Chances are, you'll compete very locally at first. Absolutely every single body is built differently and we have to take these things into account, even though we do get frustrated with ourselves at times.
That's all that matters. Students must bow to the instructors as a sign of respect and in return, instructors bow back to students too.
I guess you're thinking TKD is like gymnastics or something, where the best competitors are typically under the age of 18 for one reason or another.
Watch your 2 year old have a temper tantrum and you immediately realize that anger is inherent in all of us. Keep in mind that Martial Arts are not just sports or competitions , Martial Arts are a way of living. If anything, you might be a little older than most of your fellow competitors, and that might give you a slight advantage due to height, reach, and muscle strength differences 15 years old is typically seen as "adult", yet 15 year olds are typically not very matured physically yet.
I would argue that someone could achieve some success in competition even beginning as late as 30 or 40 years old, though as you grow older, the opportunities for this do decrease. But those are median values.
When I entered 3T Swansea, I wanted to learn how to defend and protect myself. Hey Carl! As such, they do not learn body co-ordination to the same extent as older students.
No classes are held on testing days.
While students younger than 16 will not learn about all of the aspects of Taekwondo, they will be given a very good grounding in body control, stances, basic techniques, flexibility training, self control, and forms, which is very valuable when they are older than 16.
Sparring teaches our kids that there are winners and losers but also allows us to teach our students to win with grace and humbleness. Just going through the motions of a moderately dull and daily routine.BASIC SPARRING KICKS (beginners) - Samery Moras Taekwondo
There is much, much more to learn. I imagine you'll be pretty competitive in tournaments, too!