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About Taekwondo

What is Taekwondo?

The traditional martial art of Taekwondo was developed in Korea and is today practiced throughout the world. Literally, Taekwondo means 'the art or method of kicking and punching with the feet and hands', although this translation only gives an indication of the physical aspects of the art. Through training practitioners aim to improve their whole way of life and better themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

Anyone who takes up Taekwondo will very quickly notice an improvement in their life. The learning process is a continuous one and each training session brings new knowledge of the self and the art. Although it can be practiced purely as a sport with the focus on body conditioning, it is conditioning the mind itself which leads to effective martial arts.

The tenets of Taekwondo are:

  • Etiquette
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self Control
  • Indomitable Spirit

Observation of these tenets teaches us respect, responsibility, a high sense of morality and humility, leading to a balanced and meaningful way of life.

Basic Taekwondo Words

Cha-ryeot: Attention Makki: Block Ap: Front
Shi-o: Easy Chagi: Kick Yop: Side
Kyeong-rye: Bow Jireugi: Punch Dwi: Back
Joon-bi: Ready Chigi: Strike Twio: Jump
Shi-jak: Start Seogi: Stance    
Keu-man: Stop Bondal: Crescent Bakkat: Outside / Outer
Ba-ra: Finish Kama: Hook    
Chung: Red     Bal: Foot
Hong: Blue Arae: Down / Low Mureup: Knee
Dwi-ro dorah: Turn Around Momtong: Middle Son: Hand
Pa qua: Switch Stance Olgul or Palmok: Upper Jumeok: Fist


Counting in Korean

1 - Hanah
2 - Dool
3 - Set
4 - Net
5 - Dasot
6 - Yasot
7 - Ilgop
8 - Yadol
9 - Ahoop
10 - Yol