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What is Taekwondo?

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean art of self-defence and means “The Art of Hand and Foot Fighting”. Tae Kwon Do indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints.

Most of all Tae Kwon Do is about self-imposed discipline, fitness and inner peace. Its origins go back 3,000 years ago. This provides its practitioners with a link to a tradition and philosophy which is truly historic. The art itself however has evolved with time to reflect the needs and aspirations of the modern martial artist.

Exercise and Improve Well-being

Taekwondo strengthens your body and improves your health through physical exercise and conditioning. Isometric and dynamic tension exercises will allow you to gain better muscle tone and more strength. A gradual building process of safe and easy stretching techniques will enhance flexibility, while breathing and concentration exercises lead to sharper reflexes and senses.

The discipline of Taekwondo leads to increase energy, better health and fitness, greater coordination, and higher self-esteem. These qualities are vital to a happier, longer life.

How Children Benefit From Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a total learning activity. Lessons are tailored to your child’s age and skill level. Your child begins by practicing basic patterns and forms, board breaking, kicking, blocking, striking, and punching. These fundamental skills increase your child’s physical coordination, flexibility, balance, and mental acumen.

Taekwondo develops your child’s athletic abilities and self-awareness, and improves the child’s capabilities in self-defense.

What is the T.A.G.B.?

The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain is the largest martial arts association in Europe. With 20,000 members in over 450 clubs nationwide we provide you with high-quality tuition, regularly run national competitions, seminars, training camps, added benefits high-profile events, as well as a fun, safe way to get fit and meet people who are as relaxed, dedicated and interesting as you.

Am I too old to start?

NO! We have people training in our clubs between the ages of 5 and 80. We believe you bring in Tae Kwon Do your own self-imposed limits and we’ll do our best to help you expand them. Age is just a number.

How old must my children be before they can start Tae Kwon Do?

Depending on the club and the classes it runs children as young as three and half years old may start Tae Kwon Do. Our instructors are trained in creating a teaching syllabus which is specifically aimed at young children and is not just a truncated version of an adult one. As such, young children will receive the best possible tuition which will help their fitness, motor-coordination skills and mental discipline.

Do I have to be fit before I join?

No. Tae Kwon Do will help improve your level of fitness.

Do I have to be flexible?

No. Tae Kwon Do will help improve your level of flexibility.

Do I have to have a special uniform?

Initially loose fitting clothing such as a tracksuit and t-shirt would be fine. We do ask however that if they wish to grade all our members wear a regulation TAGB white suit (called a Dobok) and the belt indicating their level of skill.

Who will be in my class?

Most instructors will have a dedicated class of people who are new to Tae Kwon Do. If this is not the case you will still be taught within a group of people whose skill and experience of martial arts will reflect your own. Any exceptions to this will be due to availability in the hire of premises and in this case our instructors will do their best to provide you with tuition suitable to your level of Tae Kwon Do.

Are children and adults taught together?

Usually classes are split into juniors and seniors. The communication and physical skills of children are different to those of adults and our training curricula reflect this. Any exceptions to this will be due to availability in the hire of the premises and time slots available. Your instructor will still run a different curriculum for children and adults even within the same class. To check the particular arrangements in effect please check with your instructor.

Will I be able to defend myself?

Yes! the skills you will learn will enable you to react to different attack situations using either blocks, restraints, punches or kicks
that you have been taught in class.

Do I have to grade (take belts)?

No! It is purely optional. A belt is a visual sign of how good an individual is! All new beginners are given a FREE white belt indicating the first level of Tae Kwon Do. We’d like to think that the challenge of learning a dynamic, thoroughly modern martial art will inspire you to set goals for yourself. The belts you gain in our grading system could be part of this goal-setting. We know, however, that there are as many reasons for doing Tae Kwon Do as there are Tae Kwon Do practitioners in our clubs. If you are quite happy not to grade we will still be happy to have you as a member.

Can I achieve a black belt?

Yes! A black belt is an indication of sound knowledge and technical competence in Tae Kwon Do. That means you can achieve one irrespective of your age and physical ability. Starting with the white belt which is given to you at the beginners class there are ten steps to black belt. Each step has a discreet, manageable level of technical expertise and knowledge to learn. To get to black belt it will take approximately just over three years. The process is especially designed to enable you to become mentally and physically competent at Tae Kwon

Do I have to enter competitions?

Entering competitions is purely optional. The competitions are held regionally, nationally and internationally and are split into men, women, cadet male, cadet female, boys and girls, in your own belt divisions and then into weights for adults and cadets, and heights for children. The TAGB has the most professionally run Tae Kwon Do tournaments in Europe. This allows you to gain valuable experience, meet like-minded individuals from all over the country and generally have some fun while indulging the competitive element in you. There is never any pressure however to enter a competition.

Does Tae Kwon-do cater for people with disabilities?

Yes! Tae Kwon Do is the great equaliser. We pride ourselves on seeking a person’s worth not the particulars of their circumstances. This is why our instructors will strive to make Tae Kwon Do fit your abilities. The TAGB has black belt students and instructors who have disabilities; I.e. they are amputees, or have hearing or sight impediments. We take the view that Tae Kwon Do is the key that helps you unlock your own potential. This is the same for everyone however able-bodied they may be.

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Our Instructors

Our passionate team of instructors all share their love and passion for the art of Tae Kwon Do. They are experienced and each have their own way that makes training in Taekwondo fun and engaging. All our instructors trained at Stratford TAGB, and have taken the next step to devote their time to inspiring others to share their paths in martial arts.

  • Fully Qualified Referee & Umpire
  • First Aid & DBS Checked
Geoff Gravestock
International Instructor and
5th Degree Black Belt TAGB
Rob Leighton
Assistant Instructor and
2nd Degree Black Belt TAGB

Where we train

If you are interested in starting training you can attend the first lesson for free.

Stratford Upon Avon Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Community Sports Centre
Alcester Road
Stratford on Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 9DH

Tuesday
Beginners: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Intermediate/Advanced: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday
Beginners: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Advanced: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden Sports Centre
Cidermill Lane
Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire
GL55 6HU

Saturday
All Grades: 9.30am – 10.45am

Grading Syllabus



Time between grading is three months up to blue belt (approx one and a half years) then six months for the remaining four to reach black belt, minimum time to reach black belt is three and a half years. From Green belt it is advised to attend minimum of two lessons per week otherwise you may find it difficult to sufficiently learn and practice the syllabus in the minimum times between gradings.

There are four gradings through the year with the exception of the black belt grading. The grading examiner will be a seventh Dan TAGB black belt ensuring a true independent evaluation of your progress, skill and proficiency.

Below is part of what a student needs to learn and practice for each grade, the full set of requirements are found in the book "Taekwon-do: Grading Syllabus White Belt to Black Belt" which is available from your instructor.
White belt signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student, who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon-Do

Korean Terminology


Commands
About Turn > Dwiyro Torro
Attention > Charyot
Attention Stance > Charyot Sogi
Backwards > Dwiyro Kaggi
Bow > Kyong Ye
Dismiss > Haessan
Forwards > Apro Kaggi
Ready > Chunbi
Return To Ready Stance > Barrol
Start > Si-Jak
Stop > Goman

General Terms
Belt > Ti
Foot-Fist-Art > Tae Kwon-Do
Four Directional Punch > Sajo Jirugi
Instructor > Sabum
Student > Jeja
Training Hall > Dojang
Training Suit > Dobok

Numbers
01 (One) > Hanna
02 (Two) > Dool
03 (Three) > Seth
04 (Four) > Neth
05 (Five) > Dasaul
06 (Six) > Yosaul
07 (Seven) > Ilgop
08 (Eight) > Yodoll
09 (Nine) > Ahop
10 (Ten) > Yoll

Parts of the Body
Forearm > Palmok
Forefist > Ap Joomuk
Inner Forearm > An Palmok

Sections of the Body
High Section > Nopunde
Low Section > Najunde
Middle Section > Kaunde

Stances
Parallel Stance > Narani Sogi
Sitting Stance > Annun Sogi
Walking Stance > Gunnun Sogi

Attacks
Front Rising Kick > Ap Chaolligi
Obverse Punch > Baro Jirugi
Outer Forearm > Bakat Palmok
Outer Forearm Block > Bakat Palmok Makgi
Reverse Punch > Bandae Jirugi
Side Rising Kick > Yop Chaolligi

Blocks
Inner Forearm Block > An Palmok Makgi

Pattern


Sajo Jirugi 1

12 Movements

Four Directional Punch 1 - Low Block



Sajo Jirugi 2

12 Movements

Four Directional Punch 1 - Middle Block

Yellow stripe belt signifies Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Tae Kwon-Do foundations are being laid.

Korean Terminology


Directions
Left > Wen
Right > Orun

General Terms
Pattern > Tul
Press Ups > Momtong Bachia
Three Step Sparring > Sambo Matsoki

Stances
L Stance > Niunja Sogi
Ready Stance > Chumbi Sogi

Parts of the Body
Back (As In Back Fist) > Dung
Head > Mori

Sections of the Body
Side > Yop

Attacks
Front Snap Kick > Ap Chabusigi
Kick > Chagi

Blocks
Rising Block > Chookyo Makgi

Pattern


Chon Ji

19 Movements

CHON- JI means literally "the Heaven the Earth". It is, in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, it is the initial pattern played by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts; one to represent the Heaven and the other the Earth.

Yellow belt signifies the plants growth as Tae kwon-do skills begin to develop.

Korean Terminology


Directions
Inward > Anaero
Outward > Bakaero

General Terms
Semi Free Sparring > Ban Jayoo Matsoki

Parts of the Body
Ball Of Foot > Ap Kumchi
Footsword > Balkal
Knifehand > Sonkal
Palm > Sonbadak

Attacks
Backfist > Dung Joomuk
Backfist Strike > Dung Joomuk Taerigi
Knifehand Strike > Sonkal Taerigi
Side Piercing Kick > Yop Chajirugi
Twin Forearm Block > Sang Palmok Makgi

Blocks
Knife Hand Guarding Block > Sonkal Daebi Makgi
Guarding Block > Daebi Makgi
Knifehand Guarding Block > Sonkal Daebi Makgi

Pattern


Dan Gun

21 Movements

DAN-GUN is named after the holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year of 2,333 BC.

Green stripe belt signifies the plants growth as Tae kwon-do skills begin to develop.

Korean Terminology


General Terms
Free Sparring > Jayoo Matsoki
Straight > Sun
Thrust > Tulgi

Parts of the Body
Fingertips > Sonkut

Stances
Fixed Stance > Gojong Sogi

Attacks
Straight Fingertip Thrust > Sun Sonkut Tulgi
Turning Kick > Dollyo Chagi
Wrist Release > Jappyosol Tae

Blocks
Wedging Block > Hechyo Makgi

Pattern


Do San

24 Movements

DO-SAN is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1876-1938), who devoted his life to furthering the education of Korea and its independence movement.

Green belt signifies the sky, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon-Do progresses.

Korean Terminology


Directions
Back > Dwit

General Terms
2 Step Sparring > Ibo Matsoki
Sparring > Matsoki

Parts of the Body
Back Heel > Dwit Chook
Back Sole > Dwit Kumchi
Foot Parts > Hanbansin
Hand Parts > Sangbansin

Stances
Bending Ready Stance ‘A’ > Goburyo Sogi
Closed Ready Stance ‘A’ > Moa Junbi Sogi ‘A’

Attacks
Knee Kick > Moorup Chagi
Reverse Turning Kick > Bandae Dollyo Chagi
Side Punch > Yop Jirugi
Vertical Punch > Sewo Jirugi
Vertical Stance > Soojik Sogi
Upset Punch > Dwijibo Jirugi

Blocks
Circular Block > Dollymio Makgi
Hooking Block > Golcho Makgi
Waist Block > Hori Makgi

Pattern


Won Hyo

28 Movements

WON-HYO was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year of 686 AD.

Blue stripe belt signifies the sky, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon-Do progresses.

Korean Terminology


General Terms
Jumping > Twigi

Parts of the Body
Elbow > Palkup

Stances
‘X’ Stance > Kyocha Sogi

Attacks
Hooking Kick > Golcho Chagi

Blocks
Double Forearm Block > Doo Palmok Makgi
Reverse Knifehand Guarding Block > Sonkal Dung Daebi Makgi

Pattern


Yul Gok

38 Movements

YUL-GOK is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi l (1536-1584) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea" The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38 latitude and the diagram represents "scholar"
Blue signifies the heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon-Do progresses

Korean Terminology


General Terms
Forging Post > Dollyon Joo
One Step Sparring > Ilbo Matsoki

Attacks
Arc Hand > Bandal Son
Back Kick > Dwit Chagi
Front Elbow Strike > Ap Palkup Taerigi
Pressing Kick > Noollo Chagi
Reverse Turning Hooking Kick > Bandae Dollyo Goro Chagi
Side Elbow Strike > Yop Palkup Taerigi
Side Fist Side Strike > Yop Joomuk Yop Taerigi
Side Thrust Kick > Yop Cha Tulgi
Turning Punch > Dollyo Jirugi
Twin Upset Punch > Sang Dwijibo Jirugi
Upper Elbow Strike > Wi Palkup Taeregi

Parts of the Body
Side Sole > Yop Bal Badak

Stances
Closed Ready Stance ‘B’ > Moa Junbi Sogi ‘B’
Low Stance > Nachuo Sogi
Rear Foot Stance > Dwit Bal Sogi

Blocks
Downward Block > Naeryo Makgi
Downward Kick > Naeryo Chagi
Inward Knifehand Strike > Anearo Sonkal Taerigi
Pressing Block > Noollo  Makgi
Scooping Block > Duro Makgi
Twin Knifehand Block > Sang Sonkal Makgi
X Block > Kyocha Makgi

Pattern


Joong-Gun

32 Movements

Joong-Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. There are 32 movements in this pattern to represent Mr. Ahn's age when he was executed in a Lui-Shung prison (1910)

Red stripe belt -signifies Danger cautioning the student the student to exercise control and the warning the opponent to stay away.

Korean Terminology


Directions
Downward > Naeryo

General Terms
Flying > Twimyo
Pressing > Noolo

Parts of the Body
Upset Fingertips > Dwijibun Sonkut

Attacks
Flying Kick > Twimyo Chagi
Front Pushing Kick > Ap Cha Milgi
Waving Kick > Doro Chagi

Blocks
U-Shaped Block > Digutja Makgi
W-Shaped Block > San Makgi

Pattern


Toi Gye

37 Movements

TOI-GYE is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th century), an authority on neo Confucianism. The 37 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on 37 latitude, the diagram represents " scholar"
Red belt signifies Danger cautioning the student the student to exercise control and the warning the opponent to stay away.

Korean Terminology


Sections of the Body
Outside > Bakat
Inside > An
Instep > Baldung

Stances
Closed Ready Stance ‘C’ > Moa Chunbi Sogi ‘C’
Flying High Kick > Twimyo Nopi Chagi

Attacks
Reverse Footsword > Baldal Dung
Twin Foot Kick > Sang Bal Chagi
Twisting Kick > Bituro Chagi
Upward Punch > Ollyo Jirugi
Vertical Kick > Sewo Chagi

Blocks
Pushing Block >  Miro Makgi
Sweeping Block > Hullyo Makgi

Pattern


Hwa-Rang

29 Movements

HWA-RANG is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group, which originated in the Silla Dynasty about 600 AD. This group eventually became the actual driving force for the unification of the three Kingdoms of Korea. The 29 movements refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Tae kwon-Do developed into maturity

Black stripe belt -signifies Danger cautioning the student the student to exercise control and the warning the opponent to stay away.

Korean Terminology


Stances
One Leg Stance > Wae Bal Sogi

Blocks
Checking Block > Momchau Makgi
Double Arc Hand Block > Doo Bandalson Makgi
Reverse Knifehand > Sonkal Dung

Attacks
Flat Fingertip Thrust > Opun Sonkut Tulgi
Overhead Kick > Twio Nomo Chagi
Side Fist > Yop Joomuk
Stamping Kick > Cha Bapgi
Sweeping Kick > Goro Chagi

Pattern


Chong Moo

30 Movements

CHOONG-MOO was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king
Black belt is the opposite of white belt, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do

Korean Terminology


General Terms
Breaking > Gyokpa
Grabbing > Butjaba
Sliding > Mikulgi

Parts of the Body
Arm > Pal
Back Hand > Sondung
Back Of Forearm > Dung Palmok
Base Of Knifehand > Sonkal Batang
Chest > Gasum
Eye > Angoo
Fingers > Songarak
Flat Fingertips > Opun Sonkut
Knuckle Fist > Joongi Joomuk
Leg > Dari
Straight Fingertips > Sun Sonkut
Under Fist > Mit Joomuk
Under Forearm > Mit Palmok

Directions
Turn > Dolgi

Sections of the Body
Under > Mit

Attacks
Consecutive Kick > Yonsok Chagi
Angle Punch > Giokja Jirugi
Back Elbow Thrust > Dwit Palkup Taerigi
Crescent Kick > Bandal Chagi
Horizontal Punch > Soopyong Jirugi
Rising Knee Kick > Ollyo Moorup Chagi
Twin Side Elbow Thrust > Sang Yop Palkup Tulgi
U-Shaped Grasp > Mong Dung I Japki

Blocks
9 Shaped Block > Gutcha Makgi
Reverse Knifehand Block > Sonkal Dung Makgi
Rising Palm Heel Block > Ollyo Sonbadak Makgi

Pattern


Kwang Gae

39 Movements

The name Kwang Gae refers to King Kwang Gae T'O Wang, 19th ruler of Korea's Koguryo Dynasty. King Kwang Gae retook many of the lost territories lost to Korea, including the greater part of Manchuria.The movement plan for the pattern represents this expansion and recovery of lost territory and the 39 movements refer to the first two digits of 391, the year he came to the throne.

Ge Baek

44 Movements

Ge Baek is named after General Ge Baek of the Baek Je Dynasty(660 AD) and the pattern movement plan is intended to represent his strict military discipline. Ge Baek consists of 44 movements.

Po Eun

36 Movements

Po Eun is the pseudonym of a fifteenth century Korean poet and scientist called Chong Mong Chu. Chong is also revered as a great patriot, having penned the lines, i would not serve a second master though i might be crucified a hundred times. the pattern movement plan denoted his unerring loyalty to his King and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynastyand consists of 36 movements.