SWAT-TKD

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SWAT-TKD

Taekwon-do is a martial art originating in Korea, ideal for teaching children and adults about self-defence and discipline. We provide fun family Taekwon-do classes from ages 4 and above. Build your confidence in a Taekwon-do family, meet new people, make friends, and prevent bullying. Taekwon-do will help develop life skills, character, team building, while improving your fitness and learning how to protect yourself.

Established in 1992 by Mr Dean Matthews, SWAT-TKD teaches traditional ITF Taekwon-do in and around Cardiff. Our schools have developed many black belts, national champions and international champions, winning numerous medals and awards. Our highly experienced instructors are fully qualified international instructors and examiners. We are registered with the British Taekwondo Council (BTC) to promote the safe delivery of Taekwon-do, including safeguarding, insurance and enhanced disclosure / barring service checks (DBS).

Our family classes cater for everyone including children, teens, adult, veterans with many of our members who's mum's and dad's train alongside their kids which makes us a true family martial arts group.

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Taekwon-do History

Taekwon-do Tennets

Although the origins of the martial arts are shrouded in mystery, we consider it an undeniable fact that from time immemorial there have been physical condtions involving the use of the hands and feet for purpose of self-​protection. If we ere to define these physical actions as “Taekwon– Do”, any country might claim credit for inventing Taekwon-​Do. There is, however, scant esemblance between Taekwon-​Do, as it is practiced today, and the crude forms of unarmed combat developed in the past.

Modern Taekwon-​Do differs greatly from other martial arts. In fact, no other martial art is so advanced with regard to the sophistication and effectiveness of its technique or the over-​all physical fitness it imparts to its practitioners. Technically, 1955 signaled the beginning of Taekwon-​Do as a formally recognized art in Korea. During that year, a special board was formed which included leading master instructors, historians, and prominent leaders of society. A number of names for the new martial art were submitted. On the 11th of April, the board summoned by Gen. Choi Hong Hi, decided on the name of Taekwon-​Do which had been submitted by him. This single unified name of Taekwon-​Do replaced the different and confusing terms; Dang Soo, Gong Soo, Taek Kyon, Kwon Bup, etc.

In 1959, Taekwon-​Do spread beyond its national boundaries. The father of Taekwon-​Do and nineteen of his top black belt holders toured the Far East. The tour was a major success, astounding all spectators with the excellence of the Taekwon-​Do techniques. Many of these black belt holders such as Nam Tae Hi, President of the Asia Taekwon-​Do Federation; Colonel Ko Jae Chun, the 5th Chief of Taekwon-​Do instructors in Vietnam; Colonel Baek Joon Gi, the 2nd Chief instructor in Vietnam; Brigadier Gen. Woo Jong Lim; Mr. Han Cha Kyo, the Head Instructor in Singapore and Mr. Cha Soo Young, presently an international instructor in Washington D.C. eventually went on to spread the art to the world.

In this year, Choi was elevated to two illustrious posts; President of his newly formed Korea Taekwon-​Do Association and deputy commander of the 2nd Army in Tae Gu. In 1965 Ambassador Choi, retired two star general, was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Korea to lead a goodwill mission to West Germany, Italy, Turkey, United-​Arab Republic, Malaysia, and Singapore. This trip is significant in that the Ambassador, for the first time in Korean history, declared Taekwon-​Do as the national martial art of Korea.

This was the basis not only for establishing Taekwon-​Do Associations in these countries but also the formation of the International Taekwon-​Do Federation as it is known today. In 1966, the dream of the sickly young student of calligraphy, who rose to Ambassador and the Association President of the most respected martial art in the world came true. On the 22nd of March, the International Taekwon-​Do Federation was formed with associations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, the United States, Turkey, Italy, Arab Republic of Egypt and Korea.

- Taekwond-do History, UKTA 2016

Instructors

Master Dean Matthews

Master Dean Matthews

7th Dan International Instructor & Examiner

Master Dean Matthews started training in 1983, with over 25 years teaching experience and a very successful Taekwon-do career. He is the Welsh national squad coach, training athletes to compete in events all over the world.

His record in competitions consists of over 300 medals and trophies including: 30+ World and European championship medals; Welsh, English, Scottish and British overall winners; US open world champion; BTC overall champion; WTF UK champion; 2x freestyle grand prix winner.

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Mrs Clare Matthews

Mrs Clare Matthews

5th Dan International Instructor & Examiner

Mrs Clare Matthews began training in 1992, having many years of experience in teaching she is also a successful Welsh squad team member.

Mrs Matthews has competed in multinational championships and European championships, earning many medals in her Taekwon-do career. These include attaining Gold at the European Taekwon-do Championship, and Silver at the World Taekwon-do Championship, she was the overall champion at the European Taekwon-do Championship in 2017.

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Mr Richard Taylor

3rd Dan Assistant Instructor

Mr Richard Taylor is an Assistant Instructor with over 18 years of experience. He is an assistant coach to the Welsh squad team, training talented competitors and competing across the globe.

Mr Taylor is also a European multinational champion, having achieved a silver medal at the European championships.

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Mrs Emma Taylor

Mrs Emma Taylor

3rd Dan Assistant Instructor

Mrs Emma Taylor is an Assistant Instructor with over 19 years of experience.

Mrs Taylor is a multinational champion, achieving several medals in her many attended events.

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Classes

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Talybont Sport Centre, Bevan Place, Cardiff, CF14 3UX

Monday 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Adult & Uni Students only

Thursday 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Adult & Uni Students only

Cardiff High School

Cardiff High School

Llandennis road, Cyncoed, Cardiff, CF23 6WG

Wednesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Ages 4 to 14

Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Teens and Adults

Friday 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Mixed Class

Cardiff High School

Gwaelod Y Garth

Village Hall, Main Rd, Gwaelod-y-garth, Cardiff, CF15 9HJ

Sunday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Fun Family Class, Ages 4+