"To put it simply, Tae Kwon Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self defence. However, it is more than just that. 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. Although it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a sense of justice, fortitude, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with the mastering only the fighting aspects of the art." - Tae Kwon Do Encyclopedia
As a beginner you are not required to wear a dobok (a dobok is the white training top and bottoms students wear) to training. Just wear something comfortable where you can kick i.e. track suits with a t-shirt. Don't forgot to bring a drink as well.
Absolutely not - the club has a range of members from beginners all the way to black belt. We regularly welcome people completely new to Tae Kwon Do every year.
Whilst being physically fit will help you train in Tae Kwon Do, it is not necessary to be "super fit" before joining our club. When you start training with us your fitness will rapidly start to improve!
All Sessions take place in the Westwood Games Hall
Monday (ITF) : 17:30 - 19:00
Tuesday (WT) : 18:00 - 20:00
Thursday (ITF) : 17:30 - 19:00
Saturday (Squad/WT) : 13:00 - 15:00
The first THREE lessons are free. Other than that the lessons cost :
Per Session: £3.50
Per Term: £30
Per Year: £75
There is a kit order that goes out around week 2 or 3 of each term, this is where you can order your dobok (training suit), sparring equipment and club merchandise. It is usually with us by week 5.
We welcome members from any affiliation/ Taekwondo/ previous martial arts background. Though our focus is primarily ITF style Taekwondo we also have one session a week dedicated to WT (formerly WTF) style sparring.
A memorised sequence of moves, a pattern is a simulated fight against imaginary enemies which trains your muscles to perform techniques in a natural flowing way. Although primarily structured around technique, they can also be used to condition your body.
This is a sequence of pre-arranged moves between two people in which one person attacks whilst the other defends. This is used to practice proper execution of blocks and attacks against an opponent with minimal risk of injury.
A great way to practice specific Tae Kwon Do techniques, usually involves moving fowards and backwards doing a set move or combination attacking 'air'.
Normally consists of 2 minute rounds between two combatants. Two common types of free sparring are point-stop (where the match is paused by a referee whenever a point is scored) or continuous. Competition sparring scoring can vary, but the rules are usually fairly similiar (2 or 3 points for a kick, and 1 for a hand technique). Free sparring is effectively a controlled fight in which clean techniques are rewarded with points.