Taekwondo has 3 main physical skill domains (and a number of internal/philosophical/mental domains)
Hoshinsul (self defence)
Due to the vast depth of expertise that can be developed in each domain, some schools only focus on one. Especially if the school's focus is competition pathways.
At Chung Do Taekwondo we want solid all rounders who have experience in all elements of Taekwondo. We do this for a couple of reasons
Most people do not know enough about Taekwondo when they start to be able to decide which area to specialise in
People who make it to Black Belt and above are leaders and instructors. For the preservation of Taekwondo as a wholeistic martial art, we believe our Black Belts need to be proficient in all 3 physical skill domains (plus the internal/philosophical/mental ones)
Participating in competition (either kyorugi or poomsae) is mandatory to advance "Fall seven, rise eight" We don't mind if the student wins or not. In fact, at an early stage "losing" is more important than winning. "Losing" is important to learning, building resilience and teaching students that life will not always go in their favor and they need to be able to pick themselves up and get on with it.
Competition participation has been introduced to provide an external benchmark. This allows students to gauge their own level against other people similar age and rank. Our training is in line with what is used currently in Korean and top dojangs globally but we know the student's self drive and effort during class is a major factor in their own development.
We have included both options of sparring and poomsae (patterns) competition. Some people prefer sparring and some will prefer the non contact patterns. Both forms of competition have their own challenges.
Taeguk poomsae has been introduced because they are the global standard poomsae for Kukkiwon syllabus schools and what the global Chung Do Kwan HQ in Korea expects us to know. If we travel to Korea or have guest instructors, they will expect students know taeguk poomsae. However, we have kept the Chang Hon (original Taekwondo) patterns as these have a more martial art focus.