Form (Poomse)

Form or poomse, is a collection of pre-arranged Taekwondo moves, consisting of blocks, strikes and kicks to defend and attack an invisible opponent.

There are 8 Taegeuk patterns, each designed to teach and aid in the fluid transition from one move to the next.  Poomse is included as part of the grading process from yellow belt onwards, up to red belt/black tags.  For black belt gradings, there are a further 8 forms, one for each DAN grading.

Self Defence

One of the best reasons for anyone to get into Taekwondo is the ability to be able to defend themselves should the need arise.  As part of the British Taekwondo syllabus, all students are taught self defence techniques that are appropriate to their grade, how to avoid, diffuse and defend at different levels of confrontation.  As the students advance further in their Taekwondo journey, they will learn how to defend against attacks from various weapons including knives, bottles and sticks.

Through the use of three step and one step sparring exercises, students are taught how to defend against an attack and retaliate with various strikes, which when practised often, becomes ingrained as a natural response.

Mind, Body and Spirit

Taekwondo is spiritual as well as physical.  It does not only comprise of energetic, powerful and tough physical training but mental training.  It is essential that serious students recognise this fact.  In our normal lives, our minds are constantly being over-run with many ideas and thoughts all at once, this is known as the “Stream of Conciousness’.  These random thoughts are constantly intruding on our thinking and our mental efficiency is reduced considerably, thus we never get to know our true selves.

Sparring (Kyorugi)

At Yom Chi, we teach a full contact traditional martial art with aspects of modern style sport Taekwondo, the same style practised by the Taekwondo athletes at the Olympics!

Following the WTF guidelines for sparring, students must wear a red or blue trunk protector (hogu) and head protector, a groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, hand protectors, and a mouth protector all of which is available from the club.

In club sparring starts when you reach yellow belt.  This enables you to put into practice what you have been learning, against an opponent.  There’s no need to worry though, as at Yom Chi, it’s not about putting you into the ring for you to get beaten up.  You will be matched with members that are either appropriate to your skill level, or with advanced members that have more control.  No one wants to attend classes where they get constantly bullied by more experienced people.

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