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

Hello and a warm welcome to the "Tigers" page of the Taran Tek Taekwon-Do website. The Tigers section of the club is specifically aimed at introducing 4-7 year olds to the martial art of Taekwon-Do.

Taekwon-Do is a very powerful form of martial art, so why would you want your children to join a club that teaches this?

At this age the main purpose of the sessions are aimed at having fun. All students are taught in ways that will not only increase physical strength and stamina, but they will learn how to defend themselves, join in group activities and develop a level of self-confidence, as well as enjoying some general fitness and of course making new friends. After a satisfactory period of time students are able to participate in sparring, however they must possess the necessary protective equipment and are strictly supervised.

What is Taekwon-Do all about

At Tigers classes we use merit badges to reward students for learning and mastering Taekwon-Do techniques, such as kicks, punches and blocks. These are similar awards to those used in Cubs and Brownies. This prepares them for the step up to the juniors class (eligible at around the age of 7-8) where they are expected to undergo formal gradings in order to progress through the belts.

What is Taekwon-Do all about

We also assess students on their politeness, honesty, perseverence, control, and courage by teaching them the 5 Tenets of Taekwon-Do. These are the laws of the martial art we practice. If the child demonstrates these and provides evidence of doing so then he/she will gain one of the badges below.

COURTESY: Politeness to ones Instructors and fellow students.

INTEGRITY: Honesty with oneself and the ability to define right from wrong.

PERSEVERANCE: Achievement of ones goals whether a higher grade or technique, one must persevere.

SELF CONTROL: To lose ones temper when performing techniques against an opponent can be very dangerous. The ability to live, work and train within ones capability shows good self-control.

INDOMITABLE SPIRIT: Courage when you and your principles are pitted against overwhelming odds.