About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. The sport aspect of Taekwondo (full-contact sparring) features in the Olympic Games. The meaning of the word 'Taekwondo' can be broken down into three parts. (1) 'Tae' - to strike or break with the foot, (2) 'kwon' - to strike or break with the hand and (3) 'do' - the art or the way. Therefore, Taekwondo can be loosely translated to 'the art of the hand and foot'. Around the world, over 50 million people practice Taekwondo.



Chungdokwan was the first school (kwan) to teach what became known as Taekwondo in Korea, having been originally founded in 1944 by Won Kuk Lee. The term Chungdokwan stands for 'the school of the blue wave' or 'blue wave school'. The President of Chungdokwan worldwide is Grandmaster Uhm Woon Kyu (also former-President of the Kukkiwon). According to Grandmaster Park Hae Man (Vice-President of Chungdokwan worldwide), the Chungdokwan style of Taekwondo is thought to be exactly the same as that promoted by the Kukkiwon - the World Taekwondo Headquarters and official governing organisation of Taekwondo in Seoul, Korea.

History of Chungdokwan Great Britain

Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) is a dynamic and growing association with over 30 years of experience in providing the highest quality Taekwondo training. TCGB was formed in 1982 as the sole representative for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has links with other International Chungdokwan groups in Europe, Asia, America and Australia. Of particular note, TCGB has been recognised by Grandmaster Uhm Woon Kyu and Grandmaster Park Hae Man (both of Chungdokwan worldwide) as the official organisation of the Chungdokwan in the UK.



Clubs affiliated to TCGB can be found right across the UK (see the clubs page to find a club near you). Over the years, numerous students have competed abroad in major competitions for TCGB in both poomsae and kyorugi - many of these students are now experienced Instructors within our organisation passing on their knowledge to the next generation of Taekwondo practitioners.

All our instructors have undertaken an Instructors Course and are aware of the key issues surrounding instructing, including child protection and risk assessment. In addition, all TCGB Instructors have full indemnity insurance and have passed a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

Aim of Chungdokwan Great Britain

The primary aim of TCGB is to develop a friendly association with a high technical standard in all aspects of Taekwondo. The association is open and democratic. TCGB is not dominated by one central senior instructor, but value the contribution of all our clubs and instructors. In return, members are expected to play their part in the association's future development.

Objectives of Chungdokwan Great Britain

  • To promote the practice, spirit and sport of Taekwondo;
  • To strengthen and develop the practice of Taekwondo in Great Britain;
  • Unite and develop the Chungdokwan;
  • Organise, control and regulate the practice of Taekwondo within the association's membership;
  • Affiliate to and cooperate with all relevant local, national and international statutory bodies;
  • To operate a membership register, arrange insurance and raise and administer funds as necessary.

If you are looking to train in the Kukkiwon style of Taekwondo, we can provide you with the training needed to develop to the best of your ability in basic techniques, sparring (full-contact WTF style), poomsae and self-defence. For more information about what TCGB can offer you, see the contact page or email the Secretary General for an information pack.