General Information

How to tie your belt correctly

It is important to tie your belt correctly to stop it coming loose during training. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Take a look at the diagram ...
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Terminology

Why do we learn Theory and Korean Terms? Learning the theory behind TaekwonDo is an important part of your training. At every grading you will be tested on theory and ...
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Counting in Korean

There are two different numbering systems that are used by Koreans. The first numbering system is used when counting, or when only speaking of the numbers themselves. This is what ...
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Korean Pronunciation

Correct pronunciation of Taekwondo terms in Korean can be tricky, especially if all we have to learn from is a textbook. Click the link below to go to itkd.co.nz which ...
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TaekwonDo Stances

Stances are the foundation on which every technique is built. If the stance is weak or incorrect, then any technique will be weakened or may even become ineffective. When performing ...
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Training Secrets of TaekwonDo

An old proverb says that even heaven cannot make a diligent worker poor. However, in TaekwonDo, diligence or intensive training alone does not produce quality techniques.   On the contrary, ...
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Theory of Power

Him Ui Wolli The beginning student may ask “Where does one obtain the power to create the devastating results attributed to TaekwonDo?” This power is attributed to the utilisation of ...
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Types of Motion

This subject can be quite complicated, and also controversial, so I have tried to explain it in simple terms. Whilst it is important that we understand the principles, never lose ...
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Conduct

Student Oath

The TaekwonDo oath is often recited before a lesson, or at the beginning of a grading. “I shall observe the ...
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Tenets of TaekwonDo

The tenets are guidelines for all students of TaekwonDo to live by.  General Choi felt they were so important that ...
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Belts & Ranking System

Belts: Colours and Ranking System

The belt system used by ITF Taekwondo is designed to show the progression of a student's training by using different colours. The belt colours have a meaning, and are used as ...
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Pre Arranged Sparring

3 Step Sparring

Sambo Matsoki Three step sparring is designed for the beginner to learn distance, focus and movement using basic techniques. Correct technique and movement are much more important than speed and ...
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Semi-Free Sparring

Ban Jayoo Matsoki 7th Kup + This form of sparring is designed as a step forward from basic three step sparring. It involves three consecutive attacks (hand or feet) and ...
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1 Step Sparring

Ilbo Matsoki 4th Kup + This is the most important type of pre-arranged sparring, and one of the most important aspects of TaekwonDo training. Both attacker and defender start in ...
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2 Step Sparring

Ibo Matsoki Two Step Sparring follows on from Three Step Sparring and is designed to allow the student to progress and learn more advanced techniques. Two Step Sparring uses the ...
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