Preston TaeKwonDo teach basic self defence through the practice of patterns
In Tae Kwon Do, the building block of self-defence is through repeated practice of patterns. Patterns combine attack and defence techniques in a way that allow you to move and change direction whilst synchronising the technique against imaginary opponents. The beauty of patterns is that they are a complete exercise in their own right if performed correctly. Practice of patterns develop stamina, breath control, development of power, speed, balance and equilibrium.
Preston TaeKwonDo teach dynamic powerful kicks to improve your ability surprise an opponent if required
Kicking techniques are a trademark of Tae Kwon Do. Undoubtedly kicks are the most difficult techniques to learn. The ability of a student to persevere with learning and continual practice is tested by the need to perform reasonably good kicks. Unfortunately we are not born with the natural ability to kick. We measure the incremental improvement and make judgement of whether the students has progressed sufficiently to be merit promotion. We look for technique rather than height; good kicks come with practice.
Preston TaeKwonDo teach specialised hand techniques which can be used in defence and attack
It a miscomprehension that Tae Kwon Do is purely kicking. The public watch Olympic style taekwondo and conclude that only kicks are performed. In fact the vast majority of techniques and exercises are hand techniques. The uniqueness of Tae Kwon Do is that it is a harmonised combination of attack and defence techniques using the hands and feet. It is regarded as the complete self-defence.
Preston TaeKwonDo teach various forms of sparring to improve speed, accuracy and effectiveness
There are several forms of sparring. They range from pre-set moves of attack and defences to the more complex 2 opponents against 1 free sparring. As students progress through the grades they learn more complex moves, practised with other students in class. Sparring develop the techniques taught in patterns to become more effective, realistic and controlled, in a dynamic and more realistic self-defence situation. Local competitions are held each year to allow students to compete and measure their skills against their contemporaries. Competition is optional but recommended as it is a great way to improve fitness, agility and reaction. It provides a great opportunity to observe and learn from other students. Competition provides a great sense of personal achievement regardless of the standard.