Overview of Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. Taekwondo focuses on two main aspects: Sparring and Execution of Patterns. Taekwondo hopes to instill in the students discipline and respect.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
- Taekwondo is different from Karate as the former emphasises kicking techniques and the latter focuses on hand-strikes.
- Taekwondo is an Olympic sport.
- Many people think that we have a lot of males in our CCA but that is not true. In fact, there is a large number of females compared to males every year.
How often do you have your trainings?
Trainings happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
Trainings usually takes place in the concourse. Firstly, we carry out warm ups where we do our stretches. After that, we do target kicking and sparring practice which is the more intensive portion of our training. After this, we will continue learning our ‘Patterns’ which are the different routines that we need to perform during the A Divisions competition and the routines will differ for different belts. This happens all the way until the end of the training and the sparring and pattern practice happens under supervision of our coach. Occasionally instead of sparring, we do PT to strengthen our legs which we heavily rely on for Taekwondo.
Any additional information to take note of?
We strongly encourage anyone who has not tried Taekwondo to take it up as it will be a very good experience and it helps in gaining strength! If you are afraid to try it out, do know that most of the current batch did not have any experience in Taekwondo until they joined our CCA and all the members are doing very well together. Also, you will be taking gradings for every belt. After your 2 year journey with VJTKD, you can continue Taekwondo outside with the belt you stopped at.
More about Taekwondo
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
I was impressed with the cool performances presented during the CCA showcase, where the members executed a defined pattern of defense-and-attack motions in synchronisation. I was interested in doing something new and to learn something new, so I chose to join Taekwondo. The Taekwondo members were warm and welcoming, which made me fall in love with the CCA instantly.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
The National School Games Taekwondo Championships. It was an eye-opening experience for most of us who are new to the sport.
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
The brown belt girls, green-tip and green belt girls and boys did us proud by attaining top 4 in the National School Games Taekwondo Championship.
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Everyone is very helpful and friendly and no one will feel left out in the cca. During trainings, we help one another in areas that some of us are unsure of and we look out for one another as it can be easy to sustain an injury if we are not careful. Outside trainings, we remain close friends who make jokes with each other, have fun with each other and support each other. In fact, we bond over team dinners after trainings!
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
Do not hesitate to try out for our CCA even if you might be unsure if this is the right choice or if you have no experience. Joining Taekwondo would be like joining a second family in VJ which will open new experiences for you in terms of making friends as well as developing a passion for this sport. Our CCA is one big, welcoming family where no one gets left behind and everyone looks out for one another.
Taekwondo will also help you develop your interpersonal skills as well as gain experience in the sport. It does not matter if you do not have the best fitness level or have no knowledge about the CCA! Most of us here did not have any experience beforehand and it is not as hard as you think to start from scratch. It is also an achievement in a form of advancing through the different levels/belts. We have seen many seniors taking their time to come back just to train with us, showing us the passion that they have for the sport.
Teo Xuan Wei, 17S35
Sarah Akter Xinyi Chowdhury, 17S49
Felicia Tay, 17S62