South Bank Taekwondo was named after the university that the lead instructor attended back in 1998. He first taught and created the club whilst studying for his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at South Bank University. We are a London club practicing the Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo, including Olympic and traditional Kukkiwon Taekwondo.
The club is a full member of Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB), which has been recognised by the late Grandmaster Uhm Woon Kyu (former Chungdokwan President) and Grandmaster Park Hae Man as the official organisation of the Chungdokwan in Great Britain. Chungdokwan or Chung Do Kwan was created by Won Kuk Lee in 1944 and is one of the first of nine schools or kwan teaching Tang Soo Do later the school began to teach what came to be known as Taekwondo. In turn, TCGB is a group member of British Taekwondo – the National Governing Body for Taekwondo in Great Britain.
TAEKWONDO - Martial arts are the grafting of mental concentration into physical movement aimed at instilling a unified body and mind. Therefore, Taekwondo training is ideal for health, fitness, relaxation, self-defence and sport, regardless of age or sex. A master of the art should also be a master of her/himself.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art literally translated as “kick-punch-way”. To characterise Taekwondo as just a combative sport is simply not true, it is a martial art first, which through practice and study, brings about positive changes in the human character.
All our instructors are:
- Kukkiwon and British Taekwondo approved.
- enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) cleared.
- insured and registered with British Taekwondo to teach Olympic and traditional Kukkiwon Taekwondo.
According to World Taekwondo "Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind."
Over the years Taekwondo has increased in popularity both as a martial art and as a combat sport. More recently, World Taekwondo (WT) is now an official Olympic sport. The main distinguishing feature of Taekwondo is the variety of dynamic kicking techniques, using the whole body to repel the opponent. The combining of sharp, strong linear movements with free-flowing circular movements produce a balance of beauty and power.
Today, Taekwondo is the most recognised of the Korean martial arts and in the past 50 years has developed significantly into one of the world’s most effective styles of unarmed combat. Taekwondo is not only in Korea but internationally as well with currently 208 member nations, approximately 70 million practitioners worldwide. It’s evolution and scientific development both as an art form and Olympic sport still continues...
We utilise training and protective equipment to allow full-contact sparring. You will receive WT / Kukkiwon qualified black-belt instruction at this friendly London club.