What is Taekwon-Do?


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What is TaeKwon-Do?


TaeKwon-Do is the scientific use of the body in the method of self defence. The aim is to condition the body so that it may gain the ultimate use of its facilities through physical and mental training.


Translated from Korean, "TAE" literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot, "KWON" means to punch or destroy with the hand or fist and "DO" means art, way or method. Therefore TaeKwon-Do means foot-hand-way.

Today, TaeKwon-Do has many followers throughout the world. It is considered to be one of the most effective forms of self-defense and is also a highly effective way of providing mental and physical self development.


To the practitioner, TaeKwon-Do is more than just a set of physical exercises. It is more a way of life, utilizing the tenets of TaeKwon-Do. These tenets help the student to cope with the stress and pressures of everyday life, as well as developing a noble moral code.



What does TaeKwon-Do consist of?

TaeKwon-Do has 5 main areas:


The traditional - Learning how to use your body in a scientific yet artistic manner, to generate powerful techniques for both defense and offence. The patterns (or choreographed sets of movements), are the barometer by which an individual's technique is measured. Patterns are graceful yet dynamic.

Sparring - This is the sporting aspect, which the majority of people associate with martial arts training. We practice in a completely safe fashion, working initially on a non-contact basis. As the student gains self-control and experience, controlled contact is allowed. Heavy contact is not allowed.


Self-Defense - The techniques learned in other areas of TaeKwon-Do can prepare you for self defence. You will learn how to make them as realistic as possible whilst also learning how the law looks upon self protection.


General Fitness - Every TaeKwon-Do lesson will involve exercises in general fitness. We may occasionally do circuit training for example, which is designed to complement the TaeKwon-Do training.


Philosophy/Theory - We ask that students understand TaeKwon-Do as well as demonstrate it. Therefore you will learn some theory and philosophy behind the art. This area is very important for promoting a good moral code and good civil behavior.











By Ken Bloomfield


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