TKD Program Syllabus
Ultimately, the purpose of self-defence combined with Moral Culture (‘the Do’) is to cultivate a fruitful life in a more peaceful world. Hence, as well as basic coordination skills and Taekwon-Do skills, the programme also teaches the basics of moral culture, cognitive skills, fitness and health and also important life-skills.
There is also a supplementary section on danger awareness which teaches them to be aware about hazards and how to stay safe. It also teaches awareness of dangerous and hurtful behaviour including reckless behaviour, deviousness, child abduction, making trouble, bullying and aggressive behaviour. The syllabus not only teaches them to be aware of others behaving dangerously but also encourages them to avoid behaving in a manner that is dangerous to others.
Learn the definition of ‘Independence’.
Encouarge the children to do things independently: Get dressed, tie their Taekwon-Do belt, prepare for school or Taekwon-Do, get washed, tidy up.
Realise why it is important to be organised.
Basic Organisation Skills: Grouping, Sorting, and Categorising.
Organising Space: Tidying Up, Lining Up in Class.
Organising Time: Telling the time, Preparing in advance, Basic time management.
Learn the definition of a ‘Team’ and ‘Teamwork’.
How to do good teamwork.
Learn the definition of ‘Leadership’.
How to be a good leader.
Who to follow instructions from.
Benefits of following instructions from leaders.
Learn the definition of ‘Responsibility’.
What to do if you are responsible for a task.
Be aware that memory can be improved by practicing memory games.
Remember important information.
Be aware that concentration can be improved by playing concentration games and doing puzzles.
Learn basic knowledge about Taekwon-Do.
Learn to count to 10 in Korean.
Learn basic Taekwon-Do terminology in Korean.
The Taekwon-Do Promise
Learn the TKD Promise and how to keep the promise.
Learn how to be kind and caring.
Have a basic understanding of Empathy, Fairness, Trust, and Respect.
The 5 Tenets of Taekwon-Do
Learn the 5 tenets of Taekwon-Do and how to observe them.
Fitness and Health
Learn about Stamina, Stretching, and Strength.
Be aware that fitness can be improved by doing exercises.
Learn the definition of ‘Hygiene’.
Learn why hygiene is important.
Learn about the ‘Food Groups’.
Learn the ‘Healthy Eating Habits’.
Learn what a balanced meal is.
Practise basic static and non-static balancing exercises.
Practise basic arm movements, trunk movements and leg movements.
Practice to improve their aim with a punch or kick.
Types of focus: No contact, touch contact and hitting a target.
Learn the Taekwon-Do reference lines (Imaginary lines) to help aim their techniques to an imaginary target.
Learn to adopt Taekwon-Do Stances: Attention Stance, Parallel Stance, Sitting Stance, Walking Stance and L-Stance.
Learn to form Taekwon-Do Tools: Fist and Knife-Hand.
Practise Taekwon-Do Hand Attacks: Punch, Knife-Hand Strike and Back Fist Strike.
Practise Taekwon-Do Blocks: Wedging Block, Low Block, Middle Block, High Block and Rising Block.
Practice Taekwon-Do Kicks: Front Snap Kick.
Practice Taekwon-Do Kicking motions: Downward Kick, Turning Kick, Side Kick and Back Kick.
Practise dodging methods.
Learn 4 basic turning methods
Fundamental Exercises and Patterns
Practise basic Taekwon-Do Exercises.
Learn 4 Direction Punch
Learn 4 Direction Block
Learn pattern Chon-Ji
Learn the definition of ‘Danger’
Be aware of different kinds of hazards.
Staying Safe: Be aware that there are different degrees of danger. Learn to reduce the risk of something dangerous happening.
Emergencies: Learn the definition of an ‘Emergency’. Learn what do to in an emergency. Understand which emergency service is required.
Fire Safety: Learn basic fire safety rules. Know what to do if they are on fire. Know what to do if there is too much smoke.
Dangerous and Hurtful Behaviour
Reckless behaviour: Learn the definition of ‘Reckless Behaviour’. Learn to say “No” to reckless behaviour.
Kidnapping: Learn the definition of ‘Kidnapping’ and ‘Stranger’. Learn how to deal with strangers. Be aware of luring tactics. Learn to choose wisely if they need help from a stranger. Know what to do if they are lost.
Being Devious: Learn the definition of ‘Devious Behaviour’. Be aware of the dangers of keeping secrets.
Making Trouble: Be aware or what kinds of behaviour can make trouble. Learn to say “No” to trouble making behaviour.
Bullying: learn the definition of ‘Bullying’. Learn how to deal with bullying.
Being Aggressive: Learn the definition of ‘Aggressive Behaviour’. Learn how to deal with aggressive behaviour. Learn to be assertive rather than aggressive.
Gangs: Learn the definition of a ’Gang’. Learn how to deal with gangs that are aggressive or bully others.