The sport

Competition Tae Kwon-Do is split into two sections: Sparring and Patterns.


All matches are semi-contact with full safety equipment worn to avoid any risk of injury. The pace is fast and furious. It has been described as the most visually breath-taking sport since Chariot Racing! Winners are decided from a point system with referees constantly monitoring the bout to keep strict control on contact.


Concentration, technique, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are just a few requirements needed to perform these sequences of prearranged movements against imaginary opponents.

You and Tae Kwon-Do

Total fitness of body and mind

In Tae Kwon-Do you will learn to stretch and exercise nearly every muscle group in your body. That aspect alone distinguishes the sport from most others. But emphasis on improved concentration, stamina and self-control is what really sets Tae Kwon-Do apart from other disciplines.

To develop those skills, you will exercise your mind at least as much as your body. Naturally, the positive effects of that exercise will carry over into other areas of your life too.

Men, women and children

Tae Kwon-Do will improve your fitness, flexibility and most of all, your confidence. It will help to control or channel your aggression – should the need arise. Right from the first lesson you will start developing a whole new range of skills and capabilities with the opportunity
to realise self-achievement.

In these days of increasing violent attacks on women, it has now, more than ever, become necessary for women to be prepared to protect themselves. More and more women are turning to the martial arts for protection and Tae Kwon-Do can certainly provide this. It is a superb form of self-defence and also a great way to keep fit and trim. Tae Kwon-Do is safe, practical and most of all – enjoyable.

Children who acquire self-confidence at an early age are far more likely to succeed in their adult ambitions. Tae Kwon-Do is arguably the best method of instilling confidence in children and at the same time emphasises the importance of respect and discipline. As a result of the fast and exciting nature of Tae Kwon-Do there are thousands of children participating throughout the UK, and there are millions worldwide.

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Tae Kwon-Do is derived from several martial arts, with its main influence being Korean Taekkyon Kick Fighting
and Japanese Karate. Literally translated , Tae is to kick or smash with the feet, Kwon means to intercept or strike with the hand and Do is the way or the art. Thus, Tae Kwon-Do is the use of the hands and feet to swiftly overcome an attacker.

Tae Kwon-Do is generally recognised as one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, which teaches more than mere physical fighting skills. It is a discipline which shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training of our body and mind.


Frequently asked questions

What if I am shy?

Tae Kwon-Do builds confidence; beginners’ classes are structured so that no-one feels embarrassed or incapable. All beginners train together at the beginners’ sessions on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I want to get my black belt as quickly as possible!

It takes a minimum of three and a half years training to get to black belt 1st Dan.
Your instructor will tell when you are ready to grade.

Thinking About Joining?

East Midlands Tae Kwon-Do at Asfordby Village Hall

Yes I am interested in joining but want to find out more!

The easiest way to find out more, or to join, is to call Stuart on 0787 797 2438 or Jim on 0797 669 6628 where he will be more than pleased to talk to you, answer your questions or discuss your requirements with you further.

Alternatively, just turn up at Asfordby Village Hall where the club train. There, you are more than welcome to watch what goes on, talk to Stuart or Jim and his students asking as many questions as you want; see for yourself how friendly the club and its members are!

Keep your eyes open for advertisments in the local press or the Club Newsletter section of this website for details of any forthcoming events.

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What does a Typical Training Session Involve?

Sessions always begin with a warm up (typically 10 to 15 minutes long) and will then include elements from the list below:

  • Patterns
  • Sparring
  • Interval/fartlek type training adapted for Tae Kwon-Do
  • Line work
  • Sparring drills
  • Kicking drills
  • Punching drills
  • Pad work
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To view Grading Line Work and Belt Syllabus Click here 

How do I progress through the ranks of Tae Kwon-Do?

There is a high standard at East Midlands Tae Kwon-Do and the instructor, Stuart Davison or Jim McKenzie, will put a student forward for a grading only if the student has reached the required standard.

The belts of Tae Kwon-Do are listed below together with the minimum training times required before a student can progress onto the next belt.

Grade Minimum training time to the next grade
White belt 3 months
White belt and yellow tag 3 months
Yellow belt 3 months
Yellow belt and green tag 3 months
Green belt 3 months
Green belt and blue tag 3 months
Blue belt 6 months
Blue belt and red tag 6 months
Red belt 6 months
Red belt and black tag 6 months

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More questions?

If you still have any questions regarding the club, or any aspect of Tae Kwon-Do, then please do not hestitate to pick up the phone and call Stuart on 0787 797 2438.