We teach a carefully structured training programme, designed to introduce new techniques at regular intervals. Students then practice techniques, before taking a grading examination to demonstrate their skills. After successfully demonstrating skills at the appropriate level, students are awarded a coloured belt to show their grade.
The definition of the belt colours are as follows :
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Tae Kwon Do is being laid.
Signifies the plant’s growth as Tae Kwon Do skills begin to develop.
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon Do progresses.
Signifies Danger, cautioning the the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon Do, also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.
At each grading you will be asked some theory questions. All of the theory you need can be found in your Blue Handbook, so please make sure you read these.
What is a pattern?
A pattern is a set of fundamental moves, mainly defence and attack, set in a logical sequence to deal with one or more imaginary opponents. Patterns are an indication of a students progress, a barometer in evaluating an individual’s technique.
Why do we preform patterns?
We practice patterns to improve our Tae Kwon Do techniques, to develop sparring techniques, to improve flexibility of movement, master body shifting, develop muscles, balance and breath control. They also enable us to acquire techniques which cannot be obtained from other forms of training.
Set sparring, Free sparring & Self defence
As well as the traditional patterns and line work, we also practice set sparring and free sparring. These allow students to develop self defence techniques and also introduce the sport side of Tae Kwon-Do, allowing students to take part in the many tournaments and competitions around the country.
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do
A Tenet is a belief or principle. Tae Kwon Do has five Tenets, which are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. These Tenets serve as a guide for all students of Tae Kwon Do.
COURTESY: To be polite to one’s instructors, seniors and fellow students.
INTEGRITY: To be honest with oneself. One must be able to define right and wrong.
PERSEVERANCE: To achieve a goal, whether it is a higher grade or any technique, one must not stop trying; one must persevere.
SELF CONTROL: To lose one’s temper when performing techniques against an opponent can be very dangerous and shows lack of control. To be able to live, work and train within one’s capability shows good self control.
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT: To show courage when you and your principles are pitted against overwhelming odds.