Our Copperfield Academy opened its doors back in 2004 and has been in the Copperfield Area ever since. We are currently located at:
7510 Cherry Park Drive, Suite C
Houston, TX 77095.
Our Academy has nearly 3000sqft of matted training space for our students to practice on in a safe environment; and is furnished with free standing bags and other equipment students will need during the training.
For our parents and family members who watch, our viewing room is furnished with leather chairs for relaxed viewing, bar height tables and chairs for parents that need to get some work done, and free WiFi throughout so parents can stay connected while they are at our school.
The short answer for these days: Not much. The big difference is where the styles originated. Karate comes from Japan while Tae Kwon Do comes from the Korean Peninsula. Karate naturally uses Japanese terms like "Sensi" for teacher while Tae Kwon Do uses the Korean Term "Sab bo nim". There are some other differences like emphasis in curriculum, but that would take an essay to explain
Yes but with a hint of No. Our style of Martial Arts is a Mixed system meaning we pull from multiple styles of martial arts to strengthen our own style. The main backbone of our curriculum is Tae Kwon Do, but as you progress through the ranks you will slowly be exposed to elements of other styles like Hapkido, Wrestling, Western Boxing, and many others.
Traditionally, students with no experience begin their journey at the White Belt Rank.
Yes you will! But don't worry, we won't let you test 'till we are sure you are ready! Testing is an important part of a martial artist's journey, but it also allows instructors to give you feedback on how you are doing. For our younger students (and some older ones) testing helps people get over "stage fright" and to stand with confidence even in an environment where they themselves may not being comfortable.
Sparring is a controlled exercise where students don protective gear and attempt to use what they have learned against an opponent in a Highly Supervised environment. Sparring is a completely optional addition to normal training.
Sparring is completely OPTIONAL. Everyone trains for different reasons, some are only here for a workout. But, with that said, it is highly suggested that students should spar. It teaches students to be tough and that getting hit isn't what they think it is. Sparring teaches students practical skills because only practical will work against an opponent. But again, sparring is completely optional.