Tae Kwon Do is derived from several martial arts, with its
main influence being Korean 'Tae-Kyon Kick Fighting' and Japanese Karate.
Literally translated , 'Tae' is to kick or smash with the feet, 'Kwon'
means to intercept or strike with the hand and 'Do' is the way or the
art. Thus, Tae Kwon Do is the use of the hands and feet to swiftly overcome
Tae Kwon Do is generally recognised as one of the most systematic and
scientific Korean traditional martial arts, which teaches more than
mere physical fighting skills. It is a discipline which shows ways of
enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. It
is also a modern sport that has gained an international reputation,
and stands among the official games in the Olympics.
TENETS OF TAE KWON-DO
Taekwon-Do aims to achieve Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control
and Indomitable Spirit.
These tenets form the basis of the ethical roots of Tae Kwon do, and
are based on an ancient honour-code practised by the Hwarang. See the
History section for more on the Hwarang.
SPORT: (note: Competition Tae Kwon Do is purely optional).
Competition Tae Kwon Do is split into two sections:
All matches are semi-contact with full safety equipment worn
to avoid any risk of injury. The pace is fast and furious. It has been
described as the most visually breath-taking sport since Chariot Racing!
Winners are decided from a point system with referees constantly monitoring
the bout to keep strict control on contact.
Concentration, technique, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are
just a few requirements needed to perform these sequences of prearranged
movements against imaginary opponents.
AND TAE KWON DO
FITNESS IN BODY AND MIND
In Tae Kwon Do you'll learn to stretch and exercise nearly every muscle
group in your body. That aspect alone distinguishes the sport from most
others. But emphasis on improved concentration, stamina and self-control
is what really sets Tae Kwon Do apart from other disciplines. To develop
those skills, you'll exercise your mind at least as much as your body.
Naturally, the positive effects of that exercise will carry over into
other areas of your life too.
From another perspective, Tae Kwon Do can be characterized by unity:
the unity of body, mind, and life. When you do Tae Kwon Do, you should
clear and focus your mind, and synchronise it with your movements, and
extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Tae Kwon
Do the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training,
and the principle of life become one and the same.
Tae Kwon Do will improve your fitness, flexibility and most of all,
your confidence. It will help to control or channel your aggression
- should the need arise. Right from the first lesson you will start
developing a whole new range of skills and capabilities with the opportunity
to realise self-achievement.
these days of increasing violent attacks on women, it has now, more
than ever, become necessary for women to be prepared to protect themselves.
More and more women are turning to the martial arts for protection and
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 safe, practical
and most of all - enjoyable, so why not give it a try ?
Children who acquire self-confidence at an early age are far more likely
to succeed in their adult ambitions. Tae Kwon Do is arguably the best
method of instilling confidence in children and at the same emphasises
the importance of respect and discipline. As a result of the fast and
exciting nature of Tae Kwon Do there are thousands of children participating
throughout the U.K.,and there are millions worldwide.
Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally
recognised Tae Kwon Do organisation in this country. It was formed in
1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon
Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council
( now known as UK Sport ).
T.A.G.B. is the world's largest single martial arts organisation. With
nearly 20,000 members and over 450 clubs you are guaranteed certificated,
experienced instructors, a carefully worked-out teaching syllabus and
the high standards Tae Kwon Do students all over the country have come
to expect. Most towns throughout Great Britain have their own T.A.G.B.
Club, so if you move away you can be sure of receiving the same quality
of instruction. After several years of training, all T.A.G.B. instructors
undergo both written examinations and extensive practical assessments
to gain their qualifications.
With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation
for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history
to become the newest Olympic sport.