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Korea-inspired taekwondo requires patience, self-discipline, dedicated training - and seriously flexible legs!

An Overview of Taekwondo

Taekwondo as a sport has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries. It originates from South Korea where the world governing body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), is currently based.
The modern form of Taekwondo was not agreed until 1955, but the sport has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.

The name Taekwondo literally translates as the way of the foot and the fist.

'Tae' means to break or attack with the foot, 'kwon' means to break with the fist and 'do' translates as the art or way.

Information taken from britishtaekwondo.org

Benefits

As well as the sporting and self-defence aspects to Taekwondo, the exercise one gets from martial arts training improves balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and posture.
Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also have a mental element which not only improves the mind's focus but also helps provide confidence and self control.

Individuals of all ages take up Taekwondo, from 4-84 and those who take it up experience the following:

  • Improved muscle tone and appearance
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved agility and reflexes
  • Improved concentration and self-esteem
  • Improved leadership skills
  • Greater discipline
  • Reduced stress

However, it is important to point out that not all martial arts programs will produce the range of benefits discussed. It's no wonder why Taekwondo has become one of the most popular activities for both adults and children, and why there are 20 million practitioners of the sport worldwide.

Equipment

For competition contestants wear a red or blue trunk protector (hogu) and head protector, a groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, hand protectors, and a mouth protector.

Facts

Taekwondo first appeared in the Olympics as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Find Taekwondo Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British Taekwondo

Contact Email
membership.services@britishtaekwondo.org
Contact Telephone
01623 382020

Beccles Taekwondo Club

Come and Try the martial art of Taekwon-do at Beccles Taekwon-do Club. We teach self-defence techniques including kicks, punches and blocks, these are practiced as line work, on contact bags, sparring and as patterns

National Martial Arts Committee

The National Martial Arts Committee's objective is the Nationwide promotion of Martial Art Sport for All, through physical activity, competition and association.

•By promoting ethics, education of youth and the spirit of fair play.

Broadland Sports Club

Broadland Sports Club is situated in the heart of rural Norfolk. Facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam room and swimming pool.

4ward sports

4ward Sports provide nurseries, schools and communities with qualified coaches to implement sporting opportunities.

Our objectives are simple; we want as many children involved in sport as possible.

4ward sports provide bubble football and archery t