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 brought to the UK in the 1960’s . 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 are 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 five main training areas:
- Techniques (blocking, kicking, striking)
- Forms (patterns of fundamental movement)
- Sparring (live application of techniques)
- Basic Self Defence (includes joint manipulation & takedowns)
- Breaking (using kicking & striking to break re-breakable boards)
TaeKwonDo Belt Ranking System
Phoenix SMA holds formal gradings up to six times a year. Our Belt Ranking System includes 10 coloured belts and 10 degrees of black belt to strive for. Older children (10 and over) and adults progress through these Grades. The average student can achieve 1st Degree Black Belt in around four years (see attachment below).
Phoenix SMA also has a Junior Ranking System. Known as Level Grades, each Colour Belt is broken down into 2 Levels. This allows younger children to set and achieve short goals at a regular pace without progressing too quickly (see attachment below).