Black Belt Academy
4885 West Boulevard • Poplar Bluff Missouri 63901 • 573.785.KICK (5425)

What equipment do I need to get started?

The only thing we require of new students is your uniform and belt, the cost of which is included in your Introductory Month fee.

You do not need to wear your uniform to class -- work out clothes are fine -- but you do need to wear your belt.

Do you offer gender-specific classes?

Our regularly scheduled classes are available for both men and women, boys and girls. Occasionally, we will offer special self-defense seminars for women.

Do you offer age-specific classes?

Generally speaking, all of our classes are available for students of any age.

We accept students five years old and up. Adult Taekwondo, 7:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, is for students 13 and over.

How many classes per week can I attend?

You can attend as many classes per week as you want. You aren't limited to a set number, and a minimum is not required. We do, however, recommend you attend at least twice per week.

Where do these patches go?!

Color belts have three patches on their uniforms. The ATA patch goes on the right chest, our school patch goes on the left chest, and the Black Belt Club patch goes on the left sleeve, about 1.5 inches below the shoulder seam.

Mommy? Where do State Champions Come From?

Well, there's this cabbage patch where they grow the trophies . . . and a stork delivering bundles of belts . . .

Okay, not really. But had you going there for a minute, right?!

Anyone can, and is encouraged to, compete in the tournaments. To compete for points, which determine the State Championships, you must be a Leadership student.

The number of points you earn depends on your final placement in the ring (1st, 2nd or 3rd) and how many competitors were in your ring. Basically, the one who finishes the tournament year with the most points in each division is the State Champion, earning a certificate, the right to wear a special State Champion uniform, and bragging rights.

You can learn a lot more about the program at the ATA Tournaments section of their site.

Is my child too young?

Probably not! Our youngest students are five years old.

Am I too old?

Definitely not! We have students in their 70s. As a matter of fact, the Wall Street Journal published an article in May 2012, Kicking from the Hip, on this very subject!

How do I schedule the free introductory class?

Just show up. Seriously! It isn't any more complicated than that!

The best time to take an introductory class is Monday through Thursday at either 4:15 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. These classes are structured for beginners and younger students.

Let us know why you're there and we'll get you started.

Oh -- and you'll want to take off your shoes and socks. :-)

At what point are the students required to learn weapons?

Currently, weapons forms are not required until the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt is earned. At that time, the Bahng Mahng Ee and Ssahng Jeol Bong forms are required.

Color belts are not required to learn a weapon, but they are encouraged to do so. Lower rank students who do weapons forms at testing can earn an additional ten points.

Open classes provide a great opportunity to work with new weapons or techniques. Every Wednesday is "Weapons Wednesday" and each class that day will include time to work on striking lines and freestyle forms.