Introduction to Taekwon-Do
Taekwon Do is a modern and dynamic martial art. It was developed by General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) over his lifetime. The name Taekwon Do was unveiled to the world by General Choi Hong-Hi on the 11th April 1955.
Korean in origin, Taekwon Do is famous for its spectacular range of kicks and punches. The study of Taekwon Do aims not only to develop the student physically, but mentally also, creating a well rounded and balanced individual. To achieve this aim General Choi Hong-Hi based his art on Asian moral culture and included in his art the Tenets of Taekwon Do:
By incorporating these basic values into one’s behaviour, General Choi believed a person could become a better member of society.
Through regular practice of Taekwon Do students can expect to achieve noticeable physical benefits including: strength, speed, coordination, balance, endurance, flexibility, weight regulation and self confidence.
A Taekwon Do class provides a dynamic cardiovascular workout combined with strength work, conditioning and stretching to increase flexibility.
The syllabus provides for the setting of achievable short, medium and long term goals. This means that the student learns the importance of self motivation and the reward of working toward and achieving a challenging target.
The rank system in Taekwon Do is designed so that a student training regularly can work towards grading at intervals of 3/6 months during the colour belt levels. This means that immediately after a successful grading the student then begins learning the syllabus appropriate for the next grade level, which will include more advanced patterns, fundamental movements and pre-arranged sparring etc. This system means that each individual student can develop skills at their own pace while working toward pre-determined goals and objectives.
Furthermore the challenge of learning and mastering new patterns and techniques after each grading can be viewed as a reward for one’s successful grading. This system creates and maintains a unique freshness about Taekwon Do that one can enjoy over a lifetime.
Taekwon Do above all else is a highly enjoyable and rewarding fun activity. Taekwon Do clubs provide a social environment where one can make friends through a shared interest. Many of the exercises are based upon team work and a spirit of co-operation, which supports the development of effective social skills.