Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which focuses strongly on high-speed kicking and hand techniques, self-defence and mental discipline. The literal translation of its name from Korean is “the way of the hand and the foot”. Taekwondo has been an event at the Olympic Games since 2000, and is one of the most popular martial arts in the world.

The purpose of Edinburgh University Taekwondo Club, founded in 2006, is to provide the opportunity to all Edinburgh University students to train and appreciate the various aspects that Taekwondo embodies, both as a martial art and as a world-renowned sport.

Two styles of taekwondo are offered at our classes – World Taekwondo (WT) and International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). The WT style is that seen in the Olympics, and puts more emphasis on the sport aspect of the martial art. It is characterised by fast kicking and full-contact sparring. The ITF style is a more traditional form of the martial art, and places emphasis on practical self-defence. ITF sparring is generally of a semi-contact nature. We recommend that you try both styles before deciding which is best suited to you.

Whether you go for WT or ITF, all our classes offer training towards the personal goals you want to achieve, be that taking part in competitions and progression through belts or simply to improve fitness, overall strength, flexibility, balance, focus and mental discipline. Aside from training, during the year we also host various social events that are always a lot of fun.

For any questions please contact us.