What is Taekwon-Do?
Taekwon-Do, the Korean art of self-defence, was inaugurated in South Korea on 11th April 1955 by the father and founder Major General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree Black Belt. This version of an ancient form of unarmed combat, perfected in Korea, was introduced into the UK in 1967. To practitioners it is often more than a mere physical skill. It is also a way of life.
Tae - to jump, kick or smash with the foot
Kwon - to punch or destroy with the hand or fist
Do - art, way or method
So, Taekwon-Do means the Art of Hand and Foot Fighting. It involves the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges to destroy the opponent.
Whether participating in Taekwon-Do for self defence, sport, keep-fit or as a hobby, the enjoyment derived will justify the time invested. As a physical discipline it is suitable for any age, gender or ability.
There are two main branches which make up Taekwon-Do; WT (World Taekwon-Do) and ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation). WT may be the style which is recognised by more people due to its inclusion in the Olympics and fighters such as Jade Jones. ITF Taekwon-Do however is the organisation which focuses on and develops the original martial art of Taekwon-Do as devised by General Choi Hong Hi.
Suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities, Taekwon-Do provides a multi-faceted activity. Increasing fitness and flexibility, confidence and skills while teaching valuable life skills in the form of discipline and the 5 tenets (rules) of Taekwon-Do:-
Courtesy - Showing respect to everyone both within and outside the Dojang (Training Hall). Observing the etiquette of the Dojang
Integrity - Always be honest and stand up for what is right
Perseverance - Always carry on be it in training in everyday life and strive to overcome obstacles along the way
Self control - Keep your thoughts and actions under control do not let your emotions rule your actions
Indomitable spirit - Carry on with training etc even when things are hard.