Teens & Adults Taekwon-Do
Our Teens & Adults class start from ages 13 onward. The class is for mixed abilities, and will be split depending on belt grade and experience when practicing techniques. Our Taekwon-Do classes are very equally split, in both gender and age, and most students
A grading is a test to pass a student to their next belt. At Croydon Taekwon-Do Academy, we ensure the student has progressed by a respectable amount before allowing them to do their next grading. Students will be able to challenge themselves by learning the Korean terminology, patterns, techniques, and sparring required to pass to their next belt. Each promotion to the next grade gives students a sense of satisfaction and achievement and gives a target to work towards.
Every student is expect to participate in at least one tournament in order to be able to grade past green belt. This is because we believe students should not be afraid to fight, otherwise what they are learning will not apply in a real-life situation where they have to defend themselves. Taekwon-Do Competitions play a vital role in a students development. Competitions allow students to apply the techniques they have learnt in classes in a friendly bout with fellow students and improve their confidence, decision making, and technical ability.
During our Taekwon-Do lessons we dedicate a certain amount of time to show students how to apply the techniques we taught in a self-defence situation. The students must know how to defend themselves against potential attackers, whatever the situation. This includes learning how to fight against more than one attacker; how to disable an opponent without excessive force; how to handle someone with weapons/knives. Taekwon-Do is a practical self-defence and we take it seriously at our Dojang, as we do not want to give students a false sense of security.
Fitness & Flexibility
Our Taekwon-Do lessons focus a lot on fitness, especially in the warm-up. Students go through vigorous exercises for stamina, physical development and strength. This includes a lot of running, leg and upper-body workouts (i.e. squats, lunges, hopping) and resistance training with partners. This helps your health and mental well-being. As Taekwon-Do requires flexibility, we spend a portion of the lesson stretching the students. We encourage stretching at home, and expect students to be able to achieve a full splits within the first year of training.