The Bai Rui belt system consists of ten Student ranks and nine Black Belt Dan ranks. The Student ranks are often referred to as the coloured belt ranks. They start at 10th Gup and progress to 1st Gup. The Black Belt ranks commence at 1st Dan and progress to 9th Dan. To move between ranks, students attend a formal testing (held locally) to demonstrate that they are ready to move to the next level of training in the Art.
There are six coloured belts; white, yellow, green, blue and red, each representing the development of the student knowledge and skill in the art. With consistent practice, the average time for adults between coloured belt testings up to 1st Gup, is three months. For children we focus on allowing them to develop at a pace that is appropriate for their age and ability, so the time spent at each rank will be different for each individual child.
Training and development in the Art continues far beyond becoming a Black Belt. Achieving your first 1st Dan can be just the beginning! There are four classes of Black Belt; Novice is 1st to 3rd Dan, Expert is 4th to 6th Dan, Master is 7th to 8th Dan and Grand Master is 9th Dan.
Bai Rui Taekwon-Do is one of Australia's largest and most prestigious ITF Taekwon-Do schools. We have clubs across South East Queensland as well as in Canberra and Melbourne. Classes are open to all ages, with our specialist 'Taekindy' classes catering for children from 4yrs - 6yrs old.
At Bai Rui, we teach the traditional martial art of Taekwon-Do incorporating not only fitness and self defence, but the traditional techniques, the history of the art and the discipline that accompanies achievements within the art. For those looking to push themselves, there are courses run by senior instructors on specialist aspects at various times of the year as well as a fitness and sparring training squad every Saturday. Also, Bai Rui runs two of the largest martial arts tournaments in the country every year as well as sending teams to a number of other tournaments, giving all students an opportunity to perform in a competitive environment.
There is an emphasis on family within the Bai Rui clubs, and our classes provide one of the few environments where entire families can participate together as we do not separate the classes by age. To encourage and assist families, a number of significant family discounts are available on training fees and most of the events during the year.
Bai Rui has a dedicated and highly trained selection of instructors in our clubs. Additionally, all black belts within our school are trained not only in the techniques of Taekwon-Do, but in the skills to pass those techniques on to others. Seniors within the school regularly update their skills under our Chief Instructor (7th Dan Master Donal Byrne and other seniors) at black belt classes, courses, and a once yearly black belt camp. All of this is designed to provide our junior students with the best instruction possible. Our motto is -'the more senior (in the art) you become, the more humble you become in the service of others'.
The International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) was established on the 22nd March 1966, by the founder of Taekwon-Do General Choi Hong Hi. There are many forms of Taekwon-Do around now days but only the ITF style of Taekwon-Do is the original martial art following the techniques and syllabus as developed by the founder of Taekwon-Do General Choi. ITF Taekwon-Do is like no other martial art, each kick, each punch and each block has been comprehensively documented by General Choi in the encyclopaedia of Taekwon-Do spanning 15 volumes. ITF Taekwon-Do is the traditional Taekwon-Do, with one founder, one encyclopaedia and millions of students worldwide.
Tell me more about a normal class:
Most classes run for 90 minutes, and cater for a variety of ages and abilities. A normal class will start with a warm-up and stretch, followed by technical exercises, pattern work, kicking, self defence and sometimes free sparring. They usually begin and end with bowing in to the instructor and national flag, and sometimes meditation. Taekwon-Do has many discipline and etiquette practices in class, and you'll pick these up as you train.
What do I need to bring to my first class?
Simply wear comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle and towel. We usually train without shoes on, but you can wear shoes if you are required to.
Will I get hurt?
As a new student, our main priority is to keep you safe. You will be eased in to some of the exercises, and will not be fighting/sparring without proper prior training. Self Control is one of our five Tenets, and our senior students and instructors pride themselves in having the control to not hurt one another.
What if I haven't done any physical exercise for some time? What if I have a chronic injury, e.g. - bad knees?
No problem - our classes are usually moderately physical, but you are able to take it at your own pace. If you have a chronic injury, our instructors are happy to help accommodate you and to provide alternative exercises, so you can still participate and improve.