This is a short “guided tour” to introduce you to a number of different aspects of Taekwondo including, Class Structure , How We Train, Equipment, Testing and Tournaments.
Following a warm up (consisting of stretching, cardio and conditioning), students receive training in kicking and punching techniques, forms and sparring.
Students wear a uniform called a dobok, although a t-shirt and gym pants are sufficient for beginners.
How We Train
Safety of all students is a paramount concern. To protect our students while they spar, they wear the proper gear including mouth guards, groin protectors, arm pads, shinpads (below left), chest protectors (below middle) and helmets (below right).
Students are tested periodically as they continue their Taekwondo training with the difficulty increasing with each test.
Tests include Korean teminology, hand and foot techniques, forms (explain what it is), sparring and eventually board breaks. School age students must also show that they have good academic standing and submit an essay.
Sparring is a part of intermediate testing and shows that a student can employ the techniques they are learning.
Board breaks are a part of advanced tests and show a student’s accuracy, speed and power.
A referee enforces the rules while
competitors score points based on
what the judges see.