The Southern California Tae Kwon Do Academy welcomes you...

“The study of Taekwondo is not the task of one day,
or of one year...
It is rather the path
of a life time.”

 Grand Master Patrick T. Steinhauser
8th Dan
Founder of The Southern California Tae Kwon Do Academy in 1975

Training in the art of Taekwondo is more than just kicking and punching...
It is development of a strong mind and body.
Patience, concentration, attention to detail, spirit and humility are essential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Taekwondo?
A: Taekwondo is a Korean martial art turned sport that has grown as a global sport since the foundation of the World Taekwondo Federation in 1973. The exercise of Taekwondo will develop strength and flexibility of the body, develop patience, concentration, attention to detail, develop quick reflexes, spirit and humility. Meditation will develop inner awareness and confidence. Only by balancing these can you reach the true meaning of Taekwondo. The study of technique is not the task of one day, or of one year...It is rather the path of a life time.

Q: Who can practice Taekwondo?
A: Just about everyone--children, teens, and adults. We also have several families who train together. Master Steinhauser recommends that children should be at least 5 years old to start.


Q: I have a previous injury/medical condition. Can I still train?
A: Definitely. Taekwondo can be very strenuous, but you can take it at your own pace, as much as your injury would allow.

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Call SOCATKDA at (562)
533-5305 or email Grand Master Steinhauser for more information.

Q: Where can I buy my uniform, and how much is it?
A: You can purchase our School uniform and patch when you sign up with Master Steinhauser. The Uniform cost is $45.00. Master Steinhauser will help you figure out the size.

Q: What is the fee for the class?
A: $70.00 per month and as many classes as you like. 

Q: Tests? What tests?
A: In order to progress in rank, you will be tested on the skills you've learned in class. Testing takes place every 3 months. Black Belt test is held once a year in June. Attendance requirements, in order to Test, are: White, Yellow, and Green Belts must attend at least 20 class meetings, within each three month period, between tests and Red Belts must attend at least 40 class meetings, in six month period, between tests. If you don't know if you have enough attendance days or whether you should test, please see Master Steinhauser.

Q: What do I need to know for those tests?
A: Everything you need to know for your test will be taught to you and practiced during class. If you have questions about what you need to know, ask a Senior or Master Steinhauser. Feel free to ask any Senior to review things with you before or after class.

Q: I have so much homework today. I'm afraid I'm going to miss training. Help!
A: Fear not! Our homework table can be set up for your studying pleasure. Master Steinhauser requires everyone to finish their homework before training. So if you couldn't finish at home, put your uniform on and bring the homework to class. Once you finish your studying, you can jump in and train. If you need help with your homework, you can ask the Seniors. (Parents: We have several highly qualified people to help the kids with their school work...from teacher, engineer, to Ph. D. scholar!)

Q: Who do I talk to if I have questions about the class?
A: Grand Master Steinhauser is the person to go to. Our black belt instructors like Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Fallaha, and Mr. Trent Steinhauser can also help.