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What is taekwondo?
Taekwondo (‘the art of hand and foot’) is a traditional Korean martial art which focuses on kicking, striking, and blocking techniques.
You’ll be in great company with over 60 million practitioners worldwide, including famous faces such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the legend that is Chuck Norris. Taekwondo is also an Olympic sport and 2016 saw an amazing medal haul for Team GB!
We practice ITF-style taekwondo and we train in traditional techniques, sparring (semi-contact), patterns (set routines), self-defence, and board breaking. With a varied curriculum and expert teaching tailored to the individual students’ pace and needs, there’s something for everybody.
How do I join?
Can I try a class first?
Do I have to be a student?
Do I have to grade/compete?
What do I need?
Benefits of Practicing Taekwondo
Health & Fitness
Taekwondo works the whole body, improving your strength, flexibility, and cardio fitness.
Breaking out of your comfort zone and making progress boosts self-confidence.
Release stress, improve focus, and mentally push yourself to expand your limits.
TKD is hugely fun, a great way to make friends, and will make you look awesome!
We train three times a week during University term-time. There are no classes during University holidays, but we usually continue running the Saturday sessions for those wanting to keep up with training.
- Wednesday, 18:30 – 20:30, The Edge Sports Hall 2
- Friday, 17:30 – 19:30, The Edge Sports Hall 2
- Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30, Location TBC
- Sunday, 17:00 – 19:00 (16:00 – 18:00 from September) , LUU Mango Studio
Our semester 1 Give it a Go session date and time will be announce soon. Keep tuned!
Weekday classes are led by our three instructors and follow a set syllabus with training in traditional techniques, sparring, line work, one-step, patterns, self-defence, and destruction.
Saturday sessions are much more flexible and you’re welcome to work on whatever you choose. Instructors or senior members may offer to teach and refine specific elements on a given Saturday; they’ll let you know their plans through our Facebook Group. If you’d rather spend the entire two hours working on your sparring or flexibility, that’s fine too! Our room in Cromer Terrace has a mirrored wall so the space is also great for improving your patterns and techniques.
Sunday sessions are focused on sparring, and led by Kat. It’s the perfect time to get ready for your next competition or just have good fun while improving your drills and counter attack techniques. Please don’t forget to bring your own sparring gear.
Prices and Membership
Our weekday sessions cost £2.50 and are paid for via purchase of a session card. These come in blocks of 4, 10, or 22. You can buy a session card at any of our classes, or from the Union Helpdesk. You can also pay ‘on the door’ for a single session, at a cost of £3.
Saturday sessions are just £1, and are paid for on the day.
Membership for the year is £15. This includes insurance for a year, and a shiny license booklet to record your progress.
Give us a try: Your first THREE sessions are FREE!
Save 25% on your training by purchasing the full, annual package. For just £110 you can get membership, insurance, a license booklet, and access to all classes for the 2018/19 year!
If you aren’t a Leeds University student, you will also need to pay to access the gym. This is for the use of the sports hall and goes directly to The Edge. The most cost-efficient way to do this is to buy a year’s Sports Pass. See The Edge’s website for more details. (Note: The Sports Pass is no longer necessary for Leeds Uni students. You can enter the Sports Halls for free if you belong to our club, woo!)