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Though we draw on many martial arts in our work, the core of the teaching in most
of our public classes is the most popular martial art in the world: the Korean art
TaeKwonDo can be studied by boys and girls, men and women, from 5-65 (and sometimes
older or younger). It is astonishingly good for your fitness, for helping with your
self confidence, and for learning self-defence.
TaeKwonDo is the combination of three Korean words. "Tae" means jump kick, or to
smash with the foot. "Kwon" means a fist, or to punch or destroy with the hand or
fist. "Do" means an art, a way, or a method. When TaeKwonDo settled in to its modern
form in the Korean military in the 1950s, the name was chosen because it described
accurately what the art consisted of, and also kept up a link with "Taek Kyon," an
ancient martial art practised in Korea over 2000 years ago, on which modern TaeKwonDo
TaeKwonDo is similar to some forms of Karate in the moves that it uses, but it tends
to use much more kicking, and the high kicks students learn are something of a trademark. Think
of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Sarah Michelle Geller, who plays Buffy, is trained
in Taekwondo. Still, you don't actually have to be able to kick two metres in the
air in order to do TaeKwonDo. Students will learn the technique and the flexibility,
and after that it depends on training and on the natural physique of the individual.
Follow some of the links on this page to find out more.
Follow the links below for our pages with information and videos for students studying the ITS Taekwondo syllabus.
Want to know how to tie your belt?
The Complete TaeKwonDo Handbook contains the syllabus, the moves from every pattern
up to Black Belt, every single drill, and all you need for the theory part of your
You can get it as a handy sized book for your kit bag, or as an e-book suitable iPad,
iPhone, or iPod touch.