1. Can I Come to look or Try a Free Class?

Yes, come to have a look or to join in. Please let us know if/when you intend to visit one of our classes, as places are limited.


2. Can a new person try Taekwondo before becoming a member?

We invite “New Students” to attend a FREE introductory class.

The First Session is Free. Please confirm your place in class with payment before the end of each term. Note: Please bring your own drink bottle, water bottle, and running shoes to training. Fun, Fitness, and achievements depend on what each student puts into training.

3. What is the Introductory Period?

The next step is to attend four classes as a Non-Member, paid in advance at a discounted rate of $55. At this point, the student will have a reasonable idea if Taekwondo and Our Club are for them and whether Kim’s Taekwondo East Gippsland can accommodate the student’s learning requirements.

4. Where and when are classes?

East Gippsland

Beginner Classes: 5:15 pm - 6 pm.

  • Lakes Entrance: Tuesday and Thursday (St Brendan's Primary School Hall)
  • Bairnsdale: Monday and Wednesday (St Mary's Primary School Gym)

Latrobe Valley

  • Traralgon: Monday and Wednesday (Grey Street Primary School Hall: 6 pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Moe: Friday (Health Fitness Studio Lloyd Street: 5:15 pm).

5. What should I bring to class?

Bring your bottle of water.

Wear clothes for the activity

Shoes to be worn to and from training. (Barefeet during training) 


6. What if I have more questions?

Our team will be available to answer your questions and get you started.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions via email

at or send us a text to request a time to discuss your situation.

M: 0419 315 855 


7. Is there a minimum age for students? 

Generally, our classes are suitable for Grade 1 or 6-year-olds and above

8. Am I too old to do Taekwondo?

Anyone who aspires to be active can benefit from Taekwondo training. All activities can be varied according to the student's fitness and skill levels. We have trained and graded successful students in their 60s.

9. How fit do I need to be before I start Taekwondo?

Please don’t wait to get fit before starting! If you doubt your health, please seek medical advice before commencing.

10. Can Parents train with their children?

We offer mixed-age and belt-level classes. Families can take advantage of Taekwondo training together. Experience has shown that parents and children can achieve high levels of Taekwondo training together. Going through the challenges together can build great relationships. Parents become students and children learn how to face challenges by parental role modeling.

11. Is there a family rate?

We offer discounts when payment of training fees is made in advance, where 3 or more students are from one family.

12. What is expected at Taekwondo Classes?

If you are a little “Old-school”, you may expect lots of “Do's & Don’ts”.

  1. When going to Taekwondo Classes

  • Bring a bottle of water & suitable clothes (members: club uniform),
  • Arrive before class starts!
  • All personal items are to be stored as directed by an instructor
  • Bare feet during classes (unless otherwise agreed with the instructor)
  • Toilet breaks may be offered or required during class, best go before training 

  1. Conduct at Taekwondo

When do you bow?

  • Bowing is a cultural practice that shows respect for yourself, those you are with, and the space used for training (Dojang – doh jung). Therefore, you would bow as you enter and leave the venue, move onto the designated training area, and greet others in the class. As a member, you must bow to the most senior students first.

You will be shown mutual respect.

  • Personal Items – You are responsible for your Stuff

All personal items should be neatly stored away from the training area. Mobile phones are not required. Jewelry is not safe while participating in classes. Please remove all jewellery, including watches, unless directed by your instructor.

  • Preparation – Get the head and body ready for action

Ensure that you have suitable clothes for the activity. Find an appropriate space to begin your training. Try some stretching or basic warm-up movements.

  • Lining Up

                          It is customary to begin classes in a line formation. Senior belt levels will direct you on how to do this.

  • Participation

Just give it a go and have some fun!

Being nervous or anxious about joining classes is quite normal. We encourage you to try your best to do what is shown by following instructions and positive leadership examples.

Questions on how to take action are encouraged. Questions not specific to the activity or action may be best asked at another time. It is important that we keep the class flowing and focused.


Get your head in the game – It is unreasonable to expect a great session at training if you do not bring your best effort. Try to keep your training time fun and positive.  Do your best to leave any negative stuff and distractions for a time.  If you feel the same way at the end of the training, you may ask someone with the ability - to help you.


You are welcome to join us for fun, focused on learning skills and growing our abilities to perform better with others. Some behaviours are preferred, and we will cover them during our classes.

Our hire of the Gymnasium/hall does not include the school playground or equipment. Children are not permitted to roam the playground. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. Please help us retain the use of our facilities and abide by these rules of hire. We appreciate the opportunity to use high-quality facilities. The venue is expected to be left in the way it was found.

Our instructors are highly experienced and qualified to deliver our classes. The syllabus is nationally and internationally recognized. Specialized training is offered by invitation to students who show interest and ability to represent the Club at approved events.

After the trial period of 5 training sessions

13. What can I expect from this training in the long term?

Students will learn Martial Arts skills that build positive individual strengths and confidence within a positive community.

Achieving each level is a step closer to a Black Belt. Some student benefits are improved fitness, positive self-image, self-control, and recognised qualifications. Each step is the progressive achievement of challenging demands to perform one’s best. No two people are the same, nor are there two Black Belts the same.

14. Is there an Annual Insurance in the membership?

Our affiliation with Australian Taekwondo includes annual insurance at Club, National, and International levels.

Membership includes:

  • Australian Taekwondo (AT) registration via
  • Participant Insurance
  • Ability to participate in classes as a member (discounted rates)
  • Full access to AT events and information
  • EGTKD Administration fees

New Membership Fee - $120 Full Year

Annual Renewal Fee – (January) - $45

Taekwondo Australia Membership & Insurance Annually (January 1 – December 31)

15. How much will training cost per term?

Training fees per term ($110 - $220) relative to your commitment level.

16. How long is a term program in Taekwondo?

Four (4) terms in the year are delivered adjacent to the school term. Students are welcome to train at either Lakes Entrance or Bairnsdale to make up for missed sessions or get more out of your membership and Taekwondo training.

17. How do I book for Taekwondo Classes?

Booking Your Classes/sessions

  • Class bookings are confirmed on payment.
  • Classes are offered at venues in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale. Times may vary depending on enrolments.
  • Member-class payment options:
  • By term or per class – All classes must be paid in advance to attend.
  • Please note your Venue, Belt level Programs, and times when booking.

Training Fees: paid online at

New Student Intro Pack, 4 classes for $55

or Per Class Fee $20

  • Class payments made in arrears/after training are $20 per class.
  • Non-member/casual training

Member Term Fee – (In-advance payment only)

  • One night per week/term $110 (Up to 10 classes)
  • Two Nights per week/term $220 (Up to 20 classes)
  • 3 or more per week - .. % Discount (with booking voucher)
  • Families of 3 or more - ..% Discount

Missed classes during a term can be transferred to an alternate venue or class within the same term. (Unused paid classes do not automatically transfer to the following term)


18. Where do I get a uniform and belts?

Our student members can access all the required uniforms and items for Taekwondo participation via our online store. A uniform(Dobok) costs approximately $80 and includes pants, a top, and a belt.

Ordering Uniforms via 24/7 Online Ordering

Allow for processing and delivery times from suppliers. (Between 1 – 4 weeks depending on supply)

  • All orders are processed in bulk at the end of Weeks 3 & 7 of each term. Minimum items required by some suppliers.
  • Sizing can be tricky. Please confirm with your instructor at training.
  • All uniforms are pre-paid and made via our website only. A processing fee may apply to purchases.
  • Items will be delivered via Instructors at training.

19. Is there a summer uniform?

Our club t-shirts and shorts are supplied online via our store and local suppliers. Supplier delays may be experienced.

Please speak to your instructor.

20. What are the different Belt levels?

We use a consistent colour grading system. New members start at White Belt.

The sequence is White—yellow—blue—red—black, indicating rank by ability and achievement. Within each belt, there are steps between yellow and black, indicated by a stripe or tip on the end of the belt.

Junior belts are specifically for individuals under the age of 15. Junior Black Belts have a relative syllabus, and Red/Black Belt recognizes a junior-level Black Belt known as Poom.

Senior belts use the same belt colours and have a relative syllabus. The full Black Belt indicates the Senior level known as Dan.

21. What are Grading Sessions?

Gradings are planned opportunities for students to get recognition for their efforts over a predetermined period of training sessions.

These opportunities are times for students to shine. Gradings are much like classes, but much longer and more demanding. Students will be assessed in groups and individually relative to belt and age groups. All belt levels must present their standard, allowing junior belts to see what is ahead in their training.

The journey to the level of Black Belt and beyond is a progressive path of challenges and results. While the syllabus offers a recognized accreditation, no two individuals are alike. We appreciate the discipline and strengths developed in pursuing and performing at each grading to Black Belts and beyond.

22. Is there a Grading Fee?

Yes, each level of grading has a fee. The grading results are a recognized qualification. The accreditation process is validated both internally and externally to the club. Colour belt gradings range between $60 - $70.

Black Belt accreditation is registered with the World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea. (Price on application)

23. When/where is a Grading held?

Club-level Grading sessions are held at the end of each term in either Lakes Entrance or Bairnsdale.

The exact time and days of the Grading session depend on school and public holidays. Often it is held on the first Saturday at the end of the school term. These sessions may vary in length and may require attendance for longer periods. (4 hours)

24. How do I know that I am ready to Grade to the next level?

Firstly, you will have attended enough training (20 sessions) and/or display the ability to perform techniques and fitness relative to your belt level & age. Your instructor and coaches will guide your preparation.

“Your Best Gets Better - Plan Prepare Perform”


25. What do I need to do for a Grading?

Gradings are much like a class, but much longer and more demanding. Students will be assessed in groups and individually, relative to belt and age groups. All belt levels must present their standard, allowing junior belts to see what is ahead in their training.

Pre-Grading Requirements

  • Preparation

Class attendance ensures a suitable opportunity to develop skills, fitness, and knowledge.

(More than 18 classes between grading events)

Pre–Grading Check – Regular attendance will develop confidence in the student’s ability to grade. Black belts may offer guidance, which the instructor will oversee

  • Grading Application Forms

Grading forms will be supplied directly to suitably prepared students by their instructor. These forms must be completed and returned to the instructor by the due date. Grading forms returned on the day may not be accepted.

White belt students are required to attach a passport-size photo. More experienced students must supply their grading cards from previous gradings.

All training, membership, and grading application fees must be paid before grading day.

Please inform us regarding using your image/photo/video to acknowledge and promote Taekwondo at any events held by our club.

  • Attendance

Gradings are by invitation and are opportunities to acknowledge the hard work and progress made over time. The student’s family members are welcome to show their support by attending the grading. We appreciate the value it may give students but understand the added pressure it may cause some/many students. Students who choose to attempt their grading, are expected to support other students and attend the full Grading.

26. Can photos be taken at training or Gradings?

Photos taken of Kim’s Taekwondo East Gippsland participants remain the property of EGTKD Club and may be used for recognition and publicity unless otherwise notified.

27. How do I know that I passed my Grading?

Results and presentations will be held at training at the beginning of the following term by your instructor.

Grading scores provide feedback and measure progression. Your results must be viewed as part of your growth journey. Sometimes, you may feel that results do not indicate your ability. A score does not define you but should guide you in growing your skills and abilities to perform. 

Students are prepared for the grading during training however, nerves or feelings of being unwell may prevent optimal performance under grading conditions. Please ensure that you are well-rested and hydrated before the day of grading.

Get to know Us

28. Who is EGTKD Club?

Also known as Kim’s Taekwondo & Hapkido East Gippsland. East Gippsland Tae Kwon Do (EGTKD) Club began in Lakes Entrance in 1995 by senior instructor Tony Paganella (4th Dan) & under the guidance, and support of Master Jung Yun Kim (7th Dan TKD & 8th Dan Hapkido).

Students benefit from traditional martial arts training, with current World Taekwondo (Korea) qualifications and affiliation through sporting bodies such as Australian Taekwondo & Taekwondo Victoria.

Hapkido techniques are another Korean martial art style involving grappling, throwing, and rolling. Our syllabus is accredited with Moo Lim Won Korea.

EGTKD Club continues to deliver high standards of instruction in a controlled environment, ensuring the enjoyment and safety of participants. Our team of instructors and coaches have multiple years of experience and qualifications to help people get the most out of their training with us. 

29. Who is Kim’s Martial Arts Academy?

Master Jung Yun Kim (7th Dan TKD and 8th Dan Hapkido) has delivered high-level training in the La Trobe Valley since 1984. Students have benefited from the depth and breadth of his experience and knowledge. The academy has produced outstanding national and international qualified Black Belt graduates and Australian athletes.

Master Kim served as Chairperson of Taekwondo Victoria to support preparation for the Australian Team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  Accredited Instructors across the region continue to deliver martial arts/self-defence classes within schools and community groups.

The academy respects individual differences by acknowledging traditional training and modernized sports methodology. Classes are adapted to the changing values of communities and individuals to provide equitable and safe training environments. 

30. What is Australian Taekwondo(AT)?

AT is the peak governing sporting body for Taekwondo in Australia. EGTKD are active and accredited members. See more: link

31. How do I join the club - sign up (Register)?

Create your membership online via our home page.  

The initial membership includes:

  • Administration Fee & Insurance
  • Booking for classes will require payment of prepaid training fees.
  • Uniforms are purchased online in our EShop.

Enjoy the journey!

A quick summary of the steps: 

  1. Come’n’try - First Night Offers

New participants are welcome to take advantage of our free first-night offer. This will allow you to see and experience our training environment. By participating in a class, you can make an informed choice, ‘Is this for you?”

  1. Non-member Intro Package

New participants can gain experience before investing in a uniform, membership, and training fees for a term. We offer 4 classes at $55. Book is your place in class online, go to:

  1. Membership enrolment online

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