Training Programme Elements

The following elements are included in the Club Training Programme:

  • Variety of warm-ups

    Necessary to prepare the body for technical work and to avoid any injury and to get one in the mood for the lesson after a day at school or the office.

  • Movement

    Learning how to move with proper technique. So many students move badly even at an advanced level. Students need to be compact and balanced and use their bodyweight to its full potential, with the aid of efficient footwork and body position. Flexible but balanced spring-like movements can be developed so that the student learns to feel every efficient move along with developing an explosive waist technique. It also takes a concerted effort to develop correct breathing and chi whilst practicing technique.

  • Stretching

    Ballistic and static stretching through a gradual progression with a varied and safe stretching programme, depending on the age of the student and capability. Older students who are unfit need to exercise control and children should not be asked to overstretch before they are 16, given the effects of stretching on a growing body. Being able to stretch well gives a student more speed and range when kicking and punching and also helps with speed and manoeuvering in other sports such as football or rugby.

  • Target Practice

    Small targets are important for focus and kicking small areas and large targets for power and speed kicking. It is important to apply the right technique to a kick or punch and not just kick hard without focus or correct technique and breathing.

  • Self Defence

    Learning how to apply Tae Kwon Do techniques with mental focus and agility, based on Tae Kwon Do techniques which incorporate releases and self defence counter techniques.

  • Weapons Training

    Senior students start to learn weapon forms at blue/red belt level which involves mastering a stick called the Dan Bong, there are two short stick forms. Senior dan grade holders learn a long stick form called Jung Bong, and 4th Dan and above learn the knife form called Dan Geom. There is also stick and knife self defence exercises practiced.

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I started Tae Kwon Do in Singapore in 1970 whilst serving with the British Royal Air Force, at a time when Tae Kwon Do was unheard of within Europe, and have trained with several Tae Kwon Do organisations in the UK.

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