Questions and Answers
Who are the Instructors:
Master Scott Downey (8th Degree Black Belt) and
Master Cathy Downey (7th
Degree Black Belt). Both are 1997 Taekwon-Do World Champions (St. Louis, USA).
During this world championship Master Downey also received the Best Overall
Senior Competitor Award. Master Downey and Mrs. Downey are both retired
from competition but continue to be involved in National and International
events as Umpire A's. The husband and
wife team have been teaching Taekwon-Do in St. John’s and Mount Pearl for the
past 25 years and are two of the most highly qualified Taekwon-Do instructors in
Canada. They have had personal training (six seminars) from the Legendary
founder of Taekwon-Do (General Choi Hong Hi) and many more from the ITF
technical committee. For more information on the instructors go to the instructors
section of this web site.
We also have several
We also have severalAssistant Black Belt Instructors:
What is Taekwon-Do?
Taekwon-Do is a Korean Martial Art and it is the most popular Martial Art in the
world. Tae means to Kick, Kwon means to punch and Do is the
art or way. Therefore Taekwon-Do is the “art of kicking and punching.”
Do I have to be fit to join
Taekwon-Do? NO. As a beginner
you will be slowly introduced to the various exercises and techniques. In a few
short weeks you will notice an improvement in strength, stamina and flexibility.
In addition, you will find that you will deal more effectively with stress in
your life and you will find that you are more relaxed and self-confident.
Will I learn how to defend
myself? Yes. At Downey’s
Taekwon-Do we teach practical self-defense techniques including releasing
techniques and attacks against vital spots of the body. Our philosophy of
self-defense is “Talk if you will, walk away if you can, run if you must, but
if all else fails defend yourself”.
Is Taekwon-Do good for children?
Yes. Doctors, psychologists, and teachers often recommend Taekwon-Do for
children because it not only helps the child physically (weight management,
increased strength, stamina, flexibility, and coordination) but also mentally
(increased attention span and concentration, improved self-esteem and
self-confidence, and better able to control frustration and anger). In addition,
the child is taught to respect their parents, teachers, and each other. The shy
and introverted child learns to become more confident, assertive, and social.
The aggressive child learns self-control through relaxation training and
I have been in many types of
fitness programs in the past but have not been able to stick to the program for
any length of time. Will joining Taekwon-Do be any different?
YES. Taekwon-Do has a grading system that allows you to set short-term realistic
goals with the ultimate goal of attaining the rank of Black Belt. We have had a
group of 30 students join our program at the same time and 25 continued to train
and attain their Black Belt. This required approximately 4 years of consistent
training and resulted in significant improvements in health and fitness. Most of
these individuals would not have been able to continue with a regular fitness
program (weight training, aerobics, etc…) for 4 weeks let alone 4 years. For
many of our students Taekwon-Do is a “way of life for the rest of their
Do you have programs for various
age groups? YES. Below are some
of the programs offered:
Little Dragons Class December 2014
Over the past 27 years our famous Little Dragon's Program (age 4-7) have produced hundreds of "Yes I Can" students. Many have gone on to become Black Belts in our Regular program. Master Downey, who is also a registered Psychologist, and works as a Psychologist at the Janeway Child Health Center (1991 to present) specifically designed this program for young children who are not developmentally ready for success in the regular program. This program focuses on developing the child’s coordination with an emphasis on displaying courtesy and respect for fellow students, parents and instructors. They are also taught the importance of self-control and how to deal with conflict in a non-violent manner. During the "meditation" portion of the class the students recite the tenets of Taekwon-Do (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit). They also recite the philosophy of self-defense: "Talk if you will, walk away if you can, run if you must, but if all else fails, defend yourself".
This program allows family members to train together at the same time. About
of our students consist of family members. We have had many of these family
members continue with their training and reach the level of Black Belt together.
Our most recent family to accomplish this goal was Ms. Sharon Trenholm and her
two daughters (Elena and Sarah). A family that kicks together sticks together!
Note: If you have any other questions please E-mail Master Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 753-4248 (cell 690-4753)