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Typical Training​​

The place for learning is the ‘dojang’ or ‘place of learning in the way’.  When entering it the student will show their commitment to the goals of Taekwondo by pausing at the door and bowing towards the instructor, with your fists closed at the side of your thighs and your head and upper body inclined forward for a pause and then returned to normal position.  If the instructor is not there the bow should be towards the senior student or simply towards the centre of the hall.

Unlike any non-combat sport there is a respect for the practice of the art itself, as well as the culture and history of Korea.  There is no end to Taekwondo practice and can be a life long activity with people enjoying Taekwondo at all levels of commitment from occasional, social practice to training everyday, becoming a part of that person’s life style.
Art Form
Sport Taekwondo 
Art form is based on the correctness of the techniques within Taekwondo. The grace and beauty of many of the spectacular flying and spinning kicks in Taekwondo has drawn filmmakers to Taekwondo.  Without good techniques you will not have a strong foundation to get better in Honsinsul (self defence) and Sport Taekwondo.

Taekwondo comes from Korea.  Tae means “to kick” or “to strike with the foot”, Kwon means “fist” or “ to strike with the hand”, and Do means “discipline” or “art”, i.e. “the way of foot and fist. ”  ​​
 There are two styles of sport fighting in Taekwondo.  One is the full contact World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style where you win by knocking the person out or by scoring enough points that have hit the person hard, as in boxing. This is the style that is an Olympic sport and is the one mainly trained for within this club by learning to hit targets hard.  We do not try and knock each other out in the class! There is a Northern Ireland Taekwondo Squad that is always keen to have new people who want to compete.  
Self Defence
 Taekwondo is a Korean martial art of self-defence (honsinsul).  Its techniques where developed on the battlefields of Korea and to-day you need to be a black belt in Taekwondo to be part of the Korean special forces. So while other martial arts have moved to be solely a combat sport Taekwondo retains at its core its martial ability.

Many people join Taekwondo for self-defence and fitness. Everyone would agree that what appears to work in a James Bond or Jackie Chan film may not necessarily work in the street.  On the street there are no rules, or referees to stop the fight when someone is getting beat up, so the student must alter his thinking for the street from when he is training in the safe environment of a dojang (training hall). 

  In Taekwondo we do not many practice throwing, twisting-of-arms techniques or holding the attacker down on the ground. This is because we do not want to struggle with the attacker or try to arrest him like a policeman.  Also nowadays there will probably be more than one person attacking you. This means you can’t spend time on one attacker or the other attacker will get you.  We are always looking to stop the attack and escape.  Working through the syllabus and grades of Taekwondo will offer you knowledge on how to defend yourself.  Many of the techniques could seriously injure another child so dangerous techniques are not taught until the student is old enough to understand the dangers and consequences of a technique.  Techniques that will cause a reasonable level of pain and stop the attacker are taught.
 Almost everyone who joins Taekwondo wishes to improve their fitness, and everyone appreciates that martial arts, and Taekwondo in particular, is a great way of doing this; so much so that numerous fitness classes have sprung up trying to copy the moves in Taekwondo.  The fitness demands of Taekwondo cover all the aspects of fitness you would want to improve, namely:
Strength, Speed, Suppleness, Stamina, pSychology
For young students doing press ups, sits ups etc. is enough to improve strength.  Sit ups are done with legs bent and press ups are performed with knees on the ground.
Of prime importance to Taekwondo students is to have power which is a combination of strength and speed.  This allows you to forcefully applying techniques both for the street and the sport.  All of the aspects of fitness are covered as part of your training classes. What is important for you to remember is that the class is primarily to pass on technical training and allow you to practice with a partner in a safer environment, and to have your techniques corrected by your instructor.