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Learn Taekwon-Do The XS Way in Scotland

What is Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art, devised by General Choi Hong Hi and officially given its name on 11th April 1955. It is a form of unarmed combat designed for self defence that utilises scientific principles combined with natural body movements to create an art unrivalled in power or technique.Learn Taekwon-Do - Taekwon-Do Lessons in Scotland

Translated literally "Tae" stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. "Kwon" denotes the fist chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. "Do" means an art or way of life. The “Do” reflects a way of thinking, an approach to life.

Through learning Taekwon-Do in Scotland with XS Taekwon-Do a sense of right and wrong and of moral justice and obligation is developed. As a martial art it assists both physical and mental development, training discipline, resolve and humility.



Who and what are XS Taekwon-Do and GTUK?

XS Taekwon-do was founded in July 1995 by Marie McAneny, 5th Degree International Instructor and is part of the Global Taekwondo XS Taekwon-Do and GTUKUnited Kingdom. She has since opened clubs across Scotland from East to West and you will not find just one instructor but, a team of professional full time instructors dedicated to ensuring your child receives individual instruction. Taekwon-do training helps to greatly improve general health, strength, flexibility, control and confidence and the lessons will provide you with sound basic training. The support and camaraderie you can expect to share with all Instructors, Assistants and Members will help develop inspirational learning and above all you will have fun.

All our Instructors have been on a Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) course which is run by Sportscotland.

Taekwon-do holds no barriers to age, race, level of fitness or ability and XS Taekwon-do has a syllabus in place to tailor the training to your age and ability:

  • Dragons - 3 & 4 years old
  • Rainbows - 5 to 8 years old
  • Juniors - 9 to 16 years old
  • Adults – 17 years and above

When you join XS Taekwon-do you will be part of Global Taekwon-Do United Kingdom (GTUK Scotland). The GTUK is headed by Grand Master Roy Oldham IX who has been XS Taekwon-Do and GTUKstudying Taekwon-Do for over 45 years and his first Instructor was First Grand Master Rhee, Ki Ha, the father of British Taekwon-Do. Grand Master Oldham was one of the first 12 black belts to be promoted in the UK and will be our grading examiner.

The GTUK has been around in one guise or another since the early 1980’s and offers its members access to the highest quality Taekwon-Do training from some of the best instructors in the country. The GTUK has a large membership with clubs ranging from Scotland to Cornwall. In addition to the normal colour belt clubs there are also Jee Goo clubs which are red and black belt only clubs. These are run by 4th Degrees and above and succeed in maintaining the highest standards of the association which in turn filters down to all ranks.

We practice the traditional martial art of Taekwon-Do and as such follows the Chang-Hon patterns as created by General Choi. In addition to the traditional side of the art the XS Taekwon-Do and GTUKassociation also has a strong competition side and has regular tournaments throughout the year two British Championships in Coventry and our very own Scottish Championships too.

The GTUK and therefore, XS Taekwon-do are affiliated to the only government recognised governing body for Taekwon-Do in this country, the British Taekwon-Do Council (BTC) which provides our members with insurance and also implements a well regulated child protection policy.

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What would I do in a typical lesson?

Taekwon-Do aims to promote a healthy body and mind and so at the start of every lesson you would be lead through a thorough warm up to prepare the muscles, joints Learn Taekwon-Do The XS Way in Scotlandand cardiovascular system for exercise.

Lesson’s are varied to maintain students’ interest and so one lesson may be very different to the next however you will learn and practise all aspects of Taekwon-Do including drill work, patterns, self defence, pre arranged sparring, free sparring and destruction relevant to your age and grade.

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How does the grading system work?

As you progress in Taekwon-Do you will be tested by Grand Master Oldham IX at gradings. The grading process is very important to both your training and the growth of XS Taekwon-doXS Taekwon-do. Gradings are designed to improve your techniques and maintain your enthusiasm, whilst being a test of both your physical and mental strength.

You will be expected to take four of these gradings per year (up to Blue Belt) and then three per year until you are ready to take your Black Belt grading. By successfully completing your gradings you will be awarded a belt and certificate. The colour of your belt is a representation of your ability and XS Taekwon-do sets high standards and gradings are thorough, just turning up does not earn you the right to the next belt!

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Does XS Taekwon-do have a child protection policy?

In keeping with the BTC (British Takewon-Do Council) and GTUK Child Protection Policy, all instructors are required to attend a Child Protection Course and undergo a Disclosure Learn Taekwon-Do The XS Way in ScotlandScotland (PVG) check prior to taking up the above position. All instructors receive certification confirming their eligibility to instruct in the art of Taekwon-Do and their suitability in working with children and vulnerable adults.

A Child Protection Officer has been appointed on behalf of XS Taekwon-do and they work closely with the GTUK Child Protection Officer in line with the British Taekwon-Do Council to implement the Child Protection Policy.

Learn Taekwon-Do The XS Way in ScotlandShould you wish to contact the Child Protection Officer for any reason please telephone Marie McAneny on 07770 210705 or email:



Where is my nearest club?

XS Taekwon-do has clubs across Scotland from Fife, West Lothian, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. All you need to do is to check out our ‘Locate A Club’ page where you will find details of our clubs that are near to you. Click here to find a club near you.



Learn Taekwon-Do in Scotland with XS Taekwon-Do lessons. Book your lesson today at one of our locations.