Phoenix SMA encourages the practice of TaeKwonDo for both physical and mental well-being and welcome students of all abilities and ages to try our classes. Based in Hamble Southampton, we also run TaeKwonDo classes in Locks Heath near Fareham and Bishop’s Waltham near Winchester. Whether it’s your first time trying TaeKwonDo or you’re a returning practitioner, we cater to everyone.
What is TaeKwonDo?
TaeKwonDo translates to ‘the way of the foot and fist’ and was first developed in the 1950s, and brought to the UK as recently as 1967. Practiced by millions all over the world, modern TaeKwonDo is a fantastic way for children and adults to learn self-defence, self-discipline and keep fit in a fun and engaging way.
When training at an established TaeKwonDo school such as Phoenix SMA, students see many benefits of this active and disciplined sport. One of the main reasons TaeKwonDo has become such a popular form of martial arts, is because it creates numerous positive effects when practiced including:
- Encouraging Discipline
- Boosting Confidence
- Body Conditioning
- Improving Stamina and Fitness
- Learning Self-Defence
- Improving Flexibility
The phase “freestyle” was chosen to display that all backgrounds and training styles of TaeKwonDo is welcome at Phoenix SMA. This open minded approach encourages knowledge to be shared and not ignored just because it comes from a different source.
Freestyle TaeKwonDo for All Ages
TaeKwonDo can also be picked up by anyone regardless of gender, age and fitness ability, demonstrated by our classes of mixed abilities and ages. Our instructors teach children from the age of 3 and argue that TaeKwonDo is one of the best methods for boosting confidence and instilling the importance of discipline and respect in children. Adults practicing TaeKwonDo find it a fantastic way to relieve stress, stay in shape and learn self-defence in a positive environment.
Phoenix SMA offer individual and family memberships to our TaeKwonDo programme. Our curriculum gives students a progressive and structured training programme that focuses on four main training areas:
- Forms (patterns of fundamental movement)
- Sparring (live application of techniques)
- Basic Self Defence (includes joint manipulation)
- Board Breaking
Phoenix SMA holds formal gradings up to six times a year. Our Grading Rank System signifies different ranks, with 10 coloured belts and 9 degrees of black belt to strive for. Older children and adults progress through this regular TaeKwonDo ranking system. The average student can achieve 1st Degree Black Belt in around four to five years.
Phoenix SMA also has a Junior Ranking System. Known as Level Grades, the system breaks the syllabus into smaller sections. This allows younger children to progress in TaeKwonDo regularly and gives them short term goals to work towards.