What’s Tae Kwon-Do?

Martial Art

Tae Kwon-Do is a Korean military art, developed in South Korea in 1955. Tae Kwon-Do uses combinations of blocks, kicks, punches and strikes to defend against and counter attack an opponent. Tae Kwon-Do is the Way of the Foot and Fist.


The competition side of Tae Kwon-Do is purely optional, but whether competing or just watching, it is one of the most explosive and exciting sports around. You have the opportunity to take part in National, International and World Championships. Ask your Instructor for details of competitions.


All sparring is semi-contact, with fully approved safety equipment worn to avoid risk of injury. The pace is fast, furious and visually exciting.


Patterns are a set of movements, mainly defence and attack, set in a logical sequence against one or more imaginary opponents.


Students are encouraged to grade for new belts every 3 to 6 months. The same nationwide syllabus is implemented throughout the T.A.G.B. Every goal is attainable.

The History of Tae Kwon-Do

Translated from Korean, Tae means to jump, kick or smash with the foot; Kwon means to punch, strike or destroy with the hand and Do is the art, method or way. It is proven to be one of the most powerful systems of self defence ever devised.

Tae Kwon-Do is derived from an ancient form of unarmed combat practiced for many centuries in Korea. It became perfected in its present form by Major General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002), and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.

To the Korean people Tae Kwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It also promotes a way of life with strong sway towards the philosophical side, particularly instilling a concept and spirit of self imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.

In these days of violence and intimidation which seem to plague our modern societies, Tae Kwon-Do enabled the weak to possess the skills and confidence to defend themselves.

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