History of Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is an ancient form of unarmed combat practiced for many centuries in Korea. It became perfected in its present form by Major General Choi Hong Hi (1918 – 2002), and has been scientifically developed and modernised since its introduction to the world on 11th April 1955.

Translated from Korean, Tae means to jump, kick or smash with the foot, Kwon means to punch, strike or destroy with the hand and Do is art, method or way.

Tae Kwon Do was introduced to Great Britain in 1967 by Rhee Ki Ha.

History of the TAGB

The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon Do organisation.

It was formed in 1983 and has since become the founding member of the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council.

committeeTAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years’ experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups.

Training in Tae Kwon Do can start at any age.

TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth dan black belt on his 70th birthday!

Because of its high-kicking, fast-paced style Tae Kwon Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit.

The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence.

As the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has over 25,000 accredited members, 600 schools, and organises seminars with World Masters, demonstrations, and national, regional and international championships every month of the year.

The TAGB is not just concerned with its own development, this is why it has played a leading role in the reunification of British Tae Kwon Do into one body. In 1988, the TAGB helped found the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC), this being the only governing body of Tae Kwon Do to be recognised by the Sports Council.

The TAGB also helped found Tae Kwon Do International (TKDI), the object of which is to bring together Tae Kwon Do practioners throughout the World.

Tae Kwon Do International is non-political and it doesn’t attempt to dictate to member countries how they must run their affairs.

Since its foundation in 1993, Tae Kwon Do International has grown to become one of the biggest World Tae Kwon Do bodies.

Its World Championships are amongst the largest and best organised and it draws its participation from every contingent.

Tae Kwon Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and TAGB instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.

With schools throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic Sport.

Sutton Coldfield Club

Sutton Coldfield Tae Kwon Do was established in 1984 by Mr Ron Sergiew 9th Dan, founder member of the TAGB, former World and European fighting champion as well as the demonstration flying side kick gold medal winner.  The instructor now is Grand Master Sergiews student World Master Miles Lutwyche, 7th Dan and World Champion.

The club is currently located at Fairfax Academy, Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B75 7JT on a Friday 6-7pm Tigers & 7-8pm all students and Tuesday 7-8pm all students.

We have classes for both children and adults.

The TAGB Tigers classes are specifically tailored for children aged 4-12 on Fridays 6-7pm. 

As a club we focus on fitness, fun, self defence, self discipline and confidence building.

Whether you train on your own or with a friend or just bring your children our classes are always structured to all abilities and fitness.

Tae Kwon Do training is about learning to discipline your mind as well as your body and instructors always include elements in their teaching which help their students to develop mentally as well as physically.

The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) which these clubs belong to is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon-Do organisation. 

Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

To be polite to your instructors, seniors and fellow students

To be honest with yourself. You must be able to define right from wrong

To achieve a goal, whether it is a higher grade or any technique, you must not stop trying; you must persevere

To lose your temper when performing techniques against an opponent can be very dangerous and shows lack of control. To be able to live, work and train within your capability shows good self control

Indomitable Spirit
To show courage; when you and your principles are pitted against overwhelming odds