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TAEKWON-DO

General Choi's journey to develop Taekwon-Do began with his prior knowledge of Taek Kyon. the ancient Korean art of foot fighting...

Taekwon-Do – A way of life….

Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defence. It is more than just that, however. It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defence; a body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training.

It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.

This is one of the reasons that Taekwon-Do is called an art of self-defence. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral rearmament. The nearest description of it is almost a cult.

Translated literally “Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way – the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.

Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.

Taekwon-Do definitely enables the weak to possess a fine weapon together with confidence to defend him or herself and defeat the opponent as well. Of course, wrongly applied, Taekwon-Do can be a lethal weapon. Therefore, mental training must always be stressed to prevent the student from misusing it.

General-Choi

Taekwon-do  ” The Art “

Here we try to explain a little about the art

What exactly is Taekwon-do?

Put simply, Taekwon-Do, or the ‘Art of Hand and Foot’ is a Korean martial art which utilizes scientifically devised hand and foot techniques to provide a unique system of unarmed self defence. Taekwon-Do was originally developed using a combination of techniques from Japanese Karate and the ancient Korean arts of Taek Kyon and Soo Bahk Do. The founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi, refined and developed these movements and through extensive scientific research and development, Taekwon-Do has evolved into one of the most effective martial arts in the world.

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Benefits of Taekwon-do

For Young People in today’s society, the ability of a young person to defend him/herself is very important. But far more important are the tools the young person will need to develop into a well-rounded adult. Therefore, children learn respect, courtesy, and self-control while participating in a good exercise programme. As students of Taekwon-Do, they build self-confidence and self esteem while they progress in the art. Each of these characteristics improves attitudes and it has been shown time and again that children who train in Taekwon-Do tend to improve in their studies due to the concentration and self discipline that is developed.

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self defence

Taekwon-Do provides the student with an excellent method of self-defence. It enables them to defend themselves against an attacker from a distance as well as at close range.

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patterns

Patterns are a series of pre-arranged blocks, kicks, and strikes, against imaginary opponents.  The purpose of patterns is to develop technique, balance, breath control, co-ordination, and power.  In these patterns lie the true beauty of Taekwon-Do – combining power and grace.  There are twenty-four patterns in Taekwon-Do which range from 19 to 72 movements each.  
The novice learns one pattern at each colour belt level while black belts learn up to three at each degree stage.

sparring

There are many different forms of sparring in Taekwon-Do, including pre-set, semi-free, and free sparring.  They all place students against each other with the purpose of improving distance, timing, balance, speed, and strategy in a controlled environment.

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Competitions

Although Taekwon-Do is primarily a martial art, there is also an optional sporting side to the art. The Irish Taekwon-Do Association runs three national tournaments per year in Dublin, Limerick and Munster. At black belt level, the opportunity is available to compete in the ITF European and World Championships.

Health Benefits of Taekwon-do

As well as the self-defence aspect, Taekwon-Do also promotes general health and well being. The training helps to strengthen and tone the muscles of the body without producing large bulky muscles. The high repetition-low resistance movements develop a longer, leaner, and more flexible musculature. 

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breaking

The purpose of breaking is to enable the student to develop confidence, focus, power, and concentration while properly executing a technique. Breaking also allows the student to see the amount of power that they are capable of developing through training in Taekwon-Do. The more advanced breaks demonstrate the beauty and difficulty of the flying and kicking techniques that separate Taekwon-Do from other martial arts.

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patterns

Patterns are a series of pre-arranged blocks, kicks, and strikes, against imaginary opponents.  The purpose of patterns is to develop technique, balance, breath control, co-ordination, and power.  In these patterns lie the true beauty of Taekwon-Do – combining power and grace.  There are twenty-four patterns in Taekwon-Do which range from 19 to 72 movements each.  
The novice learns one pattern at each colour belt level while black belts learn up to three at each degree stage.

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