FAQs

Learn more about Taekwondo, the importance of
safety for all our students and what to expect if you wish to join us.



















What Is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defence. A body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through intensive physical and mental training.

Translated from Korean:

• "TAE" literally means to jump, kick or smash with the foot
• "KWON" means to punch or destroy with the hand or fist
• "DO" means art, way or method

Korean martial arts began more than 2000 years ago and has evolved into what we know now as Taekwondo.

Taekwondo has many followers throughout the world today. It is considered to be one of the most effective forms of self-defence and is also a highly effective way of providing mental and physical self development. To the practitioner, Taekwondo is more than just a set of physical exercises, it is more a way of life, utilizing the tenets of Taekwondo. These tenets help the student to cope with the stress and pressures of everyday life, as well as developing a noble moral code.


















How Long Until I Can Defend Myself?


The best defence is awareness, to be keen enough to avoid any type of confrontation and with this in mind you should have already trained yourself to be aware of your surroundings at all times. However, you can learn many self-defence techniques in a relatively short period of time and the key to utilising them comes from your state of mind.

• Confidence

• Calmness

• Clarity

These are all essential elements in successful self protection.

To achieve the correct state of mind takes time and practice. For this, a balance of constant training is necessary. By continually training, your technique becomes better and in turn your confidence and ability will rise. Dedicated training provides both the techniques to defend and the state of mind to properly execute them. These are the keys to self defence.





















Taekwondo History



Taekwondo was inaugurated in Korea on 11th April 1955. This was following extensive research and development by the founder,

Major General Choi Hong Hi - 9th Degree Black Belt

Around this time General Choi was appointed president of the Korean Taekwondo Association and organised the first international demonstration tour, which then led to the formation of the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF - with which PUMA is affiliated) in 1966. In 1972, as a result of political pressure from South Korea, General Choi left the country to continue the ITF in Canada.

Taekwondo was brought to the UK in 1967, by Master Rhee Ki Ha.

P.U.M.A. (Professional Unification of Martial Arts) was formed on the 1st September 2000 by some of the South West’s leading and forward thinking Instructors. Puma are the largest & fastest growing ITF Taekwondo organisation in the U.K and Europe. We are a highly skilled and exiting association run by highly skilled professional Instructors who collectively have over one hundred years of teaching experience.
















Martial Arts is for everyone


From classes for children to martial arts fitness programmes, Puma Instructors can help students of all ages and abilities to achieve their individual goals.

The purpose of every Instructor within the P.U.M.A association is to help their students achieve their ultimate goals in life, whether it be

•  Fitness

•  Self defence

•  Self esteem

•  Self control


Martial Arts is used by many people, for many reasons. Whatever those reasons, it is our aim to help the individual attain excellence in everything they do. Our programmes will help you with your general fitness, also your self-confidence and self-respect. The association promises to put the interests of the students first, regardless of their level.




















How Safe Is My Child?



PUMA’s commitment to providing the very best Martial arts tuition is unrivalled with the exception of its commitment to the safety & well being of your child.

All Instructors, Assistant Instructors, and helpers have to attend special Child protection courses, and all have received an Enhanced (CRB) Criminal Records Bureau check and are also qualified first aiders.

We were one of the first martial arts groups in the UK to introduce CRB checks, we were the first in this country to appoint a trained child protection officer and the first to have developed links with the National Child Protection in Sports Unit.

Our people work very closely with the NSPCC, Social Services & numerous other Child Protection bodies ensuring we provide the safest possible environment for all our students in particular our younger members.

You can get further info on our child protection policy on our puma website; www.puma-uk.com















How Can I Join?


All new potential students are invited to have Two week free trial, to see if you enjoy our classes.

Upon enrolment you simply pay a one off fee, we will then extend your trial up to One Months Free Training, we will also include your:


•  First Years Licence/Insurance

•  Free Training Suit

•  Students handbook


Once your first month has passed, fees are payable monthly via standing order and your licence must be renewed annually.

As a member of PUMA, you are entitled to unlimited training at any of our PUMA schools.

Click HERE and print off this voucher and bring it along to one of our classes or simply quote DESWEB to receive this fantastic offer.













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