Training groups

HTKD 0311-EditBeginners' courses

Practicing taekwondo starts by attending the beginners course, which is organized two or three times a year. The length of the course is around three months. Like the name suggests, this course is about the most basic techniques of taekwondo: blocking, kicking, movement, punching and self-defense. The technical emphasis is on the footwork and kicking. Strength training, cardio training, and body control exercises are also done. All the training sessions begin with a warm up and stretching.

There are no physical fitness or skill requirements for attending the basics course. Test for the yellow belt (8. kup) completes the beginners' course.

The primary contents of the course are:

Taekwondo-etiquette and the rules of behavior

  • Different stances and footwork
  • Basic blocks to different heights
  • Basic punches to different heights
  • Round kick and its match-versions and the axe kick
  • Falling exercises
  • The theory of self-defense

 

HTKD 0030-sonnal makiYellow and green belts

In the lower belt grade group, the training focuses on more advanced requirements. More techniques are added to the ones learned in the beginners' course and the smooth combination of different techniques is practiced. The main focus is on the construction of strong basic technique know-how and kicks. Self- defense and exercises related to matches are also a part of the training.

The group practices 2-4 times a week. Both the yellow and the green belt have two intermediate steps before advancing to the next belt color grade and there are detailed requirements and tests for reaching the steps. Students attending these groups are required to have personal protective gear (arm guards, shin guards, cup and teeth protector) with them in all training sessions.        

The primary contents of the training in this group is:

  • Punches to different heights and elbow strikes
  • Various blocking techniques
  • Hand-technique combinations
  • Crescent kick, double round kick, back kick, pushing kick, back spin kick and jumping kicks
  • The Poomsae mentioned in the belt grade requirements (Taeguk- ja Gi Chu -poomsae)
  • Exercises done with a partner
  • Self defence techniques
  • Combinations of several kicks including match adaptations
  • Sparring in both defensive and offensive role. Participation in tournaments is not mandatory.

 

HTKD 0190-takakiertoBlue to black belts

In the higher belt grade group practise students with blue, red and black belts. The main emphasis is preparing on the black belt test. Those having the black belt, focus on advancing their skills on different technical areas of taekwondo. In this group, all the aspects of taekwondo are practiced and the routine of training and the ability to perform evenly have greater emphasis. Starting from the blue belt grade, the application of the techniques learned in different unknown situation becomes important. 

The group trains 2-4 times a week and all belt color grades have an intermediate step before advancement to the next belt color grade. In addition to the basic protective gear set (arm guards, shin guards, cup and teeth protector), protective boxing gloves are mandatory due to the fact that we also practice match with no rules.

The primary contents of the things taught in this group:

  • Hook punches
  • Knee kicks
  • Jumping back kick, jumping back spin kick and other jumping kicks
  • Breaking techniques
  • The poomsae in the belt grade advancement requirements (Taeguk, Pyong Ahn and Yudanja)
  • Self defence
  • Defending against a baton
  • Free match with no rule restrictions
  • The history and theory of taekwondo

 

Poomsae group

There are no belt grade limitations for training in the Poomsae group. In this group the focus is on learning and perfecting the basic techniques and Poomsae in order to perform in tournaments. It is possible to get personal instruction and thus develop quicker than average in the challenging world of the Poomsae. The focus of the training depends on your own goals: competing is not compulsory.

Kyorugi

Kyorugi means training according to taekwondo competition rules. There are no belt grade limitations for training in the this group. The goal of the training is to give students versatile capabilities for the official taekwondo match that is restricted by the official rules. The exercises include various kicking techniques applied solely for getting points in competition, exercises done with equipment, sparring and practicing taekwondo match.