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What is Tae Kwon Do?


TAE Kwon-Do is a Korean phrase, from the three parts “Tae” meaning Foot (as in to destroy with), “Kwon” means First and “Do” means Way (in the sense of ‘path you should follow’). So Tae Kwon-Do means “Way of Foot and Fist”. Tae Kwon-Do refers to a Korean fighting system, which uses hands and feet to deliver kicks, punches, strikes and blocks to defend yourself.

Tae Kwon-Do is rightly called a “martial art” because it has actually been employed by the Korean military. Even in these days of long range weaponry there are times when the soldier engages in hand-to-hand combat and it is under these circumstances that Tae Kwon-Do has provided itself effective. It is also an exciting combat sport in which skills are tested in rigorously controlled competitions.


The Competition side of Tae Kwon-Do is purely optional.

In competition contestants wear safety padding on head, fists and feet and impacts are “Pulled” to avoid injury. One form of Tae Kwon-Do has now been accepted in the Olympic games.


All matches are semi-contact with full safety equipment worn to avoid any risk If injury. The pace is fast and furious, and visually exciting. Ask your instructor for details of competitions. “Remember you don’t have to compete in competitions – but its great to go and watch”.


Are a set of movements mainly defence and attack, set in a logical sequence to deal with one or more imaginary opponents.

Concentration, technique, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are just a few requirements needed to perform a pattern. It is also an indication of a student’s progress – a Barometer in evaluating an individual’s technique.


This section is strictly for Black Belt Adult students involving the breaking of boards with bare hands and feet, displaying a high level of discipline and skill in this spectacular event.