Taekwondo

Taekwon-Do is a modern and dynamic martial art. It
was developed by General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) over his lifetime. The name
Taekwon-Do was and unveiled to the world by General Choi Hong-Hi on the 11th
April 1955.

Korean in origin, Taekwon-Do is famous for its spectacular range of kicks and punches. The study of Taekwon-Do aims not only to develop the student physically but mentally also, creating a well-rounded and balanced individual. To achieve this aim General Choi Hong-Hi based his art on Asian moral culture and included in his art the Tenets of Taekwon-Do;

  • Courtesy

  • Integrity

  • Perseverance

  • Self-Control

  • Indomitable Spirit

By incorporating these basic values into one’s behaviour General Choi believed a person could become a better member of society.

Through regular practice of Taekwon-Do students can expect to achieve noticeable physical benefits including; strength, speed, coordination, balance, endurance, flexibility, weight regulation, and self-confidence.

A Taekwon-Do class provides a dynamic
cardiovascular workout combined with strength work, conditioning and stretching
to increase flexibility.

The syllabus provides for the setting of achievable
short, medium and long-term goals. This means that the student learns the
importance of self-motivation and the reward of working toward and achieving a
challenging target.

The rank system in Taekwon-Do is designed so that a
student training regularly can work towards grading at intervals of 6 months
during the colour belt levels. This means that immediately after a successful
grading the student then begins learning the syllabus appropriate for the next
grade level, which will include more advanced patterns, fundamental movements
and pre-arranged sparring etc. This system means that each individual student
can develop skills at their own pace while working toward pre-determined goals
and objectives.

Furthermore, the challenge of learning and
mastering new patterns and techniques after each grading can be viewed as a
reward for one’s successful grading. This system creates and maintains a unique
freshness about Taekwon-Do that one can enjoy over a lifetime.

Most importantly Taekwon-Do is FUN!
Taekwon-Do above all else is a highly enjoyable and rewarding fun activity. Taekwon-Do clubs provide a social environment where one can make friends through a shared interest. Many of the exercises are based upon teamwork and a spirit of cooperation, which supports the development of effective social skills.