Taekwondo in Nottingham
The Korean art of Taekwondo combines the disciplines of self-defense and combat in addition to sport and exercise. It is an ancient and once secret art of self-protection and an Olympic sport.
At this academy the form of Taekwondo taught here can be traced back to the Kukkiwon. The Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters is the official taekwondo governing organisation established by the South Korean government.
The simplest way to define the meaning of Taekwondo is as follows: Tae = foot; Kwon = Fist; Do = Way
To be more specific:
Tae means jumping, kicking or striking with the feet;
Kwon is any fist or hand technique
Do is the true spirit and personal development with an understanding of Asian philosophy.
Taekwondo is known for its emphasis on kicking. Physically, Taekwondo develops speed, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. To achieve these we focus on:
Patterns (forms) also called Poomsae
Sparring, including step, free-style, point and arranged.
Destruction (To include power, speed and special technique breaking)
Anaerobic and aerobic workouts
As part of the curriculum we also focus on mental disciplines to include relaxation, meditation exercises, and breathing control.
Etiquette, modesty, perseverance and self-control are all tenets of taekwondo that we emphasize in our program and that are integral for success.