Taekwondo demonstration at Bingham Fair.   1 comment

The Taekwondo club I’m proud to be a member of is run by Master Jonathan Barker, and they gave an exhibition at the Bingham Town Fair this weekend. Traditional taekwondo typically refers to the martial art as it was established in the 1950s and 1960s in the South Korea. Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. Pressure points, known as jiapsul, are used, as well as grappling self-defense techniques borrowed from other martial arts .

Taekwondo June 2014 Drill

A great sport for all ages and sizes.

Taekwondo June 2014  Front Kick

Taekwondo as a martial art is popular with people of both genders and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of wooden boards, bricks, or tiles, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and mental concentration to focus one’s power.

Taekwondo June 2014 Cerise breaking

Taekwondo June 2014 Tammy break

Taekwondo June 2014 Mahlik 03

A taekwondo student typically wears a uniform (dobok), often white but sometimes black (or other colors), with a belt (dee) tied around the waist. The belt colour and any insignia thereon indicate the student’s rank. In general, the darker the colour, the higher the rank. The school or place where instruction is given is called the dojang. The grandmaster of the dojang is called the master.

Taekwondo June 2014 Master Barker outward turning crescent kick composite

To advance from one rank to the next, students typically complete promotion tests in which they demonstrate their proficiency in the various aspects of the art before their teacher or a panel of judges. Promotion tests vary from school to school, but may include such elements as the execution of patterns, which combine various techniques in specific sequences; the breaking of boards to demonstrate the ability to use techniques with both power and control; sparring and self-defense to demonstrate the practical application and control of techniques; physical fitness usually with push-ups and sit-ups; and answering questions on terminology, concepts, and history to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the art.

Taekwondo June 2014 Steve 02

Taekwondo June 2014 Tony back kick

The grade or development of a taekwondo player is denoted by their belt:

  • White Belt
  • White Belt with Yellow stripe or tag
  • Yellow Belt
  • Yellow Belt with Green stripe or tag
  • Green Belt
  • Green Belt with blue stripe or tag
  • Blue Belt
  • Blue Belt with Red stripe or tag
  • Red Belt
  • Red Belt with Black stripe or tag
  • Black Belt

Taekwondo June 2014 Emma Hook 03

Taekwondo June 2014 Emma Hook composite

Taekwondo June 2014 Rich 02

Taekwondo June 2014 Tony take down 03




One response to “Taekwondo demonstration at Bingham Fair.

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  1. how about some classic pics from 88/89. best wishes to all . An old student Paul Cragg. You all make me proud


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