CODE TAEKWON-DO HAS CLASSES IN
EYNESBURY & BRAMPTON
WHAT IS ITF TAEKWON-DO?
There are 2 main styles of Taekwon-Do. World Taekwon-Do (WT) plays host to the Olympic style which is more sport orientated. No points are scored for punching and so the style is often carried out with hands low down. What we offer is ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) Taekwon-Do as laid out by the founder General Choi Hong Hi 9th degree black belt. ITF Taekwon-Do encompasses a more varied syllabus and is the original style.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ITF SYLLABUS?
Striking via hands and feet. There are knee and elbow strikes within the syllabus but not used in competition.
Patterns (tul)- pre-arranged sequences of movements against imaginary opponents using blocks, kicks, punches and more.
Self defence- an aspect of Taekwon-do attempting to explore a more 'realistic' range of scenarios which includes grabs, holds, chokes and take downs etc.
1,2 & 3 step sparring- pre arranged sequences demonstrating how to attack and defend in varying degrees of difficulty and expertise.
Sparring- improving the ability to utilise the ITF syllabus in a controlled environment with freedom to attack and defend as required.
Destruction- board breaking. Not required until higher grades and correct conditioning have been attained.
Theory- learning Korean terminology and theory relating to movements and patterns.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE BELT GRADING TESTS?
Yes. You cannot progress to higher grades and learn more techniques in this style unless you pass belt exams. Coloured belt gradings are currently £20 and you will only be put forward when your instructor believes you are fully ready for a new belt. Grading results are nationally recognised by the UKMAA (United Kingdom Martial Arts Association) and the ITFU (International Taekwon-Do Federation Union) and CODE Taekwon-Do compete in open events across the UK throughout the year against other major associations in the UK and Europe.
DO I NEED A UNIFORM?
Yes you will need to purchase an approved ITF dobok (uniform) and the correct sparring equipment when you are ready to enrol in this class. See your instructor for further details.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Not much if you do it right! As mentioned you get a free class to see if you like Taekwon-Do. After that pricing really depends on how often per week you are looking to train and all pricing is on the pricing page. All monthly payments should be set up as a standing order to come out on the 1st of each month. Training in all of the styles and classes available to adults in the CODE timetable is £45 per month and equates to under £1.50 per class. Seriously, we challenge you to find cheaper! You can also get family discounts.
WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE TO ME APART FROM THE REGULAR WEEKLY CLASSES?
All sorts: regional and national tournaments in ITF Taekwon-Do and open styles, seminars, access to classes
in other styles, social events, grading exams, custom clothing, personal training and more. Honestly the school is a thriving community of really decent people and we are always trying to create more opportunities for our members. Rest assured you will be welcomed into the community as a friend and be made to feel at home.
WHAT IF I AM NOT VERY FIT?
That's fine. You should take the classes at your own level of fitness and will be encouraged to progress with your fitness at a safe and realistic pace. The head instructor, Adam is degree level educated in sport and leisure, a qualified fitness instructor and has a host of other qualifications to help you achieve your goals. In time you will get fitter, stronger and more flexible.
I'M NOT VERY CONFIDENT...
Which is exactly the reason you should come and talk with us. Everyone has the right to feel safe and to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property. Many people who practice a martial art have felt the same way and all find their confidence grows with experience. Your instructor can talk with you about what you wish to achieve and help you to set and reach goals to work towards reaching your potential.
Please bear in mind that you are doing something really brave by even stepping foot inside the dojang (training hall) even for a free class! Not everyone knows what to expect from a load of people dressed in white outfits all intending to kick and punch each other! But they were ALL white belts once and all walked through those same doors as you and that is why you will be respected and welcomed from the start. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge. You won't regret it.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL CLASS LOOK LIKE?
Roughly something like this: warm up of the joints and raising heart rate to get ready for the lesson. Possibly some fitness exercises or circuits followed by a technical learning session; drilling specific movements for kicking and upper body techniques using focus pads, kick shields or other equipment. There will often be patterns practice as the syllabus does place emphasis on these and sparring as time permits. Stretching and cool down can be done once class is finished which allows us to maximise on the time that we have (there is another CODE class that runs after the Taekwon-Do class so you will not have to leave the premises in a rush.
IF I GRADE IS MY BELT RECOGNISED?
CODE Combat Arts is a member club of the ITF Union and the UKMAA (United Kingdom Martial Arts Association). Adam Gold (our head instructor) has been promoted all the way to 2nd degree black belt by the England Taekwon-Do Association (ETA) and 3rd degree by Master Chris Snow of the LTSI (Lions Taekwondo Schools Independent), another member club of the ITF Union. Mr Gold is recognised as a legitimate instructor which can be confirmed by contacting either the ITFU or UKMAA.
You can rest assured that you are receiving expert and professional tuition derived from the source of ITF Taekwon-Do. Our competition record speaks for itself!
One of Mr Gold's instructor is Mr. Earl McKnight from McKnight TKD in Bedford
Mr. McKnight is a recognised instructor with the ETA and grades under Grandmaster Orello Ellis.
GM Ellis was graded to 5th degree by FGM Rhee, Ki Ha (The first person to have received 9th degree black belt by Gen. Choi), and to 7th degree by Gen. Choi himself. In October 2012, GM Trajtenberg awarded GM Ellis with 9th degree. GM Trajtenberg is the president of the ITF.
One of Mr Gold's current instructors is Master Chris Snow 8th degree from the LTSI. Master Snow graded Mr. Gold to 3rd degree black belt. Master Snow was graded up to 4th degree black belt by RMK Choy who was the first confirmed 8th degree black belt under General Choi, the founder (ITF Certificate GB-8-1) and only the 2nd person to ascend to the status of Grand master (9th degree) in the UK. Master Trevor Nicholls 8th degree black belt of the UKITF graded Master Snow to 5th degree. Master Harry, President of ITUK graded Master Snow to 6th degree black belt and Grandmaster Dalton 9th degree of the ITFU awarded Master Snow his 7th degree master in 2016.
CODE Taekwon-Do are also affiliated with Young Brothers Taekwon-Do International headed by Pioneer Grandmaster Kong, Young il. (A first generation grandmaster). PGM Kong was promoted to 9th degree by the founder, General Choi, Hong Hi and was one of the original pioneers to travel the globe with Gen. Choi to promote Taekwon-Do to the world. Mr. Gold's 3rd degree is recognised by YBTI, the LTSI and the ITFU.
It is worth noting that all correct and up-to-date certification and insurances have been provided in order for these affiliations to have taken place in order to maintain the high standard that we all expect from Taekwon-Do.