and Moral Fortitude
Because the techniques being taught are potentially dangerous
it is important that students are taught in a disciplined and
This means that students are to demonstrate the tenets,
courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and
indomitable spirit at all times. The students can expect
this code to be modelled by the instructors and seniors within the class.
Strength and Conditioning exercises
All Taekwon-Do classes put some emphasis on a healthy body by
building fitness and strength conditioning essential to martial arts.
This includes aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and full body
strength from core to extremities. Our regular, fast and dynamic movements develop explosive power.
Martial arts are among the most effective forms of fat burning and building a strong, toned musculature.
Traditional techniques and patterns
Over time our techniques have been improved by applying
scientific principles to them. Students learn the fundamental
techniques, applying them firstly on their own. In time as
co-ordination improves then the techniques are put together to form a sequence of moves, known as a patterns, a combination of technical accuracy, power, balance, realism and grace.
Self Defence for Escaping Holds
Self-defense methods are repeated in many different situations so
the defender can act swiftly and competently. The self-defence
taught at the coloured belt levels is focused on low level,
non life threatening situations, releasing techniques,
moving on to controlling techniques at higher ranks.
Black belt self-defence focuses on ground work, weapon defence and more life threatening situations.
Theory and Terminology
In Taekwon-Do you will learn the Korean Terminology for the techniques that are being taught, the history of Taekwon-Do and some of the history or Ancient Korea.
This is also tested at all gradings from New Zealands world renowned syllubus.
Sparring and Drills
We practice sparring (punching and kicking an opponent using
padded protective equipment in a controlled environment).
You will practise punching and kicking combinations, to work on reaction time and speed of movements. You practice free sparring with controlled contact and using as many different techniques as possible. Students may wish to enter our regular regional and national tournaments.
Although kids learn the same Taekwon-Do syllabus as adults,
we recognise that their training needs can be very different. We
offer specialised kids classes, which take into account their
physical and emotional stages and emphasize our tenets of Taekwon-Do : Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control
and Indomitable Spirit.
The youngest children follow a specially designed programme, which has been formulated to introduce the skills in a carefully structured sequence, while still retaining the fun element which is so vital to any kids programmes.
Destructions and Board-Breaking
The purpose of this discipline is to develop good technique
in students. Through doing destructions the student learns the effectiveness of their techniques and builds confidence. The breaking material is usually specially designed re-breakable plastic boards or wooden boards (2cm thick). Sometimes other materials are used, such as pine wood boards, tiles or bricks. This is always done in a safe environment.
Flying Kicks and Special Techniques
Taekwon-Do is world renowned for its flying kicks.
During classes you will learn many different jumping and flying kicks including kicking with both feel at the same time and doing multiple kicks in the same jump. They are one of the best ways to show off your skills. In tournaments you can compete in the 'Special Technique' category, where you perform 5 kicks which test your skill in jump height and distance.
STEP SPARRING, MODEL SPARRING and
Once the techniques have begun to develop the students
are shown how to use the techniques with a partner. A structure sequence of sparring disciplines are taught starting with step sparring which is short sequences of attack and defence moves
performed together. Later the students get to do the sequences of sparring in both slow motion and then in normal speed; this is called Model sparring.