Taekwondo: the basics

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that literally translates as 'the art of hand and foot fighting'. This popular martial art is well known for it's use of fast, powerful kicking techniques. Since the 2000 Olympic Games, Taekwondo has been also been an Olympic sport.

grade system

When you start Taekwondo you are a beginner, also known as a white belt. You can progress to the next grade by taking part in grading exams when your instructor thinks you are ready. At each level the grading requirements change and you will need to learn new techniques as well as sharpening your existing skills. Use the guide below to see the different grades and colour belts.