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 curriculum offered by Orleans Taekwondo is the Tae E. Lee Taekwondo Program which is 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.
The following are some of the techniques included in the program:
- 50+ Kicks
- 30+ Step-Sparring Drills
- 20+ Patterns (Poomse)
- 30+ Blocks
- 10+ Punches
- Various Self-Defense Techniques
Taekwondo is practiced a minimum of twice a week for forty-five to sixty minutes at a time. Our classes are held in a room with mat flooring intended specifically for martial arts training. Each class starts with a fifteen-minute warm-up which works your entire body from head to toe. An instructor guides the entire class through a series of standard and specialized exercises to ensure their bodies are properly prepared to perform Taekwondo techniques.
Taekwondo classes usually contain a fifteen-minute segment on a series of drills which are unique for each class. Typically performed with a partner, these drills vary and may include self-defense techniques, coordination drills, and cardiovasular activity.
During the final 15 minutes of class, students are grouped by belt rank and paired with an instructor for their group. The instructor will teach, assist, and correct students on the specific techniques they are required to know for their next belt promotion test.
A student’s belt, worn as part of their dobok (uniform), indicates their proficiency in Taekwondo. All students start at white belt and are tested when they are ready in order to advance and obtain their next belt rank.
There are eight colored belt ranks are:
- Blue (with Red Stripe)
- Red (with Black Stripe)
Once passing all the colored belt ranks, the student trains and tests for their black belt. Once achieving a black belt in Taekwondo, training continues at the black belt level where there are nine additional ranks called “Dans”.
The Benefits of Taekwondo
- Self-Defense: 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 into 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 behaviors 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