Tae Kwon-do is an ancient form of unarmed combat practiced for many years’ centuries in Korea. It became perfected in its present form by Major General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002), and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the world on11th April 1955.
Translated from Korean, Tae means to jump, kick or smash with the foot, Kwon means to punch, strike or destroy with the hand and Do is the art, method or way. It is proven to be the most powerful system of self-defence ever devised.
To the Korean people Tae Kwon-do is more than a mere use of skilled movements. it also promotes a way of life with a strong sway towards more philosophical side particularly instilling a concept and spirit of self imposed discipline and an ideal of noble moral re-armament.
In these days of violence and intimidation which seem to plague our modern societies, Tae Kwon-do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to defend themselves and when strongly applied it is very dangerous.
Rhee Ki Ha introduced Tae Kwon-do to Great Britain in 1967.
The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon-Do organisation in this country. It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon-Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council.
TAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years' experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups. Training in Tae Kwon-Do can start at any age. TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth dan black belt on his 70th birthday!
Because of its high-kicking, fast-paced style Tae Kwon-Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit. The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence.
As the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has 20,000 accredited, members and organises seminars, demonstrations, competitions and national and international championships every month of the year. It also publishes a bi-monthly, glossy, subscription magazine called TAGB Times which carries club news, contact addresses, modern training techniques and events.
Tae Kwon-Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and TAGB instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic sport.