Starting Tae Kwon Do for adults and children

Defining Taekwondo

When answering the question 'How do you define Taekwondo', the first thing we try to impress upon new students is that Taekwondo is not just self-defence training or punching and kicking. The art is far more than simple physical conditioning and mental training. It has to do with the development of the Taekwondo spirit, which carries over into all aspects of a student's life.

In English, the literal translation of Taekwondo is "the art of kicking and punching."  Tae means "to kick," Kwon means "to punch" and Do means "art". But this is only the basic translation. Do in Korean implies, a philosophical viewpoint or way of approaching life. This is the ultimate aim of Taekwondo. Through vigorous physical training, students of the art seek to improve themselves, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

See 'Gallery' to view some advanced demonstrations of Taekwondo - we will be adding more video/pictures soon.

Our instructors

Our Instructors are experienced in teaching all ages and many children and parents train together in our classes.

Our Instructors are: ~

  • both Male AND Female;
  • vetted and cleared to teach, following checks made at the 'Criminal Records Bureau';
  • registered with the National association (British TKD Control Board) ;
  • fully insured;
  • first aid trained;
  • part of an organisation with a history extending back over 35 years;

Our Instructors have: ~

  • top level experience of Taekwondo competition and coaching;
  • coached many students to National & International championship wins;
  • taught scores of adults and children to Black Belt (Dan) level, including high Dan grade levels.

Our classes

  • New members are always welcome and we have classes tailored to suit all ages and abilities.
  • We cater for under 7's and under 14's in separate classes.
  • We have classes for 14+  and adults
  • See 'Training times' for locations of classes. 
  • We welcome viewing of our classes, without obligation, at any time. Return to view as often as you wish.
  • Speak to one of our Instructors in person on a training night, or call/email for further information ('How to find us').

What to wear

  • initially, loose clothing such as track suit & T-shirt
  • our uniforms can be purchased through your club instructor

Costs

  • annual membership* , which includes insurance, is a requirement  before you can start a class
  • our uniforms can be purchased through your instructor
  • class fees - these may be either per lesson, per week or per month; check with your Instructor

*(membership is to our National Association, BTCB)

Getting your first belt

  • new beginners start as white belts
  • belt testing (grading) is conducted, on average, every 4 months, throughout the year
  • recommendation to test is made by your class instructor
  • successful students are presented with a new belt and certificate after grading

The Training

Training covers different aspects of Taekwondo, from the traditional martial art, to the modern sport element. Training and expectation is graded according to the students age, ability, length of time training and fitness levels.

A traditional martial art: practice of forms (poomsae) and basic movements, involves learning the disciplines which underpin good training and makes a good student eventually into a good black belt. Learning the important elements of balance, co-ordination of movement, reflex reaction and breathing control. Learning awareness within the context of a class, teaches students to become more aware of situations outside of lessons, builds confidence whilst enabling students to recognise both their abilities and their limitations. Through the pocess of learning our martial art, students become healthier in mind & body. We learn our strenghs and recognise our weaknesses, both inside the dojang and in our everyday lives.

Self defence: learning to deal with unarmed attacks, escaping from grabs and holds and applying locks & restraining techniques. Eventually, learning to deal with elements of armed attackers in the same way. The opponents whole body is a target and students are taught to recognise the important areas to attack and control.

Sport fighting: a modern element within Taekwondo, this still requires application of the important disciplines of the more traditional aspects of the system. Speed, balance, power, co-ordination, timing, distancing, breathing control and fitness. Every student can be trained to a basic level in the sport aspect, with others going on to a higher level. The target areas in sport taekwondo are necessarily restricted, as this is the sport aspect and not the martial art side of Taekwondo.

Other important aspects of training: as part of the overall structure of classes, we incorporate into our training ways to gradually improve the fitness levels of students. Training also includes warm-up and stretching routines, which are easily memorised so that students can use them away from class to aid faster improvement. Learning the discipline of respect for Instructors and fellow students has been found to have positive effects for children, both in terms of school learning and conduct within schools.

Training is geared to aid each student to improve in ability, but the onus is on each student to ensure consistant attendance and the need to apply themselves in class. That is to say, each student has to take as much responsibilty for their training as their instructor does. In order to progress, classes will at times be more physically demanding and move away from simple practice of technique.

Class structure may vary depending on the age & level of ability of student attending. For example, some students may not be taught certain moves because they may not have the maturity to appreciate the dangers of practicing away from class, and some classes will be run at a lower pace to accommodate fitness levels.

Tournaments: whilst the Brotherhood has a proud tradition in competition extending back decades, we do not require our students to enter tournaments. We do however, encourage and support students who wish to participate, as we believe that this may help the students training and sense of achievement. Often it is the preparation, rather than the actual event itself, which makes for a better student.