Taekwondo Beginner Information

Taekwondo Beginner Information

If you are in Perth and are interested in learning something different, please inquire with us to try out a few of our Taekwondo beginner classes for free.

Our system is a hard-style linear based martial art. While popularly known as a kicking style, Traditional Taekwondo uses an equal proportion of hand and foot striking techniques. Learn to generate phenomenal power. Protect yourself by learning defensive tactics. Learn a system that uses the entire body.

Martial Arts is not magic. All of our techniques, drills, and exercises are designed to make you the best that you can be. There's no mumbo jumbo. No unexplained chi or mystical energy generation. We rely on pure physics, and everything is explainable. We train the individual to be the best that that individual can be.

Come dressed in exercise gear or dig out your old martial arts uniform or come in whatever clothes you work out in. Yes, if you learn another martial arts, we invite you to bring along the belt representing your highest rank. We will honour your previous effort and investment as best as we can.

Remember to hydrate yourself before class and don't eat an overly large meal.

Welcome Message from Chief Instructor Colin Wee

You must be excited coming to a martial arts school!

If you are a beginner, you’d be wondering what you are going to learn and how different this entire experience is. You may be wondering about the mystique of martial arts. Your curiosity is also probably fuelled by martial arts movies.

The challenge of martial arts instruction is about ‘need’ and ‘want’. Consumers tend to want a lot and need to have it now. Yet this is divergent from ‘the path’ leading to true martial arts learning. Fortunately for you, you’ve arrived at a school that is clear on what a beginner needs; Knowledge, Skill, Ability and Attitude. Good training is not about overloading you with technique, quick belt promotions, nor gimmicky tricks.

Our advice? Have faith, keep an open mind, train intelligently, and above all, be positive!

If you are already studying martial arts or have previously studied a martial art, you might be wondering why you are here at all?! Or you might be wondering if we know what we are doing. Or is this school going to deliver you what you wanted from your old school.

Our challenge is to learn and grow from each other. The school has a good mix of content, documentation, and an open mindset to this and other styles. We welcome your input, and certainly are interested in helping you reach your potential (if your goal is in line with what we can offer). Most martial artists are wary of ego maniacs in the industry and 'McDojos'. We’d like to assure you we’re here to explore traditional arts together, and we are a very open and welcoming practice.

Welcome to JDK.


Colin Wee

Essential Equipment for Taekwondo Beginners
A recent beginner walked into my school wearing a V-neck WTF type Taekwondo dobok - something a little different from the foldover white uniform we typically use for beginners, prompting me to start this page so beginners could look through what they needed to get without fear of purchasing the wrong equipment!

If you're new to martial arts, you can get your supplies from Sunil at Ray Hanas located Newcastle Street in West Perth, or you can go to Giri Martial Arts Supplies https://www.giri.com.au/

10 oz Super Middleweight Brushed Cotton Uniform - $84.99

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It's the white one you want in the above picture. Don't show up in the class with a red, blue or black uniform. And don't show up with a V-neck WTF uniform. Otherwise, if you are beginning Taekwondo with us, and you're at a martial art store, you should ask for a 'Traditional White Fold Over Karate' uniform. Yes, you heard me - a Karate uniform. Try not to get a really cheap, super thin uniform. They'll wear out and tear, and you'll have to purchase a medium weight one 6-9 months hence.

Brain Pad Pro Plus Mouthguard - $24.99
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Beginners need not really get a mouthguard until you get to yellow belt and when you start sparring. But given that you're shelling out money, this isn't a huge spend anyway. Might as well get it just in case.

Athletic Cup - $6.99

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This is one of the first things many of our beginners are simply compelled to purchase in our club.

Supporter - $6.99
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The supporter holds the athletic cup in place. Without the supporter (or without a supporter that fits), any strike to that area becomes much worse.

Female Groin Guard - $21.99
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I can't talk from experience, but the logic works out something like this: since any strike to any part of the body will sting somewhat, irrespective of where you might locate those buttons on your body, it might help if there were something covering those areas.

Martial Art Hand Pad - $18.99
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I prefer to use these flimsy looking Karate cotton pads for sparring because they force me to control my strikes more, and they allow me to get more feedback from my opponent. Beginners will need to use this type of sparring equipment sometime around yellow or orange belt.

Adidas Shin and Removable Instep Pads - $44.99
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You can of course do away with the shin pads, but the feet pads really help reduce injuries when you start to spar at around yellow or orange belt.

The Complete Book of Tae Kwon Do Forms - $25.00
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This is the one book that I have kept by my bedside for absolute years, and is the one reference material I use to guide my training. Beginners should use it to help them learn forms and techniques, and as a complement to their training journal.

Resources for your First Lessons

Reading for Beginners

This is a must read for all beginners to Joong Do Kwan. Learning a different set of rules of conduct helps begin your journey in the arts, and allows you to play in an environment that requires physical contact. 

Questions for Beginners

  1. What year was Taekwondo founded?
  2. What does Taekwondo mean?
  3. What does Joong Do Kwan mean?
  4. What are the Tenets of Taekwondo?
  5. What was the name of the Founder of Taekwondo?

Affiliations and Fees to Joong Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do Perth

Please inquire with Joshua Lay or Niaal Holder regarding monthly or quarterly fees. We also will require all members to pay an annual affiliation fee to American Karate and Taekwondo Organization. Scroll down the front A-KaTo page and click on the application form at the bottom. Please do the foreign exchange calculation from US to Aussie dollars and coordinate your payment through our school.

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