Often we will have students want to transfer to our school, due to reasons such as they:
just moved to the area, or
want to leave another school, and join ours
In both cases, it is very easy to make the switch. There will be two types of students: those that come from another "certified" school, and those that come from a "non-certified" school.
Most martial arts schools in the world are certified through the Kukkiwon (Korea) and the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF). In the United States, these schools are also certified through Team USA (United States Olympic Team), and the USAT (USA Tae Kwon Do). People who have trained under certified schools worldwide have all learned the same curriculum. Therefore, if you are from a school, anywhere in the world, that is associated with the Kukkiwon and WTF, you will fit right in, and continue training at Troy Martial Arts, without interruption. If you are transferring from a school in the United States, then the previous school would be associated with the USAT and Team USA (Olympic Team). At Troy Martial Arts, we are affiliated with all 4 associations, and teach the same curriculum as they do. We are registered with all 4 associations, and pay dues for this association, and also participate in tournaments nationwide sanctioned by these associations.
Did you also know that there is only 2 martial arts in the Olympics every 4 years? Tae Kwon Do (Forms and Sparring) and Judo (Wrestling) are the only two sports. Why? These are the only two Martial Arts in the world that have standardized rules and teaching curriculum worldwide. Hence, it makes it easy for all the countries of the world to compete against each other, given they all have the same rules. The same is not true for things like Karate, Ju Jitsu, Hapkido, etc, since they are all home-grown systems, that are mostly one single school dependent for curriculum.
While most martial arts schools in the world are certified through the Kukkiwon (Korea) and the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF), there are a large number of schools that can fall within the following groups:
A Tae Kwon Do school, that was operated by an owner who chose NOT to affiliate with the proper organizations (it costs money), and hence has the ability to teach any forms, styles, poomse's, and sparring they want to, often changing the worldwide standard for this curriculum. Because of this, transferring from such a school is not as easy as being from a certified school. However, Troy Martial Arts will work with the student, such that they can keep their current belt ranking from the previous school, and simply catch up with the proper curriculum, and then continue to learn the right curriculum.
A Karate, Hapkido, Ju-Jitsu, or some other type of school, that is not affiliated with the Kukkiwon or Olympic Team or USAT in the United States (since obviously they do not practice Tae Kwon Do, the standard). Because of this, transferring from such a school is not as easy as being from a certified school. However, Troy Martial Arts will work with the student, such that they can keep their current belt ranking from the previous school, and simply catch up with the proper curriculum, and then continue to learn the right curriculum.
Summary - Any martial arts student under any curriculum can transfer to our school, keep their current ranking, and develop a plan with our staff to transfer that belt to a Kukkiwon, WTF, and Olympic Approved Martial Arts belt.