What is Taekwondo

Taekwondo is the name of the traditional martial which has national, international and modern sport derivatives, Taekwondo has been independently developed over 20 centuries in Korea.  The main feature of Taekwondo is that it is a free fighting combat art and self-defence using bare hands and feet or other parts of the body to attack, defend and repel an opponent.  All the activities are based on a defensive spirit since Taekwondo was developed as a defence against enemy attacks.

In the olden days, people living simple lives lacked physical fitness and their bodies became distorted in their old age.  Practicing Taekwondo also served to improve their mental health, physical fitness, flexibility, agility and their general well being.

Our belief is that men and women trained in the art are self-confident, not only in their physical attributes but also their mental discipline, because they have honed techniques for personal defence by using their entire body, developed a focused mind, learnt self control, understand respect for themselves and others, and have become disciplined through training.

For Taekwondo men/women, his/her entire body is a weapon, and he/she is able to attack and fend off aggressors with open hands, fists, elbows, knees, feet or any other part of their body.

The modesty and self confidence taught makes the student generous in their attitudes towards weaker people they encounter through their lives.  Due to this training the student can stand equally against any opponent without fear, but the code forbids misuse of Taekwondo.  Such as unfair assaults or unnecessary use of force against competitive opponents, aggressors or assailants.

The practice of Takeowondo gives an individual the mental attitude of modesty.  The virtues of modesty and generosity are fundamentally based on self confidence.  It is obvious that healthy minds, bodies and spirits make men/women active and powerful in life.

The most important fact about Taekwondo as a martial art is that it is not only a traditional martial art of self defence, but it creates a remarkable bond between participants involved in the martial arts training.

Tenets and Principles

In Taekwondo, there are several tenets that all students should follow, not only in the dojang, but also in everyday life.

  • Etiquette
  • Modesty
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Discipline
  • Indomitable Spirit

Whilst listed separately, none of them are any more or less important than another, in fact they co-exist with one another.  They help to create a framework which leads to a healthier mind, body and spirit when used in conjunction with the principles of Taekwondo;

  • Speed
  • Accuracy
  • Concentration of Power
  • Reaction Force
  • Equilibrium of Breath Control

Using these tenets and principles, students learn the Taekwondo philosophy and how to apply them all to all aspects of school, work, and home life through dedicated practice and hard work.

Belts and Gradings

Our gradings follow the British Taekwondo grading syllabus.  For each of the gradings, you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the aspects of Taekwondo which you have been taught.

10th Kup Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning member who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo. 5th Kup
9th Kup 4th Kup Signifies Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as Taekwondo training progresses.
8th Kup Signifies Earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as Taekwondo foundations being laid. 3rd Kup
7th Kup 2nd Kup Signifies Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
6th Kup Signifies the plants growth as the Taekwondo skill begins to develop. 1st Kup
The first 10 Kup gradings are held in club.
1st Dan Opposite of white, therefore signifies the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo.  Also indicates the wearers imperviousness to darkness and fear. Once you have achieved your first Dan, you have a fundamental knowledge of Taekwondo and your real training begins.
All black belt gradings 1st Dan and 1st poom (Junior Black Belt) are undertaken at the national Dan Gradings.