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The term Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word Tae meaning foot, Kwon meaning fist and Do meaning way of. So, literally Taekwondo means the way of the foot and fist.The name has only been used since 1995 even though the arts roots started 2,300 Years ago in Korea.
Recognised as a martial art, method of self-defence, and way of life, the evolution of Taekwondo was a direct result of the happenings in Korea long ago, and knowledge of the history is an important step in understanding taekwondo.
Pattern 1: Chon-ji
First, we take a look at the 10 movements in this ITF pattern. Some articles however state that there are more than 10 movements. In order to perform chon-ji exactly, you will have to work on your taekwondo stance.
- Start in the Joon-bi or prepared stand
- Turn left 90 degrees, change left leg and go into a walking posture left leg forward,
Low block with left arm
- Move forward into walking stand with right leg forward, right middle punch
- Turn 180 degrees right, walking stand with right leg forward, low block with right arm
- Move forward into walking stand with left leg forward, left middle punch
- Turn left 90 degrees, front stand with left leg forward, low block with left arm
- Move forward into walking stand with right leg forward, right middle punch
- Turn right 180 degrees, walking stand with right leg forward, low block with right arm
Pattern 2: Dan-Gun
Next, we take a look at the 5 basic movements in this ITF pattern. In order to perform this pattern perfectly, you will need to work on your taekwondo stance.
- Start in the Joon-bi or Prepared stand
- Turn left 90 degrees and go into an L-stand left leg forward, middle knife hand guarding block
- Move forward into a walking stand with right leg forward, right high punch
- Turn right 180 degrees and go into an L-stand right leg forward, middle knife hand guarding block
- Move forward into a walking stand with left leg forward, left high punch
Pattern 3: Do San
Lastly, we discuss the 5 basic movements in this ITF pattern. You need to perfect your taekwondo stance in order to perform this pattern perfectly.
- Turn left 90 degrees, move the left foot forward. Forming a left walking stand while executing a high side block with the left outer forearm.
- Middle punch to your foot with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stand toward your foot.
- Move the left foot, and then turn clockwise to form a right walking stand while executing a high side block to a with the right outer forearm.
- Middle punch with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stand.
- Move the left foot to form a right L-stand while executing a middle guarding a right walking stand toward fingertip.
If you practice these three main patterns, you can certainly excel in taekwondo and reap the rewards. Remember that practice makes perfect!
Taekwondo is one of the most popular combat sports and self-defencemethods in the world and it has been an Olympic sport since 1992. Originally created in Korea merging karate and Chinese martial arts, Taekwondo is a deadly fighting style.
In this post we take a look at the very best taekwondo fighters of 2019.
At number 5 is Joel Gonzalez from Spain. He is one of the most successful taekwondo athletes from Spain and has dominated each competition in his career. He is two times World Champion, two times European Champion and won Olympic gold in 2012 in the 58kg category.
At number 4 is ServetTazegul from Germany. He is among the best Taekwondo players ever with 2 Olympic medals (gold and bronze), two World Championship and four European Championships. In 2013 a multipurpose indoor arena constructed in Mersin was named after him in his honour.
At number 3 in Top 5 Best Taekwondo Fighters of 2019 is Hwang Kyung-seonfrom South Korea. She has demonstrated that gender has nothing to do with taekwondo as it is all about diligent work that yields the outcome.
She is the only athlete apart from Hadi and Steven to have the greatest number of Olympic medals (3). The best female Taekwondo player ever, she has also won 2 World Championship and an Asian Game.
At number 2 is HadiSaei from Iran. He is Iran’s best competitor for having won the Olympic gold. He has 2 gold and 1 bronze Olympic medals in his count along with 2 World Championships, one gold at Asian Games and Asian Championships separately.
At number 1 we haveSteven Lopez from the United States of America. He is one of the best considering he is the only athlete to win 6 World Championships. Aside from World Championships he has won 3 Olympic medals (2 gold and 1 bronze) and has won 5 gold at Pan American tournaments.
These athletes have gotten hero-status in the world of taekwondo, and serves as inspiration to many. Do you want to learn Taekwondo? Here are the 10 basic moves for taekwondo beginners.
Each Taekwondo student needs to get familiar with a few basic moves before he or she can move on to the next belt. He or she is required to show in full self-confidenceand capability these moves if he or she needs to move higher to the following position.
Actions are cautiously created in conviction that this will help the students to boost his or her potential and are necessary moves which must be learned before other more difficult moves can be learned in the future.
Learning Taekwondo and accelerating your journey to black belt is much less difficult than taekwondo beginners may think. Truth be told, the reading material of the World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea states that only 10 moves are the foundation of Taekwondo.
Even better, the greater part of these moves is easy to learn! Also, I’m going to make it EVEN SIMPLER. Some of the 10 movements are repeats. So, I will cut down these moves to only 10 strategies. The simpler the better, isn’t that so?
So, on the off chance that you need to learn Taekwondo AND get good at it quicker — put special emphasis on these techniques and strategies in your training. Learning and mastering Taekwondo is way simpler than you may think. Focus on these 10 moves while you practice, and you’ll achieve your dark belt quickly. Surprisingly better, you’ll get good at Taekwondo FAST.
The fist starts from a chamber on the hip and is then pushed straight forward. Effect is made on the two big knuckles. As indicated by the 10 basics, it should to be performed from the horse position and front position. (These punch mixes make up 3 of the first 10 movements.)
This is the primary block you learn in Taekwondo. Put your fist to your opposite shoulder, at that point clear it downward before the pelvis, stopping on or just bats the same side leg of the blocking arm.
The front kick is the foundation of each kick in Taekwondo. Pretty much every kick starts with the front kick chamber. All the significant kicking standards are found out there. (Additionally, don’t limit it as a powerful self-defence tool!)
Knife Hand Strike
That’s right, this is the karate chop. It tends to be down towards the outside, with the palm facing down. Or on the other hand it tends to be done towards within, with the palm facing up. You have effect on the “meat” or “knife” of the hand. Normally focuses on the trachea, side of the neck, or temple.
Back Fist Strike
Bruce Lee adored it. It’s quick and it works. It tends to be an outward movement to the head or flipping movement to the philtrum underneath the nose.
An internal clearing movement to ensure the body by hitting attacks off to the side.
The staple of Taekwondo. Every individual will pass judgment on your general capacity in Taekwondo depending on this ONE kick. Performed off the back leg, as a “simple” forward kick, the side kick expects you to bring the leg the whole distance to your side, at that point to push it straight forward. (While the most part of other moves are basic, this one can be a test!)
Hand-sharp edge/Double Forearm Block
An iceberg of a method, and regularly misjudged. One hand block while the other is prepared — really, experiencing significant change — for a follow-up strike. It tends to be used as a fighting guard just as a block.
Shoot your arm up at and point, stopping it simply over your brow. It should look like a rooftop or a church steeple. This wards off strikes and secures your head. It is also useful for weapon defense.
Seemingly the most well-known kick of every martial arts. Quick and super useful in fighting. Taekwondo has a one of a kind strategy for executing the round kick.
All that’s left to do is practice! Remember to keep practicing and soon you’ll find yourself working your way up the ranks. We trust that you’ll be getting that black belt one of these days!
Use as Self-defence
Martial Arts can be used as a self-defence strategy in order to get to safety when something wrong occurs. It is essential because you cannot just save yourself, but you can also save others using Martial Arts. In some dangerous situations you may find it useful.
Example if someone is bullying you, you can immediately take advantage and use your gained skills in order to protect yourself. Keep in mind just to protect yourself and not to harm your bully.
Improves Posture and Balance
Instead of searching for other remedies to get rid of bad posture why not train in martial arts? At the same time, you are having fun and also maintaining a good posture and balance.
Poor posture may lead you to cramped organs, improper breathing and unhealthy body expressions. Build durable balance and healthy postures through regular exercise and training in martial arts.
Obtaining Physical Fitness and a Healthy Lifestyle
It is necessary to know what the importance is of being a physically fit and healthy. Having a physically fit body is a necessity for most martial artists. But above all else, the healthier you are the greater the possibility of becoming a good martial artist.
It also aids in remaining physically fit as you grow older. Accompanied with eating a healthy and balanced diet, your body will look and feel great.
Self-Esteem and Confidence
When earning a belt, you are praised by others and your trainer which can build self-esteem and confidence. It can also motivate you to continue achieving more. Not by just learning the basics of being a world class martial artist, it teaches also to become good to others and telling them that practicing martial arts is essential. Everyone must believe in their skills in order to reach their peak.
Teaches Morals and Values
Many martial artists out there are convincing others that martial arts are not only about striving for immense physical potential. It is also great for learning morals and values, while teaching self-discipline.
No wonder tons of people are into martial arts!It not only provides them with great opportunities, it also offers a wide range of benefits to body, mind and soul. It just goes to show that Martial Arts has a massive impact on every individual.
If you are considering to take a taekwondo classor you’re already a beginner to learning taekwondo and you have a dream to compete in the Olympic games someday, some inspiration can go a long way. In this post you’ll find just that.
Here’s a list and of best Olympic taekwondo masters of all time. They have caught the hearts of the people in one way or another, and have led their peers in taekwondo competition.
Steven is the first Lopez family member to take part in the Olympic Games. He is a 2000 and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist and a 2018 Olympic Bronze medalist and 4th Dan in taekwondo. He won the Lightweight Taekwondo World Championship in 2001, and have won the Welterweight Taekwondo World Championship in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 making him the first Taekwondo fighter to win 5 World Championships.
An English-born taekwondo athlete. Aaron Arthur Cook, who has been ranked as the world no. 1 in the men’s – 80 kg division on multiple occasions. Having won the – 80 kg title at the European Taekwondo Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, he became the three-time European champion. He was also the world junior champion in the -78kg division in 2008. Cook represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Hadi Saei Bonehkohal
In Olympic history, HadiSaeiBonehkohal became the most successful Iranian athlete after winning gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bonehkohal competed in the Men’s 68 kg at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. In addition to that, he competed in the Men’s 80 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won his second Olympic gold. Bonehkohal was elected as member of City Council of Tehran in 2006 local elections and was reelected in 2013.
An American Olympic Taekwondo competitor from Sugar Land, Texas, Diana represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal. Their family has a line of athletes. She has three older brothers, Steven and Mark who are also Olympians and Jean Lopez. Their family made history, Diana and her brothers are the first three siblings, in any sport, to win World titles at the same event in the 2005 World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, Spain.
He is an Australian Legal Practitioner, taekwondo coach and formerly represented his country in the sport at an international level. Trenton won a silver medal in the heavyweight division of men’s taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. With 10 Australian taekwondo championship titles, he made it to the final match of his division, but lost to a player from South Korea.
Michaud follow the footsteps of his father and brother, he started in taekwondo at the early age of five. He was part of the three-member Canadian Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Taekwondo along with his membersIvettGonda and KarineSergerie. During the 2012 Summer Olympics he represented Canada again.
All these athletes serve as perfect inspiration and motivation to aspiring taekwondo athletes. Contact us if you want to learn more about taekwondo and how you can get started.
Although the origins of the martial arts are shrouded in mystery, we consider it an undeniable fact that from time immemorial there have been physical actions involving the use of the hands and feet for purpose of self-protection. If we were to define these physical actions as “Taekwon- Do”, any country might claim credit for inventing Taekwon-Do. There is, however, scant resemblance between Taekwon-Do, as it is practiced today, and the crude forms of unarmed combat developed in the past.
Modern Taekwon-Do differs greatly from other martial arts. In fact, no other martial art is so advanced with regard to the sophistication and effectiveness of its technique or the over-all physical fitness it imparts to its practitioners. Technically, 1955 signaled the beginning of Taekwon-Do as a formally recognized art in Korea. During that year, a special board was formed which included leading master instructors, historians, and prominent leaders of society. A number of names for the new martial art were submitted. On the 11th of April, the board summoned by Gen. Choi Hong Hi, decided on the name of Taekwon-Do which had been submitted by him. This single unified name of Taekwon-Do replaced the different and confusing terms; Dang Soo, Gong Soo, Taek Kyon, Kwon Bup, etc.
In 1959, Taekwon-Do spread beyond its national boundaries. The father of Taekwon-Do and nineteen of his top black belt holders toured the Far East. The tour was a major success, astounding all spectators with the excellence of the Taekwon-Do techniques. Many of these black belt holders such as Nam Tae Hi, President of the Asia Taekwon-Do Federation; Colonel Ko Jae Chun, the 5th Chief of Taekwon-Do instructors in Vietnam; Colonel Baek Joon Gi, the 2nd Chief instructor in Vietnam; Brigadier Gen. Woo Jong Lim; Mr. Han Cha Kyo, the Head Instructor in Singapore and Mr. Cha Soo Young, presently an international instructor in Washington D.C. eventually went on to spread the art to the world.
In this year, Choi was elevated to two illustrious posts; President of his newly formed Korea Taekwon-Do Association and deputy commander of the 2nd Army in Tae Gu. In 1965 Ambassador Choi, retired two star general, was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Korea to lead a goodwill mission to West Germany, Italy, Turkey, United-Arab Republic, Malaysia, and Singapore. This trip is significant in that the Ambassador, for the first time in Korean history, declared Taekwon-Do as the national martial art of Korea.
This was the basis not only for establishing Taekwon-Do Associations in these countries but also the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation as it is known today. In 1966, the dream of the sickly young student of calligraphy, who rose to Ambassador and the Association President of the most respected martial art in the world came true. On the 22nd of March, the International Taekwon-Do Federation was formed with associations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, the United States, Turkey, Italy, Arab Republic of Egypt and Korea.
President; Mr. Chang Ung ( PRK )
Senior Vice President; GM Rhee Ki Ha ( UK )
Vice Presidents; GM Park Jong Soo ( CAN )
GM Leong Wai Meng ( AUS )
Mr. Yuri Kalashnikov ( RUS )
Mr. Pak Si Ung ( PRK )
Secretary General; GM Hwang Kwang Sung ( USA )
Deputy Secretary General; Mr. Ri Yong Son ( AUT )
Treasurer; Mr. Son U Chol ( AUT )
Members; Mr. Arne Hansen ( NOR )
Master Georgios Stilianides ( GRE )
Master Villanueva Adolf ( ARG )
Master Phap Lu ( CAN )
Master Hwang Jin ( JAN )
Mr. Enrique Deacon ( PER )
Affiliation to the International Taekwon-Do Federation(ITF) is possible for groups of
people, or individuals, in the circumstances detailed below.
1. The ITF will only recognise 1 National Governing Body(NGB) per country. That body
will be entitled to send 2 representatives to the Congress Meeting following
recognition by the ITF and the fulfilment of the conditions listed below :
A. They must have a qualified ITF instructor and must practise TKD as laid down by
the Founder of TKD, General Choi Hong Hi.
B. They must follow the ITF constitution and rules.
C. They must pay the US$200.00 affiliation fee(this is not a plaque fee).
D. They must support the ITF by ensuring that all of their members take ITF
membership cards, status cards and have ITF certificates for degrees held.
2. The NGB may accept into membership groups of people, or individuals, as they
decide suitable, from time to time. The schools(clubs), of the group, must affiliate to
the ITF by paying the ‘main’ or ‘branch’ school plaque fees(this is not the affiliation
fee) and the instructors and students must pay the membership fees.
3. A ‘main’ school is the first training hall which an instructor registers with the ITF. To
receive a main plaque the instructor has to pay the fee of US$200.00 following which
a plaque will be sent. He then has to pay $150.00 for each and every following year
for the school to remain affiliated with the ITF.
4. A ‘branch’ school is any further training hall, up to a maximum of 4, which is under the
personal tuition of the same instructor and is registered with the ITF. To receive a
branch plaque the instructor has to pay the fee of US$150.00 following which a
plaque will be sent. He then has to pay $80.00 for each and every following year for
the school to remain affiliated with the ITF.
5. The plaques remain the property of the ITF and must be returned when the fee
is not paid. The plaques may not be transferred to another school without the
permission of the ITF and on transfer the full fee has to be paid.
6. Individuals may affiliate to the ITF by paying the membership fee. They may only pay
the fee when they are a member of a main or branch school. Take note: It is
emphasised that only groups which are members of the recognised NGB may affiliate
to the ITF, and only individuals who are members of the recognised groups can
affiliate to the ITF. Groups seeking affiliation to the ITF should, ideally, do so through
the NGB. However, where this is impractical then application should be made direct
to the ITF. On request, the ITF will send the necessary forms with explanation of what
to do. When returning the completed forms for affiliation, they should be
accompanied by the necessary fees, with certified cheque or international money
order made payable to the ITF, in US$ funds
The 2004 ITF Open Oceanic Champiosnhips will be held on 24th&25th September 2004 at the Bundoora Netball and Sports Complex (BNASC), Melbourne Australia. This exciting event is being organised by the RMIT ITF Taekwon-Do Club, under the tutelage of Master Robert Lai and is supported by RMIT Sport & Rec, and BNASC and is affiliated with
The Oceanic Championships bring together ITF Taekwon-Do practitioners from all around the Asia-Oceanic region. It is an event that allows one to compete in the “True spirit of Taekwon-Do”.