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 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;
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.