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What is Taekwondo?

Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-agressive and ethical system of self-defense. It was developed from humble beginnings over 4,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world’s most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe.

While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques including punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms.

The style of Taekwondo supported by the CFTP is the Olympic style, Senior Master Alejandro Pereira make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques and combinations.

History of Taekwondo

Although its roots can be somewhat traced back to ancient Korea, it is an historic fact that Taekwondo as an organized art is relatively modern. In fact, the only documented history begins in the mid 1900s.
The actual beginnings of Taekwondo are obscured by time, yet many historians believe it originated from a Korean martial arts form known as taekyon practiced over 1,300 years ago.

In the early 1900s the art evolved with the introduction of Chinese and Japanese techniques, a practice which concerned some because these influences did not demonstrate the incredible kicking power of the art nor its traditional values or philosophy.

The actual name (and art) of Taekwondo wasn’t official until 1955. At that time Korean General Hong Hi Choi organized a movement to unify Korea’s various martial arts styles (Called kwans) and presented the name “Taekwondo” to a committee specially formed to select a name for the new art. On April 11, 1955, Taekwondo was recognized as the name for the newly unified, officially recognized Korean martial art.

As an interesting side note, the word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means “the way”. Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as “The Way of the Hand and Foot.”

In the 1960s Taekwondo began to spread internationally and evolved throughout the late 1900s (along with most martial arts) into primarily a combat sport, although self-defense, fitness, and the philosophy of the practice (including self-discipline and self-knowledge) are still crucial elements of WTF Olympic Taekwondo style of Taekwondo supported by CFTP. Taekwondo is currently the most popular martial art in Korea, and ranks among the world’s most popular martial arts.

Student Etiquette

• Students and instructors will bow to the flags each time they enter or leave the classroom area to demonstrate respect to the instructors and fellow students.

• If students are late for class, they should ask permission to enter class. Permission must be obtained to leave the classroom for any reason.

• All students must turn in their tracking attendance for each class.

• Students will respond “Yes/No, Sir or Ma’am” in conversation with instructors, stand respectfully and address them by their last name and proper title.

• Students will turn away from instructor or opponent when adjusting uniform or belt.

• Students are encouraged to participate in class enthusiastically, however, they are to avoid unnecessary conversation.

• No student, regardless of rank, may instruct or correct another student without permission from the supervising instructor.

• A clean uniform is imperative in each class as a reflection of the student’s pride.

• Female students must wear a white t-shirt under their uniform.

• Students will not wear shoes on the workout floor.

• No jewelry shall be worn in class except for a wedding ring.

• All belts should be tied to hang evenly, as one side represents the mind and the other side represents the body.

• Students may not engage in free-sparring without all proper gear and direct supervision of an instructor.

• There will be no use of profanity on the school premises at any time.

• Permission of the students instructor is required before a student may attend another martial arts school or function.

• High ranking visitors and guests should be greeted with appropriate respect; if class is in session, all members should immediately stop and bow.

• Students, parents and guests will not converse with any person involved in a class session without permission from the instructor.

• No food, drink or gum may be consumed in the centre.

• Place clothes neatly and quietly in the locker room. School or club owner is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Belt System

Our school uses the Kukkiwon rank system to develop the skills, discipline, and self-control which are necessary for proper Taekwondo techniques. The number nine is the highest single digit; in some oriental cultures, nine represents the highest attainable goal of any measurable endeavor. The CFTP has nine ranks of color belts and nine degrees of Black Belts.

Level and test periods
Colour belts test Beginners, intermediate and advance: Every 2 months

Black belts test
CFTP Promotion Requirements