East York Taekwondo
What is Tae Kwon Do? Tae Kwon Do is the Korean art of self-defence and means "The Art of Hand and Foot Fighting". Tae Kwon Do indicates the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints. Most of all Tae Kwon Do is about self-imposed discipline, fitness and inner peace. Its origins go back 3,000 years ago. This provides its practitioners with a link to a tradition and philosophy which is truly historic. The art itself however has evolved with time to reflect the needs and aspirations of the modern martial artist.

How old must my children be before they can start Tae Kwon Do? Depending on the club and the classes it runs children as young as 4 years old may start Tae Kwon Do. Our instructors are trained in creating a teaching syllabus which is specifically aimed at young children and is not just a truncated version of an adult one. As such, young children will receive the best possible tuition which will help their fitness, motor-coordination skills and mental discipline.

What should I wear to train? Beginners to tae kwon-do can wear any loose, comfortable clothing appropriate for training. Students must eventually purchase an official TAGB white ‘dobok’, or training suit, if they wish to grade for belts. 

How old should I be to train?  We welcome students of various ages, ranging from age 4 to 80. Classes are designed to be suitable for both young and old students alike. 

How fit do I need to be to start training?  We welcome students of all fitness levels. We aim to help improve your fitness and flexibility through training. 

Do I have to grade for belts?  Grading for belts is purely optional. The belt system sets goals for students and encourages them to learn new things and face fresh challenges. However, if a student does not wish to grade, we will still be happy for them to train with us. 

When will I achieve my Black Belt?  There are ten coloured belts which a student must achieve before grading for Black Belt, so the student learns a variety of skills and knowledge step by step. The minimum training time required to reach Black Belt is just over 3 years.   

Do I have to enter tournaments?  Taking part in tournaments is optional. The TAGB holds tournaments regularly throughout the year, and many students find success through competition. However, there is never any pressure on a student to compete - the final decision is yours.

Will I be able to defend myself? Yes! the skills you will learn will enable you to react to different attack situations using either blocks, restraints, punches or kicks that you have been taught in class.

What if I don’t like violence? We don’t like it either. We encourage and actively promote restraint and self control. It is a fundamental principle of the study of tae kwon-do that it must only be used for self defence or defence of the weak. Aggression is not tolerated.

Can I train if I am disabled? Tae Kwon-Do is open to all students, and of all levels of ability. The TAGB has Black Belt students and instructors with disabilities, such as amputees, and those with hearing & sight impediments. Disability does not have to be a barrier to training.

How much will it cost? Fees for lessons vary for each instructor and venue - phone or email Gavin Cook on 07833665905 / gavin@eastyorktaekwondo.co.uk for more information on specific classes.