Taekwondo (태권도) is a Korean martial art, combining combat techniques, self-defence, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy.
In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon (권, 拳) means "to strike or break with fist"; and do (도, 道) means "way", "method", or "path". Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the way of the hand and the foot".
Taekwondo is especially known for its kicking techniques, but practitioners practise all aspects of combat and defence: kicks, punches, blocks, and, at more senior levels, take-downs, joint locks and destruction techniques.
Reading WTF Taekwondo was formed in 2006 by a 5th dan master and a 2nd dan instructor.
Since then, the club has grown from strength to strength and we now have members of all grades, from beginner to senior black belt level.
We are particularly proud of our registered instructors, all of whom have significant experience of practicing the art and of teaching, and range in grade from 2nd dan to 4th dan black belt.
The club is affiliated to British Taekwondo, the governing body of WTF style (Olympic) taekwondo in the UK.
WTF (Olympic-style) Taekwondo incorporates a range of elements stemming from traditional, sporting and self-defence applications, as well as the sophisticated kicking techniques for which taekwondo is famed. We train in all elements of taekwondo: Olympic-style sparring, basic techniques in lines, patterns, self-defence, knife-defence (for higher grades), breaking and partner work such as one-step sparring and kicking drills.