Do Children and Adults Progress at the Same Rate in Tae Kwon Do?

Kids Tae Kwon Do training

Tae Kwon Do is an asset to those of all ages. While some people view it as an after school activity for children, Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do has many adults that participate, because there is real value for those that are older to maintain their flexibility, their strength, their balance, their aerobic health, and so much more.

Of course, adults and children experience Tae Kwon Do very differently. Children are developing. Adults are trying to maintain. So, how does Tae Kwon Do differ for children and adults? Does progression occur at a similar rate?

Belt Advancement

In terms of belt advancement, adults are in a great position to progress at a faster rate, but are also going to be held to a slightly higher belt standard. For example, as you test for belts, adults are likely to find it easier to remember the movements required for the next belt advancement, but also need to execute those movements more fluidly.

It’s also important to remember that children generally have more flexibility, allowing them to adjust to the physical demands of Tae Kwon Do better. Kicking higher, for example, is easier when you’re young if you haven’t spent time working on your flexibility. But adults are usually able to kick and punch with more power, and keep their body movements more aligned in the process.

As a result, we test children and adults *slightly* differently, though the same basic rules apply:

  • Perform all the movements of the Poomsae
  • Show that you’ve mastered them as best you can

No matter your age or your level, you can expect that your improvements are going to be directly related to the amount of effort you put into everything you learned. We also take your openness and outlook in class into account. As you move up higher, the movements become more difficult. Children may have a harder with some movements, adults may have a harder time with others. As long as you show discipline and always try your best, you should be able to see the progress that you seek no matter your age.

Adults and Moving Up Faster

Overall, adults in the Tae Kwon Do programs do tend to move up faster than children. But being an adult is taken into account, so expectations may be a bit higher, and commitment is still one of the most important qualities one can have in order to make sure that you’re achieving your goals effectively.

One thing for sure, however, is that if you move up belt rankings, you can trust that you earned it. No one, not even children, move up belt rankings without earning it for their age and level. If you’re ready to start with Tae Kwon Do, whether you’re adult or a child, come join us at Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do, today.