Fighting Spirit

If you don’t know what Tae Kwon Do is, then you’re absolutely not alone.

Even in today’s world, with martial arts more widespread than ever (think UFC), it may not be as popular as the likes of kickboxing or karate. But let me tell you it is undoubtedly just as good, and possibly even more fun!

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art, with the name literally translating to: “The Way of the Foot and Fist.”

With practitioners that include Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, Conor McGregor and even Zlatan Ibrahimović, it’s safe to say that Tae Kwon Do is a fun, effective way to get fit – not to mention you’ll learn to defend yourself at the same time. It’s a win-win!

That’s where the UEA Tae Kwon Do club comes in.

The club is taught by local black belts with decades of experience between them, and makes certain to cater to every level of student, from total beginners all the way through to black belts.

In every session, nobody gets left out, and everyone has fun – regardless of what the class is covering.

If you’re feeling competitive, there are plenty of opportunities available, both in sparring and in Poomsae (or patterns), traditional sets of motions that embody the control and discipline of Tae Kwon Do, and usually involve less hitting, or, more importantly, less being hit.

A huge draw of any martial art is stress relief, and when you’re doing a degree, this will definitely come in handy.

Why not let out your pent-up stress on some kicking pads, and get fitter at the same time? There are also a lot of social events to get involved in, so if a pub crawl sounds like your kind of night, UEA Tae Kwon Do is for you too!

You’ll start each session with a warm up and a stretch – once again inclusive of all fitness levels and abilities – and then move on to the good stuff: learning kicks, strikes, punches and effective self-defence techniques for all kinds of situations.

The club also hosts nights based around real-life self-defence, taking place in rooms realistically set up with chairs, tables, bars, et cetera… all whilst in regular clothing, providing you with the skills to defend yourself effectively in a real scenario, and giving you the confidence to feel safe when you’re out and about, in the knowledge that you could handle yourself and keep yourself safe.

After you’ve progressed a little, you’ll even have the opportunity to learn more skills, such as knife defence!

 The club trains twice per week in the UEA Sportspark, on Tuesdays (Kiff Matheson suite) and Fridays (Dance Studio), for about two hours per session (19:45 – 10:00 both days).

Each session is only £1, which (from personal experience) is an incredibly low price for two hours of training, which would easily set you back at least £5-£10 elsewhere.

You can train in a Dobok (uniform) if you have one, but if you’re new to the sport, feel free to come along in any loose or stretchy clothes suitable for exercise – just don’t forget to bring some water and a fighting spirit!


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Mark Thompson

January 2021
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