About Whitlock Martial Arts
WMA was born on the 19th of Nov 2008. We originally launched in Bradley Stoke and after around 5 years moved to our home to Coniston Community Centre, Patchway, where we have been ever since.
We are very proud of our home grown talent. We have students that started as Little PUMA's, and have worked their way through to black belt, whilst also obtaining national and international championship titles! We have had multiple members represent the PUMA squad and the ITF England national team in European and World championships. But we are not just all about winning titles. We teach a traditional martial art that aims to aid and produce good healthy members of society. We teach the tenets of Taekwon-do, and expect a high standard of etiquette from all of our students and instructors.
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial-art founded by General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan.
It was given the name Taekwon-Do by General Choi and agreed by leading officials in Korea on 11th April 1955. Taekwon-Do can be translated literally as ‘the way of the foot and the fist’.
'Tae' represents the foot used for kicking, smashing and jumping.
'Kwon' represents the hand used for punching, striking, thrusting and blocking.
'Do' represents the art, way or method.
Taekwon-Do training has a broad and encompassing program which consists of fitness exercises, stretching, defensive and offensive techniques such as blocking, punching and kicking, semi-contact sparring, destruction and more.
To be successful in Taekwon-Do requires patience, self-discipline, and serious dedicated training. WMA offers a carefully planned syllabus teaching effective self-defence, strength development, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and variety of fighting techniques, through a combination of mental and physical training.
The study of Taekwon-Do offers several unique advantages for physical fitness. Since the body sets its on limits, injuries and strains are rare. The entire muscle system is used from the fingers to the toes. Taekown-Do’s high repetition, low resistance movements can develop a longer, leaner and more flexible muscles. Such muscles are close to blood supplies thus producing maximum endurance and well being. Training also brings the heart rate up, keeping the heart healthy as well as helping the lungs operate more efficiently, can lower blood pressure and can help promote better sleep.
Training in Taekwon-Do can teach a person to have resolve and help them over difficulties. One of the biggest benefits is self-confidence that training can develop. It can also help with humility, courage, alertness, accuracy and self-control. With the under lying principles of Taekwon-Do a student learns to be polite, respectful as well as learning right from wrong.
The Taekwon-Do syllabus comprises of many different aspects, including patterns, line work, set sparring, free sparring, power test, theory as well as etiquette and conduct. To complement this we also train in personal fitness and stamina, basic self-defence and self-awareness skills.
A typical class commences with a warm-up, the main body of the class will follow one of the syllabus or complementary themes, with etiquette and conduct running throughout. The class will finish with a cool down.
There are ten coloured belt stages before black belt; five belt colours each with a half way stage between – known as a ‘tag’. You commence training as a white belt, after you pass your first grading you will be given the next belt colour. The belt orders then progress through yellow, green, blue and red – each with a half way ‘tag’ stage.
10th Kup to 9th Kup- Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
8th Kup to 7th Kup- Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwon-Do is being laid.
Intermediate grades begin to develop their skills using more variety and combination of techniques
6th Kup to 5th Kup- Signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwon-Do skills begin to develop.
4th Kup to 3rd Kup- Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Senior grades further develop their skills, attitude and theory and become role models to junior grade students
2nd Kup to 1st Kup- Signifies Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
1st Dan onwards- Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do, also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.
P.U.M.A. stands for the Professional Unification of Martial Arts.
Founded on 1st September 2000 the organisation now has schools across the UK (and some abroad) and teach a variety of martial arts.
As members we have access to a number of specialist seminars put on throughout the year. This includes the annual “P.U.M.A. Day” where instructors from across the country gather together for a day-long-schedule of exciting and interesting master classes. This is a free event and normally attended by hundreds of P.U.M.A. students from across the nation.
P.U.M.A. also offers regular Bo Staff seminars, Ground Fighting Seminars, Child Safeguarding Training, Instructor Training, Health and Safety advice and much more.