Terminology

Why do we learn Theory and Korean Terms?Learning the theory behind TaekwonDo is an important part of your training. At every grading you will be tested on theory and Korean terms relevant to your grade.  You should also try to remember theory and Korean terms from all previous gradings.TaekwonDo is an international martial art originating from Korea.  As such the terminology is taught in Korean to break down international language […]

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Belts: Colours and Ranking System

The belt system used by ITF Taekwondo is designed to show the progression of a student’s training by using different colours. The belt colours have a meaning, and are used as a metaphor for progression of training, based on the growth of a tree. This is further reinforced by the image of an evergreen tree which is seen on the back of every ITF Dobok.  Students are expected to know the […]

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Tenets of TaekwonDo

The tenets are guidelines for all students of TaekwonDo to live by.  General Choi felt they were so important that all 15 volumes of his encyclopaedia start with the tenets.  You should know the meaning of each tenet, so that they can be understood and applied.  At your Grading you will be asked to give examples, such as:‘Courtesy’ means being polite to others and showing respect. For example, always addressing […]

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Proper Taekwondo Behaviour

Taekwondo rules of behaviour came from a combination of oriental values including reverence to parents and respect to seniors with strict martial ranking and discipline systems. Today, the same traditional rules of behaviour are used in a milder tone to develop a higher level of courtesy and respect among Taekwondo students. Taekwondo also develops humility in behaviour, pride in oneself, togetherness, and respect for the community. You should always be loyal […]

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Three Things Must Ye Know about Taekwondo Patterns

by Mark Banicevich, IV dan Papakura. More correctly, this article should be called, “Three things must ye know about every movement in all of ye Taekwondo patterns”, but that is too long for a title. When we learn Taekwondo patterns, we commonly begin by learning the sequence of movements, and then practicing them over and over until they become automatic. The problem with this method is that we frequently fail […]

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Basic Theory and Terms every student should know

One of the first things the beginner notices when they start training is the unfamiliar words used in class.  Because TaekwonDo is an international martial art, we use Korean to overcome language barriers and allow teaching, learning and training for any student regardless of their nationality. After all, TaekwonDo originated in Korea; had it been London, then English would have been used. By using the Korean terminology, we can train […]

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How to tie your belt correctly

It is important to tie your belt correctly to stop it coming loose during training. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Take a look at the diagram below:

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