Tae • Kwon • Do

Find out about the Korean martial art


What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport practiced by 60 million people, which has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics. Taekwondo is very different from many other martial arts. It is very physically dynamic, using fast movements mostly using foot skills. It is regarded as a way of life for the most dedicated students. The unity of body, mind, and life. This is reflected through patterns or "Poomsae" which you learn throughout your own Taekwondo journey.

Where does it come from?

The origin of Teakwondo lies in the country of Korea. It can be traced back to the Koguryo dynasty, founded 3B.C. Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of "Hwarangdo" that aimed at producing leaders of the country. In 1945, Yong Chun, Seoul, the Kwan (school) to teach a native Korean style of martial art opened. This dojang (gym) was named the Chung Do Kwan. 1955 saw a meeting to unify the various styles (Kwan's) for the mutual benefit of all schools. In 1957, the official name - Tae Kwon Do - was established and solidified.

What is the meaning of Taekwondo?

It is composed of three parts - which is sometimes shown in the English spelling - although it is one word in Korean. "Tae" means "foot,"; "Kwon" means "fist"; and "Do" means the "way" or "discipline." If we put these together, we get "The Way of Fist and Foot".

What is the UTA NI?

The United Taekwondo Association is part of the overall body - the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which has over 175 member nations. The World Taekwondo Headquarters is known as Kukkiwon, and is the only official organisation authorised to issue Dan (Black Belt) certification. In the UK,  British Taekwondo  (BT) is the national governing body for WTF Taekwondo. All recognised WTF Taekwondo group members in the UK - including the UTA - must be registered with BT. Chairman and Chief Instructor of the UTA in the UK is two times world champion 9th Dan Grand Master T.W. Shin. In NI, we have the UTA NI which was established over 25 years ago. Thorough Grand Master Shin's leadership, the UTA practices a high standard of Taekwondo in the UK.

What does Taekwondo require?

To be successful in Taekwondo you need patience, self-discipline and to take your training seriously...be dedicated, train with heart. The UTA NI trains to a carefully planned syllabus. The syllabus teaches effective self-defence, strength development, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and Olympic style fighting or "sparring" techniques. This is all achieved through a combination of mental and physical training. The underlying philosophies are never forgotten and through Etiquette, Modesty, Self-Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit, the association continues to grow.

The Student Oath

I Shall...
Observe the tenets of Taekwondo Respect the instructor & seniors Never misuse Taekwondo Be a champion of freedom & justice Build a more peaceful world

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