Taekwon-Do …. It’s a way of life!

What is Taekwon-Do?
Taekwon-Do …. A way of life.
What exactly is the meaning of Taekwon-Do
Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defence.
It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defence.
It also implies a way of thinking and life.
Translated literally “TAE” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. “KWON” denotes the fist, chiefly to punch with the hand or fist. “DO” means an art or way, the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past. Thus taken collectively “TAEKWON-DO” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet .

Self Defence
The goal of the training at Florin’s Ultimate Martial Arts Centre is to help students learn how to ACT AND REACT. The simple skills and drills are designed to produce responsive actions appropriate to the situation at hand. In addition to incident assessment and response skills, students learn body mechanics, joint manipulation, control and restraint tactics, some grappling, and pressure points. Learning how to keep yourself safe tends to reduce anxiety, raise self-esteem, and build confidence. By making the learning and practicing of these important ideas a priority for ourselves and our loved ones, we can improve the safety and quality of our lives.

Simple, effective skills that you can learn easily will work to deter violence and abuse most of the time. The majority of these skills can be used on an everyday basis to prevent most trouble before it starts

Free Sparring
Free-sparring is a practical application of self-defence techniques. For safety and courtesy, students are subject to specific rules of conduct when sparring at tests as well as in the classroom. For safety, full contact is not allowed and students are only allowed to strike specific target areas. Hand techniques may be used on the front and side of the body from the belt to the shoulder. Hand techniques may be delivered to the head or face with no contact permitted . Foot technique may be delivered on the front and sides of the body from the belt to (and including) the head. Kicks intentionally to the back and the back of the head are illegal. No throwing, knee attacks, head butts, or elbows are allowed. Our school follows the rules and regulations of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). Free-sparring during tests are different from tournament sparring. At test time, students are expected to display a variety of offensive and defensive techniques showing their ability to use speed, distancing, control and the appropriate mental attitude.

Patterns
We practice patterns which are set moves in a routine. Each movement is designed for maximum power and stability. We do not spar or stand to defend our selves in these traditional stances because allot of them would be very rigid to move around in. At Florin’s Ultimate Taekwon-Do we train to move into these powerful stances very quickly to deliver extremely powerful blows and then straight back out into our fluid position.

If you train patterns only, they will not help you in combat. The movements of the patterns are made practical by adding them into self defence and fluid actions of real combat. When added to the rest of your training you will benefit greatly from patterns.

The patterns train our muscles to be snappy and powerful. I.T.F. also uses a unique method of delivering power called sine wave (Simply put it uses gravity to help generate power). Patterns also give you an aerobic and anaerobic work out.

International Taekwon-Do Federation (I.T.F.) has 24 patterns (or Tul) representing the 24 hours of the day, or the whole of a man’s life. There are 10 patterns for the first black belt, at which point the member moves from being a `beginner’ to a `novice’.

General Choi Hong Hi the founder of Taekwon-Do and Master Florin Fratean 7th Degree ITF