes, but it all depends on each child. You are welcome to set up a trial class to see how it goes. After the class the instructor will have a meeting with the parent and their child to see if it was a good fit for the child, the family, and the school.

Q: Will there be someone available to translate Spanish?
A: There are many Spanish-speaking people who attend our school, who are always glad to help translate any questions. The class itself won’t need any translation as much is in Korean anyway.

Q: Do you offer a cheaper way for coming to only one class-per-week?
A: Our program is designed around sutdents attending 2 classes each week. We don't charge any more if you want to come to 3 or more, and we don't charge less if you only come to 1. While you will not get the same benefit by attending just one class each week, you will still progress just fine in Taekwondo, but at a slower pace.

Q: $125 is a lot for a month, compared to a gym. Do you have a way to make it cheaper?
A: Taekwondo is an elite martial art, nothing like a gym membership. You are trained by a Master Instructor, who has at least 25 years of martial arts training, as well as numerous black belts and advanced student instructors and assistant instructors, all with extensive training in martial arts.  The typical monthly rate for martial arts classes is $150-$200/mo in our surrounding towns -- We work hard to keep our prices the lowest anywhere, and at $125/mo you can't beat it!

Q: Can you tell me more about your school's Master Instructor?
A: Our school's Master Instructor, Mr. Reiss, is a Second Generation Taekwondo Master, having trained directly under Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee, one of the the original founders of Taekwondo itself.  With five children and decades of Taekwondo experience since 1985 as both a student and an instructor, he is highly qualified and well-respected both in our school and in the Taekwondo community at large.  See Our Instructors for more details.

Q: Who is your school's Grandmaster?
Our Master Instructor's life-long teacher was Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee (1938 - 2016), who was the 42nd black belt in all of Taekwondo, out of millions of black belts. He was also a 10th degree black belt, having personally taught over 25,000 students, 1000 black-belts, 100 masters, and 25 grandmasters for over 65 years!  He founded our school right here in East Hartford, at its present location on Burnside Ave, in September 1974.  See Our Instructors and http://www.MooYongLee.com for more details.

Q: What about other Masters and Grandmasters?
In addition recognizing Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee as our school's Grandmaster, we look to several other Grandmasters and Masters as leaders in our extended Taekwondo family, including Grandmaster McLaughlin, Grandmaster Waldron, Grandmaster Nowak, Grandmaster Pelletier, Grandmaster Yousef, Grandmaster Botticello, Grandmaster Mast, Grandmaster Wertz, Grandmaster Edlund, Master Wright, Master Pon, Master Sheridan, Master Fusco, Master Lord, Sahbumnim Dr. Cohen, Sahbumnim Ramos, Sahbumnim Balboni, Sahbumnim Sukhai, Sahbumnim Huff, Mr. Viveiros, Mrs. Viveiros, and 100s of others.  Our school history, heritage, and lineage is one of the richest in the world!