are you a beginner taekwondo student?...kick start your taekwondo journey here!
This section of our site contains many pages to help you - the beginner taekwondo student.
You'll find heaps of information here to motivate and inspire you as you take those important first steps on your martial arts journey.
Simply scroll down to a section that interests you and click on the link if you need more detail!
do you understand the taekwondo belt system?
As a beginner taekwondo student you are a Kup grade student. All the taekwondo colored belt grades are known as Kup grades.
Black belt students are known as Dan grades.
are you nervous about taekwondo belt tests?...here's the help you need
Taekwondo belt systems vary between clubs. They also vary between countries.
But in most belt systems the white belt student is a 10th Kup. This means 10 gradings (or belt tests) to get to black belt.
If you're stressing about the thought of 10 gradings.
It's one grading and one belt at a time. When you are ready.
help for taekwondo white belt students
As a beginner taekwondo student you'll wear a white belt.
The white color represents purity at the start of your taekwondo journey. The beginning of a long road.Here's how you tie your belt
We can honestly say that we loved being taekwondo white belts.
You are at the back of the class. So you have people in front to follow.
No-one expects you to be any good.
You don't have to be Mum. Or Dad. Or in charge of the office at work.
So you can relax. Concentrate on yourself.
And enjoy the challenge of learning something new.
work hard on your taekwondo basics
At first. As a beginner taekwondo student. You will learn lots of basic techniques. Taekwondo basics.
Basic stances. Like horse riding stance and front stance.
Basic low, middle and high blocks.
And of course basic kicks. Like front kick and turning kick.
Our advice at this stage?
Try to get these taekwondo basics right.
Pay attention to small details.
Practice at home if you can
These basic techniques are incredibly important for the rest of your taekwondo training.
You can think of taekwondo basics as building blocks. Like the foundations of a house.
You'd be crazy to build a house without solid foundations.
Just like you'd be crazy to rush to do advanced tkd techniques.
If you haven't spent some time.
And got the basics right.
are you clear about the purpose of taekwondo?
Martial means military. Ancient Korean armies trained to fight using early forms of taekwondo. Using their hands and feet for weapons.
Of course the reason you train in taekwondo in modern times is very different.
As a beginner taekwondo student. And as you become more advanced.
The aim is the same.
To grow stronger through your training.
Strong in your body. And strong in your mind.
do you understand the principles or tenants of taekwondo?
Taekwondo has 5 principles or tenants. So everyone knows how to behave.
Even beginner taekwondo students.
You can think of them as guidelines. They also help ensure that taekwondo is not misused.
And they are a great code to try to live your life by.
Are you struggling with Korea taekwondo terminology?
It can be a bit daunting for beginner taekwondo students to hear lots of Korean languange in the Dojang.
There's no need to stress too much about this. You will pick the Korean you need over time.
your taekwondo dojang- 'a place to sweat... and find peace'
In time you will feel a sense of calm and peace when you walk through your Taekwondo Dojang door.
But at first you'll probably just feel nervous!
The most important thing a beginner taekwondo student can do is respect the Dojang.
You should stop and bow as you walk in the Dojang door. And as you leave.
You are bowing as a sign of respect to taekwondo. And to your instructor. And to your fellow students.
Stand with your feet together. Have your straight arms by your sides with your fists closed. Now bow your head down. And follow it with a slight bow of the shoulders and a slight bend from the waist.
When you greet a taekwondo instructor or black belt you should bow as above. But with your left arm bent horizontally across your front. Then you can shake hands with your right hand.
It's also good practice to greet fellow students this way. Especially as a beginner taekwondo student.
here's how to choose, wear and care for your tkd dobok
The first time we put our Dobok on we felt very strange wearing something so baggy. But we very quickly realized that a Dobok is incredibly comfortable and practical to train in.
And a great leveler.
It doesn't matter what walk of life you are from. Whether you are wealthy or poor. Old or young. Male or female.
Everyone wears the same uniform.
taekwondo instructors...getting the etiquette right
So what does a beginner taekwondo student need to know about taekwondo instructors?
We would say that at the beginning the most important thing to remember.
Is to show your instructor respect.
You can do this in many ways.
By listening carefully when your instructor is talking. Standing quietly with your hands behind your back.
And by doing what they ask you to do. With as much spirit as you can find. Even if you think you've done all you can.
And by thanking them at the end of the class by bowing and shaking hands.
We have found that over time we want to do these things.
Because over the years we have developed a deep respect for our instructors.
From seeing what they can do. And realizing how hard they have worked to get there.
And feeling humbled that they take the time to pass their knowledge onto us.
are you starting your tkd journey as an adult?
Are you a beginner taekwondo student in your 40s,50s,60s or beyond.
Good for you!
There is no doubt that it's a bit tougher to start taekwondo when you are older.
Your body is often stiffer. And a bit slower than it used to be.
But you can get over these hurdles.
If you work hard.
And the challenge of being a beginner taekwondo student later in life?
And finally an interesting question...
...what is taekwondo?
Taekwondo is a wonderful martial art.
In taekwondo you learn how to kick and punch. And how to defend yourself.
You get fit and flexible. You make friends. You de-stress. And you have fun.
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