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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Taekwondo?

World Taekwondo (WT) style taekwondo is a Korean martial art and an Olympic sport. Points are scored predominantly by kicking to target areas on the opponent. It differs from other martial arts in its focus on sports fighting, and has developed fast, efficient techniques for this purpose. However, taekwondo offers well-rounded training that includes set patterns of movements (poomsae) and self defence.

  • I think I am/my child is interested in trying taekwondo. What should I do next?

Please feel free to come and watch a class before joining in. If you’d like to have a go, please email us to book in for two free trial sessions.

  • What does the British Taekwondo insurance provide coverage for?

The annual insurance provides personal accident and third party liability coverage. It is required for all British Taekwondo members. Further details of the policy can be foundĀ here.

  • Do I need a uniform to train?

It is fine for beginners to train in any loose-fitting clothing. However, a uniform is required before your first belt promotion test.

  • Where can I get a uniform/sparring kit/any other training equipment?

We have a club account with a number of equipment suppliers and can therefore get better than retail price with most equipment. Please let us know what you would like and we can order it for you. However, if you would like to purchase your equipment somewhere else, please check with us first so that we can make sure what you are buying is WT-approved.

  • What teaching qualifications do you hold? Are you DBS checked?

Our instructors all hold the British Taekwondo instructors certificate, which includes a full DBS check.

  • I used to do ITF style taekwondo. How is WT style taekwondo different? And can I join your classes?

International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) style taekwondo is a more traditional form of taekwondo. There is generally less focus on the sports aspects of training than in WT. The styling of basic techniques and the poomsae also differ from WT. We are happy for individuals who have previously trained in ITF to join us; you will be re-assessed for an appropriate WT rank at the next available grading.