North London Schools of Tae Kwon-Do

Barnet, Cheshunt & Enfield Tae Kwon-Do

About Tae Kwon-Do

Tae Kwon-Do is an ancient form of unarmed combat practiced for many centuries in the orient. It became perfected in its present form in Korea.

TAE - means to jump, kick or smash with the foot.
KWON - means a fist, to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.
DO - means art, way or method.

In short Tae Kwon-Do means Foot, Hand, Way.
The Art:
Tae Kwon Do is derived from several martial arts with its main influence being 'Tae-Kyon Kick Fighting'. Literally translated - 'Tae' is to kick or smash with the feet, 'Kwon' means to intercept or strike with the hand and 'Do' is the way of the art.

The Sport:
Competition Tae Kwon Do is split into two sections: Sparring: All matches are semi-contact will full safety equipment worn to avoid any risk of injury. The pace is fast and furious. It has been described as the most visually breath-taking sport since Chariot Racing! Winners are decided from a point system with referees constantly monitoring the bout to keep strict control on contact. (note: Competition Tae Kwon Do is purely optional).

Concentration, technique, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are just a few requirements needed to perform these sequences of pre-arranged movements against imaginary opponents.

Tae Kwon-Do is a great way to get fit - not only will you benefit from working to a fitness regime which matches you, but you will also learn self defence.

"But I'm too old"
There is no age limit for Tae Kwon-Do. We have members from four to 74 years old.

"I'm unfit"
All the more reason to join, we build beginners fitness up gradually depending on age and ability, and you'll be surprised how much fitter you'll be after just six months.

"I'm shy"
Tae Kwon-Do builds confidence, beginners classes are structured so that no-one feels embarrassed, or incapable, all beginners are together, where possible.

"I wish I had a friend to join with"
How many other single people are thinking the same thing - 70% join on their own, & go on to make new friends through Tae Kwon Do. We are not only a martial arts club, we hold many social events throughout the year.

So what have you to lose - Apart from weight & boredom!

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.

Tae Kwon-Do was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1967.

In August 1983 it was decided to form an organisation that would be run by a democratic committee without direct influence from either of the two Korean based world bodies. Hence the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (T.A.G.B.) was born.

On the 21st of April 1988, a new governing body for Tae Kwon-Do was formed called the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (B.T.C.). This now incorporates 11 different organisations and is the only body for Tae Kwon-Do recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council. The T.A.G.B. is a founder member and is also at present the largest organisation in the B.T.C. with currently over 20,000 members.

The T.A.G.B. is a member of the Tae Kwon-Do International. Tae Kwon-Do International is a worldwide body with representation in every continent of the globe. Tae Kwon-Do International was inaugurated on November 13th 1993 at a meeting held in England, and attended by Tae Kwon-Do practitioners from all over the world
Benefits for Men

Benefits for Men

Tae Kwon-Do will improve your fitness, flexibility and - most of all - your confidence. It will help to control or channel your aggression, should the need arise. Right from the first lesson you will start developing a whole new range of skills and capabilities with the opportunity to realise self-achievement.

Benefits for Women

Benefits for Women

In these days of increasing violent attacks on women, it has now, more than ever, become necessary for women to be prepared to protect themselves. More and more women are turning to the martial arts for protection and Tae Kwon-Do can certainly provide this. It is a superb form of self-defence and also a great way to keep fit and trim. Tae Kwon-Do is safe, practical and most of all - enjoyable, so why not give it a try?

Benefits for Children

Benefits for Children

Children who require self-confidence at an early age are far more likely to succeed in their adult ambitions. Tae Kwon-Do is arguably the best method of instilling confidence into children and at the same emphasis the importance of respect and discipline. As a result of a fast and exciting nature of Tae Kwon-Do there are thousands of children participating throughout the U.K. and Worldwide there are millions.