What is Tae Kwon-do?
Tae Kwon-do is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the Orient. It became perfected in its present form in Korea by Major General Choi Hong Hi and has been scientifically modernised and developed since its introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.
Translated from the 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.
To the Korean people Tae Kwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It also promotes a way of life with a strong leaning towards the more philosophical side, instilling a concept and spirit of self imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
In these days of violence and intimidation which seem to plague our modern societies, Tae Kwon-Do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to defend themselves and can be very dangerous when strongly applied.
Gen. Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) The founder of Tae Kwon-do
"Here I leave Tae Kwon-Do for mankind. As a trace of a man of the late 20th Century. The 24 patterns represent 24 hours,
one day of all my life."
Tenets of Tae Kwon-do
Tae Kwon-do training is based on a set fundamental principles or Tenets:-
These lessons that are reinforced and learnt so readily in the training hall can be taken forward into everyday life. They encourage students to become the best versions of themselves that they can be.
Tae Kwon-Do has something for everyone!
For a man looking at taking up a Martial Art:
Tae Kwon-Do will improve your fitness, flexibility and most of all your confidence. It will help you to learn to control your emotions and channel your aggression in a safe and positive manner. By increasing your sense of self awareness you will learn the discipline necessary to realise self-achievement whilst accepting your limitations.
It is a sad sign of our times that more and more women are turning to Martial Arts for protection. 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 not only safe, practical and most of all enjoyable, it also offers the opportunity to create new friendships with others by sharing the same goals and motivations.
Arguably, Children have the most to gain from training within a Martial Art. From learning lessons of self discipline whilst developing their socialisation and team work skills by training in a group environment, children learn from an early age the importance and benefits of physical activity. They learn to set and achieve goals and with every accomplishment- be it mastering a new technique or gaining a new belt- the boost in confidence leads to increased self esteem and self belief.
Children learn to show courtesy and respect not only to their Instructors and seniors but also to fellow students.
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South Woodham Ferrers TKD and Hockley TKD are both members of the Tae Kwon-do Association of Great Britain. (TAGB)
The TAGB was formed in August 1983 and currently has more than 25,000 members training in more than 450 clubs UK wide.
The TAGB became the founder member of the British Tae Kwon-do Council (BTC) in April 1988. The BTC is the only Tae Kwon-do body recognised by the UK Sports Council incorporating 13 different organisations and representing 45,000 plus Tae Kwon-do practitioners.
Being part of the TAGB offers us many benefits, from professional standardised gradings, regional, national and international competitions to seminars and training camps.
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