Each one of you has the potential to be Taekwon-Do Northern Ireland’s next Black Belt, provided you are willing to provide the dedication and determination to obtain it.

Taekwon-Do is a version of unarmed combat practiced for many centuries in the Orient, but was perfected in its present form in South Korea. It emphasises unarmed combat techniques used in self-defence, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges to rapidly incapacitate an opponent. Translated from Korean, ‘Tae’ literally means ‘to jump, kick or smash with the foot,’ ‘Kwon’ means ‘to punch or destroy with the hand or fist’ while ‘Do’ means ‘art , way or method.’ To the Korean people, Taekwon-Do is more than just this definition. It is a way of life, instilling a concept of spirit and self-imposed discipline, helping to create an ideal of noble moral re-armament. When wrongly applied, it can be a lethal weapon. In these days of violence and intimidation, Taekwon-Do enables the weak to possess a fine weapon to use in self-defence and protect what is valuable to them.