Taekwondo is the art of self defense that originated in Korea. The name is descriptive of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (art). Taekwondo has grown in popularity as a martial art, and more recently, as an international sport. There are 2 main governing bodies, and Swordsmen belong to the World Taekwondo (WT) federation as this is the body that governs access to the Olympics. Today World Taekwondo counts more than 200 separate countries as its members, millions of practitioners. Taekwondo became a full medal sport competition beginning in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics.
Taekwondo has two basic elements, Poomsae and Kyorugi. In order to progress through the ranks, the Student must master the various forms relevant to their current rank as well as other aspects of the Art, such as self-defense, sparring, leadership and fitness. Training is modified to meet the capabilites of the individual Student. As one‘s abilities change, so does the level of expectation. The sense of achievement obtained as one progresses down the path is one that stands the student in good stead through all of their life. Taekwondo is also a good family activity with all members of the family being able to be part of a common activity that can assist in maintaining the strength of the family unit. For the Student who wishes to undertake a Sport with International opportunities, Taekwondo provides many opportunities to achieve this aim.