Taekwon Do is suitable for men, women and children of all levels of fitness. If you visit one of our clubs, you will see people of both sexes from different generations training together. It is wonderful to see the amount of parents and their children that take up martial arts at our clubs learning, bonding and growing together.
The first advantage of a well run club is the respect and self-discipline it teaches the students especially children. We all love to think that our children are well behaved but it easy to come under the wrong influences in life and Taekwon Do is an excellent way to counteract this. Learning Taekwon Do at a young age will help them to develop excellent life skills and habits, respect and self discipline.
As a regular member of our club you will also gain:
Improved energy levels
Coordination and balance
A greater sense of wellbeing
Effective self-defence techniques
Improved confidence and self esteem
A new hobby or skill
Improved attitude and personal standards
Improved moral code, respect and integrity
Taekwon Do will help you feel more self confident and have a strong mental attitude and is what sets it apart from many other types of activity. Participants will be focused and competitive in life as the grading system that’s in place helps them to stay motivated and see advancement and improvement.
In addition to the excellent personal skills that students develop, our students also know how to effectively protect and defend themselves in the event they are caught in an unfortunate situation.
We have a new and modern approach to martial arts, effective self-defence and fitness centred around the highly effective martial art system of Taekwon-Do. Taekwon Do is also an exciting competitive sport with Taekwon Do-UK holding many regional and national competitions each year and entering many international competitions, it is also an Olympic event. We have been very successful in national tournaments, producing many national and international champions over the years.
We pride ourselves in having a network of professionally run, successful, safe classes catering for all ages from all walks of life. Our ultimate aim is to develop students that are able to protect themselves effectively on the street. The need to learn some form of self-defence is becoming increasingly more important in modern life.
We aim to enable this in a non-threatening, non-intimidating and stimulating fun learning environment whilst allowing you to gain so much more than just self-defence skills.
The main T-UK association web site can be found at www.tkd-uk.com
ANYONE! Taekwon-Do holds no barriers to gender, age, size or level of fitness. Children and adults alike are enjoying our classes all over the UK and every one of them is getting something from it.
Whatever your goals may be for yourself or your family, whether you are looking to learn effective self-defence and personal protection skills, improve your self-confidence, fitness or simply if you wish to find a hobby you can take part in, we can help you.
We provide highly trained, qualified instructors and coaches supported by the best available resources with training venues in:
We also have other affiliated clubs in:
Taekwon Do is suitable for all ages, both men and women and children. Due to its progressive nature and grading system you get fitter as you progress so you don't have to be fit to start.
First and foremost you probably want to learn self defence, to feel more confident as you walk down the street and in the unfortunate instance where you might have to use it that you are able to defend yourself effectively– people study martial arts for a variety of other reasons as well and Taekwon Do caters for all these:
To get fitter
Meet new people
Undertake a new hobby or skill
Improve attitude and personal standards
Improved moral code, respect and integrity
Have fun learning a new skill
The main difference between most martial arts style is focus. Some arts like Taekwon do focus on kicking and striking movements and are very relevant to the modern self defence challenges, while others like Kendo and kung fu focus on a particular weapons and are more of an artistic form.
Each martial art is also on a scale of formality to informality. Formality is a measure of emphasis on things like training etiquette, ceremony, style of dress, method of addressing seniors etc. Many Korean styles such as Taekwon Do are more formal. On the far end of the informal scale you might have a cardio kickboxing class at a local gym.
We feel our more formal style will build character and shape a strong state of mind that carries over into day to day life.
The following is a list of styles, there are many variations on the following, but this is meant as a guide to make you aware of the diversity of the martial arts:
ITF TaeKwon Do
WTF TaeKwon Do
Kendo / Kumdo
Tai Chi / Bagua / Hsing-yi
Arnis / Kali / Escima
The following are a list of things you should look for when choosing a school or instructor:
• When you call the school, are all your questions answered, and answered honestly? Sometimes someone will answer the phone that may not be able to answer all your questions. They should pass you on to someone who can , or have someone call you back.
• Every school out there should offer a free trial class before you sign up. How else can you determine if you want to study there!
• When you visit the school, is the practice safe, or are students allowed to train in dangerous ways or without proper supervision?
• Is the school itself hygienic and free from unsafe conditions?
• Do students and teachers show respect toward everyone? This extends beyond formal bowing and address to making sure everyone is learning and nobody is being abused.
• Be prepared that many schools these days require a contract like a health club. Make sure you are clear on the terms of the contract if you do decide to sign one, and do not be afraid to walk out if you are uncomfortable with the terms. We do not have any such contract.
• Be very wary of cult-like schools that try to up-sell you to intensified black belt programs and the like. While some of these may be legitimate, there are many scam artists in black belts out there. You should be very clear about what you are paying for up front.
• Do the teacher and senior students display a lot of skill in the art they are teaching? This may be hard to determine since great martial artists are often very subtle. However, the teacher and students should display knowledge, skill, and balance which might be more obvious.
• Most importantly, trust your instincts. If something about the school doesn’t sit right with you, then it probably isn’t right. Look out for the fast talking salesman who tries to sweep your concerns under the rug.
If you choose a school that you enjoy, study with a teacher you like, and train with students that inspire you – you are likely to stick with your martial art. The longer you stick with it – the better you’ll get. Hopefully you will discover a very positive lifelong journey.
If you still choose Taekwon Do after reading the above and after your research we very much look forward to meeting you and hopefully assisting you in your aspirations.
Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defence while some are primarily combat sports or just an art form, the issue is that a number of these arts are not effective and fit for use when it comes to having to utilise them in a confrontation situation!
At our clubs we take the self-defence element very seriously as this is generally the primary reason for a student taking up the art.
To provide more practical self-defence, we use a combination of martial arts styles and techniques to give our students the best skill sets available to be able to protect themselves and enable them to walk the streets with confidence. We utilise a combination of techniques centred around Taekwon Do which include:
We feel that this will give our students the very best self-defence tool box for the street if you are unfortunate enough to have to use them. This would involve techniques such as striking and kicking techniques, joint locks, releases, take down and throwing techniques, defence against knife and bottle attacks.
By fundamental nature, the martial arts are contact sports. They all involve any one or a combination of striking, kicking, grappling, throwing. Due to their inherent dangers, martial arts should be practiced with care and responsibility, following proper guidelines and ensuring a safe environment.
We aim to make our training and environment as safe as we can. We do this by only having the best people teaching the classes who are fully qualified with many years of experience. As well as practicing safe technique with a high level of supervision, we also ensure that when sparring that all students wear full safety equipment including head guards to minimise as much risk as possible, we also don't tolerate any bullying or aggressive behaviour.
For a normal healthy person there should be no reason why you cant take up Taekwon Do with no issues at all.
As with any sport, it is highly recommended to consult with a physician before beginning participation if you have a clinical condition. Some conditions may be prohibitive or require a certain degree of management prior to training.
We ask every new student to complete a PARQ (physical activity readiness questionnaire) which will act to screen any potential risks.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. It also reduces the risk of having a stroke. In one eight year study of more than 20,000 men, those who were lean but unfit had twice the risk of death as those who were lean and fit.
People who complain that they don’t have enough energy to exercise fail to realize that working out gives you energy. In one study, middle-aged women who lifted weights for a year became 27% more active in daily life than before they started lifting weights. Regular exercise also increases your strength and stamina, allowing you to better handle common activities such as carrying a heavy bag of groceries or climbing a flight of stairs.
If you try and lose weight simply by dieting, you’ll lose some muscle along with any body fat you lose and you’ll slow down your metabolism. If your weight loss program includes exercise, you’ll lose body fat without losing muscle and without slowing down your metabolism. If you’re currently at a healthy weight, regular exercise will help you avoid putting on excess body fat in the future.
Both men and women start losing bone mass around age 35. Impact exercise can not only stop the loss of bone mass, but in some cases it can even reverse it. This drastically reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Strengthening your abdominal and lower back muscles can help prevent low back pain, and it can also reduce discomfort if you already suffer from this pain. In one study, 35 of 38 people who had been recommended for back surgery were able to avoid surgery by following an aggressive strengthening program.
Exercise has been proven to strengthen the immune system.
People who exercise regularly fall asleep faster, have a deeper sleep and wake up less often during the night than people who are sedentary.
Multiple studies have confirmed that regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mind. Regular exercise improves brain function, which helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
A large amount of research shows that you have a better sense of well-being following a workout. Thanks to chemicals released in the brain during exercise, feelings of depression, anxiety, stress and anger are diminished during a workout.
Life is much more enjoyable when you’re fit and healthy. You look and feel good and you’re more productive in everything you do.
Why is physical fitness important? Because many of the problems commonly associated with aging are often the result of a sedentary lifestyle and can be minimized or prevented by improving your physical fitness.
Taekwon Do is an excellent activity for improving both balance and flexibility. Here are the main benefits of improved flexibility: