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Technique - Knowledge - Discipline
 
More than kicking and punching...



Tae Kwon-Do is the Korean Art of self-defence and means 'Art of Hand and Foot Fighting'. It is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the Orient. Tae Kwon-Do came to be perfected in it's present form in Korea.


Translated from Korean, "Tae" literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes a fist chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. "Do" means art, way or method. Tae Kwon-Do indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and interception with the hand, arms and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent.


Tae Kwon-Do was inaugurated in South Korea on April 11, 1955 following extensive research and development by the founder Major General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree Black Belt. It was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1967.


To the Korean people Tae Kwon-Do is more than a mere physical use of skilled movements. It also implies a way of thinking and life, particularly in instilling concept and spirit of strict self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral rearmament.


In these days, where violence and intimidation seem to plague our modern societies, Tae Kwon-Do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to defend himself or herself and defeat the opponent as well. When wrongly applied it can be a lethal weapon. Even if Tae Kwon-Do is practised for exercise alone, the enjoyment dervied will justify the time invested and spent. As an exercise it is equally suitable for old as for the young, for men and for women.
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Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB)

 
The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon-Do organisation in this country. It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by UK Sport.

TAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups. Training in Tae Kwon-Do can start at any age. TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth dan black belt on his 70th birthday!

Because of its high kicking, fast paced style Tae Kwon-Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit. The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence. As the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has over 25,000 accredited members, 600 clubs, and organises seminars with World Masters, demonstrations, and national, regional and international championships every month of the year.

The TAGB is not just concerned with its own development. That is why it has played a leading role in the reunification of British Tae Kwon-Do into one body. In 1988, the TAGB helped found the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC), this being the only governing body of Tae Kwon-Do to be recognised by UK Sport.

The TAGB also helped found Tae Kwon-Do International, the object of which is to bring together Tae Kwon-Do practioners throughout the World. Tae Kwon-Do International is non-political and it does not ttempt to dictate to member countries how they must run their affairs. Since its foundation in 1993, Tae Kwon-Do International has grown to become one of the biggest World Tae Kwon-Do bodies. Its World Championships are amongst the largest and best organised and it draws its participation from every contingent.

Tae Kwon-Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and TAGB instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.

With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic sport.

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