Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Taekwon – Do?
Taekwon-Do is a modern version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practiced for many centuries in Korea. It became perfected in its present form by its founder, the late General Choi Hong Hi and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the World on 11th April 1955.

Translated from the Korean, Tae means to “jump, kick or smash with the foot”. Kwon means to “punch, strike or smash with the hand” and Do means “of the art, method or way”. Basically it is an extremely powerful system of self-defence.

Taekwon-Do is a modern Korean martial art, it was first taught to the Korean military in the 1950's as part of the physical training syllabus. Taekwon-Do was new, unique and different from all other martial arts at the time, although it should be acknowledged that it drew inspiration from other martial arts in the far east, in particular TaeKyon and Karate.

Taekwon-Do is best described as a form of unarmed combat designed to be effective against one or more opponents. One unique feature of Taekwon-Do is that the movements have been developed with scientific principles in mind such that they utilise as much of the effective mass or "weight" of the human body as possible. By combining this maximum weight with maximum speed, the power generated in a single technique can be significantly increased. In practice this means that learning Taekwon-Do gives people the ability to punch well above their weight. It must be remembered that there is a threshold at which the human body, regardless of physical size cannot sustain a blow. For this reason it has often been said that people who benefit most from Taekwon-Do are the small or the weak.

What is the UKTA?
The United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association is the original Taekwon-Do Association in this country, founded by Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha (then 5th Degree) on 2nd July 1967 following his arrival from Korea. The standard of the UKTA is extremely high, in no small part due to the dedication of our Pioneer Grandmaster who was described by the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi as “the best ever student of Taekwon – Do”.

What is the ITF?
The International Taekwon-Do Federation is the worldwide governing authority for Taekwon-Do & was formed on 22nd March 1966 by General Choi Hong Hi.

What’s in a typical lesson?
Every lesson is different but generally consists of a warm up, stretching, fundamental Taekwon-Do movements, pad/shield work & sparring.