About Taekwondo

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a martial art originating in Korea. The term Taekwondo is derived from three words: Tae meaning foot, Kwon meaning fist and Do meaning method, art or way. It is a literal description of an art consisting of foot and hand techniques.

What are the benefits of Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is for all ages, for males and females, for beginners to advanced students. If is a martial art that is not just for fighting or self defence, but aims to develop attitudes of self control, will power, humility and loyalty, whilst improving fitness, flexibility and coordination. The discipline of the sport also improves confidence in the student's ability to cope with situations of stress.

What do I do in Taekwondo classes?

All classes start with a warm up followed by systematic stretching exercises. Next, skills learnt over previous weeks will be practiced. Then, following a predetermined syllabus, a week by week program covers development in hand and kicking techniques, patterns, self defence and free sparring. The class will generally finish with a cool down stretching.

What equipment do I need to train in Taekwondo?

Students will be required to wear a Taekwondo uniform within a reasonable time of joining the club. To ensure the safety of all students a mouthguard, shin and arm guards, and a groin guard will be required. These can be purchased through the club. All other equipment required for training purposes will be supplied.

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