A Brief History of Taekwon-Do
Taekwon-Do has one of the oldest pedigrees of all martial arts, having been developed from the roots of what used to be known as Taekyon. Taekyon's primary focus was on fitness, agility and strength, which evolved into a fighting system using primarily the legs and feet, in order to better defend against horse-mounted attackers. Taekyon was taught to people all ages, not just as a form of self defence, but (amongst other things) as a societal function to bring people together, and maintain a common culture between communities.
The key difference in Taekwon-Do
Using Taekyon as a basis, then introducing scientific principles and bio-mechanics, this was further developed into what we today know as Taekwon-Do.
On 11th of April, 1955 Taekwon-Do became officially recognised as a martial art, thanks to its founder Grandmaster General Choi Hong Hi.
The science behind Taekwon-Do is one of the things that makes it unique among martial arts; enabling the practitioner to generate greater levels of power, and speed without the need for strenuous, athletic, training regimes. Through the application of natural sine-wave motion, Taekwon-Do allows people of all ages, physiques, and physical abilities to train, and excel.
Taekwon-Do is a martial art like no other
Taekwon-Do is truly a martial art for all ages, and abilities. We can confidently say, with a wealth of experience, that the diversity of people in terms of ages and physical abilities in Taekwon-Do training halls is surprising.
When people think of Taekwon-Do, they often associate it with flying kicks, acrobatics, and incredible feats of human aerial displays. The reality, however, is far different.
What to expect from Taekwon-Do
Without a doubt Taekwon-Do can improve your life, and have a positive impact. Not only will it help increase your physical health, fitness, flexibility, and stamina, but also help boost your confidence, self-esteem, mental well-being, and awareness.
These are big claims, backed up by over 25 years of teaching martial arts; Taekwon-Do, MMA, Tactical Arts, Kickboxing, and Korean Kickboxing.
I've seen many positive changes in students from all age ranges, that have left lasting impressions, and proven to me that almost anything is possible in Taekwon-Do. I’ve graded for black-belt grades with people who were 70 years of age, and older, taught students who who were differently-abled to national champion level, taken mums, dads, sons, and daughters to European competition level. I've seen children with autism, self-esteem, and bullying issues, overcome their limitations, and use Taekwon-Do to focus their energies and talents to achieve amazing things, both in and out of the training hall.
With Taekwon-Do you’re never "too young", or "too old" to train.