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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Tying your Taekwon-Do Belt

Need to know how to tie a Taekwon-Do belt? On the link below is a step-by-step diagram for tying a double length martial arts belt, while avoiding the cross-over in back. The technique is the same for Taekwon-Do Karate, Judo, or other martial arts belts. The information page can be viewed here belt tying

Often at times, Instructors can tie their own belts fine, but when one has to tie one on someone else, difficulties ensue. This is an essential for parents of young childern in Martial Arts. Here is a video on how to tie a belt for someone else belt tie

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Three-Step Sparring (Sambo Matsoki)

This is the initial basic set of exercises for beginners usually covering 9th to 7th Kup. This familiarises the student with the correct attack and defence techniques utilising mainly hand parts against middle and high attacks and the foot parts against low attacks while stepping forwards and backwards.

The information page can be viewed here 3-step

Three-Step Semi-Free Sparring (Ban-Jayo Matsoki)

Three step semi-free sparring Involves any three consecutive techniques from the attacker; requiring three blocks (or evasions) and a counter attack. This is introduced to the student after 9 months at 7th Kup (Green Tag) at this stage they should be able to demonstrate a good choice of techniques, flexibility and improvisation. Attacker and defender both begin in L stance with a forearm guarding block.

Two-Step Sparring (Ibo Matsoki)

More for the intermediate student (6th Kup and above) these sets use more varied attacks allowing the attacker to develop combinations.

The information page can be viewed here 2-step

One-Step Sparring (Ilbo Matsoki)

For the senior colour belt student (4th Kup and above) these sets use non choreagraphed attacks allowing the defender to react appropriately.

The information page can be viewed here 1-step

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The flag of South Korea

When you walk into the dojang or the hall of a competition venue you always bow as you enter the door. This is in respect of the South Korean flag which is often (but not always) on display.

Details can be viewed here south korean flag