We teach Taekwon-Do in an inclusive way, so all ages and abilities are able to progress and achieve.
A mixture of fitness, tradition martial arts training, sparring, pad work, breaking and self defence.
It is the ultimate modern martial art for all to enjoy.
Why Learn Taekwon-Do?
One Master said:
For Self-defence: One never knows when he or she may be attacked. Since we normally do not carry side arms, a most effective way to defend ourselves and our loved ones is “empty hand fighting” and Taekwon-Do reveals the ancient secrets. Knowledge of these secrets can be life savings in times of danger.
For Health: Taekwon-Do is far more than self defence.
It is a superb means of mental and physical development.
Taekwon-Do practitioners are noted for their excellent health gained from the discipline and patience required by the art.
For Self Confidence and Poise: Taekwon-Do first and foremost requires that all students be polite and respectful and never use their knowledge for frivolous purposes or wanton harm. Yet a true student is able to dispel fear.
What can be achieved through Taekwon-Do training? The student of Taekwon-Do develops an unbeatable self-defense through rigid training and professional supervised instruction.
In addition Taekwon-Do builds dynamic tension and makes balanced use of a large number of body muscles.
It provides excellent all around exercise and develops coordination and agility.
Taekwon-Do trains students in character, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control.
Who may learn Taekwon-Do? Classes are open to men, women and children as Taekwon-Do is one of the only true family martial arts; all can learn and participate together.
The degree of progress for any student is based on the individual coordination and attentiveness.
Physical fitness is essential for a happy, productive life, and invariably, people who are capable of defending themselves are less troublesome and better citizens.
Olympus Taekwon-Do clubs are friendly, social and all inclusive where the students enjoy themselves
while learning a martial art and getting fit. We have classes for adults and children.
History of Taekwon-Do
TaeKwon-Do was founded in Seoul, South Korea, in 1955 by General Choi, Hong Hi.
Since its inception, many changes have been implemented to continually develop Taekwon-Do, both as a martial art and as a formidable form of self defence.
The early sixties saw an influx of Korean Taekwon-Do Masters into the USA and subsequently world-wide.
Today in Taekwon-Do, there are a number of world bodies, three of which claim succession to the original International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and the World Taekwon-Do Federation (WTF), which was founded in 1977 and is featured in the Olympic Games.
Taekwon-Do was introduced into the UK in 1967 by Master Rhee, Ki Ha; today many groups operate their own organisations as the popularity of Taekwon-Do has increased, but Rhee, Ki Ha, First Grand Master and Patron of ACE Taekwon-Do, continues to teach Taekwon-Do to anyone wishing to learn the Art as it was intended by its Founder General Choi.
Authentic Centres for Excellence of (A.C.E.) Taekwon-Do is a Society for Traditional and Authentic Taekwon-Do. The Society has been established by Grandmaster Paul Cutler, who studied directly under First Grandmaster Rhee, Ki Ha and General Choi, Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do. A.C.E. Taekwon-Do is an organisation that strives to uphold the integrity and goals of General Choi, Hong Hi & First Grandmaster Rhee, Ki Ha. It is very important that you learn the History of Tae Kwon Do and where it comes from. General Choi the Founder (the man who invented Tae Kwon Do) died in 2002 so you should now refer to him as ‘the late General Choi.’ You should be proud of your club, style and organisation but always make sure when talking to students from other styles and clubs that you show respect. It is better to learn from each other than to criticise.
“Taekwon-Do is a modern, scientifically designed unarmed self defence system, teaching the student to use every available attacking and blocking tool to enable his or her safety and that of others”
Senior Master RP O’Neill VIII Dan
The Pillars of Taekwon-Do
Pillar One – Fundamental Techniques
These are the basic blocking, punching, striking and kicking techniques which form the basis of Taekwon-Do. You will learn these in the hall with your fellow students and practice them up and down the hall in drill exercises. These techniques comprise those demonstrated in your pattern (Tul)
Pillar Two – Patterns (Tul)
Patterns are “a series of offensive and defensive techniques against an imaginary opponent or opponents”. These are designed for your grade, and feature the range of techniques you must practice for your grading exam
Pillar Three – Sparring (Matsogi)
Set Sparring (Matsogi) is when Taekwon-Do techniques are performed against other students, in a controlled manner, allowing you to practice their use in a semi-real situation. There are three levels to set sparring – three-step; two-step; and one-step sparring
Free Sparring (Jayu Matsogi) is when two (or later on, three) opponents face one another, and perform Taekwon-Do techniques in a continuous, controlled manner. Free sparring is semi (touch) contact, and is designed to allow the student to practice the dynamic use of Taekwon-Do against an opponent
Competition Sparring is when two opponents ‘fight’ in a controlled manner, with various rules regarding safety and the scoring of points, with a view to determining a winner. Competition sparring requires the use of head, hand, foot and mouth protection (plus shin and groin protection if appropriate), and is often conducted in a ring or similar venue
Pillar Four – Self-Defence
At Olympus Taekwon-Do you will learn self-defence in four key areas:
At Olympus Taekwon-Do, you will learn how to be aware of the risks to your safety posed by others. We will role-play to practice awareness skills
Should prevention fail, you will learn how to avoid conflict situations in the event you find yourself in or near one. This is another area where role-play is used
Having identified the risks, at Olympus Taekwon-Do you will learn how to prevent becoming a victim
At Olympus Taekwon-Do you will learn conflict management techniques through role-play, to diffuse conflict situations and assure your safety (and that of others) in the face of potential threats
Should a threat to your safety from another be realised, you will learn how to respond to such a threat in a manner which will enable you to use the techniques you have learned to your advantage. Consideration is given to whether the assailant may be armed, how many of them there are, and what your options you may have in different circumstances. Threat response involves releasing techniques, close-quarters techniques, ground work and methods for using cover
Breaking is part of training in Taekwon-Do and is often a spectacular way to demonstrate different learnt techniques and personal athleticism. The goal of breaking is to allow the student to develop self-confidence. Breaking demonstrates that the student has mastered the techniques that allow him or her to produce maximum power.
Power breaking demonstrates technical efficiency, precision, aim and power. Special techniques in breaking combine athletic performance with perfect execution of techniques. These techniques include flying techniques and can be spectacular. Height and length of movements are emphasized.
It is very important to practice breaking without hurting oneself. Therefore, thorough preparation is essential.
In Taekwon-do Wooden Boards are often broken but also Plastic reusable Boards are used with different breaking strengths.
Most boards are broken using a wooden or metal holder where the boards are secured at a set height but many demonstrations are done with other students holding the boards at different heights.