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Taeguk 1 il jang - Heaven

The beginning of the creation of all things in the universe


Taeguk 2 ee jang - Lake

Inner firmness, outer softness


Taeguk 5 oh jang - Wind

Mighty force and calmness


Taeguk 6 yuk jang - Water

Continuous flow and softness

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About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. The sport aspect of Taekwondo (full-contact sparring) features in the Olympic Games. The meaning of the word 'Taekwondo' can be broken down into three parts. (1) 'Tae' - to strike or break with the foot, (2) 'kwon' - to strike or break with the hand and (3) 'do' - the art or the way. Therefore, Taekwondo can be loosely translated to 'the art of the hand and foot'. Around the world, over 50 million people practice Taekwondo.


Was the first school (kwan) to teach what became known as Taekwondo in Korea, having been originally founded in 1944 by Won Kuk Lee. The term Chungdokwan stands for 'the school of the blue wave' or 'blue wave school'. The President of Chungdokwan worldwide is Grandmaster Uhm Woon Kyu (also former-President of the Kukkiwon). According to Grandmaster Park Hae Man (Vice-President of Chungdokwan worldwide), the Chungdokwan style of Taekwondo is thought to be exactly the same as that promoted by the Kukkiwon - the World Taekwondo Headquarters and official governing organisation of Taekwondo in Seoul, Korea.

President - Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence (7th Dan)






Vice-President - Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe (7th Dan)





Taeguk 3 sam jang - Hot & bright

Sense of justice


Taeguk 4 saa jang - Thunder

Great power and dignity


Taeguk 7 chil jang - Mountain

Contemplative and firmness


Taeguk 8 pal jang - Earth

Roots and settlement, and the beginning and the end


The Five Tenets of Taekwondo

There are five tenets of Taekwondo to which all practitioners should adhere.

Etiquette is about learning the rules and traditions of Taekwondo, how to conduct yourself inside and outside of the Taekwondo environment and to show respect to others. There are many codes of conduct in Taekwondo, students should be upholding of these and set a good example to others.

Modesty is realising that no matter how hard you train, how skilful, strong and confident you feel, or how far you progress in the ranks of Taekwondo, you are still not the best. There is always more to learn. Students should be humble in their pursuit of perfection.

Perseverance is the effort you put in, whether it is improving flexibility, practicing difficult techniques or training for a grading. You must persevere, not give up. Perseverance also requires practice. Your goals and ambitions can only be achieved if you persevere, but you must be patient.

Self-control means exercising caution and control in all techniques, using skill appropriately to encourage junior students, not to intimidate or humiliate them. The techniques learned in Taekwondo can be very dangerous, particularly if abused and used outside of training other than for self-defence purposes.

Indomitable Spirit is having the will to overcome any obstacles you may face. Even if you feel the situation is impossible, you must take part and give it all you can. In competition, it is not always the winning, but having the spirit to take part.Only by training hard will you capture the true spirit of taekwondo.


Kukkiwon information on Wikipedia

In mid-2010, Won Sik Kang became the current President