TAEKWONDO TRAINING COVERS A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
These cannot all be covered in one class, so Yun Hap Taekwondo Instructors aim for varied and interesting classes. Instructors follow a curriculum to ensure important skill areas - like self-defense - are covered thoroughly. Below are more details on some of things you may do in taekwondo training.
Taekwondo is known for its powerful and dynamic kicks. There are so many different kicks and kicking combinations, so much so that punching has become minimal in this sport as the leg kicks are so much more powerful and equally as fast as the hand - YES covering the distance in the same time!!
Because of this, speed is such an essential part of taekwondo. Taekwondo athletes aim for speed, think fast, act fast, and move fast. A crucial factor in intelligence - speed of thought!
Kicking high and fast is a great calorie burner, placing Taekwondo as one of the top calorie-burning sports.
While there are many offensive moves in taekwondo, like kicking and striking, there are equally as many defensive moves - and for good reason! There are a variety of blocks which take continual practice to perfect in order for the block to be effective and responsive in application. Therefore, a large part of taekwondo training involves drills to practice and apply these blocking techniques for effective self-defense purposes.
Yun Hap students are trained in a wide variety of punching and striking techniques, and this is an important part of our curriculum. Although these are not used much in sparring competitions, it does not mean that taekwondo students cannot use their hands well. The meaning of the word 'tae-kwon-do' is the way of the hand and foot and this is very much alive in our dojangs.
All of our instructors are trained in extensive self-defense skills and hapkido. These skills are taught regularly in class as it takes a lot of practice to get them right. Through our affiliation with Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee who is a 9th dan in taekwondo and hapkido, our instructors and students are continually developing these skills.
Yun Hap gradings are held every three months are give students a goal to work towards and a sense of achievement in moving up a rank. Yun Hap gradings are professionally conducted by a grading panel comprising of 5th, 6th and 7th Dan Instructors, using a thorough and fair system to assess competency at each level. Coloured belts are assessed one on one, whereas black belt gradings are scored by a panel. High Dan grading (to 4th or above) are conducted by Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee.
FITNESS, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
In any sport, cross-training or building up strength, speed, endurance, fitness, balance, flexibility and so on, is crucial for maximum performance, and taekwondo is no different in this regard. Taekwondo athletes train in a wide variety of activities that are non-specific to taekwondo but very helpful. Many of these activities will also be a part of a normal class.
Sparring is probably the most exciting and popular element of taekwondo. It is done in normal classes, and beginners are not pressured to start sparring until they feel comfortable to do so. Sparring becomes a part of grading requirements only after the first 4 gradings have been completed, at 1st blue belt level. However, white and yellow belts are welcome to spar in class and enter tournaments to compete if they wish to do so. Taekwondo sparring at grading and competitions is FULL CONTACT, and participants cannot compete without wearing the full, required protective equipment.
Each belt level has a pattern to learn in order to advance to the next level. Patterns help students to master specific techniques, directional movements, and channel their energy and breathe accordingly. They illustrate how to link together a series of blocks and attacks into a logical flow. Yun Hap taekwondo does the "taegeuk" style of poomsae, which is the official style of the World Taekwondo Federation, and each pattern has its own theme and meaning.
Creative poomsae is performing a non-traditional pattern, one that is personally choreographed, and usually includes non-taekwondo moves. These are performed at demonstrations and competitions and are not part of our grading syllabus. They may be performed to music, and as such, contain some elements of dance and gymnastics.
Taekwondo Tricking is another a creative element of taekwondo which allows further challenge and a high-level of skill. It involves a combination of gymnastics and taekwondo involving flips and aerial spinning kicks - some up to 720 turns in the air! It is currently only used for demonstration purposes.
Yun Hap Taekwondo is heavily involved in the promotion and running of competitions in QLD, and all of our instructors hold coaching accreditations and some with referee and technical judging accreditations. Competitions usually have a mixture of events including sparring, poomsae, creative, poomsae, team/ family poomsae, timber breaking, power breaking, and high kicking competition. Competitions are another way for students to hone their skills, and participate in more of the sport side of our martial art.
Discipline comes in several different forms. There is general discipline, meaning how you behave around others and how you relate to others; there is self-discipline, meaning the ability to control yourself when faced with temptation or when faced with trying circumstances whatever they may be; and there is a discipline, meaning something that is studied carefully, pursued for self-improvement or simply followed as a way of life, be it an art, a hobby or a religion. Taekwondo training encompasses and fosters all of these types of discipline.
FUN & GAMES
Although we strive for excellence and place great importance on standards and high-performance, Yun Hap Taekwondo is a family-friendly fun club with a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. We recognise that perceived 'fun' is conducive to learning, ensuring there is a nice balance between this and hard work. Many instructors will incorporate learning-based games and fun activities into sessions, or outside of class times also.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind, developing concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm viewing of the true nature of things. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. A lot of the training we do, repetitions, moving with the breathe, focused, concentrating, self-aware, mental preparations are meditations in themselves. Takewondo practice helps to promote a calmer, more self-aware individual. Focused breathing and directed meditation may also be a part of the classes.
BEING A PART OF A CLUB
Being a part of a club presents many opportunities. Most notably are the social aspects: not only do you gain a sense of belonging to a community, you meet people, make new friends, and learn new skills, including how to get along with all sorts of different people - particularly in a taekwondo club where you are training with people of all different ages and backgrounds. You also have opportunity to give back to your community through volunteer work and mutual support. The Yun Hap club proudly provides several in-club social gatherings per year to enable its members to interact outside of the gymnasium, and many of our club members volunteer on a regular basis at tournaments, seminars and inter-club events building relationships and contacts within the state, national, and international taekwondo community.
TRAINING CAMPS/ WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS
There are many events, outside of regular classes, throughout the year for extended training/development and social purposes. Some of these are training camps, competitions, inter-state and international competitions, state training, workshops and seminars with other Masters/ experts from all around the world, coach/referee/judge/first aid accreditation courses, etc. These are all optional events throughout the year for people to participate in, and by and large, run solely on the support of our volunteers and taekwondo instructors.