Dragon Martial Arts Academy - Creston

New Student Information

Starting out in a martial art is something many feel nervous about. There are so many things that you may not know. The purpose of this page is to help guide you through what to expect as you get started.

Who Are We?

At Dragon Martial Arts Academy - Creston, our primary curriculum is a traditional style of Tae Kwon-Do (a martial art which originated in Korea with influences from Japanese Karate). In order to provide the most well-rounded experience possible; cross training is encouraged and provided. Students will learn a full black belt curriculum in Tae Kwon-Do, while gaining skills in other arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido.

Our motto is “Self defense and fitness through traditional Tae Kwon-Do”; and these are the 2 primary focuses of our classes. A strong body and mind is better prepared to respond should there be a need for self defense. To accomplish these ends, students don’t just get a great work out. Every class of our structured curriculum is designed to build upon previous lessons and experience... improving physical skills while increasing self confidence.

Classes and Tuition:

Our regular class season runs from September through June, with summer classes available. We are closed on Statutory Holidays, and select Special Events. Monthly tuition is due at the beginning o​f each month. Post-dated monthly cheques are accepted (and preferred) to eliminate the need for you to remember to bring tuition in each month.

Curriculum and Testing:

The belt system used in our style of Tae Kwon-Do consists of 10 levels between White Belt (where we all start) to Black Belt. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. There is no average time frame for a student to progress from White Belt to Black Belt. This journey often takes anywhere from 5 to 12 years. This is because every person is unique, and progresses at their own pace. Of course, a black belt is not the end of the journey... but more like graduating from high school. There is still so much that can continue to be learned.

Between each belt level, students undergo testing. A belt test is a great tool for building confidence (both in their techniques, and personally... performing in front of their peers and family). 

Uniforms and Safety Gear:

At White Belt (once the decision has been made to pursue ongoing training); an all-white martial arts uniform is required to be worn during every class. Any loose jewelry must be removed during classes; and finger/toe nails need to be trimmed.

At Yellow Belt, students begin to move into ‘light contact free-sparring’ during class. This sparring is a large part of every student’s curriculum at all levels moving forward. At this time, a basic level of Safety Gear is required (Mouth Guard, Gloves, and Shin/Instep protection). Students are of course welcome to purchase and use optional gear which exceeds the minimum standard at any time (such as Head padding, athletic cup, and chest protector). Once purchased, sparring gear should be brought with the student to each class.

Hopefully this information is helpful as you begin the exciting first steps into the world of martial arts. Please bookmark this website (dmacreston.com) and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on everything happening around the school. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.

Thank you