Taekwondo is the Korean Martial art that literally mean “hands and feet”. It is Korea’s national sport and a highlight of the Olympics. Come and learn with us at MST Academy in a safe and friendly environment. Have great fun whilst building confidence, fitness, ability and stamina in our mixed male and female classes. Minimum starting age is 5 years old.
Taekwondo was developed between 1940 and 1960 in Korea. It consists of a blend of martial arts ranging from Japanese Karate and Chinese martial arts to traditional Korean Taekkyeon, Subak and Gwonbeop. It uses both the feet and hands which leads to its name in Korean meaning ‘Foot, ‘Fist’, ‘Art’. The art was quickly adopted by the Korean military giving it a military feel and enforcing a strong focus on discipline.
The curriculum of Taekwondo is broad and a typical syllabus would include:
- Sparring – either free style or 1,2 and 3 step.
- Breaking – material can be a mix of wood, slate or brick. Special breaking boards are now available as a training aid.
- Hoh-sin-sool – Korean self defence
- Techniques such as kicks, blocks, punches, strikes and stances
- Cardiovascular fitness and strength
- Relaxation and meditation
- Mental discipline, etiquette, respect and self confidence
- Examinations for each grade
- Weapons training
- Korean terminology