Please note that after their first grading, all students should be in possession of a T.A.G.B. Student’s handbook – these are available to purchase from Mr Martin for £5. This syllabus section is here to provide you with an on the go reminder to help you with revision – but remember, nothing you can read or watch can replace the training you receive in the Dojang with your instructor!
For children up to the age of 10 and up to third kup red tag there is a separate sheet available to download to help in learning the theory. Over the age of 10 and from second kup red belt and above, children need to learn the full syllabus as applicable to adults. There are CD’s available in helping to learn the Korean – see Mr Martin if you would like to buy one.
We have our own YouTube channel where Mr Martin is now uploading syllabus Taekwondo videos – these are done as audio walk throughs to allow the student to listen to the instructions rather than follow a potentially difficult to see screen! If any of Mr Martin’s students have any particular requests for videos they’d like to see added please contact us and we’ll do what we can. During the coronavirus crisis Mr Martin’s students are encouraged to video their performances and send them to Mr Martin for feedback (WhatsApp or Facebook messenger seems to work well for this). Parents please could you include a few seconds of yourself in the video making it clear you’re involved in the process.
A quick mention of health & safety. If you or your child are about to start performing Taekwondo in your living room for the first time, please take a few minutes first to clear the area of anything which may be inadvertently stepped on, knocked (time to move that Ming vase!) or walked into. Unless you have a very large living room or are practicing in the garden, expect to have to do a bit of hopping back and forth to try to complete your pattern! Linework – if you can fit in forwards and backwards twice, great! Probably best to avoid flying sidekicks if you’re indoors – and if you’re going to try jumping PLEASE check ABOVE YOU FOR THE LIGHT FITTING FIRST (I speak from experience!).