What is Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is an ancient Korean martial art, a form of unarmed self-defence. It is also a philosophy of self-restraint, kindness and humility. It is not a competitive sport but rather an art that ultimately becomes a way of life for its practitioners. The "Do" portion of the term Taekwon-Do means "the way" or, more fully, "the way to enlightenment, self-realisation and understanding".

What is traditional Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do as practised by the International Taekwon-Do Federation it is the authentic form of Taekwon-Do as originated by the founder General Choi Hong Hi. It differs from "modernised" forms of martial arts in several important ways. The emphasis is on each student's personal self-improvement rather than on competition with others. There is no full contact in free sparring.

Who can study Taekwon-do?

Anyone! Men, women, children, young and old can study traditional Taekwon-Do. Everyone works at his or her own level of intensity as appropriate to his or her fitness level.

What does Taekwon-Do offer?

Through vigorous exercise, Taekwon-Do develops physical and mental strength. The training and exercises involve movement of the entire body promoting good health, fitness, flexibility and an increased feeling of wellbeing. In addition to providing the stress reduction benefits found in aerobic exercise and sport and aiding relaxation, Taekwon-Do also promotes:

· Mental discipline - the development of a strong mind, enables increased focus and concentration in all aspects of life.

· Physical fitness - Taekwon-do training involves movement of the entire body, promoting good health and fitness. Your cardiovascular health will improve along with your co-ordination, speed, strength and flexibility. The training also provides the opportunity for family members of different ages and physical abilities to participate in the same activity.

· Self-confidence develops as a direct result of working toward and achieving personal goals, mastering skills and seeing continuous improvement leading to inner strength that aids in all aspects of life, including the ability to defend oneself. Many parents have reported improved school grades after their children take up Taekwon-do.

· Stress reduction - today's stressful world affects us all. When stress builds up over time it can cause or exacerbate illness. The physical and mental workout leaves the Taekwon-Do student feeling relaxed and peaceful after practice.