Classes

Maynooth Taekwon-Do School has two scheduled classes per week. We train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00 (white belts to green belts for the first hour, and blue tags and above for the second hour); on Thursdays all grades train together 7pm-8pm. All students are requested to arrive ten minutes before the beginning of class. Both classes are in Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich (Maynooth Road).

Day Time Grades Location

Tuesday class

Technical
Patterns
2- and 3-step
etc.

19:00 to 20:00 White belt to Blue Tag Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich,
Celbridge Road,
Maynooth
20:00 to 21:00 Blue belt and above

Thursday class

Thursday class
techniques
padwork
sparring
kicks
stretching

19:00 to 20:00 (all grades) Age 13 and younger
20:00 to 21:00 (all grades) Age 14 and older
Maynooth Taekwon-Do School Timetable
(FROM: Tues 5th May 2015)

Activities during classes

Typical classes include the kinds of activities listed below. Although of course not every activity takes place in every class:

Formal start
The class begins with all students lining up and bowing to the instructor
Warm up
Typical warm up exercises include:
  • jogging around the dojang (exercise hall)
  • jumping jacks
  • leg swings
Stetching
Arms and especially leg muscles will be streched after the warm-ups,
to increase flexibility and to avoid injury when performing Taekwon-Do
Learning & practising techniques & theory
Typical techniques include:
  • kicking and punching techniques, either non-contact or to pads held by another student
  • self-defence techniques, in theory, and practising with other students
  • patterns - learning the progressively more sophisticated sequences of set movements, both to improve techniques and to exercise the body
  • breaking - higher grades learn to break wooden boards to demonstrate correct application of kicking and striking techniques
  • light contact sparring, with other students, all wearing regulation safety equipment, under the supervision of instructors
    if near a competition date, a mock sparring competition may take place (for those choosing to enter the competition), to ensure are familiar with the sparring competition rules and procedures
  • Korean language practice - while beginners are trained and examined in English, higher grades are expected to learn the names of techniques in Korean, and so occassionally part of a class will include pracive and learning of Korean language for Taekwon-Do techniques and parts of the body
Mock gradings
Some classes, near to the time of a grading examination, will include practice gradings, to ensure students are familiar with the examination procedures, and to help them become aware of the extend to which they are able to perform the theory and techniques required to progress to the next Taekwon-Do grade
Fun and games
sometimes instructors will get students to play enjoyable games, with the aim of improving balance, speed, awareness of others around us
Examples of such games:
  • 2-minute relay race in small teams of 3 or 4
  • knock out games, where the aim is to survive as long as possible, for example you might have to pat someone on the head, or touch their shoulder with your foot, or grab their belt, in order to knock-out another student
  • crab soccer - where all students play soccer in the hall with a tennis ball, while moving around on their hands and legs
Warm down
Typical warm down exercises include:
  • stretching
  • pressups & plank
  • situps
Formal end
The class ends with all students lining up and bowing to the instructor
 

Classes