Black Belt & Beyond

Black Belt & Beyond

To earn a black belt takes perseverance, hard work and dedication. Nigel Carey is a member of my one to one Taekwondo programme and looks set to earn his 1st degree black belt next year. A certification that will be registered at the Kukkiwon Taekwondo Headquarters in South Korea and recognised across the world.

Nigel came to me with a black belt in Karate and was keen to explore the diverse syllabus that Taekwondo offers.

“Matt has been teaching me Taekwondo for a few years , I really enjoy the varied syllabus of Taekwondo which includes kicking, throwing, joint locks, falling techniques and the best part for me is the self defence training. Lessons are always interesting, enjoyable and I find I get more from one to one lessons compared to as a member of a group”.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and also an olympic sport. Loosely translated it means ‘the art of kicking and punching’, however the programme I offer includes much more combining martial arts techniques, self defence training, fitness and sport.

There are 5 components that make up the Taekwondo programme, these are as follows:

  • Fundamental Techniques
  • Poomsae (Patterns)
  • Self Defence
  • Sport Taekwondo (Competition Sparring)
  • Breaking


You can see all of this performed, to the highest standard, in this amazing demonstration performed by the TaePoong Taekwondo team.

The following video highlights the movements performed in poomsae (patterns) and the self defence applications.

Nigel has done an amazing job of learning what is a truly difficult martial art. It tests so many different aspects of fitness and challenges every part of you physically and mentally.

Well done Nigel, I’m looking forward to watching you achieve black belt next year. Keep up the great work!