Foundation

About the programme

Fun as well as teaching discipline

Our foundation classes are suitable for ages 7 and above. However, those students that achieve their Final Dragon belt are automatically transferred to the Foundation Taekwondo classes. At the foundation level, students exercise in a healthy environment. These classes are fun as well as teaching discipline and instilling the rules to show students how to follow instructions. Classes focus on the fundamentals of Taekwondo and the techniques are broken down and explained in detail. Students also learn more about the sport in these hour-long sessions. They will learn basic moves, but no contact is made. These classes are very important as they help build the students’ confidence and make them feel less shy during classes. The lessons mainly consist of pad work and basic kicks.

More about foundation class

A typical lesson would consist of a fun warm-up with stamina and strength-building exercises and would also include a game. After this, would be a basic stretch to prepare the muscles for kicking and then the students will learn how to execute a proper technique. This is all then practiced on pads held by the instructors and assistants. Proper hand techniques are also taught in these sessions which are required to pass grading at a satisfactory level. Each student would start with either a white belt (new to Taekwondo) or a yellow tag (graduated from Lil’ Dragons). They will learn pattern or Poomsae, basic kicks, basic hand and stance techniques and will build strength to break boards. These are all requirements to pass a KUP Grading to gain their next belt. Belt order for Foundation Taekwondo is white belt, yellow tag, yellow belt, green tag. When the student gains their green belt, they graduate into the Advanced Session. Foundation is all about preparation of the basic building blocks to then advance onto a higher technical level.

Benefits and Gains

Taekwondo also helps to temper children’s character. Those with high energy levels become more aware of their body and surroundings. Even the timidest and introverted children will gain confidence, self-esteem and initiative.
Physical benefits
  • Improves muscle strength, as well as cardiovascular endurance.
  • Increases elasticity, agility and flexibility.
  • Helps develop coordination and balance capabilities.
  • Provides control and knowledge of one’s body. Since this is achieved through basic movements but on a highly technical level, it will prepare them for future activities of greater difficulty.
Psychological and social benefits
  • It promotes concentration and discipline.
  • By mastering their body, they gain self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, they will learn to interact with their environment more effectively.
  • Important values such as honesty, loyalty, camaraderie, teamwork, respect and humility are fostered.
  • It’s an opportunity to foster cultural learning. Through taekwondo, children have access to knowledge of customs, traditions and ways of thinking that are different from their own. It also teaches tolerance and solidarity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foundation classes are the first step of learning taekwondo; you will either move up from the Lil Dragon class to this level once you complete the course or if you are a new member 7+ years old.

The foundation class is 1 hour each session, to keep up the good level we advise 2 times per week training at this level, but it is not mandatory to do so.

You will start either as a Yellow-Tag if you move up from Lil Dragon or white belt if you are a new member and there will be Yellow belt/ Green Tag/ Green Belt to achieve before you can move up to Advance class.

No, the foundation class is NON-CONTACT; if you wish your child to practice sparing please do talk to the session instructor for more info.

Yes, we start with the basics for every new student joining us.

You will move up to Advance class once you reach your Green Belt.

The foundation class is 1 hour each session, to keep up the excellent level, we advise training at this level twice per week, but it is not mandatory.

We have a club grading every 3 months, about 4 times in a year, your child will receive a grading form 3 weeks prior if he/she is ready to be graded, however, the grading is optional.