Traditional Tae Kwon Do 

Our Tae Kwon Do heritage

Philip Notley started his Tae Kwon Do training in 1972 in Harrow north-west London. His instructor was Fred Lee. Fred started Tae Kwon Do in Singapore in 1963, his instructor was Kim Bok Man. Kim Bok Man is one of the founders of Tae Kwon Do and was responsible for spreading TKD across south-east Asia. Fred lives in Manchester but because of ill health is no longer practising. Kim Bok Man now lives in the United States and is still

teaching Tae Kwon Do. 


Notley TKD is a member of Chung Do Kwan Group and we practice a traditional form of Tae Kwon Do. As well

as learning a traditional martial art we put an emphasis on personal development meditation and massage

techniques in addition to self-defence suppleness, strength and fitness. Our classes are suitable for all ages

and abilities from five years old to pensioners.

Please note classes are temporarily suspended for the duration of the coronavirus epidemic

Wednesday 7-8pm Oval Community Centre Stevenage 

Email: info@notleytkd.com

Tel: 07856173835

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About Tae Kwon Do

"Tae Kwon Do is a physical expression of the human will for survival and an activity to fulfil the spiritual desires of a person".

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art of health, fitness and self-defence. The main feature of Tae Kwon Do is that it is a free fighting combat sport using bare hands and feet to repel an opponent. Translated literally, Tae Kwon Do means "Foot, Hand, Art" (the art of foot and hand fighting). However, there is much more to Tae Kwon Do than kicking and punching. Tae Kwon Do training aims to develop better coordination, self-confidence and all-around fitness. Tae Kwon Do is a guide for the formation of outstanding character, a modern international and Olympic sport and one of the greatest Martial Arts in the World.

Tae Kwon Do training develops physical and mental discipline.

Tae Kwon Do is so much more than a mere fighting system. Its practice is intended to have a beneficial effect upon the student's character and therefore his/her attitude is one of the most important factors in whether the training will be successful or not. The serious student who listens to instructions practises that which is shown and respects his/her instructor and colleagues will progress further.

Development of Tae Kwon Do

In order to gain a better understanding of Tae Kwon Do, it is necessary to have some knowledge of the history of Korea and to observe how such a small country managed to survive through three thousand years of being besieged, raided, occupied and invaded.

The earliest indication of martial arts practice in Korea is documented in paintings from the Kokuryo Dynasty (AD 37 to 668); apart from these enigmatic paintings, there is no other record of martial arts practice. At the beginning of the Koryo dynasty (AD 953 to 1392), this interest in martial arts was developed further and taught to the Korean military forces under the name 'Soo Bahk'. Finally, during the Yi Dynasty (1907 to 1945) the first Korean martial arts manual was published covering twenty-four techniques

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean Martial Art that was perfected by the Korean Martial Arts movement in April 1955, at which time the name Tae Kwon Do was also chosen and the first President (General Choi Hong Hi) was elected. In 1959 the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association (KTA) began a programme of international development and in 1973 the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF) was founded and based at the Kukkiwon (World Tae Kwon Do Centre). The first World Tae Kwon Do Championships were held at the Kukkiwon in May 1973. As a result of the WTF's efforts, energy and enthusiasm Tae Kwon Do is now a fully recognised Olympic sport.


In 1966 General Choi Hong Hi made a goodwill trip to North Korea, as a result of which he became very "unpopular" with many South Koreans. General Choi was forced to resign from the KTA and emigrated to Canada where he founded the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF).
The ITF concentrated on the forms developed by General Choi, while the WTF developed the Palgwe's. Later the WTF introduced the TaeGuks, which are still practised today. The ITF practises the semi-contact part of Tae Kwon Do, while the WTF practises the full-contact part.
Since the break-up, there have been many attempts to reunite WTF and ITF, so far without success. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that there will ever be a union within Tae Kwon Do since both styles have evolved in different ways.

Tae Kwon Do Tenets
The philosophy of Tae Kwon Do is based upon constant striving for excellence. The goal is to become an honourable person with perfect character and physical condition. To realise the ultimate benefits of Tae Kwon Do, one must practise it daily and commit to it for a lifetime. Though none of these goals is absolutely attainable, the key is in one's endeavours. 
In Tae Kwon Do, we honour five fundamental tenets of living. These should serve as a guide to all serious students of the art, both inside and outside of class




Self Control

Indomitable Spirit

The Kiup

Tae Kwon Do Techniques are quite often practised with a kiup, a yell made simultaneously with the technique. As the technique is executed, the abdomen contracts to push out the breath and to make the ki, the energy, flow out from the centre of the body to empower the technique.
Allowing the out-breath to form into a shout can increase the power and focus; this is the kiup, and it signifies the full commitment of body and spirit to that particular technique.
In training, kiup is useful for keeping your momentum and accuracy up when you are becoming tired. In sparring, kiup is used to give extra force and focus to techniques, and also as a force in itself. A well-focused kiup can really move an opponent back or momentarily stop him or her in their tracks. An unexpected kiup may have a further advantage in breaking up a sparring rhythm that has become predictable, making space for an effective technique. 

The Chung Do Kwan Society

Chung Do Kwan Society was founded by Lorenzo Caballero in 1982 offering classes in the Chung Do Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do.

In his quest to further his knowledge and offer his members variety, in 1984 Lorenzo introduced Muay Thai to the Chung Do Kwan curriculum. This gave members a choice of styles and the option of cross-training in two of the best martial arts styles available.

In response to members' demand, in 1994 Lorenzo put together a fitness system based on his knowledge of Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do together with a simple aerobic routine. This class was conducted to music and proved most popular with members who just wanted to get fit while taking part in some kind of martial arts activity but were not interested in the contact side of training. This fitness system is known as Thai-Bo and remains very popular today, particularly with the current trend for combat-based fitness routines.

Nowadays our group specialises in both traditional martial arts and martial arts-based fitness systems. We currently have over 150 affiliated instructors, both male and female, in the United Kingdom. Our services range from regular classes in Thai-Bo, Tae Kwon Do (both WTF & ITF) Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Personal Training to Self-Defence courses and Instructor's seminars.

We currently run classes in branches of L A Fitness, Holmes Place, Fitness Exchange and David Lloyd as well as Leisure Centres and related organisations.

Martial Arts is a product of traditional culture and although there have been major changes over the last few years, it has always been the aim of the Chung Do Kwan Society to remain true to the traditional approach whilst incorporating modern training methods.


The aims of the Chung Do Kwan Society are:

  • To promote friendship, co-operation and harmony through the practice of Martial Arts regardless of nationality, religious and political beliefs.

  • To maintain high technical and ethical standards in traditional Martial Arts.

  • To show that Martial Arts training is beneficial both mentally and physically as well as being an enjoyable recreation and an effective means of self-defence.

  • To provide its members with a grading syllabus, certification of grades, competitions, seminars and as many amenities and facilities as possible.

Philip Notley and Lorenzo Caballero at Bromley Tae Kwon Do club

Membership and Training Fees


£5 for 15 years old and below (juniors) and £7.50 for 16 years and above (seniors) per class


Or monthly in advance £20 for juniors £30 for seniors

Family membership, three or more members of the same family £60 per month 

No refunds are accepted due to non attendance 

Plus there is an annual membership fee of £30 and £35 respectively. The membership fee includes insurance, Chung Do Kwan Group membership and Dobok (uniform)

Philip Notley in Korea in 1974 

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