What happens in a Taekwondo class?

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Every class starts with a warm up and stretch.

Skills learnt over the previous weeks will be practiced and reinforced, with new skills introduced as a student develops. New students are not expected to have any existing martial arts skills or fitness, we aim to build on whatever the student brings to class.

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Week by week, following a predetermined syllabus of development, students will work according to a program of:

– hand and kicking techniques

– patterns (poomsae: 품새)

– self-defence (hosinsul: 호신술)

– free sparring (kyeorugi: 겨루기)

The class will generally finish with a cool down and/or breathing excercises.

Students will also occasionally (usually as a prelude to a major grading, or as part of the advanced syllabus) work on board-breaking (gyeokpa 격파) and power techniques.