What is Tae Kwon-Do?
Tae Kwon-Do is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the Orient. Tae Kwon-Do became perfected in its present form in Korea.
Translated from Korean, ‘Tae’ literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot. ‘Kwon’ means a fist chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. ‘Do’ means art, way or method. Tae Kwon-Do indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and interception with the hand, arms and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent.
To the Korean people Tae Kwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of strict 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 enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to defend himself or herself and defeat the opponent as well. When wrongly applied it can be a lethal weapon
The Foundation Of Tae Kwon-Do
Tae Kwon-Do was inaugurated in South Korea on April 11th 1955 following extensive research and development by the founder Major General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree Black Belt
Tae Kwon-Do was introduced into the United Kingdom In 1967
The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (T.A.G.B.) was formed in August 1983.
The TAGB is a member of Tae Kwon-Do International. Tae Kwon-Do International is a world wide body with representation in every continent of the globe. Tae Kwon-Do International was inaugurated in England on 13th November 1993.
On the 21st of April 1988 a new governing body for Tae Kwon-Do was formed, called the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (B.T.C.) This now incorporates 15 different organisations and has a membership of over 44,000. It is the only body recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council. The TAGB is a founder member of the B.T.C. It is also the largest organisation in the B.T.C. Current membership of TAGB is over 25,000.
The Tenet’s Of Tae Kwon-Do
COURTESY : To be polite to everyone. You must always be courteous to your Instructors, seniors and fellow students.
INTEGRITY : To be honest with yourself. You must be able to define the difference between right and wrong.
PERSEVERANCE: To achieve a goal. Whether a higher grade or a new technique,you should never stop trying.
SELF CONTROL: To always be in control of your actions. You must be able to live, work and train within your capabilities.
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT: To show courage when you and your principles are pitted against overwhelming odds. You should do your utmost to never give up.
Tae Kwon-Do Oath
As a student of Tae Kwon-Do, I do solemnly pledge to abide by the rules and regulations of the Tae Kwon-Do Association, to strive always to be modest, courteous and respectful to all members, in particular my seniors, to put the art into use only for self defence or defence of the weak and never to abuse my knowledge of the art.
Conduct in the Dojang
Every student must observe the following conduct in the Dojang in order to maintain an orderly and effective training hall.
- Bow upon entering
- Bow to the Instructor at a proper distance
- Exchange greetings between students
- Bow to Instructor upon forming a line prior to training
- Bow to the Instructor upon forming a line prior to dismissal
- Bow before leaving the Dojang.
10 Points to becoming a good student
- Never tire of learning; a student must always be eager to learn and ask questions. A good student can learn anywhere anytime. This is the secret of knowledge.
- A good student must be willing to sacrifice for his art and his Instructor. Many students feel that their training is a commodity bought with monthly fees, and are unwilling to take part in any demonstrations, teaching, or work around the Dojang. An instructor can afford to lose this type of student.
- Always set a good example to lower ranking students. It is only natural that they attempt to emulate their seniors.
- Always be loyal and never criticise the Instructor, Tae Kwon-do, or the teaching methods.
- If an Instructor teaches a technique, practise it and attempt to utilise it.
- Remember that a student’s conduct outside the Dojang reflects on the Art and on their Instructor.
- If a student adopts a technique from another Dojang and the Instructor disapproves of it, the student must discard it immediately, or train in the Dojang where it was learnt.
- Never be disrespectful to the Instructor, although a student’ s allowed to disagree with the Instructor, he must first follow the Instruction, then discuss the matter later.
- Always arrive before training is due to start, and ensure that you have a good attendance record.
- Never break a trust.
Rules and Regulations
- All students must complete and sign the relevant application forms prior to commencing training.
- All students must be in possession of a T.A.G.B. membership and record card after their first four weeks training.
- Subscriptions to be paid in the first week of every month. Failure to do so will incur a penalty fee.
- The build up of arrears is NOT ACCEPTED.
- One month’s prior notice must be given for adjustment of fees owing to holidays etc.
- Any student not attending lessons and not paying fees for a continuous period of 2 months or more, shall pay a re enrolment fee before being allowed to re commence training.
- No smoking, eating, drinking or wearing of jewellery, rings etc. in the dojang is permitted.
- Whilst wearing a dobok NO SMOKING is permitted regardless of the place. (dojang, tournament, demonstration etc.)
- When eating or drinking whilst wearing a dobok your belt must be removed.
- After the first grading a dobok must be worn during training in the dojang, wearing tracksuits or outside clothes is not permitted, unless prior permission has been obtained from the Instructor.
- The most senior member present will commence training sessions promptly until the Instructor arrives.
- Misuse of the Art will result in disciplinary action.
Grading will depend on attendance and the Instructors discretion as well as technical ability.
- No student may officially change schools without completing a transfer form and obtaining prior permission from both Instructors concerned.
- All students should be in possession of a Students Handbook after their first grading.
The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain
The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon Do organisation in this country. It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council.
TAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years’ experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups. Training in Tae Kwon Do can start at any age. TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth dan black belt on his 70th birthday!
Because of its high-kicking, fast-paced style Tae Kwon Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit. The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence. As the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has 20,000 accredited, members and organises seminars, demonstrations, competitions and national and international championships every month of the year. It also publishes a bi-monthly, glossy, subscription magazine called TAGB Times which carries club news, contact addresses, modern training techniques and events.
Tae Kwon Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and TAGB instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.
With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic sport.