Category Archives: Taekwondo

The Tenets of Taekwondo

A tenet is a doctrine, or belief, and for all taekwondo practitioners there are 5 established tenets that you should  try to apply both in your training and in your daily life.

Etiquette: Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the Dojang.

Integrity: In Tae Kwon Do, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity to stand up for what is right.

Perseverance: One will persevere repeatedly until a result is achieved which is adequate towards what one is trying to achieve.

Self-Control: This means to not only have control over one’s physical acts but also your own mental thoughts and actions.

Indomitable Spirit:  To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.

Why Taekwondo

Our group, Chung Do Kwan N. Ireland practice Taekwondo, which is one of the world’s most popular martial artspracticed in over 167 countries by over 50 million men, women, and children. It is also an Olympic sport, and at Chung Do Kwan we can provide the gateway for those talented enough to reach high levels of performance.

The media and research highlights that many young people particularly those form disadvantaged backgrounds have unhealthy lifestyles including poor diet and lack of exercise amidst growing concerns about their emotional well being. Taekwondo can complement any young person’s development by addressing these concerns, as well as meeting some of the Northern Ireland Curriculum (NIC) statutory requirements.

What are the benefits to young people?

Taekwondo provides another way for young people to develop a healthy lifestyle. Taekwondo encourages young people to take regular exercise and to improve their diet. It enables young people to develop their body shape, physical strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination. It promotes values such as individual responsibility, mutual understanding, respect for diversity and skills such as, communication and working with others. It promotes self-confidence and self-esteem which are essential for a young person’s emotional well-being. All of which are important to the development of young person’s sense of self.

Additional benefits.

In addition to extending the range of extra-curricular activities Taekwondo can benefit in other ways. For example, it provides an opportunity for young people who may not usually be interested in traditional sports with another option. It is an inclusive sport open to girls and boys of all age groups. Through participation in training and competitions it encourages young people to mix with others. It promotes independence and respect for others and helps to build relations between young people and those in authority. Young people learn about the importance of self-discipline which helps young them become more responsible for their behaviour and actions.

What are the benefits to the local community?

Taekwondo can be used to bring together young people from the local community and from across communities. It is an opportunity to learn about each other and encourages mutual understanding and respect for diversity. It encourages young people to use their free time in a positive way and to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Team Chung Do Kwan in Bristol

On 26 June Team Chung Do Kwan travelled to Bristol to compete in the English taekwondo championships. The competition was on Sunday, so the team had Saturday in Bristol to see the sights, some of which no-one wanted to see (drag-race anyone?).

Having spent the day in the 26 degree heat, David McQuitty researched local knowledge to find a restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef. We decided to walk there, as we were assured it was 10 minutes away. Little did we know, as we were walking through what must be Bristol’s own ghetto admiring the graffiti, massage parlours, and hoping that we wouldn’t need to use our taekwondo training until the next day, that the 10 minutes quoted was by plane. Although it seemed as if we had walked halfway to Manchester, the steaks were excellent, and we are supposed to be athletes!

On Sunday the competition was held in Keynsham, about 5 miles from the centre of Bristol. Again, the weather was fantastic, although it meant that the competition hall was warm, increasing the energy-sapping effect of competing! The WTF poomsae competitions were first, followed by the WTF sparring (Kyeorugi) competition, the results of which we’ve already posted. The competition was well ran, the atmosphere was very friendly and the team were well received leading to an enjoyable day.

Post competition we found a nice pub for Sunday lunch and watched the England match. There was a huge tv screen in the park beside the pub, so the pub was empty! Unfortunately the England team didn’t perform as well as we did that day.

Click on the Gallery button for the photos.

English Championship Results

Lisa, Craig & Maurice after the English Championships

Lisa, Craig & Maurice after the English Championships

The results from the 2010 English Chung Do Kwan Championships are as follows:

Name Category Result

Lisa Fair Senior Gold
Craig Oliver Senior Bronze
Maurice Girvan Adult – 4th Kup and below Silver
Lisa Fair Senior Female Silver
Craig Oliver Senior Male Gold
Maurice Girvan Adult Male – 4th Kup and below Gold

We’ll be adding photos from Bristol and more info on the trip over the next week