What is Tae Kwon Do?
Taekwondo literally means ‘The art of the hand and foot’ and refers to the focus on strikes, rather than throws which are present in the martial art.
Choi Hong Hi
After years of Japanese military occupation, Major General Choi Hong Hi and many other individuals in the South Korean Military came together to form a martial art to teach the army.
These individuals had become well versed in many Japanese martial arts during the occupation, such as Karate, Judo, Ju Jitsu and Aikido, along with western boxing.
After the defining techniques had been settled, Taekwondo was fully inaugurated in 1955, after the name ‘Tae Kwon Do’ had been penned by Major General Choi Hong H himself.
Taekwondo has since then split off into several different factions, however the techniques taught at our club are still the very same techniques developed during the 1950’s by the South Korean Military.
Tuls are a series of defending and attacking movements performed against imaginary opponents in a set pattern. Through the practice of patterns, students come to learn the applications of various techniques of Taekwondo. Patterns serve a multi-dimensional role, aiding in development and refinement of coordination, balance, timing, breath control and rhythm, all of which are essential skills to the Taekwondo student.
There are 24 patterns (or Tul) representing the 24 hours of the day, or the whole of a man’s life. There are 10 patterns up to Black Belt.
The reason that we learn the meanings of patterns is so we can learn about the country where Taekwondo originated and the people from Korean history that influenced the patterns to be named after them.
Sparring is an integral part of our classes, and the opportunity to compete at both local, national and international tournaments is possible.
It gives the student the opportunity to practice the techniques that they learn in a safe environment whilst also adding a sporting element. Sparring rounds usually last either a minute and a half or two rounds of two minutes.
Destruction is a test of power, utilising a combination of power, timing, focus, and most importantly – self belief. Destruction is an important part of Taekwondo as it allows the student to test their power to ensure that their techniques are effective.