Toddington & Cotswold Taekwondo

Toddington & Cotswold Taekwondo is a sports club dedicated to Taekwondo.

The objectives of the club are:-

1.To develop an appreciation for Taekwondo as a sport and as an art
2.To achieve physical fitness through positive, active participation
3.To improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity
4.To learn the skills of self defence
5.To develop a sense of responsibility for oneself and others

What is Taekwondo ?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art whose roots can be traced back to 50BC.

The word Tae-Kwon-Do literally translates to:-

Tae – ‘To strike or block with the foot’
Kwon – ‘To strike or block with the hand’
Do – ‘The way’ or ‘the art of’

Tae-Kwon-Do – ‘the way of hand and foot’

It is a disciplined martial art characterised by its fast, high spinning kicks.
The techniques are done with graceful and powerful movements and students will continuously strive to improve the artistic presentation of these techniques developing posture, grace, co-ordination and attention to detail.

From the very beginning of their training, students will be taught and encouraged to live according to the 5 tenets of Taekwondo:-


Is Taekwondo Dangerous?

Taekwondo is a full contact combat sport and techniques taught and practiced could, if used aggressively, cause serious injury or be potentially lethal.

However, it is not particularly dangerous to practice Taekwondo. Normal lessons never allow full contact sparring and in the light contact sparring that is used in training, there is no ‘winner’ simply an opportunity to rehearse in a more realistic situation.

Only those students that are interested in competition will ever have to enter into full contact matches and even then these are run under very strict rules and supervision. Safety equipment is compulsory in these matches as, although punches are not allowed on or at the head kicks to the head are allowed.

No student will ever be asked to enter into any form of actual combat (either semi-contact or full-contact) against their wishes and some students prefer to simply practice the techniques in isolation as a form of fitness training.

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