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Taekwon-Do can give you the ability and confidence to defend yourself powerfully and effectively. Whilst learning the various techniques you will
also be developing a high level of fitness, flexibility and self-discipline. Rarely does another martial art offer the same strong blend of intense
body conditioning and defensive skill development. Training in Taekwon-Do is very enjoyable and can bring with it a range of benefits:
Self-defence skills - You will learn basic and advanced offensive and defensive skills which will increase your ability to defend yourself from attack by one or more opponents. Significant training time is spent on defending against knives and other hand weapons, and against multiple opponents.
Moral code - Courtesy and respect toward others is an important part of training. Mental and spiritual development goes hand-in-hand with physical training in Taekwon-Do.
Improved health & fitness - Taekwon-Do sessions contain cardiovascular workouts, callisthenics, endurance training and all over strength development. This promotes weight loss, muscle development and suppleness.
Confidence and self discipline - Almost all people training in Taekwon-Do say that their confidence has improved and that this positivity extends beyond training into other areas of their lives.
Social interaction - Getting the most from Taekwon-Do is often about group spirit and teamworking with other students to develop your skills. Mutual encouragement and the intensity of training makes for a friendly and positive class environment.
Taekwon-Do classes are generally 1-1:30 hours in duration. Special training classes and seminars may be longer. The classes are generally split into 2 or 3 phases with the first phase almost always being a warm-up/fitness regime. Training may be pad-work, patterns, technical kicking, blocking, weapon-defence, grappling, sparring and various other types of training to develop technique, accuracy, speed and power. Clothing should be loose-fitting and stretchable - for example tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt - and no footwear is required.
Taekwon-Do means literally "The art of hand and foot". It was founded by General Choi Hong Hi (9th Degree) of Korea. Taekwon-Do gained official recognition on April 11th, 1955. It was developed as the result of many years of research into other martial arts and into the application of modern physics to blocking and striking techniques. The aim with Taekwon-Do was to develop the most powerful martial art in existence, and science was the tool used to make this possible.
Taekwon-Do is hugely popular in Australia and around the world because it is very inclusive. Anybody who wishes to learn the art can do so, at a pace that suits you. Young or old, whatever your size or build, male or female - all can benefit from Taekwon-Do training. Children greatly enjoy Taekwon-Do training because of its high level of focussed activity. They tend to develop increased physical coordination, discipline and concentration which carries over into their other activities at school and elsewhere. Taekwon-Do emphasizes hard work and courteous behaviour from students without sacrificing fun and enjoyable training. Many people with disabilities study Taekwon-Do and gain greatly from it because training is flexible and geared to ability.
Gradings are the means by which a student progresses through the Taekwon-Do syllabus. These are testing sessions held every three months to
assess a students readiness to promote to a higher grade or belt. Taekwon-Do belts are: White - Yellow - Green - Blue - Red - Black. Each colour
belt has one stage in between called a "Tag" and black belts are graded from 1st to 9th Degree. Typical time from white belt to 1st Degree black
belt with regular training is 4 years. Being part of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, any grades that you achieve with Parallax Taekwon-Do
are recognised Worldwide.
The ancient law in the Orient was similar to the law of Hamurabi, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," and was
rigorously enforced even if death was caused accidentally. In this type of environment, and since the present system
of free sparring had not yet been developed, it was impossible for a student of the martial arts to practice or test
his individual skill of attack and defense against actual moving opponents.
Individual advancement was certainly hindered until an imaginative practitioner created the first patterns. Patterns are various fundamental movements, most of which represent either attack or defense techniques, set to a fixed and logical sequence.
Sparring is the physical application of attack and defence techniques gained from pattern and fundamental exercise against an actual moving opponent or opponents under various situations. It is. therefore, not only inseparable from pattern and fundamental movement but also indispensable to promote the fighting spirit and courage, to train the eyes, to read the opponent's tactic and manoeuvers, to forge the attacking and blocking tools, to test his or her own skills and ability and to learn other movements hardly to be gained from pattern or fundamental exercise.
Destruction is part of the Taekwon-Do syllabus for promotion of adult students to their next grade level. The requirement
to break boards starts at green belt and continues on through to the Black Belt levels. Destruction is included in
coloured and Black Belt competitions where a structured scoring system exsists to determine the winner.
The goal of breaking within the practice of Taekwon-Do is to allow the student to develop self-confidence. The breaking of boards, tiles or bricks demonstrates that the student has mastered the techniques that allow him or her to produce maximum power. Power breaking demonstrates technical efficiency, precision, aim, and power.
These techniques are not only the most interesting in Taekwon Do but also the most advanced. They are, in every sense, for practical self-defense. These techniques are the logical application of various motions acquired from patterns, sparring, and fundamental movements to be used against a sudden attack by an armed or unarmed opponent. The defender must know how to make use of his opponent's momentum and force while utilizing his or her dynamic and reflexive actions against a momentarily undefended target. All Taekwon-Do techniques are to be used only for self-defence. They are not to be used for aggression, except in cases of grave immediate danger for the practitioner or someone he or she must protect. Any other use would be considered assault.
“""Being a member of your Taekwon-Do school has had a significant effect on my life. It has given me confidence, both physically and mentally, as well as strength and a sense of inner calm. These elements are associated with, and tied into, the ethos of Taekwon-Do but there is no way I would have stuck to it without your tutelage."”