Taekwondo improves health and wellbeing, and promotes positive, harmonious and empowering values that can be integrated into everyday life.
“Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.”
World Taekwondo Federation
Taekwondo literally means ‘way of the fists and feet’.
The art teaches many different ways to use these, but a key principle of Taekwondo is control and peace. It encourages resolution of problems and issues by passive means such as talking.
Taekwondo is somewhat similar to other martial arts in other Oriental countries however they all have both subtle and major differences. Taekwondo in particular is an extremely dynamic art, known for its spectacular kicking and superb foot work.
The Martial Arts program at Titans Taekwondo focuses on focuses on perfecting forms, self defence, breaking, one step techniques and kyoruki sparring.
Forms are a series of defending and attacking movements performed against imaginary opponents in a set pattern. Through the practice of forms, students learn the application of various Tae Kwon Do techniques and classical combinations.
Forms serve a multi-dimensional purpose, aiding in the development of coordination, balance, timing, breath control and rhythm.
Hosinsul (self defence) is one of the four principles of taekwondo. Although taekwondo is a “self defence” sport in itself, it focuses on high and spinning kicks which are not very suitable for real life (street) application. Hosinsul is a mixture of all kinds of techniques, including grappling/locks as well as depending against armed attackers etc
Self defence is something that cannot be practised alone. You will need a partner that has equal strength. You will learn how to react (and how not to react), proper freeing techniques, locks and strangling techniques.
Breaking an object is a good way to practise concentration, power, focus, speed and precision on non-living objects, without injuring oneself or another. It is very important to realise that a proper technique is needed and a breaking technique within your limits, because without it you can easily injure yourself, sometimes even permanently!
Practising breaking objects helps you to realise that your body itself is a very strong weapon. It also helps you to understand that during practise with a partner, you have to be very careful.
Also known as one step techniques, this training tool is one of the major keys to developing self-defence techniques, skill, and reaction. It is classic and modern training at its best. Every serious martial art style or system relies on one-step technique to develop “fighting” or self-defence skills. One-step technique relies on the old “Action/Reaction” concept of training the body.
Kyoruki is the actual sparring between two people with defence and offence techniques one has acquired through Poomse practice. There are two different Kyoruki according to restrictions on techniques performed.
Whilst these techniques are all core to the art of Taekwondo, at Titans, we also focus on ensuring our students have a strong foundation of control, self-discipline, awareness, confidence and respect.
These attributes are important not only in martial arts, but in every day life and are therefore practiced in Titans. The development of self esteem and confidence is extremely important in young children as is their sense of belonging. We strive at Titans to encourage and develop a sense of belonging, acceptance and support amongst our students.