The curriculum offered by Orleans Taekwondo is the Tae E. Lee Taekwondo Program, based on the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) / Olympic style of Taekwondo. We are the only school in Ottawa’s east end to offer this program. The highly detailed and technical curriculum was developed by Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee, an internationally certified 9th Dan Black Belt who teaches in Ottawa.
Taekwondo is practiced a minimum of twice a week while students progress from their white belts to their red belt (with black stripe). Classes typically run 45 minutes with time split between warm-up, drills, and individual skills training with an instructor.
Once a student achieves their red belt (with black stripe) they begin training for their black belt, with training continuing through nine additional ranks called “Dans”.
WTF Taekwondo is an Olympic recognized sport with competitions held at local, provincial, national, and international levels. Taekwondo has two competitive specialties: Poomsae (patterns), which focuses on precision of technique, and sparring, which puts your skills directly up against an opponent. Orleans Taekwondo students have competed and regularly place at all competitive levels in both specialties.
More About Taekwondo
Taekwondo is the Korean martial art developed nearly two thousand years ago. The name “Taekwondo” translates literally to the way of kicking feet and striking hands.
“Tae” refers to feet or lower body, everything below the belt, particularly the legs for running, jumping, strength, power, spinning, and kicking.
“Kwon” refers to the torso and is concerned with everything done with the arms and hands for striking and blocking.
“Do” means the way and refers to the mind which in turn governs the body.
Together, “Tae, Kwon & Do” form a harmony of mind and body. Today, it is practiced by millions of people worldwide and is one of only two martial art styles to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an official sport at the Olympic Games.
The Benefits of Taekwondo
- Self-Defence: You’ll feel safe knowing you can protect yourself.
- Balance: You’ll improve your balance which will help with day-to-day activities and is an especially important ability for growing children.
- Coordination: You’ll realize better athletic performance in other sport activities through improved coordination.
- Flexibility: You’ll minimize injuries thanks to a greater range of motion in your joints.
- Speed: You’ll learn to react more quickly, move faster, and think better on the spot.
- Cardiovascular Fitness: You’ll reduce your risk of heart disease and other potential health problems relating to inactivity.
Better Mental Well-being
- Self-Confidence: You’ll learn to become less afraid of uncertainties about yourself and push yourself to do things you never thought possible.
- Self-Esteem: You’ll feel better about yourself and feel a sense of accomplishment after a class.
- Improved Focus and Concentration: You’ll learn to concentrate more intensely on one task and learn to keep that focus for longer periods of time.
- Stress Reduction: You’ll get the opportunity to zone out of the stresses of life while zoning in to the intensity of a Taekwondo class.
- Positive: You’ll learn to think more positively by being able to push your limits.
- Attitude: You’ll develop better behaviours through the respect and etiquette present in the Taekwondo training environment.
- Discipline: You’ll be able to better accomplish tasks by learning how to focus on them and get them done, no matter how hard they are.
Better Overall Well-being
- Improved Grades at School
- Better Performance at Work
- More Confidence in Social and Life Situations