Taekwon-do is a dynamic and spectacular martial art known for its incredible techniques and explosive speed, and if you're looking for a way to develop your speed, fitness, and flexibility this is the martial art for you!
Taekwon-do is a Korean martial art that came to the form now known across the world in the mid twentieth century when pioneering Masters travelled the world to spread the art. Taking some of it's background from ancient Korean Martial Arts such as Soo Bak Gi and Tae Kyon, as well as Karate, Taekwon-do differentiates itself by it's range of kicking techniques. After being recognised as a martial art in 1955, Taekwon-do arrived in the UK in 1967 when Grandmaster Rhee, Ki Ha set up his school in Coventry.
The power of the style of Taekwon-do makes it ideal for Self Defence, but it's more than that - within PUMA we have a broad syllabus that combines the traditional techniques and forms with the "sport" element. Indeed, a form of Taekwon-do has been an Olympic sport since the Seoul games in 1988.
Like most more traditional martial arts, Taekwon-do is built upon the principles of respect, courtesy, integrity and discipline. This makes our classes especially popular for children, where we can reinforce the lessons learnt at home and school in a structured and focussed way. Our Taekwon-do classes are available for everyone aged over 7 (children aged 4-6 can join our Little PUMA's programme).
Whether you are looking for a new hobby, increased fitness, a new challenge, or want to become an elite competitor, PUMA Taekwon-do has it covered.
P.U.M.A. kickboxing is a fantastic, modern martial art that combines the power and speed of boxing with the dynamic kicking techniques of Taekwon- do. It is a great martial art for improving fitness quickly and in a fun way.
Kickboxing is a generic term for a sport martial art that started in America during the 1970’s by martial arts practitioners who wanted to develop their martial arts training into a full contact sport. Kickboxing was developed from a mixture of traditional martial arts and western boxing, making a powerful and physical system.
There are a number of different types of martial arts/sports that most people class as kickboxing: Muay Thai, MMA and K1 are examples of full contact Kickboxing. The PUMA syllabus follows a Semi contact style which is great for fitness but has the objective of scoring more points than the opponent by punching and kicking to the body and head in a controlled manner (rather than trying to hit them hard).
The Little P.U.M.A.s programme is a modern method of teaching younger martial arts students, specifically those aged 4-6. It has been designed to stimulate and engage younger children, helping them to learn whilst having FUN!
In todays lifestyle children generally spend a lot of time being sedentary – watching television and playing computer games is fine in small amounts, but research has shown that when children exercise it has a significant benefit to their health later in life. Our classes encourage the children to be active, through races, games and activities. They particularly like to race the instructors – and they usually win!
The Little PUMA’s programme uses the principles of Respect, Discipline, Courtesy and Confidence to teach important life skills through a theme based syllabus. The themes include:
Through these themes we can supplement the teachings of parents and schools to help make the children more focused and aware of their environment. The students and the parents will be able to see the benefits very quickly, and the improvements will continue to come as the child builds on their experiences.