A guide to help you with your basic training and learning
Below is a tutorial guide to help you through your training whilst at home. The best form of training will naturally be during class but practising at home can always help with your progress. Here you will find all the information on your basic stances, strikes, kicks and blocks along with videos and documents on patterns and defence work to help guide you in your training.
MODESTY - ETIQUETTE - PERSEVERANCE - SELF CONTROL - INDOMITABLE SPIRIT
Training: A Typical Taekwondo class will cover all aspects of the martial art, starting with cardio-vascular warm up and fitness; then technical poomsae development (kicks, blocks and punches) and kyorugi (sparring) techniques. You will learn the basics of self defence and all the required syllabus elements for Kup and Dan gradings. Towards the end of each class we will often relax our muscles and cool down with some stretching which all help to keep our bodies supple.
Kup gradings are the start of your Martial Art journey where each student can grade and certify onto the next level of skills and techniques within the sport, this is done by a class practical assessment. The students will be given specific tasks and moves to perform in front of a grading panel (these will all be qualified instructors) and show their progress and development. If successful the students will then be awarded a certificate and a new belt grade. Kup grades are defined by wearing a distinctive 'coloured' belt according to their grade. Everyone starts with white and progresses accordingly - and there is no rush. We like to make sure each person is comfortable with their progress before moving on.
Dan Gradings: Once students have then completed all the Kup grade levels (typically 10 levels of grade) they will then be submitted to take a Dan grading (Black belt). This is the belt students strive for and most look forward to achieving as it means you have fully matured into the sport and reached the top level. The next stage of your journey can then begin with advanced and expertise training. This will involve learning far more complex and technical skills.
Dan grades then follow on in number sequence, Dan 1, Dan 2, Dan 3 etc up to Dan 5 (Master) and then up to Dan 8 (Grand Master) and so on. A gold bar embroided onto the belt signifies Dan rank, often with the athletes name. The buzz and excitement each and everyone gets when they grade onto their next belt is something always cherished, and most definitely an achievement to be proud of.
During certain classes students will also have the opportunity to use a Bo/Staff (a poll weapon used in Martial Arts) and learn formation techniques and self defence with use of such a tool. All training is under strict and safe supervision with use of approved equipment only.
The Kukkiwon: Kukkiwon is the Headquarters and governing body for World Taekwondo Martial Arts. It is where official black belts (Dan grades) are sanctioned and your records are stored. Having a certified Kukkiwon Dan grade means you have been awarded with the highest standard of Dan grade, sanctioned by the Taekwondo Headquarters of Korea and recognised the world over.
Livingwell Taekwondo are very proud to say that all Dan gradings are undertaken by official Kukkiwon examiners in compliance to Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo) standards. Once the qualification is awarded you will receive an official Kukkiwon Dan certificate and license identity card. The Kukkiwon in Korea will also retain your Dan qualification on file.
Our club is like a family and you will meet plenty of friends along the way. If you have any pre-medical conditions, this is not a problem, just let the Instructors know so that we can work within your range and ability. All of our Instructors are fully certified, CRB checked and insured. Just come along, give it a go and have some fun learning Taekwondo Martial Arts...
Respecting your sport:
During training, all students will show etiquette and respect to Instructors and their colleagues no matter their skill or ability.
Since Taekwondo Martial Arts is a combat sport, all students are expected to respect this atribute and skill. Such martial art techniques must never be abused in public; and if ever used (in a real situation) to only be for your own proctection such as your personal safety being threatened or compromised by an offender and you were in danger of being harmed. In such cases, contrary to law act section (3) 1967 - reasonable force which is deemed necessary to defend ones self may be used.
All students joining Livingwell Taekwondo are to abide by all safety instructions as well as training rules and regulations.
Firstly - Putting on your belt...
A question that is probably the first to be asked when you first put on your dobok.
The diagramme should help guide you as to the correct way it is put on and tied.
1) Place the belt around the waist (keep one end longer)
2) Wrap the long end of the belt around the waist again to make one complete loop
3) Ensure both ends are now facing the front (both of equal length)
4) Cross the left side belt over the top of the right.
5) Once the left side is crossed over the right tuck it under all of the belt wrap, then pull up and through. (The belt ends will now have crossed over).
6) Pull the two ends to tighten comfortably.
7) Take the top end of the belt (sticking up), fold it over and forward. (Retaining this end with one hand).
8) Take the other end of the belt (hanging down) and pass it under the other end of the belt you have retained, then go up and loop around and pull through.
9) Pull the end through so as forming a knot.
10) Tighten the belt by pulling both ends together.
The belt should then sit approx 3 inches above the knee.
As with the tradition of leanring Taekwondo, our instructions and commands are spoken in Korean, such as counting up to ten, our stances, blocks, kicks and strikes etc. Please do not worry if you don't speak Korean, we are not expecting you to take language lessons as we explain all instructions in both English and Korean; but you will evenutally get to understand the Korean instructions as you learn the sport which will eventually become second nature.
Attached is a (PDF file) containing a list of all the most commonly used commands and phrases used within the sport, they are translated from Korean to English.
If you have ever thought, "I have a disability can I do Taekwondo?" Then the answer is "yes of course you can". Whether a disability is visible or hidden, nothing is impossible and you can achieve anything when you try. Some of our Para athletes, despite outside speculation, have graded to black belts and have even competed both Nationally and Internationally. Para Division Taekwondo is there to enable such athletes to persue the sport, cross the barrier and achieve their goal.
Below is a short video of some of our Para athletes in action...
Basic Stances, Blocks & Strike Techniques.
(Hand, Arm, Foot, Leg - positions & placements)
Video: General Training Techniques.
Video: Side Kick Preparation & Training
Poll / Staff - Weapon Training Patterns 1 to 3
Video: Weapon Training - Poll Pattern #1
Video: Weapon Training - Poll Pattern #2
Video: Weapon Training - Poll Pattern #3
Sequence & Poomsae Patterns
KUP - Poomsae Patterns: 1 to 4
KUP - Poomsae Patterns: 5 & 6
**Note - More training videos currently being added to our website. Sequences 5 to 8, KUP Patterns 7 & 8 and Dan Grade Poomsae Patterns Koreo to Cheonkwan will be added soon... please keep checking. Thank you