A Dynamic Program that Differs from Karate & Muay Thai

Whilst the team at First Taekwondo Adelaide pay homage and respect the other ancient codes of martial arts, we would like to take the time to emphasise the difference between taekwondo classes and that of other martial arts, including karate and Muay Thai. We do this in order to help you, as a potential student, ensure taekwondo is the path you would like to take in your training.

We don’t aim to belittle other codes as we believe that they too are important methods of training. They too bring improved levels of fitness, confidence, and at least to some extent, the ability to defend one’s self: something we hold very dear to us here at First Taekwondo. To differentiate, we would like to explain the ancient art of Taekwondo, the code and methods in place so that you can have a greater understanding of this valuable martial art.


The name taekwondo literally translates to the “way of the foot and fist”. Although the practice has been used in Korea for thousands of years, the name taekwondo only came into use in 1955. Taekwondo is not just a martial art, but a way of life, with a moral code to live by that is central to the practice. The code includes these instructions:

  • Be honourable to your friends
  • Make a just kill
  • Never retreat in battle
  • Loyalty to your king
  • Obey your parents

With this code of ethics being central to the art, warriors known as the HwaRang who practised taekwondo became known for their bravery and ferocity in battle. The style was further developed throughout different Korean dynasties to include further elements of combat that today make up this highly effective form of combat.

Elements of taekwondo

Taekwondo, as opposed to other martial art forms, places a great emphasis on the devastation the kick can have on opponents. This was realised by the warriors of ancient times who developed the style into what is modern taekwondo. The power of the well-trained kick in the art can have the ability to drop an opponent in an instant, making it a highly effective means of self-defence.

At First TaekwonDo, we have recognised the fact that most self defence situations will not allow for kicking so we have place a strong emphasis on 50/50 training – where we focus on hand techniques just as much as footwork – including but not limited to grappling, restraining, counter strikes, and releases.

Students will learn the importance of power, reaction force, concentration as well as a host of other imperative techniques for the art taekwondo. We welcome newcomers, and provide courses for kids so that they can make an early start on learning this valuable skill.