Tae Kwon Do was founded by Major General Hong Hi on April 11th 1955. Choi served in the Korean armed forces and was promoted to major general in 1954.
Choi stated he combined elements of taekkyeon and Shotokan karate to develop a martial art that he called “Tae Kwon Do” (태권도; 跆拳道), which means “the way of hand and foot”, and started the spread of Tae Kwon Do internationally by stationing Korean Tae Kwon Do instructors around the world.
He was also the author of the first English Tae Kwon Do syllabus book, Tae Kwon Do published by Daeha Publication Company in 1965.
Tae Kwon Do was introduced here in 1967 when Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha (then 5th Dan black belt) came to the UK from Korea.
THE TAE KWON DO ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN (TAGB)
The Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain or TAGB is a nationally recognised Tae Kwon Do organisation in this country. It was formed in 1983 and has since become a founding member of the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC) which is recognised by the United Kingdom Sports Council.
TAGB instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years’ experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children or disability groups. Training in Tae Kwon Do can start at any age. TAGB members start as young as five and recently one of our members gained his fifth Dan black belt on his 70th birthday!
Because of its high-kicking, fast-paced style Tae Kwon Do is a thoroughly modern way of getting fit. The TAGB is a great advocate of fun and fitness at an early age and TAGB instructors often work with local schools to teach self-defence. As one of the largest martial arts organisation in the world the TAGB has over 25,000 accredited members, 600 clubs, and organises seminars with World Masters, demonstrations, and national, regional and international championships every month of the year.
The TAGB is not just concerned with its own development. That is why it has played a leading role in the reunification of British Tae Kwon Do into one body. In 1988, the TAGB helped found the British Tae Kwon Do Council (BTC), this being the only governing body of Tae Kwon Do to be recognised by the Sports Council.
The TAGB also helped found Tae Kwon Do International, the object of which is to bring together Tae Kwon Do practitioners throughout the World. Tae Kwon Do International is non-political and it doesn’t attempt to dictate to member countries how they must run their affairs. Since its foundation in 1993, Tae Kwon Do International has grown to become one of the biggest World Tae Kwon Do bodies. Its World Championships are amongst the largest and best organised and it draws its participation from every continent.
With clubs throughout the country the TAGB is the ideal organisation for learning a martial art that has evolved through a 3,000 year history to become the newest Olympic sport.
West Midlands Tae Kwon Do
West Midlands Tae Kwon Do was founded by Vince Farquharson and Katie Billingham in 2007 with the opening of the Bewdley and Bloxwich schools in addition to the already established Kidderminster and Dudley.
The two instructors worked closely together to develop the areas and promote Tae Kwon-Do to all.
Master Farquharson also took on Willenhall School in 2009.
As a group we offer flexible training options for our members, to find out what options are available contact your local club.