Tae Kwon Do is a complete discipline. Within Taekwondo the practitioners will learn basic skills as well as patterns which are fighting skills against an imaginary opponent. Various equipment is also used to help with the development of each individuals Taekwondo skills. These skills are three step sparring, three step semi sparring, one step sparring, one to one sparring and free sparring which ultimately help to develop Taekwondo skills. Taekwondo is a way of life which helps to bring both mind and body together by exercising body and developing a strong mind. Exercising Mind This would increase self confidence, developing self-discipline, better judgment, self control, better stress management, better self image and a positive attitude. Exercising Body This would help to have good co-ordination, toning, weight reduction, flexibility improvement, cardiovascular conditioning, increased strength, general fitness. Philosophically The way of Tae Kwon Do is Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit, honesty, respect, courage, generosity, loyalty. Combination of these three aspects into one's daily life will result in calm, harmony, health and happiness. "Ye" (etiquette)
(Extract from 'Dynamic Taekwondo') "Is an essential spirit in Taekwondo training. Taekwondo practice must begin and end with etiquette. Ye is an abbreviation of kyongnye. Ye denotes the way that all human beings must follow. It is the fundamental base on which human spirit stands.
That is respect for humanity." Kyongnye is a bow that signifies truthful respect to the other person. Kyongnye, in Taekwondo practice, is a bow bending the upper body approximately 15 degrees forward. Bowing symbolizes respect without and humility Within. Adequate and neat appearance and controlled mental attitude are the most critical in Taekwondo etiquette. Bow is ye and ye can be cultivated through inner effort. Taekwondo practitioners must bow when entering and leaving the Do Jang, when meeting SABUM NIM (KAE) (School) Instructor; "SIR!", and higher rank students. Before and after working out with partner in self-defence or step-sparring, and performing poomse, you must bow in a proper manner. The goal of Taekwondo training lies in the attainment of the most ideal human values through rigorous physical and mental practice.
It is a fact that that the crime rate is on the increase. A person who is trained in self defence is more capable of handling difficult situations involving personal safety.
Taekwondo is an art primarily concerned with self-defence, and as self-defence taught by our instructors is one of the most effective arts of unarmed self-defence. Women would benefit greatly from Taekwondo self defence system.
The training methods designed are easy to understand and do. Self defence is for every one. Medically approved training methods as well as weight loss, general keep fit.Practical self-defence.Suitable for all ages.
The Combination of these are the foundation of the philosophy for Tigers Taekwondo. Believing this strong philosophy within Tigers Taekwondo, from white belts to highest ranking black belts the basics are practiced. Throughout our organisation there is a genuine belief that the basics can always be improved, a little better technique, a little faster, a little stronger.
It is this continual desire to do ones best that lay the foundation of Taekwondo for practitioners.
All Taekwondo practitioners within our Taekwondo organisation are to observe the tenants and oath of Taekwondo. With growth of Tae Kwon Do schools all over the place, our Taekwondo will firm in its resolve to maintain the traditional aspects of Taekwon Do practices.
The practice of Traditional Taekwondo as it has always been for centuries is to enhance the Total Health being of the individual (i.e. the mind, body and spirit). This is achieved as the novice undergoes:
Women Taekwondo Tigers have taken measures to make ladies feel welcome. In some areas we have started ladies only classes, traditionally all martial arts are seen as a male sport, but with the present social climate more ladies are taking part. This gives ladies the opportunity to combine physical fitness with self defence. The benefits are; It's medically approved methods of training Achieving physical fitness Achieving mental and physical awareness Self Defence The Traditional Taekwondo avoids short courses of self defence offered by other organisations, as this gives a false sense of confidence. Men Taekwondo is an extremely good way to keep fit. We have a professional way of teaching, which is methodical and efficient. Physical fitness is essential for healthy living. It helps the body to stay slim, it improves the power of the heart and circulation and could help to prevent diseases. Other advantages that Tae Kwon Do provides It helps you to build stamina and strength It reduces sluggishness Self defence Increase of drive.
Juniors Tigers Taekwondo have taken measures to make ladies feel welcome. In some areas we have started ladies only classes, traditionally all martial arts are seen as a male sport, but with the present social climate more ladies are taking part. This gives ladies the opportunity to combine physical fitness with self defence. The benefits are; It's medically approved methods of training Achieving physical fitness Achieving mental and physical awareness Self Defence The Traditional Taekwondo avoids short courses of self defence offered by other organisations, as this gives a false sense of confidence..
Taekwondo as an art, will help you to develop your mind and body - so that various techniques can be done with optimum speed and effectiveness. The philosophy and spirit that are embodied in this ancient art are melded with modern sports science and excercise to provide you with a balanced and complete martial art. Our instructors are known for their technical excellence and high standards as well as trained physiotherapists, and have united the best of both worlds to bring you this unique opportunity of obtaining the best from your body for fitness, self-defence and way of life.
Health and Fitness are important to your well being and Taekwondo helps to achieve this. Taekwondo is an organised system which can train your body both physically and mentally to its peak. Our instructors' sound methods of teaching and expert tuition are suitable for all ages and can bring maximum health benefits. Our bodies are designed for vigorous daily activities and most don't get enough. Exercise helps you: Stay slim Improves the power of your heart and circulation It may protect against coronary disease It tightens flabby muscles and gives strength It helps combat stress It makes you feel good and it can even be fun Fitness program Co-ordination training In Tigers Taekwondo, the student learns how to improve his cardiovascular, endurance and hands and feet co-ordination.
Development Structure Growth is a unique and inspiring phenomena. As the essence of nature of life itself, it symbolises our constant drive to develop and improve. It is the creative force that causes a seedling to become an adult. Growth is fundamental a part of each of us. And when you think about it what is alternative at best stagnation at worse decline? Growth is the only option. In order to grow you have to have a point of view about the future. Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. Taekwondo principles are no different to what a successful person is seeking. The belts structure is hence introduced to show mile stones achieved in ones development. Belts System
|Rank Age (years)||Time period (years)||Class|
|8th Dan||51||8||Grand master|
|9th Dan||60||9||Grand master|
Young or old, Male or Female, the use of science in Taekwondo as an art form makes it untouchable when it comes to physical fitness. Studies show that the usage of high repetition and low resistance movements in Taekwondo help the muscles grow longer, leaner and more flexible, which in turn also helps blood circulation. As well as these benefits, Taekwondo also develops Muscular strength, Agility, Dynamic energy, Flexibility of joints and Balance. All these points together make up complete overall fitness. Taekwondo not only concentrates on physical fitness, it also concentrates on mental fitness, helping to build Concentration and Mental awareness, and enabling the student to stay focused on what he or she may be doing. Taekwondo training builds confidence in one's ability, thereby leading the student a step closer to total self-achievement.
Patterns (Poomse, Tul) These are pre-arranged sequences of attack and defence movements against imaginary opponents. They are designed to improve power, accuracy and speed and to make techniques reflex actions rather than the result of (slow) conscious thought. The names of the patterns for coloured belt grade (kup) students is from the Tae guek (Tai Chi in Chinese) the ultimate principle in oriental philosophy. Tae means "great" and guek means "ultimate" or "eternal". Each pattern represents one of the eight Trigrams of the I Ching.
The Korean command numbers are used when calling out movements or techniques to be performed, or when counting out a fallen contestant in a tournament. The second set of numbers, derived from the Chinese, are used when numbering things such as patterns or kup (grades).