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About Tae Kwon-Do

About Tae Kwon-Do

Tae Kwon-do originated in Korea and is the modern day version of the ancient art called T'ae Kyon. 

In 1955 Masters were gathered to find a unified name for this art, General Choi Hong Hi suggested the worded terms 'Tae' and 'Kwon', this was agreed the best suited to which end in 1956 The modern founder General Choi Hong Hi of the South Korean army officially gave the art the name 'Tae Kwon-do'. In 1960, in Full recognition of his contribution to the art General Choi Hong Hi was voted and appointed leader of the Tae Kwon-do Association. In March 1965, now Ambassador Choi, Two Star General Retired was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Korea to spread the good will of Tae Kwon-do to the world.

Then in 1967 Rhee Ki Ha introduced the art to the United Kingdom. By the year 2000 Tae Kwon-do became an Olympic event at the Sydney Games. 

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General Choi Hong Hi,
The founder of Tae kwon-Do,
1918 to 2002 

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way," "method" or "art." Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist" or "the way of kicking and punching."

Taekwondo is one of the world's most popular martial arts in terms of the number of practitioners. It's popularity has resulted in the varied development of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combinescombat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, and philosophy. Taekwondo is also used by the South Korean military as part of its training. Gyeorugi, a type of sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000.

Formally, there are two main styles of taekwondo. One comes from the Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring systemsihap gyeorugi which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and which is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The other comes from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).

Separate from the various taekwondo organizations, there have been two general branches of taekwondo development: traditional and sport. The term "traditional taekwondo" typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military forces; in particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history. Sport taekwondo has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring), whereas traditional taekwondo tends to emphasize power and self-defense. The two are not mutually exclusive, and the distinctions between them are vast.

Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between the two main styles and among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg's greater reach and power (compared to the arm). The greatest difference between various styles, or at least the most obvious, is generally accepted to be the differing styles and rules of sport and competition. Taekwondo training includes a system of blocks, highly powerfull kicks, powerfull punches, and open-handed strikes and also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Some taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of pressure points, known asjiapsul, as well as major self-defense techniques.

Do you want to know the hardest part of learning Tae Kwon-Do?

Put Simply - It's walking into your very first lesson! We've all been there, we know the feeling. It takes a little bit of courage to try something new but once you do you'll be glad you did.

Five tenets of Tae Kwon-Do

There are five tenets of Tae Kwon-Do
  • COURTESY
  • INTEGRITY
  • PERSEVERANCE
  • SELF CONTROL
  • INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

* Some schools teach a sixth

  • LOYALTY

Being true to one's self, being honest and polite to others and having the ability to keep trying when things seem difficult is a way of life for the practitioner of Tae Kwon-Do.

How much does it cost?

Lessons costs vary from school to school due to each school venue having a different hire cost, however the average is between 4.50 - 5.50 per hour per person across the board, which should be paid when you arrive at your lesson. However there are special discounts for 4 week monthly direct debit payments and family groups.

How often should I train?

Like with all things - practice makes perfect. However you should train at your own pace and attend classes regularly, at least once a week.  Practicing in your own time to perfect what you've learnt in lessons is excellent.

Is Tae Kwon-Do safe for children?

Tae Kwon-do is suitable and safe to learn for all age groups and your instructor will only drive students to their own capabilities.

Your instructor is fully trained, Highly experienced, CRB in-depth checked and SafeChild Certified so you can be assured that your child will be learning in a safe environment.

What do you wear to train?

When you come for your first lessons you will need to wear something like tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt. You train in bare foot unless you have a medical condition preventing it. Footwear MUST be approved by your instructor.

When you decide to commit to the art you can purchase an official dobok from your Instructor.

Why a Dobok ?

As the art is non political and non biased it shows unity to wear the same clothing as each other also the suits are designed with the art and its movements in mind.

What does Tae Kwon-Do Teach?

There are many things that Tae Kwon-Do teaches here is just a short list of some of the things Tae Kwon-Do can help you learn from your very first lesson.

  • Self Defence
  • Team Work
  • Self Confidence
  • Respect for Others
  • How to Make Friends
  • Goal Setting
  • Concentration
  • Self Control
  • Discipline

What if I have a injury or medical condition?

As long as you inform your instructor your training may be adapted to suit your needs - you will be encouraged and pushed to train to the best of your abilities but never outside of your physical capability.

Why Tae Kwon-Do

Learning a martial art has many benefits to the practitioner. Right from day one you will reap the rewards of Tae Kwon-Do.

The way that lessons are structured and TKD is taught you will soon see gradual improvements in:

  • Your Fitness - You will stretch and exercise virtually every muscle in your body
  • Your Flexibility - Exercises and techniques performed will improve mobility  
  • Your Health - This naturally improves the more you practice
  • Your Self Confidence - A happy bi-product of being able to defend yourself
  • Achieving Goals - Non Compulsory Grading's help you monitor your achievements.
  • Enter competitions - Not compulsory to enter but it gives you the opportunity to challenge your self as we are constantly invited to enter students into competitions and we have many gold medallist's in all student ranges.
  • Self defence - Taekwondo is not just an art or the tuls a set of pretty movements, every aspect of A.T.K.D.A classes including the warm ups teach you self defence techniques.
  • Co-ordination and motor skills - Your co-ordination skills will be substantially improved as you are taught complex movements, the motor skills range again will be hugely improved.
  • Your reactions - Reaction speed will increase as you become used to multiple movements and sparring techniques.
  • Sticking to something - It is easy to give up when difficulties confront us, whether, study,work, relationships and getting fit, so when you train in a group and with members of your family at classes etc, it is easier because you make friends and you will encourage each other and so will your instructor, A Practitioner Of Many Is A Master Of None, Not Even Oneself.
The instructor wants the best for you, he or she was once a beginner so they will remember how it feels to start training and walk the first step in the door. Knowing all this we have put together a quick FAQ for you.