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.

Chepstow Taekwon-Do Academy’s mantra is – Excellence in life through Taekwon-Do

What do we mean by this? It is proven that students that practice Taekwon-Do achieve more in life, whether at school or work. This is because Taekwon-Do encourages better focus and concentration, greater self-confidence and a greater consideration and respect for others. What better start can you give your child in life or increase your contribution at your workplace?

We are proud of our record in producing quality Black Belts and train in a friendly but disciplined environment at Chepstow leisure centre. The academy has been training at Chepstow leisure centre for over 35 years.  We are dedicated to promoting the value of Taekwon-Do for all; this includes people with special needs. All instructors have completed a comprehensive British Taekwondo Council instructor’s course, a first aid course and a full DBS (CRB) check.  Further details can be found in this website’s pages and we invite you to view our pages at your leisure.

Children's TaeKwon-Do

Taekwon-do time is Fun Time for your Children.

It can also be a great time for them to get an edge on School and Education.

Our New Taekwon-do Martial Art programs accomplish both. Your children will gain tremendous self-confidence, increased concentration and learn the importance of respect for themselves and others. They will have a great time learning about these & many other important personal development traits.

If you would like your children to gain a strong and unshakable sense of self confidence and focus then don't delay enrol them today.

They will jump with excitement when you tell them and you will jump with pride when you see the results!

Not convinced? Why should you join?

Undertaking physical exercise has many benefits. Naturally it is a way to improve fitness, flexibility and strength but Taekwon-Do students also benefit from having specific goals to achieve in the form of a structured grade system.

Many people sign up to a gym membership but never really use it, with the average gym membership costing £40.00. If you are one of those people, you should consider Taekwon-Do.

As a member of our Taekwon-Do Academy you will receive one-on-one tuition as well as group training, which will not only build up your fitness but also give you a valuable skill. Hence the instructor will motivate you as much as he or she can to the levels that are agreed upon. Only through expensive personal training, in addition to gym membership, can you get this from the average gym membership.

Taekwon-Do is also a great way to meet new people; with your new friends to motivate and work with you, everyone can benefit from the sense of mutual achievement and success. Taekwon-Do is also a great way to spend quality time with your family, as you train, learn and develop together.

 Not to mention attaining the ability to defend yourself and others!

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Learn one of the most effective Martial Art of Self defence

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