10th anniversary year - Year of the Ox
About the school
The Croydon school of Taekwon-Do is a member of the British United
Taekwon-Do Federation (BUTF), established in 1988 - The Year of the Dragon. The
school opened in 1999 just after the founder, Mr Joannou, obtained promotion to
3rd Degree Black Belt.
We aim to teach authentic, undiluted Taekwon-do as formulated by the founder,
General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree. We train on Tuesdays and Saturdays and
for keen students there are always extra classes available at one of our other
schools, the nearest classes to Croydon are held at Tooting on Mondays and
There are different elements to Taekwon-do, these include:
PATTERNS: At each grade you will learn a new pattern (Tul). This is a
series of defensive and offensive movements, set in a logical sequence against
imaginary opponents. Each pattern will be a little more complex than the last to
ensure your skills develop.
SPARRING: Controlled fighting against one or, sometimes more, opponents.
DESTRUCTION: Power tests in which hands and feet are used to break boards
Fitness and flexibility training allows Taekwon-do students stand out above
other martial arts, but don't worry you will be able to work at a rate that
suits your current level of fitness. Gradings are held every six weeks by
senior BUTF members to promote our students. This ensures progression
through the ranks to suit your individual ability.
Regular competitions are available to our members. We have at least two each
year. Members compete with the same grade and weight for adults and height for
We think that these different aspects of Taekwon-do make it the most enjoyable
and rewarding martial art available. So come along and see for yourself. See the
how to join section.
Contact us for more info