By developing an upright mind and a strong body, we will acquire the self-confidence to stand on the side of justice at all times. Major General Choi Hong Hi (Founder of Taekwon-Do)

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The road to fitness and confidence

Taekwon-Do is a modern version of a martial art which originated in Korea. It is characterized by fast, high, jumping, spinning kicks and swift footwork. It is an all-round programme that includes physical exercise, artistic expression and self-defence training.

Taekwon-Do is taught in dojangs (Taekwon-Do halls) by certified and experienced Instructors. The term "Taekwon-Do" is a composite Korean word meaning "kick with the foot" (Tae), "punch with the hand" (kwon) and "method, art or way" (Do).

The simplest English translation is "The art of kicking and punching".

The objectives of Taekwon-Do are:

To learn self-defence techniques,

To achieve physical fitness through dedicated participation,

To improve mental discipline and emotional maturity,

To develop a sense of responsibility for both oneself and others,

To develop an appreciation of Taekwon-Do as both a sport and an art form.

What is Taekwon-Do all about

Taekwon-Do was inaugurated on April 11th 1955 after extensive research and development by the founder Major General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan.

Rhee Ki Ha (born 20 March 1938) is a South Korean master of Taekwon-Do who is widely recognised as the 'Father of British Taekwon-Do' for introducing this martial art to the United Kingdom since arriving in the 1960s,as well as the 'Father of Irish Taekwon-Do. He is one of the twelve original masters of Taekwon-Do of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association. Following a career in the South Korean military, Rhee emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1967. He was a notable officer of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) during Choi Hong Hi's leadership.