Freestyle TaeKwonDo is the most popular martial art that Phoenix SMA offers within the eastern region of Southampton. Along with classes at our Headquarters in Hamble, classes also run in Locks Heath, Sarisbury Green and Bishop’s Waltham. Whether it’s your first time trying TaeKwonDo or you’re a returning practitioner, we cater to everyone.
What is Freestyle TaeKwonDo?
The martial art that is known as TaeKwonDo is a relatively new compared to others. It was created by Korean General Choi Hong Hi in 1955. The name “TaeKwonDo” translates to ‘the way of the foot and fist’ . It was first brought to the UK in the 1960’s and is now practiced by millions all over the world.
Over the decades, this martial art has evolved via those that have trained in it to some of the highest levels of Black Belt. Despite being heavily based on General Choi’s Chang Hon style of TaeKwonDo, Phoenix SMA also has other elements incorporated into its class. It also take onboard practices from other styles of TaeKwonDo, which is why it is referred to Freestyle TaeKwonDo. This open minded approach encourages knowledge to be shared and not ignored just because it comes from a different source/style.
Some of the main reasons Freestyle TaeKwonDo has become so popular , is because it creates numerous positive effects when training in it:
- Self Discipline
- Confidence Building
- Body Conditioning
- Improved Stamina and Fitness
- Improved Flexibility & Mobility
Anyone wishing to start learning Freestyle TaeKwonDo or has trained in other styles of TaeKwonDo or similar striking martial arts styles, are welcome to come along and join those that already reap the benefits of what it has to offer.
Freestyle TaeKwonDo for All Ages
Freestyle TaeKwonDo can be practiced by anyone regardless of gender, age, fitness or physical ability. 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 class subscriptions. 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)
Freestyle TaeKwonDo Ranking System
The Freestyle TaeKwonDo Ranking System includes 10 coloured belts (GUP Grades) and 10 degrees of black belt (DAN Grades) to strive for. Youths (ages 10 to 15) and Adults progress through these Grades. Many strive for the ultimate goal of achieving Black Belt. Although the frequently attending practitioner achieves Black Belt in around 4 years, this will vary from person to person based on how regular they attend classes to how much improve their skill set. Those who attend as much as 5 classes per week, may achieve Black Belt in around 3 years. Those attend once a week may take up to 7 to 10 years.
For members under the age of 10, there is a Junior Ranking System. Known as Level Grades, each Colour Belt/GUP Grade is broken down into 2 Levels. This allows younger children to set and achieve short goals at a regular pace without progressing too quickly and becoming overwhelmed. This also extends into our Pre-School ages (3 to 5) and breaks down the White Belt Material into 8 stages which we call the Lil’ Dragons Programme.
If you have a traceable Grade in a similar style of TKD or striking art i.e. Karate, Kickboxing etc, your achievements can be accredited towards your rank progression within the Freestyle TKD Ranks. For more details, please speak to Mr Marshall.