General Introduction to Taekwon-Do

I shall respect the Instructors and Seniors.

I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

I shall build a more peaceful world.

Taekwon-Do was developed from a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in Korea. It became perfected to its present form by General Choi Hong Hi, who was for many years head of the unarmed combat division of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. It has been scientifically developed and modernised by the ITF since its first introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.

Translated from Korean, Tae means “jump, kick or smash with the foot.” Kwon means “to punch, strike or smash with the fist.” Do means “art, method, or way.” In short it is the most powerful system of self-defence ever devised.

To the Korean people Taekwon-Do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. It also implies a way of life with a strong sway toward the more philosophical side, particularly in instilling a concept and spirit of self-imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.

In these days of violence and intimidation which plague our modern society, Taekwon-Do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon with which to defend themselves.

Conduct in the Dojang

  • Bow upon entering and leaving the Dojang at all times.
  • Bow to the Instructor at a proper distance.
  • Exchange greetings between students.
  • Bow to the instructor upon forming a line.
  • Recite the International Taekwon-Do Oath prior to training.
  • Bow to the Instructor prior to dismissal.
  • Always address Instructors and black belts as ‘Sir.’
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke whilst wearing your dobok unless prior permission to do so has been granted by the Instructor.
  • Do not speak unnecessarily before or during a session.
  • Always hand objects to the Instructor with both hands.

The minimum waiting time between gradings is based on a minimum of 2 training sessions per week. Students only attending 1 class per week should double their minimum waiting time.

It is a UKTA recommendation for all students to attend an area Master’s seminar every six months. There are normally 4 such seminars organised each year. Your blue UKTA membership book must be brought to all seminars & gradings in order that the conducting Master or Instructor may sign as necessary.

Minimum waiting time between gradings:

 9th Kup – 1 Month I  1st Dan – 18 Months
 8th Kup – 2 Months II  2nd Dan – 2 Years
 7th Kup – 2 Months III  3rd Dan – 3 Years
 6th Kup – 3 Months IV  4th Dan – 4 Years
 5th Kup – 3 Months V  5th Dan – 5 Years
 4th Kup – 4 Months VI  6th Dan – 6 Years
 3rd Kup – 4 Months VII  7th Dan – 7 Years
 2nd Kup – 5 Months VIII    8th Dan – 8 Years
 1st Kup – 6 Months IX  9th Dan – Highest Rank

Note: Waiting times are for above average students, and do not necessarily apply for all students.

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