About Taekwondo

Let's take a closer look at the meaning of the word Taekwondo. It is composed of three parts:
"Tae" means "foot," "leg," or "to step on";
"Kwon" means "fist," or "fight";
"Do" means the "way" or "discipline";
If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind "Tae Kwon Do".

First, Taekwondo is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon 'to put fists under control' [or 'to step on fists']. Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world."

History of Taekwondo

Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, having been called by several different names. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defence martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Silla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.

Taekwondo today is somewhat similar to the martial arts in other oriental countries and shares some features with them. In the course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea, like Japan and China.

But Taekwondo is also very different from many such oriental martial arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical movements are in harmony with that of the mind and life as a whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another perspective.
When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same.

Principles of Taekwondo

The Original Taekwondo principles are outlined in Taekwondo Jung Shin - the Mental Attitude in Taekwondo. “It is your Attitude and not your Aptitude that will make your Altitude!”

1) Ye Ui – Politeness

Politeness has as its basis the character of the person. It comes from the heart and is expressed by the behaviour of the person.

  1. The relationship between Instructor – Student, Parent – Child, Elder Person – Younger Person, must be polite. The elder one should be an example in his way of life.
  1. An attitude of modesty
  2. Esteem and respect for the personality of the other person
  3. No one should be underestimated or insulted.
    As the proverb goes:
    “Impoliteness is not to be seen
    Impoliteness is not to be spoken
    Impoliteness is not to be done.”

2) Yom Chi – Feeling of Honour

Feeling of honour is the sensitivity to your own honour. It means not boasting about capabilities you do not possess. The mental attitude of the noble fighter should be fulfilled by a fine sense of justice and by reserve.

3) In Nae – Patience

Patience means to control the inner ‘uncontrollable’ drives. “The patient one reaches his goal.” eg. For an Instructor to be an example to his students, he must always show the right attitude to life.

Patience + Ability = Development of the Personality

The development of a personality is only possible through patience, experience and his ability to use his strength.

4) Guk Ki – Self Control

Self Control + Will Power = Strength to Conquer Oneself

It means that the brain controls the emotions. It also means to find oneself and thus to find the right way of life into which one must channel all willpower, without fear or discouragement in order to reach one’s goal. These four principles form the basis of our training at Original Taekwondo Club.

The importance of self defence

The Original Taekwondo teaches advanced and effective self defence. Some of our self defence system is based on the Special Forces hand-to-hand combat which Master Mehdi Rahnama learnt in exchange for his Taekwondo training during his young days. Our Academy’s distinctive factor is that our self defence includes essentials such as grappling, take-downs, joint locks, immobilisation techniques, choke-holds and pressure point manipulation.

traditional Taekwondo in the 1950s and 1960s included all these elements in self defence, however, commercialisation of the martial art has seen useful self defence disappear altogether from most Taekwondo schools. At the Original Taekwondo Academy, these elements of self defence have been preserved. Master Mehdi Rahnama has always greatly emphasized the high value of self defence and taught this throughout his career. Some of our outstanding black belts have gone on to become army officers, policemen and security guards all having deeply benefited from their Taekwondo self defence training.

Advanced self defence is practised against common weapons like the knife and baton, and at the more advanced level, against the long staff and sword. A good understanding of pressure points is also taught which is utilized during our self defence training. The use of pressure points can drastically add effectiveness to self defence.


OrganisationWe work with many taekwondo bodies

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Lessons and trainingsWhat we can offer to our students.

Our classes are held in groups but because of time limit we are unable to do one to one training. With this class set up its best to work as a unit and train together.

Our style of Taekwondo training incorporates principles, self defense, sparring, patterns, fitness, breaking, theory and fighting in competitions. Join us today for the experience of a lifetime.

Contact Us If you have any question please get in touch!

Original taekwondo Club
Acton Vale Community Centre
Beech Avenue, Acton, Middlesex
London, W3 7JZ

Phone:078 8205 4476
E-mail: info@originaltkd.co.uk