TAE KWON-DO literally means the art of the foot and hand. It is a Korean martial art which although having its roots in the
ancient Orient, was developed in its present form in the
middle of the last century. Inaugurated in 1955 by its founder
General Choi Hong Hi; TAE KWON-DO was introduced into this
country in 1967.
The Isle of Wight school was set up in 1998 by Mr Trevor
Barnes, and is run by instructors from the Association of
Tae Kwon Do Instructors (A.P.T.I.).
Tae Kwon-Do incorporates many facets, including self
defence, fitness, flexibility, discipline, confidence building etc.
One of the most attractive aspects of Tae Kwon-Do training
is that it is available to anyone young or old, male or female,
fit or unfit, because it allows you to grow at your own pace.
Many people do Tae Kwon-Do for fitness, others do it for
self-defence, and many like to enter competitions, so you
can get out of it as much as you want.
Did you know, that only about 50% of most martial arts is
applicable to actual combat & street defence, the other
50% is purely art specific (patterns or forms, traditional
procedures, history and philosophy) and although the
traditional side of martial arts can be very interesting and
beautiful, most people simply don’t have time for this, they
just want to get fit and learn how to defend themselves
as quickly as possible. With this in mind, we now offer a
combat syllabus for those students that just want to learn
combat and street defence.
Tae Kwon-Do is probably best know for its spectacular
kicking techniques which are featured in our demonstrations,
but solid basics are taught to lay a strong foundation to
build on, these being stances, blocks and punches. The class
always starts, as with most properly run sports, with a warm
up to prevent pull and strains and likewise at the end of a
lesson, we warm down to prevent excess muscle fatigue.
Although we insist on a courteous and respectful attitude,
our classes are varied, interesting and fun, and if you decide
to take up Tae Kwon-Do, you can be assured of 100%
commitment by all of the A.P.T.I. instructors.
How Do I Know If It’s For Me?
The easiest way is to come along to one of the lessons and
try it. The first lesson is free and there is no obligation to
continue. You will be taught in a group of beginners, of your
level so there is nothing to fear, I guarantee no one will make
fun of you! We also offer discounts for family groups.