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About Tae Kwon-Do

Five tenents of Tae Kwon-Do

  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Indomitable Spirit

These tenents form the basis of the ethical roots of Tae Kwon-Do, and are based on an ancient honour-code practised by the Hwarang.

Did you know?

Emblem of the 1988 Summer Olympics games in Seoul, Korea. Tae Kwon-Do made its first appearance at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics as a demonstration sport, and became a full medal sport at the 2000 Summer Olympic games in Sydney, Australia.

The art

Tae Kwon-Do is derived from several martial arts, with its main influence being Korean ’Taekkyon Kick Fighting’ and Japanese Karate. Literally translated , ’Tae’ is to kick or smash with the feet, ’Kwon’ means to intercept or strike with the hand and ’Do’ is the way or the art. Thus, Tae Kwon-Do is the use of the hands and feet to swiftly overcome an attacker.

Tae Kwon-Do is generally recognised as one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, which teaches more than mere physical fighting skills. It is a discipline which shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training of our body and mind.

The history

Did you know that:

  • the founder of Tae Kwon-Do, Major-General Choi Hong-hi, was born on 9 November 1918.
  • Tae Kwon-Do was made part of training for the Korean military in 1968.
  • Tae Kwon-Do evolved into a killing art during the Vietnam War.

Visit this page to learn more interesting facts and read about the key figures from the history of Tae Kwon-Do.

The sport

Competition Tae Kwon-Do is split into two sections: Sparring and Patterns.

Sparring

All matches are semi-contact with full safety equipment worn to avoid any risk of injury. The pace is fast and furious. It has been described as the most visually breath-taking sport since Chariot Racing! Winners are decided from a point system with referees constantly monitoring the bout to keep strict control on contact.

Patterns

Concentration, technique, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are just a few requirements needed to perform these sequences of prearranged movements against imaginary opponents.

You and Tae Kwon-Do...

Total fitness of body and mind

In Tae Kwon-Do you’ll learn to stretch and exercise nearly every muscle group in your body. That aspect alone distinguishes the sport from most others. But emphasis on improved concentration, stamina and self-control is what really sets Tae Kwon-Do apart from other disciplines.

To develop those skills, you’ll exercise your mind at least as much as your body. Naturally, the positive effects of that exercise will carry over into other areas of your life too.

Men, women and children

Tae Kwon-Do will improve your fitness, flexibility and most of all, your confidence. It will help to control or channel your aggression - should the need arise. Right from the first lesson you will start developing a whole new range of skills and capabilities with the opportunity to realise self-achievement.

In these days of increasing violent attacks on women, it has now, more than ever, become necessary for women to be prepared to protect themselves. More and more women are turning to the martial arts for protection and Tae Kwon-Do can certainly provide this. It is a superb form of self-defence and also a great way to keep fit and trim. Tae Kwon-Do is safe, practical and most of all - enjoyable.

Children who acquire self-confidence at an early age are far more likely to succeed in their adult ambitions. Tae Kwon-Do is arguably the best method of instilling confidence in children and at the same time emphasises the importance of respect and discipline. As a result of the fast and exciting nature of Tae Kwon-Do there are thousands of children participating throughout the UK, and there are millions worldwide.

Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB)...

The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon-Do organisation in this country. It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon-Do Council which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council (now known as UK Sport).

The TAGB is the world’s largest single martial arts organisation. With nearly 20,000 members and over 450 clubs you are guaranteed certificated, experienced instructors, a carefully worked-out teaching syllabus and the high standards Tae Kwon-Do students all over the country have come to expect. Most towns throughout Great Britain have their own TAGB Club, so if you move away you can be sure of receiving the same quality of instruction. After several years of training, all TAGB instructors undergo both written examinations and extensive practical assessments to gain their qualifications.