Traditional Taekwondo

Taekwondo (태권도) is a Korean martial art that combines combat techniques, self-defence, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon (권, 拳) means "to strike or break with fist"; and do (도, 道) means "way", "method", or "path". Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the way of the hand and the foot."

Traditional taekwondo typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korean military, and in various civilian organisations, including schools and universities. In particular, the names and symbolism of the traditional patterns often refer to elements of Korean history, culture and religious philosophy. 'Traditional Taekwondo' of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was founded by Dr Kim Un Yong on May 25, 1973.

Although there are doctrinal and technical differences between sparring among the various organizations, the art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg's reach and power. Taekwondo training includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes, various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks, as well as grabbing self-defence techniques, some borrowed from other martial arts.

In 1989, taekwondo was the world's most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners and is currently the fastest growing martial art. May of the key aspects of Traditional taekwondo will be covered though session drills and include systematic testing through Poomsae (forms or patterns), 1 or 3 Step Sparring, defence against weapon attacks, defence against grabs and other methods.



 
 

... focus and discipline

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Drills

Work on the whole range of different punching and kicking techniques

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Poomsae

A key area in grading. It tests discipline, precision and skill

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Defence

One-step, three-step, joint locks, grabs and throws

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Breaking

Test your might... this forms part of black belt promotions after all