ITF - Taekwon-Do

At Master John Reilly's School of Taekwon-Do we teach traditional ITF Taekwon-Do as taught by General Choi Hong Hi 9th degree (1918 - 2002), founder of Taekwon-Do.

We are affiliated to the original and longest running Taekwon-Do organisation in Great Britain, the UKTA (United Kingdom Tae Kwon-Do Association).

The Art of Tae Kwon-Do was introduced to the UK in 1967 by Senior Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha 9th Degree who founded the UKTA and is still the Chief Examiner.

Taekwon-Do translated literally means

"Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or to smash with the foot

"Kwon" denotes fist, chiefly to punch or destroy with hand or foot

"Do" means the art or way


We have classes available for children (6-12), teens (13-17) and adults (18+).

Progressing through the syllabus is by a hierarchal coloured belt system. There are six belt colours, ranking from the lowest , white then through yellow, green, blue, red to the coveted black belt.

The Black Belt curriculum is based on training a minimum of 2 nights a week and covers all aspects of TKD, fundamental movements, patterns, sparring, power and Taekwon-do philosophy, and should expect to be achieved in 3-4 years.

Each student receives their own specific training plan which maps out what is required to progress to the next stage of the programme.Our goal is to ensure that all students reach their goal of Black Belt.

Taekwon-Do Grading Promotions

Gradings or Promotion Exams in Taekwon-Do are conducted so that the students can distinguish senior from junior grade, black belt from Instructor. Gradings are reward for hard work, both mentally and physically, that the student has demonstrated over the weeks and months. Taekwon-Do is a martial art for all ages and sexes and therefore it would be unfair to adopt one grading standard for all therefore our grading system is designed to reflect the abilities and limitations of each individual.