Training Warriors for the 21st Century

Training Warriors for the 21st Century
Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo cross training with Kidokwan Perth

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 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 guarding with your hands. Strike with total body commitment. Come dressed in exercise gear or dig out your old martial arts uniform or come in whatever clothes you work out in. If you learn another martial arts, bring along the belt for your highest rank.

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

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

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
Retail Price: $31.99 You Save: $10.00

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

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.

Taekwondo Beginner Resources on this Blog