More About Taekwondo

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAEKWONDO?

Taekwondo seeks to instill a sense of respect, foster self-discipline, promote perseverance and of course increase physical fitness. It is a great activity therefore for any stressed out student or anyone for that matter. MUTKD also offers up a social aspect where you can meet like minded people and foster community and teamwork.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Starting is easy. We offer two free trial sessions. Just come to the stadium in comfortable exercise clothing and with an open mind. At the end of your free trials, you can complete the membership application form and start your Taekwondo journey with us.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?

Training will include but is not limited to:

  • Kicking Techniques
  • Hand Techniques: attacks and blocks
  • Stances and Movement
  • Poomsae
  • Sparring

WHY DO I HAVE TO BOW AND WHAT ETIQUETTE TO FOLLOW?

Bowing is a tradition in Korea used when entering or leaving the DOJANG (Training Hall) 도장. It is a sign of respect for instructor’s experience, knowledge and commitment to Taekwondo.

Lining up in class correctly is also important to show respect. The highest ranked student stands at the front on the right side of the Dojang facing in from the door. When the first line is full, the next line works the same way according to rank.

The correct etiquette to adjust uniform or belt is to turn around with your back facing your instructor before you adjust your uniform or belt, and then turn to face him when finished. It is rude and disrespectful to adjust uniform and belt facing your instructor.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIONS?

Learning and practicing kicking and punching techniques is only half the training. Unless you have been in a physically threatened position, you won’t know how you will react in real life situations.

Taekwondo sparring teaches you the importance of timing and judgment of distance in relation to your offensive and defensive techniques. It also conditions your body to withstand the impact of blows and kicks. It is a training methodology used to develop combative attributes and rhythm. No amount of static training can prepare you in a real-life situation without sparring / combat training and experience.

WHAT IS POOMSAE?

The poomsae or pattern is a series of movements for offense and defence techniques which can be practiced and trained in accordance with the fixed moves. without distraction. Learning poomsae is a mental test. The process of mastering poomsae improves concentration, coordination, focus, memory and sharpens the mind as well as develops mental discipline. It is also necessary for grading and some competitions.

THE TENETS OF TAEKWONDO

  1. Courtesy
  2. Integrity
  3. Perseverance
  4. Self-Control
  5. Indomitable Spirit